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What’s On This Weekend: 11th – 13th of October 2019

What’s On This Weekend: 11th – 13th of October 2019
Jaishree Ram
  • On 10th October 2019

As the weekend finally rolls around the corner, here are some feel-good events taking place in Brighton fit for all ages and interests. 

Featured image: © Wikipedia



Friday 11th October

Sussex’s Arts Fair @ Brighton Racecourse

Kick-start your weekend by admiring some of the finest artwork Sussex has to offer. Taking place at Brighton Racecourse, guests can parade around the venue with their chosen beverage at hand (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options offered), browsing through some of the greatest artwork available to purchase. Whilst the event takes place all weekend, it’s recommended you go on Friday – the ‘Preview Evening’ – to get a feel of what you may desire. Additionally, all proceeds made this weekend will go to the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Brighton Racecourse. 18:00 – 21:00. Freshfield Road, Brighton, BN2 9XZ. Tickets £12.


A Prince’s Treasure @ The Royal Pavilion

Experience the Royal Pavilion restored in its natural artistic glory as over 120 former decorative pieces have been relocated to its former site. Thanks to a loan from Her Majesty The Queen herself, witness enthralling pieces that have not been revealed to the public in over 170 years. As specified on the official website, some items displayed include the Kylin Clock, four hexagonal, nine-tiered, Chinese porcelain pagodas and a set of vases mounted as oil lamps. Submerge yourself into royal history and witness this unique exhibition for yourselves!

Royal Pavilion. Between 10:00 – 17:00. 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE. Adult tickets from £13.50 (cheaper resident tickets are available from the website, members go for free).

The Royal Pavilion © Wikipedia

Saturday 12th October

Brighton Chocolate Festival @ The Hilton Brighton Metropole

Arguably the most palatable and sweetest event this weekend, the Hilton will host the city’s chocolate festival showcasing the best chocolate and chocolatiers. Focusing primarily on sustainable, ethical and fair trade products, indulge in an array of chocolates whilst you can engage in educational talks about the history of chocolate-making and the art of production from cocoa bean to stores.

Brighton Hilton Metropole. Between 11:00 – 17:00. Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FU. Free entry – no tickets required.


Brighton Dome Backstage Tour @ Brighton Dome

Did you know that the Dome was built as a horse’s stable for King George’s IV? Or that, alongside the Royal Pavilion, the Dome was used as a World War One military hospital? How about how Pink Floyd’s critically acclaimed, world-renowned album Dark Side of the Moon was premiered in this very building? Or that maybe ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision on the very stage of the Dome? Walk in the footsteps of iconic artists such as David Bowie and Led Zeppelin during this eye-opening tour of the history of this legendary establishment. Visitors have the chance to engage with the history and secrets of the Dome, as well as getting to witness the notorious Royal Pavilion tunnel.

Brighton Dome. 11:00 and 13:00 (various dates also available). Church St, Brighton BN1 1UE. Tickets £8 (discount available for members).


All Day Reggae Festival @ Sidewinder

This all-day festival is set to be an exciting and inviting event for all, despite your preference in music. Unwind as you zone into 11 hours of non-stop, hard-hitting reggae tunes from some of Brighton’s best local bands and DJs whilst indulging in the tastiest traditional Caribbean cuisine. Whilst entry is free, donations are accepted on the door to raise money for City Food Share, a local Brighton and Hove-based charity supporting food banks and homeless shelters around the city.

Sidewinder. 15:00 – 02:00. 65 St James Street, Brighton, BN2 1PJ. Free entry.

Brighton Dome © Paul Gillett


Sunday 13th October

Mboka Festival Showcase @ The Writer’s Place

Lose yourself into the history of both the Gambian and African Diaspora’s rich cultural heritage this Sunday. With live performance arts from African artists, expect to educate yourself through storytelling, poetry and music. This family-friendly festival welcomes people of all ages and ethnicities, with an exciting opportunity to feast upon the finest Ethiopian cuisine.

The Writer’s Place. 12:00 – 21:00. 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT. Tickets from £5.


RISE 8K Women’s Charity Run @ Saltdean, Brighton

For those already in the Christmas mood, what better way to exercise the spirit of giving than by supporting and sponsoring RISE’s 8K women’s run! RISE is a Sussex-based charity supporting domestic abuse and violence victims with all proceeds from the run going to them. Commencing in Saltdean’s undercliff, the run will pass through Brighton and make its way back to the starting point. Not far from Brighton Marina, if Saltdean is impractical for some, supporting these courageous women in Brighton will suffice. The run also features a special guest appearance from Caroline Lucas who will deliver a speech and initiate the race. What better way to end your week than with the power of giving!

Undercliff, Saltdean. 10:00.  

Undercliff, Saltdean © Paul Gillett

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