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Brighton Journal | 5th April 2020

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Top 5 alternative things to do on a rainy weekend in Brighton

Top 5 alternative things to do on a rainy weekend in Brighton
Angus Walker

The weather in Brighton recently has been, to put it mildly, atrocious. After being battered first by Storm Ciara and shortly after by Storm Dennis, we are still waiting to see a noticeable improvement. It feels likes it has been raining forever. 

Needless to say, our city comes to life in the summer months, when the sky is blue and you don’t have to think any further about what to do at the weekend than what time to head down to the beach.

But those blissful times are still a little way off, and with showery April still to negotiate, we thought we would take a look at 5 of the best alternative activities Brighton has to offer on the kind of bleak days we’ve become all too familiar with recently.

1. Try an Escape Room

Over the last couple of years, Escape Rooms have really taken off in the UK. These immersive experiences in which players solve puzzles and uncover clues are popping up all over the country.

In Brighton alone, there are six different options. Our pick is Pier Pressure Escape Rooms, who offer 4 different experiences of varying difficulty. Their ‘Loot in the Lanes’ game, in which players must work out how to break into a jewellers where the precious ‘Brighthelm Diamond’ is hidden, recently won ‘Best UK Escape Room Game’ at the Enthusiast Choice Awards.

For some truly thrilling indoor fun, head here in a group of up to 9 people. They even offer a free drink for every player!

Pier Pressure Escape Rooms, 33 Upper North Street, prices start at £22 per person and vary depending on size of group. Book online


2. Paint some pottery

At The Painting Pottery Cafe, you can choose from hundreds of ceramic items to paint, from jugs to piggy banks.

These guys cater for groups, parties or solo painters looking for somewhere to spend a couple of relaxing and creative hours, whatever the weather! Keep an eye out for their workshops as well, where you can learn to throw a pot yourself.

The Painting Pottery Cafe, 31 North Road, £15 – £45 (+ £5 studio fee). To book, email or call 01273 628952.


3. Cafe hop round North Laine

We can complain about the weather, but one thing we can’t complain about as Brightonians is a lack of places to have a great cup of coffee.

On a rainy day, dash between cafes in North Laine for a spot of reading or people watching. Start with a flat white at Pelicano on Sydney Street, then run to the cosy Black Mocha on Gloucester Road, before finishing up at Bond Street Coffee on Bond Street for an exceptional espresso.

Pelicano, 28 Sydney Street, Black Mocha, 103 Gloucester Road, Bond Street Coffee, 15 Bond Street


4. Catch an independent film at Komedia

The atmospheric Dukes @ Komedia cinema always has a great range of small production house films showing.

Head here at lunchtime and enjoy a delicious pre-show Pizzaface pizza, then take a glass of wine in to drink during the film.

At the moment, you can catch Korean film Parasite, which one the award for Best Picture at this years Oscars. But be quick – their programme changes quite a lot!

Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Adult Ticket  £12.40. Book online


5. Plant workshop at Between Two Thorns

When it’s murky outside, get your hands dirty at one of Between Two Thorns’ great workshops. Learn how to make a terranium ‘garden in a bottle’, a living wreath or a hanging Kokedama for your living room!

Between Two Thorns provide all the materials, plants and instruction, so all you need to do is turn up and be ready to get creative, and a bit messy!

Between Two Thorns, 67 Upper North Street, £25-40. Book online

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