Brighton Pavilion

Festival month may be over, but I still love a good close-to-home event, so here’s my monthly round up of what’s going on in Brighton and Hove in June 2016.

I’ll be making this a monthly feature, so if you have an event which I’ve missed here, or if you’d like to have your event included in a future month, then drop me an email.


– One Off Events –



Free Lindyhop Lesson

Saturday 4th June – 11:00-12:00 – The Open Market – website

Come and join in the fun as Brighton Lindyhoppers offer up a free hour long dance lesson. All ages and abilities are welcome –  if that feels a little too energetic why not just pop along, grab some cake from one of our shops or stalls and watch!

Kemptown Carnival

Saturday 4th June – Kemptown – website

The Kemp Town Carnival has grown from a small village fete into Brighton’s own ‘Notting Hill by the Sea’, celebrating the summer with the theme of Flowers and becoming one of cities most cherished community street festivals.

Film and Comic Con Brighton

Saturday 4th June – 9:00-18:00 – from £8 – Brighton Centre – website

Film & Comic Con Brighton promises to bring you some of your favourite stars from TV, Film and Comics as well as a whole host of fun activities including photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of TV and Film memorabilia to browse.

London to Brighton Classic Car Run

Sunday 5th June – Madeira Drive – website

The London to Brighton Classic car run commenced in 1988 and gives owners of vintage and classic cars the chance to take part in a run in June complete with a self guided scenic tour to Brighton which changes each year and attracts many regular participants.

End Times Steampunk Festival

Sunday 5th June – 19:00 – £15 – The Old Market – website

Iron Boot Scrapers (Edwardian Rock band), birdeatsbaby (Gothic pop) and Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer (Chap rapping buffer), joined by The Filthy Spectacula (Steampunk roosters). A Steampunk market and bar will be available for all bun stranglers from 2pm onwards at The Old Market.

Tour of Palmeira Mansions

Sunday 5th June – 11:00-12:30 – £8 – 33 Palmeira Mansions – website

Take a glimpse back at Victorian life in a house tour which reveals the opulence, taste and lifestyle of a nouveau riche gentleman. This terraced house with its impressive grade II listed interior, has miraculously survived and is now part of the English Language Centre in Hove.




Fashion Cities Africa: Nairobi

Tuesday 7th June – 18:30-20:30 – £8 – Brighton Museum – website

Join stylist/fashion consultant and key member of Nairobi’s creative powerhouse The Nest, Sunny Dolat, and designers Katungulu Mwendwa and Kepha Maina for a glass of wine and to learn more about Nairobi’s diverse fashion landscapes.

Bite-size Museum: Living Echoes

Tuesday 7th June – 12:00-12:45 – Free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

Hear the living histories of once resplendent Burmese buildings. With authors of Yangon Echoes: Inside Heritage Homes Virginia Henderson and Tim Webster.

Martletts Midnight Walk

Saturday 11th June – 00:00 – £16 – Brighton Racecourse – website

The Midnight Walk is the Martlets Hospice’s biggest fundraising ‘girls night out’ of the year. It has a unique atmosphere as 100s of women take to the streets of Brighton at Midnight to walk, have fun, raise money and take on a personal challenge. 6, 13 or 20 mile routes available.

Wild Life Festival

Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th June – from 14:00 – from £65.65 – Brighton City Airport – website

WILD LIFE festival returns to the grounds of Brighton City Airport with headliners Disclosure, Rudimental, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and James Bay!

Brighton Naked Bike Ride

Sunday 12th June – 12:00 –  The Level – website

A naked lunch, a seaside bike ride in the buff, a paddle in the sea and a naturist beach picnic! Brighton celebrates cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against car culture.

Brighton Record and CD Fair

Sunday 12th June – 8:30-3:30 – from £2 – Brighton Centre – website

Frequented by the frivolous thrifty and famous, the Brighton Record and CD Fair offers the very best in new and vintage items on all formats. At our Brighton Centre SYNDICATE WING Fair we offer the very best in VINYL CDs DVD Music Books Mags and Memorabilia.


13TH – 19TH JUNE


Bite-size Museum: Across the Black Water

Tuesday 14th June – 12:00-12:45 – free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

Across the Black Water: fiction bringing history to life with the story of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh soldiers of the First World War. With Caroline Goffin, member of the Salt of the Sarkar project.

