May You Have Lots To Do In Brighton - Part 1
Forget Morris Dancing and the May Pole (although you'll probably see some Morris Dancers) Brighton well and truly packs the winter away as the May Day weekend kicks off a month of events leading the city into summer. With side splitting comedy, foodie heaven and fringe strangeness, the Bank Holiday weekend in Brighton is nothing if not packed with things to do, let's just hope the sun has been invited.
Brighton Children’s Parade – Saturday 3rd May
5000 children from 83 local schools, colleges and groups take to the streets of Brighton for the Children’s Parade. The official opening ceremony of the Brighton Festival, this year the theme is the Arts. With anything that can be played while on the move, being played and an explosion of sound and colour, the show stopping handmade costumes will delight more than 20,000 spectators. Join them along the route as the procession makes its way from Kensington Street to Marine Parade. Vibrant colours, dancing, music and community spirit make this event great fun to watch.
Brighton Festival 2014 – 3rd to 25th May
Now in its 48th year, this year’s Brighton Festival is guest directed by critically-acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Bring a celebration of music, theatre, dance and more, Brighton Festival brings three weeks of unrivalled entertainment to the city for young and old. With something to suit every taste and stellar performances from the unknown to the world renowned in the arts in various locations in Brighton. It’s time to get some culture in your life with world class theatre, opera and performance or laugh your socks off with some comedy. brightonfestival.org
Brighton Fringe – 3rd May to 1st June
Enter the wonderful world of Brighton Fringe and discover the delights within Brighton’s free arts festival. Held every Saturday throughout May and includes the first Saturday in June. The festival show cases everything from comedy to poetry, giving visitors a chance to sample the some of the festival performances. It is also an opportunity for street performers and artists to promote their work. Fringe City is even bigger than ever, setting out to stimulate, entertaining and delighting visitors with the historic backdrop of Brighton’s most iconic building. www.brightonfringe.org
Artists Open Houses – 3rd to 25th May
Held as part of the Brighton Festival, The Artists Open Houses offer a unique opportunity for visitors to visit artists and makers in their own homes. Offering a dynamic mix of art, crafts and jewellery, providing an interesting and engaging experience. With a focus on value for money and quality, this is a unique opportunity to browse the artists works, talk with them and buy some original local masterpieces should you choose to. The local artists open their doors to visitors for free and some even offer refreshments. There are 14 Open House Trails covering different areas of the city as well as independent Open Houses in some parts but all within easy walking distance.
House2014 3rd – 25th May
House 2014 is a visual arts festival, which takes contemporary art and places it in a domestic environment. Held during the May Festival period, House 2014 features a series of art works, commissioned from internationally renowned artists with the aim of blurring the lines between public and private spaces to create a different way of thinking. http://www.housefestival.org/
Foodies Food Festival 2013 3rd – 5th May, Hove Lawns
Hove Lawns plays host to the UK’s largest food and drink festival with visitors from all over the area coming to indulge in a celebration of culinary delights. Now in its fourth year, the festival is bigger than ever with live tutorials from top chefs, the best local food & drink, stalls and entertainment, it’s a real treat for all of your senses. Join Great British Bake Off winner, John White, celebrity chefs Steven Edwards and Manju Malhi and more for live cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. Travel the cuisines of the world in the street food avenue or try your hand a drinks master class or just enjoy some of the best food and drink sat back watching the live entertainment. With a Vintage Tea Tent, BBQ arena, Chilli Eating Contest and more, there’s something for everyone. Adult tickets start from £12 and are available online www.foodiesfestival.com
Historic Commercial Vehicle Run – 4th May Madeira Drive
Another of the London to Brighton runs, see’s commercial vehicles which are 20 or more years of age gather along Madeira Drive for perhaps the best display in the run calendar. As is tradition the vehicles will make their way from London, finishing at Marine Parade where around 200 of these historic work horses will be on display. From fire engines to steam wagons, from some of the famous names of the British motoring manufacturing past and present such as Bristol, Austin, Morris, Dennis and Leyland. This is your toy box brought to life and a great event for young and old.
The Great Escape Festival 8th – 10th May
Kicking off the UK music festival season, Great Escape is a platform for new music with over 400 up and coming acts lined up to play in 35 venues across the city. A very highly regarded, major festival in the music calendar, Great Escape brings 3 days of music to Brighton, entertaining more than 15000 visitors, all keen to discover the hot new bands of 2014. The festival is also a backdrop for the music industry’s leading convention. No ticket? No problem. As part of the festival they run an Alternative Great Escape, which showcases up and coming local bands which are free to watch across the city. The weekend of Great Escape is an absolute must time to visit Brighton if you are a music lover.
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