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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.

2017 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 2017

 

 

Burning the Clocks

Brighton, 21 December

For over 2 decades, on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, locals and visitors alike have come out to watch the Burning the Clocks procession of paper and willow lanterns crossing Brighton, as we celebrate the return to longer days and shorter nights after 21 December.

More than 2,000 people are set to join this year’s parade which will culminate with the  lanterns, which contain messages of hopes and dreams, being passed along to reach one big bonfire on the seafront.

“Burning the Clocks is a lively celebration of the turning of the year but also a time for reflection and thought, who are we? Where have we been? Where are we going? What do we want for our City?” Same Sky

The parade was initially conceived so that all could celebrate the festive season, regardless of faith and this year’s event will embody the true spirit of the city with over 20,000 spectators anticipated.

Same Sky is the largest community arts charity in the South East. Their portfolio includes everything from street parades to water-based theatre, carnivals to choreography; sculpture trails to fire and light spectaculars.

Blanch House is just minutes from all the action. Why not unwind with some festive bubbles in our Champagne & Cocktail bar after the fireworks?

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Ice skating at the Royal Pavilion

Must win hands down for atmosphere” The Independent

With the cooler temperatures comes the opportunity to experience the ‘most beautiful rink in the South East’, as Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Ice Rink opens to the public from November 4th 2017 until January 14th, 2018.

The dramatically-lit Pavilion provides a unique wintry 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 in Brighton.

We’re passionate about providing the best possible Christmas experience for visitors – from our ice quality and maintenance created by cutting edge rink technology and resurfacing, to comfy boots, separate beginners area, beautiful rinkside restaurant and staff who really love what they do. We’re very blessed with our location so the rink is always a beautiful place to visit, but my favourite time to skate with my kids is after school during the week, when the rink’s slightly quieter and they can stretch their legs a bit. And we can’t wait to try out the new stone-baked kids pizza after a skate too!” said Shella Parkin, MD of Laine Ltd, creator of the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink.

Sessions can be booked through the on-site ticket office or via Ticketmaster and are one hour long.

Bar and restaurant open 9.30am – late

Box office open 9.30am – 9.45pm

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Excess

 

HOUSE Biennial

Festival at various locations, Brighton

30 September – 5 November 2017

HOUSE Biennial takes place from 30 September – 5 November 2017. With this year’s theme being Excess, artists Laura Ford, Natasha Caruana, Anthony Stevens, Andrew Omoding and Becky Warnock will be presenting work across the city, in tandem with a programme of films and events.

Excess is about each artist’s take in exploring notions around the theme and society’s insatiable appetite for consumption. British artist Laura Ford is making a series of new sculptural works, taking inspiration from the Royal Pavilion’s collection of Regency satirical caricatures, illustrating the Prince Regent’s lifestyle and the well documented excess within British culture.

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Liam Gallagher

 

Liam Gallagher – AS YOU WERE

Location: Brighton Centre

15 December 2017

This is Liam Gallagher’s first tour following the October 6th release of his debut solo album ‘As You Were’. He will be performing with special guests Rat Boy & Trampolene. After playing new tracks and classic staples at Reading and Leeds Festivals, Liam is now set to kick off his first ever solo arena tour.

The return of the 90s icon has so far received positive coverage from the media and if Glastonbury is anything to go by fans can expect an evening of huge singalongs. Three of his new tracks – ‘Wall of Glass’, ‘Chinatown’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’ – are receiving very favorable reviews already and this Brighton tour date looks set to be a must-see for fans old and new.

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Wine Tour

 

Sussex Wine Bus Tour – 19th Aug 2017

The South Downs National Park is stunning at this time of year, with lush green vegetation whichever way you look. What better way to enjoy the views than on board a vintage bus? And what better bus to be on board than the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival’s tour bus taking you for a behind the scenes peek into two of Sussex’s top vineyards? The first stop is Ridgeview, whose multi-award winning wines are a staple at Buckingham Palace and the second takes in Albourne Vineyard Estate, a boutique producer of ‘exciting and distinctive single estate English wines’.

