Calling all hard-working Brighton folk; your long weekend is just days away! Here’s our pick of the bank holiday festivities, encompassing the very best in the city’s nightlife and events. We have 8 to choose from spanning the whole weekend.
Friday – A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ St Nicholas Church
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men open air company touches down with Shakespeare’s most charming, playful tale to the heaths of the Rest Gardens in Seven Dials. As long as the early summer weather holds out, come and join Puck and the gang for a picnic.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, St Nicholas Church – Rest Gardens, Dyke Road,Brighton, BN1 3LJ. Admn: £17.50, Under 19 , £10, Family Ticket £50 +bf.
Friday 18-30 Speed Dating @ The Mixologist Cocktail and Wine Bar
Sceptical about speed dating? Why not pop along to this snazzy night at The Mixologist, an upmarket Hove cocktail bar, this Friday. If nothing else the admission includes a free drink! Hosted by rightflirt.club, the stand-out feature of the evening is that results and therefore any romantic matches are sent via text message. There is also a garden and dancefloor area to help you unwind after all the peacocking.
The Mixologist Cocktail & Wine Bar – 116 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2EA
t: 07903552007 Admn: £15 advance/£20 on door.
Saturday – Curious About Brighton @Brighton City Centre
One for the weekend visitors or days trippers now: explore, discover and marvel in the detail and history of the south coast’s largest city with two unique, quirky heritage walks this Saturday. Even if you’re a lifelong East Sussex resident there will be hidden treasures you may have overlooked until now.
Brighton City Centre – The Laines and North Laines, Brighton,
t: 01159502151 Admin: £5.99 Enter Code: WhatsOn20 at checkout for 20% off any two or more walks http://www.curiousabout.co.uk/brighton.html
Saturday – Thomas Dixon: The Secrets of Magic @The Warren
‘What is real magic? Is it just all an illusion or truly something extraordinary? Is Derren Brown a magician or a fraudster?’
Chilean-Canadian magic man Thomas Dixon will answer all of these questions and reveal some of the deepest secrets from inside the magic circle. Expect sleight of hand, the odd rabbit and plenty of tricks of the trade.
The Warren – Victoria Gardens, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN1 1UB
t: 01273987516 Admin: £10 / £8.50 (Under 26s) https://www.otherplacebrighton.co.uk/
Sunday – Face Watson: Portraits and other work by Sarah Watson @BMECP Centre
In her own words eclectic artist Sarah Watson explains she is ‘Multi-skilled, self-taught, I think differently.’ This solo exhibition which is part of the Artist Open House series this spring focuses on capturing personality through portraiture. And it’s free!
Saturdays and Sundays through May, open 11am – 4pm.BMECP Centre – 10A Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4ZE
| Website Admin: Free
Sunday – Definitely Louise @The Warren
Is this the Fringe’s answer to fleabag? Bethany Heath brings her Definitely Louise solo show to the Warren along with a huge dose of witty one-liners, philosophical observations and musings on all of the trappings of modern life.
Monday – Josh Berry: Voice Thief @The Warren
A personal favourite of mine, impressionist extraordinaire Josh Berry brings his energetic, irreverent show to Brighton for the first time this month, having sold out his Edinburgh Fringe run last year. His portfolio is diverse – don’t just expect Trump, McGreror and Pacino – in fact come along for the James Acaster skit alone.
Monday – The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour @HoveLawns
A stalwart of any Brighton festival, we’re going East for our last unmissable event of the long weekend. The Lady Boys are back and they’re here to celebrate their 21st birthday in style. Glitz, glamour, colour and outrageous flamboyance are all on the menu. The show never disappoints, so head to Hove to finish off your weekend.