With Christmas just around the corner, there’ll be plenty of chances to get into the festive spirit and snap up some unique gifts for those you love. Christmas Markets can be found all over the city, but we’ve chosen a few of the best ones in town, and a few other stand-out events to fill your weekend with fun.
The Messiah @ New Venture Theatre, Run Starts on Friday 8th December through to the 16th December
An inspired satire that sends up theatre’s epic pretensions and yet can still evoke the momentous, the Guardian lauded the National Theatre of Brent’s efforts to enact the entire Christmas story in a performance they described as “ridiculously funny yet gloriously exhilarating”
Joseph, Mary, the Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God, and many, many more are all performed by the self admiring Desmond Olivier Dingle (Artistic Director, Auteur, Master Thespian) and his entire company of one – the helpful (but not always) and willing (but not always) Raymond. All spasmodically accompanied by the wayward Mrs Flowers – a Handelian opera singer – who helps conjure up, along with the two hapless actors, in their own inimitable way, the magic of the Nativity.
The National Theatre of Brent started in 1980 as a British comedy double act, in the form of a mock two-man theatre troupe. In 1983 they first performed The Messiah with Patrick Barlow as Desmond Olivier Dingle, the troupe’s founder, Artistic Director and Chief Executive who determines to mount one of the World’s Greatest Stories with just the aid of his one assistant (at one point played by Jim Broadbent). In this case, there is also help from a female opera singer.
Art Junkie: Indoor Art Market @ Phoenix Brighton, 10-14 Waterloo Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9NB, Saturday & Sunday 11,00-17,00
Organisers offer affordable selling opportunities for artists, makers and traders, whilst raising funds for charitable arts organisation Phoenix Brighton.Art Junky returns with a festive special this December at Phoenix Brighton! Art Junky showcases unique and affordable art, beautiful crafts, fashion, jewellery, homeware, vintage, bric-a-brac, music and much much more!
Shoppers will be able to buy those special gifts for the holidays, our Art Junky Cafe will be selling seasonal treats, there’s fun acivitiesfor kids and a Christmas DJ with a twist!
£1 entry (kids under 10 free!)
Christmas Street Food & Makers Market @ The Brighthelm Centre, Saturday December 9th, 10:00am – 17:00pm
It’s been a busy year for Paper Daisy Events and now it’s time for their final Makers Market of 2017! Join them in celebrating their first full year of markets at their really special Winter edition of their Street Food & Makers Markets at the Brighthelm Centre.
You’ll be in for a treat, with over 50 exceptional stallholders taking over the Brighthelm Centre and gardens. With original Makers such as; Hyde Wares selling their bespoke leather goods, Glitter & Gem and their unique, handcut gemstones, plus Sew Me Up will be back selling their creative Children’s masks. You can treat yourself to some tasty Hoogly Tea for home brewing, wrap up warm with some Pig House knitwear, and even purchase some beautiful handcrafted wooden jewellery from Vannucchi. Our market place will be full of fashion, gifts, crafts, artists, jewellery, handmade stocking fillers and bespoke designed products to suit all budgets.
Love your food? Then don’t worry about getting hungry at a Paper Daisy Event, as they’ve got you covered! As well as their pop up cafe inside (with seating area) and raising money for Chestnut Tree House, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the gardens with their eclectic mix of street food. With hot potatoes from Posh Spuds, a Mr Delicious Hog Roast, Barwood BBQ, Tasty Vegan Treats and of course some Jamaican Jerk from Aunty Bunny! Plus many more! For dessert you’re also in for a treat; with tasty tray bakes from Ridiculously Rich by Alana, and delicious baked cakes and savouries from Betsy’s Bakes
As always, there’ll be entertainment on the day for you and the children. Make sure you come along in time to see the performance from local singers, We Bop Choir. They’re performance begins at 1pm and is a sure-fire way to get you in the festive mood! Why not pop along a little before and get your face decorated with the Paper Daisy resident face painter. Or even try your hand at the Paper Daisy treasure hunt, helping to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House!