The wine tour price includes a light breakfast and a Sussex-inspired two course lunch, at a gastro pub, with a glass of wine or beer. No tour would be complete without trying some of the incredible wines Ridgeview and Albourne have on offer and tastings at both vineyards are also included in the price.

Tour timing: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Price: £90 Per Person (over 18s only)

Further information and booking details

 

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Brighton & Hove Pride 2017 – Sat 5 Aug – Sun 6 Aug 

Lonely Planet describes Brighton’s weekend as ‘One of the best Pride events in the world.’ And this year’s celebrations promise to be epic with the Pet Shop Boys headlining the Pride Summer Of Love Festival in Preston Park on Saturday 5th August 2017, in their first Pride performance in 20 years. The iconic pop duo will be sharing the Main Stage with Years & Years, Becky Hill and KStewart to name a few. Meanwhile David Morales will be headlining the Wild Fruit Summer Of Love Stage. Joining Morales will be Jocelyn Brown, Rozalla, Alison Limerick and Angie Brown for a celebration of all things disco diva and dance.

If that wasn’t enough, there are a whole host of official Pride parties and of course the 2017 Parade which starts at Hove Lawns at 11am on Saturday 5th August and passes through the city centre. See the full Carnival of Diversity parade route here.

 

Pride 2017 Events

Brighton & Hove Pride: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August 2017

Pride Festival: Saturday 5th August 2017, 12 noon

Pride Community Parade: Saturday 5th August 2017, 11am

Pride Village Party: Saturday 5th August – Sunday 6th August 2017

Tickets for the Pride Festival are available here: Brighton-Pride.org

 

 

Brighton Big Screen

Brighton Big Screen, Fri 28 July – Sun 28 Aug

The UK’s largest outdoor cinema returns to Brighton this summer, screening live sports, classic movies and blockbusters on Brighton’s seafront, just a few minutes’ walk from Blanch House.

Kicking off the summer 2017 schedule on the 29th of July will be a day and evening of music on the beach, headlined by Gilles Peterson and MC Earl Zinger. Live acts and DJs will be performing throughout the day including Duke of York (DJ), Freak Power (live acid jazz) and Soul City (DJ Collective), with more acts to be announced shortly.

On the Sunday of the opening weekend, the 30th of July, Brighton Big Screen will be hosting one of the 5 regional heats of the British Street Food Awards. There will be 15 of the best street food vendors from London and the South East battling it out on site for your vote and four food themed films will be screened over the course of the day, so be sure to bring your appetites!

 

British Street Food Awards Schedule:

12:00 – 17:30

12:30 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

14:30 – Ratatouille

17:30 – 23:00

17:30 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

20:00 – Chef

 

Full summer schedule available on brightonbigscreen.com

 

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Paddle Around the Pier Festival, Sat 1 – Sun 2 July

Brighton’s Paddle around the Pier started in 1996 when a small group of surfers, led by founder Dave Samuel, brought together the surfing community to raise money for charity by organising a beachfront event. From an initial crowd of 50, the event has grown into what is now regarded as the world’s largest free charity beach festival, with over 50,000 people attending each year.

The festival includes water and land activities, the Paddle Village which is full of stalls and fairground rides, plus the BN1 Main Stage, Ukele Stage and Kids Stage where all sorts of entertainment is laid on for visitors.

Activities start from 8.30am on Saturday with the 2.5k Palace to Paddle Swim – Palace Pier – West Pier – Paddle Village with live bands and entertainment all day on both Saturday and Sunday.

The actual ‘Paddle’ will be at 2pm, Sunday 2nd of July, where a vast array of watersport crafts hit the waves to raise money for The Wave Project, RNLI and Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club.

Find out more at www.paddleroundthepier.com

 

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

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Blanch House is proud to be one of the headline sponsors of The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival which is a celebration of food and drink running every Easter, May, August, September and December.

