Brighton Pavilion

There’s always so much going on in Brighton and Hove over the summer months. Here’s my guide to summer in the city for July 2016. 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 –



Tour of the Old Ship Hotel

Friday 1st July – 18:00 – Old Ship Hotel – website

Dating back to 1559, the Old Ship Hotel was frequented by royalty, aristocrats and artists, with grade ll listed assembly rooms supplied by extensive cellars. Discover Brighton’s history, intertwined with that of the hotel. 

Paddle Round the Pier

Saturday 2nd-Sunday 3rd July – Hove Lawns – website

The world’s biggest free charity water sports festival. 

A Bit of Skirt and Bound by Obsession

Saturday 2nd July – Brunswick Square – website

A talk on fashion’s progress throughout the decades, along with afternoon tea at The Regency Town House.

Tour of Palmeira Mansions

Sunday 3rd July – 11:00 – £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. 

Natural Perfume Making Workshop

Sunday 3rd July – 10:00 – £60 – Seven Dials – website

Make your own unique & completely natural, organic perfume, with the finest quality essential oils.




Bite-size Museum: Wonderful Wildlife

Tuesday 5th July – 12:00 – Free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

Enjoy a guided stroll around the gardens in full bloom with Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook.

Exploring the Psychic World

Saturday 9th July – 19:30 – £22 – Preston Manor – website

See a mediumship demonstration; take a ghost tour and experience a séance in the comfort of Preston Manor’s sumptuous Edwardian interiors


11TH – 17TH JULY


Bite-size Museum: Hollingbury Hillfort

Tuesday 12th July – 12:00 – free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

A Celtic castle in Brighton & Hove? To celebrate the Festival of Archaeology join Andy Maxted, Curator of Local History & Archaeology, to unearth more about Brighton’s ancient history. 

Witchcraft Live! Family Friendly pagan ceremony

Saturday 16th July 14:30 – £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

The Superstitious House

Saturday 16th July – 14:00 – £7.50 plus museum entry – Preston Manor – website

Love, luck and the devil: an illustrated and entertaining tour exploring and explaining domestic rituals, beliefs and old wives tales both thriving and extinct.

The Royal Pavilion and the First World War

Saturday 16th July – 10:00 – £25 – Royal Pavilion – website

Uncover the remarkable story of the Royal Pavilion Estate as a military hospital from 1914-1919. This tour of the estate includes exclusive backstage access to the Dome, Corn Exchange and a glimpse of the famous secret tunnel.


18TH – 24TH JULY


Bite-size Museum: The Buried Blackrock Hoard

Tuesday 19th July – 12:00 – free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

To celebrate the Festival of Archaeology, join Archaeology Society member Jane Russell in a discussion on the hoard as a gift to the gods, the dead, or a place of safekeeping. 

Murder Mystery Night

Saturday 23rd July – 18:00 – £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!

March of the Mermaids

Saturday 23rd July – 14:00 – £4 – Hove Lawns – website

A parade along the seafront to celebrate our seas, sea life and to raise awareness of marine conservation, raising funds for the World Cetacean Alliance. March of the Mermaids is not just for mermaids! Mermen, sea mammals, crustaceans, pirates, sailors and all forms of sea life are invited to take part – It’s a day out for all the family to take part in. We are always looking out for our favourite costumes of the day, so dress to shrimpress!


25TH – 31TH JULY


Bite-size Museum: Romano-British Brighton

Tuesday 26th July – 12:00 – free with museum admission – Brighton Museum – website

To celebrate the Festival of Archaeology 2016 join Archaeology Society member John Furnell to unearth more about Brighton’s ancient history. 

Focus on Finds with Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society

Friday 29th July – 10:00 – 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

Brighton and Hove Barrio Fiesta

Saturday 30th July – 10:00 – Eastern Brighton Park – website

A traditional Filipino fiesta in honour of Catholic patron saints. Start with traditional catholic mass, then parade of children in their traditional May flower festival ball gown (know as Sagala), non stop music, dancing, singing on stage and ground entertainment showcasing traditional Filipino culture and popular music. With ground stalls selling array of Filipino foods, crafts, arts, business such as package holiday in the Philippines. 


– Recurring Events –


An Introduction to the Royal Pavilion

Every Saturday – 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 4th & Monday 18th July – 17:45 – £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.

Theatre Royal Backstage Tours

Every Saturday – 11:30 – £7.50 – Theatre Royal – website

With props, games, fun facts and plenty of photo opportunities, this is a great way to find out about more about Brighton’s most famous and fascinating theatre.


– 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

to Sunday 10th July – 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?