The school year is finally over! Though this has the kids jumping for joy, trying to fill the six weeks with activities enjoyable for the whole family (without breaking the bank) can seem an impossible feat. Luckily for residents of Brighton & Hove, we are spoilt for choice. Our city caters for all, with activities for lovers of art, history, music, sport, and anything in between. This article will give you some ideas and hopefully spark others to keep everyone in the family happy throughout August.
Street Food and Makers Market
When: Sat 12 Aug, 11am – 5pm
Where: Brighthelm Centre
What: This is the second of three summer events held at the Brighthelm Centre, combining an extensive range of yummy street food, arts and crafts, face painting, vintage fashion and jewellery and much more for all the family to enjoy. Located in the heart of Brighton, this is the perfect day out to explore local independent sellers, grab some delicious food and (fingers crossed) enjoy the beautiful sunshine while listening to some live performances from local musicians. The event will also be raising funds for Chestnut Tree House, with 10% of all tea and coffee sales from the pop-up cafes going directly to the foundation.
Enchanted Forest Workshop and Twilight Picnic
When: Mon 7 – Wed 9 Aug 10.30am – 12.30pm (workshop) / Wed 9 Aug – 6.30pm – 7.45pm (picnic)
Where: Theatre Royal Brighton
What: Fantastic creative workshops will see the kids create lanterns, sun prints, rainbow catchers and beautiful paper cut pictures out of recycled and natural materials, both to take home and add to the Enchanted Forest installation and fairytale trail outside Theatre Royal Brighton. Take part in these fantastic workshops with guidance from special artists bringing the magic of the theatre to New Road. Travel through the beautiful Enchanted Forest created by Brighton’s budding artists while on your Twilight Picnic trip. Share stories, sing songs and explore hidden parts of the theatre on your journey to the secret picnic spot to enjoy your complimentary picnic bag.
Price: Workshops £10 per session (3 for £25) / Twilight Picnic £8.50
Brighton & Hove Museums
When: All year round, with special events taking place throughout August.
Where: Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum, Hove Museum, Preston Manor and Booth Museum
What: Brighton & Hove residents (BN1, BN2, BN3 or BN4) and students studying at Brighton or Sussex University can enjoy reduced/free admission to the city’s museums all year round. Our museums stage fantastic exhibitions and displays like the Soaring Seagulls, a celebration of our mighty Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s achievement of securing promotion to the Premier League. This pop-up display includes memorabilia, programs and newspaper clippings dating back to when the team was first relegated 20 years ago. Not a football fan? Don’t fret, the Booth Museum specialises in natural history – think birds, bones and butterflies. As well as viewing the exhibitions, kids can get hands-on in the interactive discovery lab, talk to curatorial staff and volunteers, and help take care of the 2 million artefacts in the collection.
When: Fri 25 Aug – Sun 3 Sept
Where: Hove Lawns, Kingsway
What: Zippos big top tour returns with a heart-stopping performance of Jigit. Zippo brings back the old school feel of the knee-knocking, shock-inducing hilarity of The Circus. Thankfully tigers, lions and elephants are a thing of the past, but the traditional wonder of the circus remains – you won’t be disappointed. With amazing reviews from one and all, you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t get to see them this August. This dizzying show includes fan favourites Khadikov Cossack riders, the globe of death, knife throwers, jugglers, the Timbuktu Tumbers and many more acts to ensure you leave with your eyes wide with awe and your head full of mind-blowing memories. One for all the family, this is an event not to be missed.
Price: £10.50 – £27.50 (adults) / £9 – £21.50 (kids)
When: Sundays (Family Watersports Day) / Activity weeks running throughout Aug
Where: Hove Lagoon, Kingsway
What: The folks down at Lagoon Watersports know the importance of keeping fit while having fun during the summer, and provide different experience for all ages. From family fun days to activity weeks for kids and teens with loads of different watersports for all levels, fully-trained and licensed staff provide full instruction to make sure everyone has a great and safe day. With the UK’s unpredictable weather in mind, if the right conditions do present themselves the instructors will take you out to sea for a different experience. Decked out with excellent facilities such as hot showers, changing rooms and a cafe offering excellent coffee and BBQ food, this is sure to be a firm favourite with everyone in the family.
Price: Ranging from Adults £45 / Children £30 (with family discount code) / Activity weeks starting from £320
Brighton Zip Wire
When: Opens Tue 1 Aug
Where: Beside Palace Pier
What: Brighton’s beloved big wheel is being replaced with new twin zip wires stretching 300m along the beautiful seafront. Definitely not for the faint of heart, this zip wire reaches 22m high above the pebbled beach, which seems a lot higher as you ascend the 90 steps to the top of a distinctive Helter Skelter themed tower, providing a thrill-seeking experience for all ages. If this still isn’t enough for the adrenaline junkies, a second attraction allows daredevils to enjoy a free-fall sensation by stepping off a platform and falling for moments to be caught by safety equipment called the Drop Zone. Both activities will leave you wanting more. A cafe and shop are also planned to be built to provide a whole day experience, so whether you’re zip-lining, free-falling or just watching, you can still enjoy an exciting day out. The attraction is currently not taking prior bookings to reduce the risk of queues, as the whole experience takes roughly 20 minutes while riders are briefed and harnessed.
Price: £16 (single) / £30 (dual ride)