2manysiblings present: Thrift Social for Fashion Cities Africa

Thursday 16th June – 19:00-22:00 – £10 – Brighton Museum – website

Nairobi based style entrepreneurs Papa Petit and Velma Rossa (2manysiblings) bring their fabulous cool style to Brighton to celebrate our major new exhibition Fashion Cities Africa. Bring along your unwanted clothes and accessories on the night to style, swap, shop and upcycle  

Witchcraft Live! Family Friendly pagan ceremony

Saturday 18th June 14:30-16:15 – £10 – Preston Manor – website

Experience an authentic, family-friendly Pagan ceremony in a magical walled garden near the full moon and come away with a spell to health, prosperity or love and more especially themed to each moon-month

Hanover Food Fair

Saturday 18th June – 14:00-17:30 – 33 Southover Street – website

The first Hanover Food Fair is taking place at the Hanover Community Centre so come and try some wonderful extra virgin olive oils from Tuscany, Sicily and Spain, and taste a selection of the food goodies your neighbours make. 

2manysiblings in conversation

Saturday 18th June – 11:30-12:30 – £8 – Brighton Museum – website

Papa Petit and Velma Rossa (2manysiblings) talk about their forays in art, fashion and style, with Hannah Azieb Pool, author of Fashion Cities Africa.

BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride

Sunday 19th June – from £35 – Madeira Drive – website

Be part of our legendary bike ride from London to Brighton. Leave the buzz of the city behind you and cycle through country lanes, descending into a triumphant finish by the sea. 


20TH – 26TH JUNE


Boho Gelato Cocktail Pop Up at Señor Buddha

Thursday 23rd June – 18:30/20:30 – Señor Buddha – website

The Boho Gelato team are popping up at my favourite tapas bar with their amazing ice cream cocktails. I cannot wait!

Focus on Finds with Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society

Friday 24th June – 10:00-16:00 – free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

Join Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society in Museum Lab as they investigate archaeological finds from across Brighton & Hove. Bring along any finds and we will help you try to identify them

Murder Mystery Night

Saturday 25th June – 18:00-20:30 – £21 – Preston Manor – website

Join 368 Theatre Company for an evening of murder and mystery set in the 1930s.  Watch the story unfold and see if you can work out whodunit!


27TH – 30TH JUNE


The Medium’s Medium: the story behind a small collection of Victorian spirit photographs

Tuesday 28th June – 12:00-13:00 – Brighton Museum – website

The story behind a small collection of Victorian spirit photographs. With Digital Development Officer Kevin Bacon.


– Recurring Events –


Pavilion Tales

Each Thursday – 15:00-15:45 – Free with Admission – Royal Pavilion – website

Join us in the magnificent Music Room for secrets, stories and unexpected histories in these regular pop-up talks by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff

Tour and Tea with the Head Gardener: Creating a Regency Garden

Thursday 2nd & Thursday 9th June – 14:00-16:00 – £16.50 (including a cream tea) – Brighton Museum – website

Join Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook for one of his celebrated tours of the Royal Pavilion Garden, followed by a cream tea in the Royal Pavilion Tearoom

An Introduction to the Royal Pavilion

Each Saturday – 14:00-14:30 – £4.50 (plus Pavilion Admission) – Royal Pavilion – website

Be transported back in time with one of our expert guides on these new public guided tours. Hear stories of King George IV’s impressive banquets, balls and concerts attended by fashionable society and courtiers, and learn more about the architecture and decorative art of the Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion: Basement and Tunnel Tours

Monday 6th & Monday 20th June – 17:45-18:30 – £10 – Royal Pavilion – website

A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the basement and tunnel of the Royal Pavilion. Discover more about life below stairs for the servants, from the rat catcher to George’s principal private secretary. The tour ends with a visit to the tunnel which led to George IV’s royal stables and riding school.


– Long-Running Events –


Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain

All month – times vary – free with Manor admission – Preston Manor – website

A unique display of artefacts, manuscripts and documents, from the Doreen Valiente Foundation. In 2013 Doreen made posthumous history by being the first witch to be awarded a blue plaque on her home in Brighton to commemorate her life and honour her achievements

The Language of Flowers

All month (closed Monday) – 10:00-17:00 – free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

A new display of modern and historical paintings from the museum’s Fine Art collection, all featuring flowers

Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity

All month (closed Monday) – 10:00-17:00 – free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

This display tells the previously untold story of the 6,000 amputee soldiers who received treatment, rehabilitation and training at the Royal Pavilion during the First World War

Fashion Cities Africa

All month (closed Monday) – 10:00-17:00 – free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion. In this ground-breaking new exhibition Brighton Museum explores the global influence and diversity of African fashion, from couture to street style

Fashion Cities Africa: Brighton Stories

All month (closed Monday) – 10:00-17:00 – free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

This display of striking life-size portrait images reveal the unique fashion identities created by members of Brighton & Hove’s African diaspora communities

Brighton Big Screen

From Friday 10th June – times vary – from £3 – Brighton Beach – website

Live Sport, Blockbuster, Classic & Family Movies on Brighton Beach!


I can’t wait to go to some of these, but what do you think? Any of these catch your eye?