So come along and join Paper Daisy Events in celebrating their final market of 2017. Fun for the whole family, and a great place to purchase some last minute Christmas gifts, from original and unique local small businesses. Free Entry!
Comedy Club 4 Kids @ Komedia on Saturday 9 Dec, 14.00
Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?”
Santa Express & Workshop, Volk’s Electric Railway, Saturday 9th, slots available all day 09.00 – 15.00
This winter Volk’s Electric Railway will be opening the doors to their brand new Visitors Centre to a very special guest.
Throughout December Volk’s invites families to help Santa get ready for Christmas by making a gift for someone special in Santa’s workshop. When you’re finished take some time to meet Santa, take a picture and get a special present just for you.
Tickets for Santa’s workshop are £10 and include a free child’s return trip to Halfway Station. Adults can purchase a discounted £1 train ticket on the oldest electric railway in the world on the day. However, sometimes trains are unable to run due to unforeseen circumstances.
Book now for your Santa Express workshop, previous workshops have booked up quickly, so don’t miss out.
If trains are able to run, the round journey takes around 20 minutes, families can ride before or after their slot with Santa, the last train leaves the Visitor Centre at 14:30.
To book a place on the workshop visit the booking website at https://www.seetickets.com/tour/santa-express or for more information visit www.volksrailway.org.uk
GoGoDisco @ Komedia on Saturday Night £4 Entry, 23.00
London’s legendary GoGoDisco is back and it’s moved to Brighton! 80s, indie, post-punk, electro clash, Brit pop, garage rock, 70s, new wave and pop to grace your lovely ears. Dance away the winter blues with this amazing night of 70s and 80s music for fans of all things retro.
Hidden Orchestra @ The Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, Saturday 9 Dec, £14.00 Entry, 20.00
The live incarnation of Hidden Orchestra combines the duelling beats of two full drum kits (care of Jamie Graham and Tim Lane) with piano and violin from Poppy Ackroyd and Joe Acheson’s bass and electronics. Their recent performance at The Royal Albert Hall alongside The Pharcyde, Submotion Orchestra, Andreya Triana and Henry Wu was a milestone event building on a dizzying run of gigs this decade, from sellout AV shows at London’s Union Chapel and St John at Hackney to hundreds of headlines and festivals at home and around the world.
Sunday: Christmas Market @ The Open Market, London Road
In spite of the name, Brighton’s Open Market is undercover, so you’ve no need to worry about weather on Sunday. Over 40 independent local makers will be trading at the
#ShopLocal fair! Get your Christmas gifts under one roof and unique & handmade too. Free entry.
Brighton After Dark – Murder At Christmas Tour, The Clock Tower, Sunday 10 Dec, £5.00 Admission (Children go free £0), 18,30 20,00
Tinsel and Torture – Presents and Pain – Mince Pies and ……poison . Take a break from the Xmas preparations and join me for a murderous tour of Brighton’s dark streets . Ghosts , murderers , occasional stag and hen parties – all of this awaits you on this walk through Brighton’s horrible history! During the tour you will hear all about; The Brighton Trunk Murders – bodies found in suitcases, Ghosts of the slums and The Hangman Of Hove, The Chocolate Poisoner – Christiana Edmunds and much more … Not suitable for those under 14 or those of a nervous disposition …..you have been warned!!
Record Fair on Sunday 10 Dec @ Komedia, Free Entry, 10.00 – 16.00
Go along to Komedia for a chance to browse thousands of great vinyl bargains and collectors’ items. Specialist sellers of reggae, rock, punk, soul, jazz and blues will be there and it’s a great way to find the music you love and discover new sounds. In support of Martlets. Make sure you get there early if you want to be in with a chance to grab some of the rarer records and best deals. We’ve been to quite a few of these record fairs and they’re always worth a browse, you’ll find some bargain prices and great albums. A perfect part of a Sunday stroll!