Engaging annually with around 160,000 consumers and 350 food, drink and hospitality businesses, the organisers believe both local and good food should be accessible to everyone, which is why they have made a commitment that all of their major outdoor events remain free-access for everyone to experience and enjoy.

2017 festival events include:

  • Brighton Cocktail Week – 18th to 28th May
  • Sussex Wine Bus Tour – 20th May
  • Brighton Food Trail – 21st May
  • Sussex & The World Weekend: Big Sussex Market – 27th to 29th May
  • Sussex & The World Weekend: Live Food Show – 27th & 28th May
  • Sussex & The World Weekend: Butler’s Wine Cellar English Wine Festival – 29th May

Vote for Blanch House at the Brighton Food Festival Food Awards

The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards are the city’s original annual food awards and they are inviting you to nominate your favourite Brighton & Hove hospitality businesses. Categories range from Best Breakfast to Best Cocktail Bar. If you would like to vote for Blanch House please click here >>

Public nominations are open from 1 May – 31 August.

Visit brightonfoodfestival.com for the full list of the festival’s activities and events.

 

Brighton Fringe 2017

Brighton Fringe LogoA record-breaking 970 shows and events, including more than 300 world premieres, 100 international shows and the first ever Fringe City weekdays. 

Brighton Fringe reveals its 2017 programme today (22 February), a record-breaking 970 events including mor
e than 300 world premieres, 100 international shows and the first ever weekday Fringe City.

Offerings from the 260-strong theatre programme includes the world premiere of Blooming (19-21 & 25-27 May), Patrick Sandford’s take on experiences of happiness, following his hit show Groomed, which won three Brighton Fringe theatre awards in 2016. Comedy writer John Osborne (creator of John Peel’s Shed and Sky 1’s After Hours) returns with Circled in the Radio Times (26, 27-29 May), and We Are Ian (31 May & 1 June), a homage to acid house, which won the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, makes its Brighton debut.

The multi award-winning Trygve Wakenshaw returns with a double-bill: brand new show Odjo: King of the Ocean (5, 12, 19 & 26 May) and the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show Nautilus (1 & 2 June). The UK premiere of Rob van Vuuren’s horror-comedy Dangled (22-23 & 29-30 May), which won the Cape Town Fringe Festival’s Audience Choice Award, will also be staged.

There are 320 comedy shows including stand-up and magic from the legendary Jerry Sadowitz (2-3 June). Scott Gibson, winner of the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, performs Life After Death (12-14 May), a darkly hysterical account of living through a brain haemorrhage. Owen Roberts, one-third of Beasts, premieres brand new show The Man Who Ate Too Many Raisins (13 & 14 May). Boogaloo Stu’s Last Orders at The Dog & Dumplings (10-11 May), a merciless exposé of regeneration, makes its Brighton Fringe debut. Up-and-coming comedians Samantha Baines (6-7 & 20-21 May), Tez Ilyas (15-17 May), Sophie Willan (20-21 May) and Zach Zucker (12-14 May) will also perform.

This year’s WINDOW programme, ten exciting new shows selected by industry experts, includes Focus Group* (7 May), inspired by cult US writer David Foster Wallace. Also in WINDOW is Shell Shock (5 – 7 May) featuring up-and-coming Sussex actor Tom Page, adapted from a novel by Iraq veteran Neil Watkin, which is supported by the Sussex Armed Forces Network and Help For Heroes.

The dance programme features Trade Winds (25-28, 30-31 May & 1-4 June), an evocative performance that mixes animation, dance and water, which comes to major new Brighton Fringe venue Shiny Town at the Royal Pavilion Gardens. The Dance Trail (5-7 May), a collection of new works by local artists exploring borders, barriers and belonging, will be staged along the boundary between Brighton and Hove during opening weekend.

Legendary performance-artist David Hoyle (11 May) heads up the cabaret and circus programme, which also includes offerings from one of the UK’s longest running cabaret companies Cirque du Cabaret (12-1 May), which is bringing its trademark circus and burlesque to Brighton for the first time. ARCO (25-31 May, 1-4 June), a stunning acrobatic display suspended beneath a 12 metre-high illuminated arch, also comes to Shiny Town.

