Britain’s first marina village celebrates 25 years

Weekend of events planned to mark the anniversary of Hythe Marina Village

It was the first marina development of its kind, combining a berth for your boat and a waterside property on the western shore of Southampton Water, and it opened up possibilities for rundown docksides all over Britain.

Now Hythe Marina Village is marking its 25th anniversary with a weekend of music, food and celebration from 18 – 19 September 2010.

Saturday sees the start of the marina celebrations with berth holders and residents invited to an evening party featuring special guests, a buffet dinner and live music with dancing into the early hours.

On Sunday, a 25-strong flotilla made up of classic, historic, patrol and rescue boats will re-enact the moment marine craft first entered the marina 25 years ago. Members of the publis are welcome to attend.
Hythe Marina Village was described during its construction in the early 1980s as ‘the most imaginative housing scheme in Britain today’.

The development of a series of islands, linked by bridges and surrounded by canals and waterways, was constructed on 40 acres of reclaimed land north of Hythe Pier. When the marina’s first few properties went on the market in 1985, they sold for an average of £100,000.

Paul Frampton, chairman of the Hythe Marina Association (HMA), said, “We know that Hythe is a very special place to live and it’s great for everyone to have the opportunity to celebrate together.”  

“Everyone who lives here is very proud of the marina, so we hope residents and berth holders will all get involved and celebrate the marina’s milestone year.”

Hythe Marina Village now includes more than 200 berths and 220 waterside homes, with many residents keeping a boat on the berth connected to their houses.

Peter Hogsden, marina manager at MDL’s Hythe Marina Village, said, “We’re really looking forward to the anniversary weekend, it’ll be a great opportunity to celebrate 25 fabulous years at the marina, with those that really make the marina a special place – our berth holders and residents.”

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