May You Have Lots To Do In Brighton - Part 2
Starting with the Children’s Parade, May in Brighton has something around every corner for visitors. With the Brighton Festival, Artists Open Houses throughout May and The Fringe Festival, visitors to Brighton can be assured that there are plenty of things going on throughout the city to keep them occupied.
St Ann’s Well Garden, Spring Festival – 14th May
The St Ann’s Well Spring Festival is a fantastic, free family friendly day out set in one of Brighton & Hove’s more delightful parks. This year brings a bigger and better selection of entertainment and fun activities for all with a roller disco, music from local bands, taster sessions, a kids’ fun zone and much more. Children are asked to dress up for the occasion as bees and bugs which adds an air of fun. There will be a huge market selling local produce and crafts, a BBQ and hog roast, but for a fun filled free day out, bring your own picnic!
Heroes Run v Villains - Hove Seafront 15th May
Is it a bird? Is a plane? No, it’s 100’s of super heroes and villains running for charity in the annual super hero themed run. Men, women and children of all ages adorn their alter ego and run a series of races along the seafront in Hove in aid of Pass It On Africa.
The Great Escape Festival 2016, Various locations - 19th to 21st 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 16000 visitors and 3,000 delegates, all keen to discover the hot new bands of 2016. 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. http://greatescapefestival.com/line-up/
Mackerel Fayre, Brighton Fishing Museum - 21st May
Dating back to the Tudor and Stuart times, this annual event follows the tradition of blessing the nets when the church received a percentage of the catch. Starting at 12.30pm with the Salvation Army Band, the Fayre is then opened by The Mayor of Brighton & Hove and The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field. The blessing of the nets is carried out by Father Mark Lyon before the seductive sounds of the Silver Sounds Samba Band and Bugle Boys entertain the passing crowds. Barbecued Mackerel and fresh locally caught fish will be on sale throughout the fayre. Come and experience one of Brighton’s lesser known traditions.
London to Brighton Mini Run, Madeira Drive - 22nd May
The London to Brighton Mini run is probably one of the most well know of the Brighton run events and is the biggest stretching from the Brighton Sealife Centre down to Blackrock. Where over 2,000 vehicles with the spirit of the Italian Job, famous Monte Carlo Rally victories and the elegance of a true British classic will be on display to visitors as owners show off their pride and joy.
Funk The Family, Hove Park - Saturday 28th May
This all day family festival has an emphasis on high quality, family entertainment. Set in Hove Park, the festival has something to keep every member of the family happy. With the best live music, family entertainment, food, drink and hopefully sunshine, it’s a day not to be missed. Learn some bushcraft, try your hand at a bit of trapeze, or even become Robinhood for the afternoon with some archery. There’s so much to do, there’s too much to list or you could just sit back and enjoy the music. http://www.funkthefamily.co.uk/
Funk The Format, Hove Park Sunday 29th May
The Funk The Format Festival is the adult only version of Funk The Family, with the aim of bring a little slice of the Notting Hill Carnival vibe to Brighton & Hove. With an amazing line-up of artists including Soul II Soul, championing good vibe, good music and good fun! Hove Park will be transformed into a magical, musical World, just for adults and as it’s a bank holiday weekend, there’s no excuse to party.
Hove Carnival – Hove Park 30th May
Hove Carnival is a great family event, held on Bank Holiday Monday in Hove Park. The Carnival mixes traditional fair activities with family fun. There is truly something for everyone, try your hand at the coconut shy or improve your golf swing, get your hands dirty potting plants or relax on the miniature railway. The main arena will host an array of events throughout the day including Falconry and dog displays. As well as a small petting zoo, little ones will be able to take their teddies to the St John’s Teddy Bear Hospital. This year will also feature a Big Top, where local bands will be performing.
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