What’s on in Brighton during July
With July knocking on the door, you can almost feel the sun finally burning its way through the clouds. Let's hope it's here for the duration. With movies on the beach, beer and music festivals, mermaids and water sports competitions, Brighton certainly has a very full calendar of events for July!
Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival, Blackrock, Madeira Drive: 28th April – 28th September
Over 2000 tonnes of sand will be skilfully crafted by 20 of the World’s best sand artists into a mini village with a truly global feel. This year the theme revolves around the wanders from across the globe. Travel through 7 continents and see some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and creatures from a far off land all put together by these skilled artists. The festival will have something for everyone including workshops where you can get your hands dirty, a unique opportunity to have your picture taken, live demonstrations of how these impressive sculptures are put together and much more.
Brighton Big Screen, Brighton Beach: 12th June – 13th July
England might now be out of the World Cup but that just means we can enjoy it all the more. Where better to catch the rest of the action than Brighton Beach on a screen much bigger than yours at home. Set next to the Brighton Wheel you’ll be able to relax and enjoy with a drink from the licensed bar, grab a bite from the MeatLiquor or Santo Remedio Mexican and enjoy a viewing experience like no other. The 40 meter big screenings will include block buster movies, cimematic classics and sports including the World Cup, Wimbledon and The Grand Prix. http://www.brightonsbigscreen.com
Beer and Music Festival, Stanmer House, 4th & 5th July
It’s hard to say what will be the star of the show, whether it’s the 30 different beers, the stunning Stanmer Park setting, the 6 ciders, or the live bands…. but London Pride & Prejudice Beer and Music Festival is sure to be a hit. With the backdrop of Stanmer House, this free event is the perfect way to spend a summer evening. As well as a fabulous selection of ales and live acts, there will be great food and lashings of Pimms. Summer’s here!
Paddle Round The Pier, Hove Lawns, 5th & 6th July
Featuring the very best in water, street and urban sports, Paddle Round The Pier is the world’s biggest free water sports festival. This annual charity event is a real crowd pleaser with so much fun to be had for the whole family. With have-a-go opportunities, competitions, live music, children’s entertainment, amazing demonstrations, watery fun and much more. That’s not forgetting ‘The Paddle’ itself where entrants race pier to pier in whatever paddle powered watercraft they can find (often homemade). Many entrants take to the water and don’t make it much further, while the serious contenders race. There are also many other water based and land based competitions throughout the two days. http://www.paddleroundthepier.com
Macbeth, St Ann’s Well Garden, 9th & 10th July
Perfect for “Mid-Summer’s Night”, pack a picnic and head to St Ann’s Well Gardens for Shakespeare’s gruesome, blood soaked tail of ambition, Macbeth. Shakespeare’s tail is put back to basics and experienced in the open, just as the bard intended. Perfect for audiences of all ages to sit back and enjoy this unique experience. http://www.friendsofqueensparkbrighton.net/
Kipling Festival, Rottingdean, 12th & 13th July
Rottingdean’s most famous villager is celebrated with a multi-generational weekend of events. Come celebrate the life and wotk of Rudyard Kipling with a series of live theatre events, games, costumes, talks and much more. www.kiplingfestivalrottingdean.co.uk
Kite Festival Stanmer Park 12th & 13th July
The skies above Stanmer Park will be adorned with different shapes and colours as one of the oldest kite festivals takes flight. With some amazing displays by world class kite fliers, children’s kite making workshops and more, this free event is sure to be a great family day out.
Shakedown Festival 2014, Waterhall, 19th July
This year’s exciting line-up takes to the stage again in the beautiful backdrop of Stanmer Park for the 2014 Shakedown Festival. Dance the day away in this celebration of some of the biggest names in urban and electronic music including Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada.
March of the Mermaids – Hove Lawns July 26th
Brighton’s seafront is sure to be awash with Mermaids and Mermen as they walk (can they walk?) from Hove Lawns to Marine Parade in aid of charity. There are prizes for best costume, a Miss Brighton Mermaid competition and even a prize for King Prawn. The march is in aid of The Marine Conservation Society and this fund-raiser is sure to be fin-tastic!
Brighton Yoga Festival, St George’s Church, 26th July
With yoga demos all day, free lessons, live music, food and therapies, this free event is ideal for all ages and abilities, especially beginners. If you’ve ever thought about taking up yoga and weren’t quite sure, this is the perfect chance to give it a try for yourself.
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