The Barge

The Barge


We are thrilled to be managing activities aboard The Barge at Brighton Marina. It launched in the summer of 2017 as a non-profit community and youth space in the heart of Brighton Marina. Originally built in 1921 and named the Selby Virgo, she was originally a Humber barge that took grain up and down the waterways of the north of England. In the late 20th century she was converted into a floating Chinese restaurant called The Pagoda and found her home at Brighton Marina. In 2016 her then owner decided to sell the boat. Rather than scrap her, the Marina owners decided to take the opportunity to turn her into a non-profit space for people within the Marina, in the city and beyond.

Entrance and Upper-Deck


She now has over 3,500 square feet that can be used to support community and youth projects. We have tried to make her as sustainable as possible: recycling some of the wood and other fixtures and fittings, installing solar lighting, sourcing environmentally-friendly materials (such as cork, chipboard and even recycled cutting boards that are now many of our tables and our bar), and employing many local designers and labour in the process.

The Barge Summer Programme was proudly supported by Leaders Estate Agents. It’s launch over the six-week summer period has seen various organisations filling the space who all made it possible for the following positive results.

Stats below:

300 +

children and young people took part in activities


hours spent learning in creative ways


local organisations selected as our delivery partners

See the Barge yourself and take a virtual tour here

Lower Deck performance space and meeting room