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Brighton Events

Civil War Days in the Keep

Commemorating the 371st anniversary of the Siege of Arundel Castle during the English Civil War, Raven Tor Living History Group will be portraying the Royalist defenders and towns folk, trapped in the castle during the 18 day siege. Representing the besieging Parliamentarian soldiers The Wardour Garrison, being encamped in the castle grounds, will demonstrate crafts, weapons drills and costume of the 17th Century, within a tented encampment.

Date: 05 April 2014 - 06 April 2014
Venue: Arundel Castle
Website: http://www.arundelcastle.org
Cost:

From £9. Children under 5 go free. Family tickets from £41.


Pirates & Smugglers Day

Set at the end of the 18th Century, this lively event sees a band of notorious pirates and smugglers position themselves in Arundel Castle's Keep. They will be pitted against the Queen's 2nd Regiment of Foot which has been sent to help deal with the rogues and villains. Visitors can witness the opposing sides battling for control of the Castle.

Date: 21 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Venue: Arundel Castle
Website: http://www.arundelcastle.org
Cost:

From £9. Children under 5 go free. Family tickets from £41.


Normans and Crusaders in the Keep

Raven Tor Living History Group will be portraying the life and times of the 12th Century Norman period in The Keep at Arundel Castle. With combat, weaponry, armour and crafts displays, visitors will not only be able to see what life was like for those living in a castle of this time, but also gain an insight into the lives of those preparing to leave on the perilous Crusades.

Date: 29 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
Venue: High Street
Website: http://www.arundelcastle.org
Cost:

From £9. Children under 5 go free. Family tickets from £41.


Brighton Racecourse

The popular Brighton Racecourse offers an exciting programme of race meetings, including a great season of flat racing. Many of the events are great fun, family-friendly days out which combine horse racing, football and children's entertainment. Other highlights in the racing calendar include the Tote Challenge Trophy and the John Smiths Brighton Mile in August, evening meetings with live entertainment, Ladies Evening and three Family Fun Sundays.

Date: 26 April 2017 - 03 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Brighton Racecourse
Cost:

Various.


Brighton Festival

This broad-ranging event is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and includes a lively three-week programme of new theatre, music, dance, performance and literature, from both local and international artists. Since it was first held in 1967, Brighton Festival has featured performances by such creative greats as Lawrence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Yehudi Menuhin, as well as appearances by contemporary authors including Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk.

Date: 05 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.brightonfestival.org
Cost:

Various.


The Great Escape Festival

For three heady nights Brighton erupts with the best new music from across the globe. Musos, celebrities, fans, and anyone else partial to new tunes and a hedonistic festival vibe, flock to Brighton for a multi-venue extravaganza of cutting-edge cool. Whether you’re watching Norwegian folk in a tiny pub or catching the next big thing at the Komedia, it’s worth the queues to join in the party. Tickets sell out fast.

Date: 10 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.escapegreat.com
Cost:

Super earlybird three-day tickets cost £40.


The London to Brighton Bike Ride

Held every year to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, The London to Brighton Bike Ride sees over 27,000 riders put their bums on the saddle. Beginning in London, riders set off on the 87km (54-mile) route to Brighton. Many of the riders are in fancy dress, and a great atmosphere prevails. Due to the event’s overwhelming popularity (this is Europe's biggest fundraising bike ride), thousands of applications have to be turned down, so it is advised to apply early.

Date: 17 June 2017 - 17 June 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Clapham Common, London to Brighton beach.
Website: http://www.bhf.org.uk
Cost:

Free


Pride in Brighton & Hove

The largest Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Festival in the UK hosts a week of community events in late summer, with the festivities culminating in a big, fantastically flamboyant parade from the seafront through the city to Preston Park. An extra special year, 2012 marks Pride’s 20th anniversary, and the first weekend in September promises much lively entertainment across town.

Date: 01 September 2017 - 02 September 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues and locations.
Website: http://www.brightonpride.org
Cost:

Free to watch the procession; some events are ticketed (various prices).


Brighton Food and Drink Festival

The largest food fest in the South of England champions local producers, growers, restaurants and bars with nearly a month of foodie events in September, and 10 food-filled days in April. Sample a rainbow of local produce and generally indulge in and celebrate great food. There’s a fantastic variety of events to get involved in – from flamenco dancing accompanied by sizzling Spanish cuisine, to cheering on a cocktail-off between highly skilled mixologists.

Date: 07 September 2017 - 30 October 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.brightonfoodfestival.co.uk
Cost:

Many events are free; others cost from £5 to £75.


Brighton Burn Up!

The world-renowned motorcycle run organised by London’s Ace Café brings tens of thousands of motorbikes to Brighton. The finale of a three-day biking spectacular, the Brighton Burn Up, sees much to entertain all (not just bikers) as Madeira Drive is lined with stands, displays, music and special guests.

Date: 07 September 2017 - 09 October 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://http://www.ace-cafe-london.com/Reunion.aspx

Brighton Art Fair

This huge art exhibition (the most extensive of its kind in the South of England) brings together over 100 talented local and national artists, photographers and galleries. The event is geared around learning about art and talking to artists, and allows people to buy art directly from the artists.

Date: 25 September 2017 - 27 September 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Corn Exchange, Church Street.
Website: http://www.brightonartfair.co.uk
Cost:

£6.


Burning the Clocks

A popular pre-Christmas event that takes place near the Winter Solstice, the Burning of the Clocks is a free family event that attracts over 20,000 people. Devised as an antidote to the excesses of Christmas, participants are invited to don bright costumes and make paper and willow lanterns to become part of the parade which heads through the town and congregates on the beach where there is a huge bonfire and fireworks display. The lanterns are thrown into the fire and the bearers make wishes for the coming year. In the weeks leading up to the event there are a number of lantern-making workshops for young and old alike.

Date: 21 December 2017 - 22 December 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Town centre and beachfront.
Website: http://www.burningtheclocks.co.uk
Cost:

Free.