Brighton Events – Recommended by Blanch House
The vibrant city of Brighton always has a vast array of events happening at any one time from music, sports and cultural to comedy and festivals.
2016 is no exception and whatever your tastes and interests you’ll be sure to find something for you. We’ve picked out a few of the upcoming events going on in the city over the next few months, so you can plan your Brighton visit.
Blanch House is within walking distance or a short taxi ride from all of Brighton’s main venues.
British Airways i360 – Distance from Blanch House –1.1 miles – 24-minute walk
Brighton Centre – Distance from Blanch House – 0.9 miles – 16-minute walk
Brighton Dome – Distance from Blanch House – 0.6 miles – 12-minute walk
Concorde 2 – Distance from Blanch House – 0.6 miles – 12-minute walk
Theatre Royal – Distance from Blanch House – 0.6 miles – 13-minute walk
Brighton Open Air Theatre – Distance from Blanch House – 2.2 miles – 12-minute drive
Events in Brighton 2016
St Bartholomew’s, Europe’s tallest parish church, is a stunning late Victorian Byzantine-inspired church also referred to as Noah’s Ark because legend has it that it was built to the same dimensions.
MADE BRIGHTON has been running for over a decade and this year brings 65 contemporary designers and makers to sell their handcrafted work direct to the public. Ideal for late Christmas shoppers, MADE BRIGHTON at St Bartholomew’s will offer a huge range of gifts from ceramics, jewellery, home wares, glass and wood work, to textiles and screen-prints.
St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4GP
Date: 10 December from 10.30am-6pm
This December why not take to the skies over Brighton on an exclusive Helicopter Tour*? The tours make an ideal, unique Christmas gift for a loved one and a very special way to explore the Sussex countryside. Gift vouchers are available for short helicopter experience flights with prices starting from as little as £45.
HeliFly offer a range of set or custom helicopter tours with prices starting from £255 for a 20-minute Brighton tour for up to 3 passengers.
*Weight limits apply.
With the seasonal drop in temperature comes a lovely benefit every winter in Brighton, as the ‘most beautiful rink in the South East’, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Ice Rink opens to the public until January 15th, 2017.
The dramatically-lit Pavilion provides a unique wintery backdrop. The venue and its rinkside bar and restaurant offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a romantic evening or family afternoon out.
Sessions can be booked through the on-site ticket office or via Ticketmaster and are one hour long.
Bar and restaurant open 9.45am – late
Box office open 9.45am – 9.45pm
Folklore and Magic at Preston Manor
Until 30 September, the doors are open at ‘Britain’s spookiest historic house’, Preston Manor in Brighton. Experience local witch, Doreen Valiente’s personal collection of unique artefacts and documents.
Valiente is internationally regarded as having been ‘the mother of modern witchcraft’. In 2013 she made history as the first witch to be awarded a blue plaque commemorating her achievements, on her home in Kemp Town.
Vailente’s collection is acknowledged by academics as the most important of its kind worldwide. At Preston Manor you can view up close her artefacts, manuscripts and writings on witchcraft, magic, folklore and Paganism.
Bonfire Night in Lewes
Every 5 November, the sleepy town of Lewes lights up for the largest bonfire night celebration in the world. Not one, but 6 individual Lewes Bonfire Societies hold their own processions, fire sites and firework displays in honour of their particular traditions, all in full period costume.
This event is to remember Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and the Seventeen Martyrs burnt at the stake in Lewes from 1555 to 1557. During the procession 17 commemorative huge burning crosses are paraded through the town – a sight not to me missed! The Lewes Bonfire Night celebrations now attract tens of thousands of visitors and enjoy a worldwide reputation.
The processions start at 5pm and go on well into the night, finishing at 1am. The event is extremely popular and organisers recommend travelling by train or bus. Lewes is around 11 miles from Brighton.
Christmas Banquet at the Royal Pavillion
This December the Royal Pavilion invites you to a Christmas celebration fit for a king. Enter a bygone era as you experience festive hospitality like no other in the palace’s State Banqueting Room.
Whether you choose to dress in black tie or a period costume for the evening, the traditional festive atmosphere is sure to transport you back in time.
9 December 2016 at 7:00 pm until 10:30 pm
16 December 2016 at 7:00 pm until 10:30 pm
Burning of the Clocks
In Brighton we love a parade and December is no different! In celebration of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, 21 December, 20,000 people come out to watch the procession of paper and willow lanterns as it crosses the city.
The event ends with a bang with all the lanterns being set alight on one big bonfire along with this year’s special fire sculpture. With a back drop of fireworks across Brighton’s winter skyline, live music completes the finale.
Now in its twelfth year, the parade was originally created so that all could celebrate the festive season, regardless of faith. This event is truly one of a kind and embodies the spirit of the city.
Blanch House is just minutes from all the action. Why not unwind with some festive bubbles in our Champagne and Cocktail bar after the fireworks?
Accommodation Bookings for Brighton Events:
To book your boutique accommodation for a truly memorable stay in Brighton for one of these or other events in Brighton book online, call us on 01273 603504 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org