It’s no secret that Brighton is full of wacky and wonderful things to try, see and do. Here’s your bi-weekly round-up of events this fortnight that you do not want to miss – from craft to comedy and everything in between.

Words By Bryony Rule

Brighton Fringe Festival

1st-31st October

Thankfully able to take place this year in a slightly revised format, Brighton Fringe is a true Brightonian cultural institution and the largest annual arts festival in England. With many of us missing live performance, this is the perfect opportunity to once again indulge in a wide array of theatre, cabaret, comedy, music, exhibitions and much more. Offering a combination of performances across the city and online streamed events, the festival is accessible to all.

Photo credit: Jim Linwood

The Big Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean

24th October 10am-1pm

The Peace Statue, Brighton Seafront

The Big SAS Beach Clean forms part of the Generation Sea: A Plastic Protest campaign. Join volunteers at Brighton Beach to play your part in keeping our environment cleaner and safer, protect marine creatures from plastic pollution, and ensure that Brighton is looked after for all to enjoy.  

Painted Plant Pots

21st October 6.30-8.30pm

The Quadrant

Let your creativity run wild at this relaxed and friendly pot painting workshop. Tickets are £15, which includes your terracotta pot and countless things to decorate to your heart’s desire – think paint, glitter and pom-poms! This is a great chance to get arty, have a drink, and come away with a lovely creation to brighten up your bedroom!

Full Moon Salutations & Swim or Paddle Out

31st October 4.30-5.30pm

The Lawns Café Beach

Celebrate Halloween in a unique way this year, by rekindling your inner energy and peace. Starting with Luna Salutations, you will be guided through a Full Moon ceremony before watching the full moon rise above you as you swim in the sea. A powerful way to relieve stress, connect to your personal power and appreciate the universe around you.

Worth the Weight Vintage Kilo Sale

24th October 11am-5pm

St Bartholomew’s Church

On the hunt for some new clothes? The UK’s biggest vintage kilo sale brings tonnes of carefully selected vintage pieces to suit all tastes, including a wide range of accessories. Grab a bag and fill it up with anything that catches your eye – at only £15 a kilo, this a cost-effective and sustainable way to refresh your wardrobe!  

Life Drawing

Every Monday 6-8pm

Twin Pines Coffee

Placing mindfulness and relaxation at their core, these life drawing sessions offer an opportunity to feel inspired and creative in a welcoming space. Open to all abilities, these classes are a great way to brush up your drawing skills and unwind at the end of the day.

Forest-Based Creative Writing Sessions for Women

Every Wednesday 10-11am

Stanmer Park Upper Lodge Woods

A unique and powerful way to connect to nature and spark your inner creativity, these writing workshops offer a truly empowering experience. Beginning with breath work and guided meditation, you will then be free to feel inspired and nurtured by your surroundings as you put pen to paper. With student tickets priced at just £3, this workshop is a great way to connect with your emotions and feel rejuvenated.

Fairtrade market

Every Thursday 12-4pm

Brighthelm Centre

One of the most effective ways to create positive change is being conscious with how you spend your money. Shopping Fairtrade products ensures that the people who grow and produce the goods that we consume are getting a good and fair deal. Check out the Brighthelm Centre’s weekly Fairtrade market to browse a range of food, household supplies, beauty products and special crafts.  

The Verdict Comedy Club

24th October 7.30-10pm

The Verdict Comedy Club

Looking for a good laugh? Look no further than The Verdict Comedy Club! Hosting an admirable array of highly rated comedians, grab your friends for what promises to be a hilarious evening.

Jazz Brunch at The Brunswick

24th October 11am-1pm

Brunswick Pub

For a unique brunch experience, check out The Brunswick. Tuck into a delicious spread accompanied by the soundtrack of guitarist Paul Richards, host of Jazz Jam for 10 years. Tables are available to be booked for 2, 4 or 6 people – gather your housemates and kick your weekend off in the right way!

Brighton’s Thrilling Axe-Throwing Experience

22nd October 4.30-8.45pm

North Laine Brewhouse

Looking for a fun and unusual way to let off steam? North Laine Brewhouse have the solution! In this unique experience, learn how to throw an axe in true Viking style. You might even discover a hidden talent!

Hip Hop Bottomless Burger Brunch

24th October 12-2pm

The Bok Shop

The Bok Shop puts their own twist on the classic bottomless brunch; chow down on your choice of their well-renowned chicken or vegan burgers, any side, and two hours of unlimited Prosecco or mimosas. With a backing track of strictly old school hip-hop, this is sure to be a brunch experience to remember!

Terrarium Workshop

25th October 11am-1pm

Between Two Thorns  

This beautiful Brighton-based plant shop offers an array of workshops that give you the opportunity to get green-fingered. At this terrarium workshop, you will get the chance to build your own garden in a bottle – your own mini ecosystem to bring nature into your home!

Photo credit: stratopaul (Flikr)

Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me – David Bowie Exhibition

17th October-6th June 2021

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens

Showcasing a range of photographs taken by Bowie’s close friend and travel companion Geoff MacCormack, get a glimpse into the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of iconic star David Bowie. The exhibition is an eclectic selection of images and footage that documents Bowie’s life on the road, featuring many images which have never been seen before.

An Evening with Jeffrey Boakye

21st October 6pm

Online

Hosted by the Sussex Students’ Union, author Jeffrey Boakye will be joined by Senior Lecturer Dr Fraser Mann for an insightful and thought-provoking discussion on topics surrounding racism and social justice, including black identity within a postcolonial society and institutional racism. Register for your free tickets via the Student Union’s website.

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