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Whats on in Brighton this May Day Weekend?

Whats on in Brighton this May Day Weekend?
Kim Ayling
  • On May 3, 2018

A Bank Holiday in Brighton is never to be missed by both locals and visitors alike, and this weekend is no different. We’ve curated a snippet of how to get the most out of what the city has to offer  this May Day weekend!

Spiegeltent is Back! – Friday 4th May

The start of Brighton’s summer is just around the corner, and what better way to welcome it than with the return of Spiegeltent! For the fifth year running, Spiegeltent will become home to some of Brighton’s most exciting fringe events, with their biggest programme to date, as well as the Spiegel Pub and loads of exciting food stalls. The excitement kicks off this Friday, on the 4th May, with three different acts, followed by a DJ running all night. Whether you’re catching one of the evenings shows or just heading down for a drink and a dance, we can’t think of a better way to kick off the Bank Holiday weekend. Check out our full post on the Spiegeltent here, for more information on Friday’s launch night and full listings.

Speigeltent, 6pm til late, Old Steine, BN1 1GY, tickets for all Spiegeltent events can be purchased here.

Gallery Launch with Magnus Gjoen – Friday 4th May

The well established Brighton gallery, artrepublic, is opening a new space this Friday, with the help of ex-Vivienne Westwood designer, Magnus Gjoen. The event will showcase Magnus’s new work, as well as giving visitors the opportunity to meet the artist himself. The aim of the gallery’s new space is to hold special events throughout the year, as well as showcase some of the city’s most exciting artists. This launch gives art and fashion enthusiasts alike a chance to see some exciting new work by a well esteemed artist, so be sure not to miss out.

artrepublic, 5 – 7pm, Bond Street, BN1 1RD, RSVP

‘From Boudica to Beyonce’,  Inspirational Talk with Mary Beard and Natalie Haynes – Friday 4th May

Theatre Royal Brighton is holding a night not to be missed with Professor Mary Beard and Radio 4 presenter Natalie Haynes. The evening will see the two women celebrate women and power throughout history, from historical figures, to mythical beings, right up to modern-day divas – the evening really will hold something for the powerful woman in all of us and is truly not be missed. Unfortunately the event is listed as sold out, but a quick look at the Facebook event, which you can find here, shows quite a few unlucky people having to sell their tickets.

Theatre Royal, 7.30 – 9.30pm, New Road, BN1 1SD, tickets on Facebook page.

Brighton’s Children’s Parade returns this weekend – Saturday 5th May

Kicking off 2018’s Brighton Festival is the annual Children’s Parade, whose theme this year is ‘Paintings’ in honour of the Guest Director David Shrigley. Some 5,000 children from local schools will walk through the city showcasing their costumes, paintings and music to thousands of spectators. The parade kicks off at Kensington Street and concludes at Grand Junction Road, so wherever in the city you are on Saturday be sure to catch it!

10.30am – 1pm, FREE, for route and more info click here.

Swing Night at the Martha Gunn – Saturday 5th May

The Martha Gunn’s monthly Swing Night, hosted by Swing Out! is being held this Saturday, and as usual is an evening not to be missed. The night promises a mix of your favourite R&B and swing music from the events resident DJ, set in the Martha Gunn’s cosy atmosphere. The event attracts locals and newcomers, and dancers and spectators alike so don’t feel shy. The music doesn’t kick off until 8.30, but Saturday is set to see some sunny weather, so why not get there early and soak up the sun in the pub’s garden.

Martha Gunn, 8.30pm, FREE, Upper Lewes Road, BN2 3FE.

Brighton Racecourse Antiques Fair – Sunday 6th May

This Sunday sees an exciting event for Brighton’s thrift lovers – of which there are many! – an enormous vintage, antiques and collectables fair boasting over 175 stalls, is coming to Brighton Racecourse. Hosted by Love Fairs, the day will not only be a fantastic shopping opportunity, but will also feature live swing music from Steve Conway, food stalls, and a bar, so after enjoying your favourite swing songs at the Martha Gunn the evening before, get up to the Racecourse to enjoy some more great music and great vintage finds. There is also free parking on the day – a novelty in itself in Brighton.

Brighton Racecourse, Entry; 10.30am – 4.0pm £3, earlybird entry from 9.30am £5, U16’s FREE, (tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day), Freshfield Road, BN2 9XZ, more info here.

Mini Gin Festival at The Gin Tub – Sunday 6th May

If you’re more into relaxing with a G&T in hand than scouting out vintage buys then this one’s for you. Hove’s favourite gin bar, The Gin Tub, is hosting a mini gin festival this Sunday, complete with a BBQ in their garden. On the day you can purchase one of their gin ‘sliders’, which features 10 of their 20+ gins on offer (including a few locally distilled options!), for £30. Don’t worry if gin isn’t your tipple of choice – The Gin Tub also boasts an exciting (and pretty reasonable) cocktail menu, that features all your favourites. To top the day off there will also be live music – both DJ and a capella.

The Gin Tub, 3 – 11pm, Free Entry, 16 Church Road, BN3 2FL, for more info check out the Facebook event page.

Open Mic Night at The Royal Sovereign – Monday 7th May

The Family Tree Open Mic is hosting an evening of music at The Royal Sovereign pub this bank holiday Monday. Great music and tasty drinks on a (hopefully!) sunny holiday makes for the perfect combination and is certainly not to be missed. Get in touch with the team on Facebook to book your slot, or just turn up and jump onstage!

The Royal Sovereign, 8 – 11pm, 66 Preston Street, BN1 2HE, more info on their Facebook event here.


Hamlet ’18 – A Production by New Sussex-based Company – Monday 7th May

New theatre company, All The World’s A Space, are performing an adaptation of Shakepeare’s ‘Hamlet’ at The Rose Hill, which opens Monday, and runs until Wednesday 9th May.  According to The Rose Hill’s website, their adaptation is ‘set in 2018 within the dysfunctional dynamic of a family run pub, and staged in a site specific, immersive pub environment’, and seeks to bring the plays self destructive themes to life in a modern environment whilst simultaneously retaining Shakespeare’s original complex script. A new adaptation, by a new theatre company, in a new venue promises to make for an interesting evening.

The Rose Hill, 7.30pm, Rosehill Terrace, BN1 4JL, tickets, £12, can be purchased here, and more info can be found on their Facebook page.










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