Brighton Fringe’s 100-plus music programme is as diverse as ever and includes legendary punk band UK Subs (13 May), US Soul singer Avery*Sunshine (17 May) and the divine Carla Lippis (27-29 May), who makes her Brighton debut.

Brighton Fringe’s visual arts programme includes Hidden Voices (13 May), an exhibition and screening of digital stories by children and young people with family members in prison, produced by Zap Art. Tim Andrews bring his stunning photography exhibition Over The Hill (5-26 May) in his Brighton Fringe debut. Tim turned himself into an art project after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2005,and has since been photographed by over 400 photographers – including Rankin, Steve Bloom, Harry Borden, Spencer Murphy and Mike McCartney.

Spoken word offerings include The Angel and The Fiend (13-20 May), a dramatised reading set to projected images about the life of muse, model, surrealist photographer and WWII war correspondent Lee Miller, who lived at Farley Farm in East Sussex.

Events and film events include Project Knockdown (26 May), a series of live acts, music videos and short films by Access to Music students, which will act as the Brighton music college’s swansong following announcement of its closure.

More than 100 international shows will see artists from across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and North America all perform this year. A special Dutch season will see a series of acclaimed shows from the Netherlands come to Brighton Fringe, funded by the Dutch Embassy and the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.

A total of 155 venues are hosting events in 2017 with people’s living rooms, beach huts, cafes, parks and pubs all being transformed into performance spaces. The ever-popular Brighton Spiegeltent returns to the Old Steine as does The Warren, to the grounds of St Peter’s Church.

Creative showcase Fringe City will see the North Laine come alive every weekend during May. This includes two Brighton Fringe Family Picnics (6 & 27 May), part of the Fringe’s kids and youth programme, which has more than 100 shows this year.

For the first time Fringe City will also take place on Thursdays and Fridays (from 11 May), at Bartholomew Square in association with Sweet Venues, and there will be an evening Fringe City (2 June) on New Road as part of The Fringe’s Final Fling. Also new for 2017 is the Fringe City Charity Day (8 May), which will host the finish of the Mayor’s Brighton-to-Paris charity cycle ride, plus community stalls and live Fringe performances.

Julian Caddy, managing director of Brighton Fringe, said: “I’m delighted to see that Brighton Fringe is larger than ever but it’s important to understand why, and why it’s relevant to you. The arts should be open to everyone, not an exclusive preserve of the few, so the open-access platform that Brighton Fringe provides is a vital support for what is a universal means of self-expression.

“We are a small local charity that works year-round to help people to produce creative work, whether it be through the extensive, free, Fringe Academy workshops, over £25,000 in financial support in the form of bursaries, free registrations for award-winners and facilitating touring for local people to tour across the UK and abroad and foreign artists to come to Brighton & Hove.

“But in the end, it’s about having a good time; so, whatever you’re into, you are likely to find it at Brighton Fringe. It’s your festival and I can’t wait to experience it with you.”

Brighton Fringe runs 5 May to 4 June. Tickets go on sale to Friends of Brighton Fringe at 10am 22 February and on general sale from 3 March. Visit www.brightonfringe.org or call 01273 917272 to book.

 

Events in Brighton 2016

MADE BRIGHTON at St Bartholomew’s

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

Entry: £4.50

To find out more click here.

 

Scenic Helicopter Flights from Brighton City Airport in Shoreham with HeliFly (UK) Ltd

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.

To find out more click here.

 

Ice skating at the Royal Pavilion

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

To find out more click here.

 

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.

To find out more click here.

 

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.

To find out more click here.

 

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.

Banquet dates:

9 December 2016 at 7:00 pm until 10:30 pm

16 December 2016 at 7:00 pm until 10:30 pm

To find out more click here.

 

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?

To find out more click here.

 

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 info@blanchhouse.co.uk

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