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 Tattoo Convention, The Brighton Centre - 1st May
Once again for the Brighton Tattoo Convention. A festival of all things ink, kicking off the 2014 Tattoo calendar by bringing in over 300 of the World’s most renowned tattoo artists to Brighton. Intriguing, artistic and colourful with attendees and stalls displaying their colourful skin art. There are also a variety of other attractions including, live entertainment, stalls, and tattoo competitions. For the tattoo fans out there, it’s a weekend not to missed. http://brightontattoo.com/
Historic Commercial Vehicle Run, Madeira Drive - 1st May
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.
Foodies Festival 2016, Hove Lawns - 1st to 2nd May
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. 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. With 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 £14 and are available online.
Artists Open Houses Festival 2016 - 1st to 30th May
Held as part of the Brighton Festival, The Artists Open Houses offer a unique opportunity for visitors to visit artists and makers in 196 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. http://aoh.org.uk/
Brighton Fringe Opening Night Parade, Madeira Drive - 6th May
To mark the 50th year of the Brighton Festival, there will be an opening night parade which will make its way through the streets of Brighton in a spectacular display of light, ending with fireworks on Brighton beach.
Brighton Children’s Parade, Starts Madeira Drive - Saturday 7th 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 ‘Brighton Celebrates’. Join more than 20,000 spectators and immerse yourself in a spectacle of colourful handmade costumes. 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 Fringe Festival 2016 - 6th May to 6th June
Enter the wonderful world of Brighton Fringe and discover the delights within Brighton’s free arts festival. Held every Saturday and Sunday throughout May, the festival show cases everything from comedy to poetry, giving visitors a chance to sample the some of the festival performances. As the biggest arts festival in England, it is a great 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
Brighton Festival 2016 - 7th to 29th May
This year directed by award winning author Ali Smith, 2014 Goldsmiths Prize winner, the Brighton Festival is now in its 50th year. A celebration of music, theatre, dance and more, Brighton Festival brings three weeks of unrivaled 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
MG Regency Run – Madeira Drive 8th May
Once the “affordable” British sports car of choice, these classy two seaters will follow a scenic route from London to their finishing point at Madeira Drive in Brighton. With the stunning Victorian seafront as a backdrop, a variety of classic MG’s ranging from 1920 to present day will be on display. Visitors have a chance to inspect and chat to the owners of these British classics.
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