What’s On This Weekend: February 21st – 23rd 2020

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It’s half term weekend! Whether you are spending the weekend with your family, children or friends, plenty is happening in Brighton and Hove for you to take your pick from!

Featured image: © Visit Brighton


Friday 21st February

The Showstopper- The Improvised Musical at Theatre Royal Brighton

Everyone loves a musical, they do. The choreography, the musical numbers, the lights – the whole ambiance really gets the audience riled up, energetic and excited. What makes ‘The Showstoppers’ different to any other musical you may have seen is their sheer brilliance of melding musical theatre and comedy with well-tuned improvisation, meaning no two shows will be the same. If this isn’t enough to convince you that this is the musical to watch, how about the fact that they have sold out at Edinburgh Fringe Festival the last ten years? Or the fact that they won an Olivier Award in 2015?

New Road, Brighton, BN1 1SD. Doors open from 19:30. Tickets available from £19.40.


Escape! Mystery at the Manor at Preston Manor

Begin the half term weekend with some family fun, escape-room-esque extravaganza. Get your thinking caps on as you solve the mystery of the lost treasure following a family tragedy by deciphering puzzles, clues and challenges. To make matters even spookier, this event takes place throughout the historic Preston Manor to truly get you in the detective mood.

Preston Drove, BN1 6SD. Slots available between 11:00 and 19:00. Tickets from £20.

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The Showstoppers © TheStage

Saturday 22nd February

Brighton Vegan Festival at The Hilton Brighton Metropole

Veganuary may have ended but that doesn’t mean your vegan ventures should have been put to a halt! The Vegan Festival proves to be a hit every time and they return to Brighton for another successful weekend. Featuring over 80 vegan stalls ranging between food, clothes, sustainability and gifts, expect to also witness a live, all-day cookery show alongside talks and workshops that offer nutritional advice on how to live a vegan lifestyle.

Kings Road, BN1 2FU. 10:30 – 16:30. Tickets from £5.


Queer the Pier at Brighton Museum

Curated by the all-embracing community of Brighton and Hove, this exhibition highlights the history of LGBTIAQ+ in our little seaside town. Showcasing incredible and inspirational individuals – from writers, activists and “ordinary people” – their stories are told through various film and photography mediums, drag performances and oral histories. Key historical events include the HIV/AIDS crisis, the first-ever Pride protests and touches upon the convictions for homosexuality act. This is sure to be an eye-opening exhibition, especially through discovering the identity of modern-day Brighton.

Royal Pavilion Gardens, BN1 1EE. Free entry for museum members and residents.

Brighton Museum © Simon Dack

Sunday 23rd February

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny at Brighton Dome

Britain’s favourite funny man hits Brighton once again, this time with a catalogue of brand new jokes most likely to offend (in the least serious way possible… of course). As Carr’s website may accurately put it, “Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo”. Now that you know what to expect, there are still limited tickets available for those who lavish a comedic end to the week.

Church Street, BN1 1UE. 20:00. Tickets from £31.50.


Brighton Half Marathon

Commemorating their 30th year running (no pun intended!), the Brighton Half Marathon takes place this weekend for another day of goodwill, peer support and all-round positive energy. Applications to partake in the marathon may be closed but you can still get involved by cheering on dedicated individuals as they brave the icy weather throughout the city (hopefully Storm Dennis is nowhere to be seen) and run towards the finish line.

Madeira Drive (starting point). 09:30.

Brighton Half Marathon © BrightonHalfMarathon.com
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