What’s On in Brighton this July

The Breakfast Club Takeover Drag Brunch

Sat 1 July

The Breakfast Club have paired up with Patterns to bring a flamboyant drag show dining experience to Brighton. On Patterns’ scenic seafront terrace, ticket holders can enjoy a wild time with the drag queens as well as a tasty meal from the barbecue brunch menu. From 12pm the queens will be providing entertainment throughout the day, performing routines and lip syncing to some of the classics. There will be a chance for audience involvement as well, as the queens will be hosting their own spin-off game: [Strictly Come Drag Queen]. The final show finishes at 3pm, but guests are invited to stay on and party where the food and games (including limbo and bingo) will continue – not to mention a whole load of unmissable drink deals and DJs playing through the evening.

Brighton Kite Festival

Sat 8 – Sun 9 July

Various kites flying on the sky

Kite flying is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when planning an exciting weekend, however, Brighton Kite Festival is unlike any other. It is in fact one of the longest running kite festivals in the UK, now approaching its 39th year. Hosted in the luxurious setting of Stanmer Park, an abundance of colours and shapes will fill the sky creating a mesmerising experience for all those attending. There will be many shows which will each include endless varieties of kite, including beautifully made miniature kites, kites created in the children’s craft workshop and kites designed by Martin Lester – the expert kite maker of unparalleled quality and originality. There will be an interesting insight into the games of Rokkaku and Indian kite fighting, which involves players attempting to cut each others’ kite strings – the winner being the last kite flying. Team and single kite flying sports will also be part of the day’s displays This unusual yet magnificent event will provide you with unmissable sights and totally free entry, so pack up a picnic with your friends and family and head to Stanmer Park.

Brunswick Town Art Fair

Sun 9 July

'Hollywood' by Richard Denne

‘Hollywood’ by Richard Denne

Brunswick Town Art Fair, a popular community event located in the finery of Hove’s Brunswick Square Gardens and The Regency Town House, is set to return for its sixth year running this July. As a showcase of local work, the fair will be exhibiting over 50 artists, including everything from paintings, prints and photographs to ceramics, sculptures and jewellery – all of which will be up for sale. This year will feature, among others, contemporary landscape photographer Finn Hopson and his newest collection which captures the breathtaking woods, curves and patterns of the UK’s newest national park – the South Downs.

If you’re looking for something a little more abstract, the fair will also feature the exotic and colourful Hollywood and Palm Springs inspired pop-art of Richard Denne and the ‘comic meets classic furniture’ master of decoupage, Anne French, with her teasing take on traditional objects.

March of the Mermaids

Sat 15 July

March of The Mermaids 2016

March of The Mermaids 2016

If there’s one thing us Brightonians love, it’s eccentricity and protests – two things which will be combined in the March of the Mermaids this month. Seize the chance to get your shells out and dress up as anything from a mermaid or merman, to a pirate, sea mammal, crustacean or any other aquatic life you can think of! However, this exclusive march is about much more than having a wacky oceanic day out, as the event’s true purpose is to raise awareness of marine conservation as well as celebrating our fantastic seas and sea life. The parade is now in its fifth year running – its inception inspired by the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in New York. March of the Mermaids organise fundraising events and annual parades in Brighton and work alongside their partners to do this, such as the World Cetacean Alliance, the Whale Company, Ocean Sole, Sussex Wildlife Trust and many others. The event will begin at 3pm and finish around 4pm, but if you’d like to carry on the fun just head down to the Fortune of War and The Tempest Inn. There’s no set price to take part in the march, but a suggested donation of £3 will help with fundraising and ensuring these events can continue in the future.

Tarner Festival

Sat 15 July

With the help of Tarner Community Project, Audio Active, The Roadee mobile recording studio and a few others, the residents of Tarner will be launching their annual festival this month. Tarner Community Project put together an array of activities for children and young people throughout the year, and this year’s festival will involve live music, a pop-up skate park, mural painting, balloon typhoon and face painting. These are just a small fraction of the fun happening in Tarner Park, located close to the Amex football stadium. Audio Active are a music organisation who helping young people to participating in music-related activities to support their development and passion for the arts. Audio Active, along with QM Records and The Roadee, will not only provide opportunities but great music too! If the older folks aren’t up for dressing up and taking part in the water fun zone, then don’t worry! There’ll be plenty of community stalls selling a range of authentic products, plus The Betty Lou Gin Club speakeasy bar and a raffle where you can bag yourself some magnificent prizes. All this – and totally free to get in!

Brighton’s Big Screen Launch

Sat 29 July

Brighton beach’s open air cinema is back once again with a jam-packed program. The beach front cinema will be showing a range of over 100 films, including old favourites such as Mean Girls and Quadrophenia, as well as some of 2017’s biggest hits like cult classic Trainspotting 2. The launch event will be a whole day of music on the beach with BBC Radio 6 DJ Gilles Peterson headlining, accompanied by MC Earl Zinger and many more DJs providing a sweet soundtrack of soul, funk and jazz. Is there any better way to spend a chilled out summer evening?

The V.I.B Food Tour

Attention, foodies! You’re in for a treat with The V.I.B (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour. Brighton is not least known for its ever flourishing food and drink scene, with numerous independent vendors coming through the city all the time. Over approximately three hours, tourers will get a hands-on experience in a range of Brighton foodie hotspots. Each place will be different from the next, whether it be quirky street food stalls, eco-aware and sustainable businesses or food industry revolutionaries – your taste buds will be in for a delicious adventure. On this wonderful walking tour you’ll discover high quality venues and dishes as well as immersing yourself in Brighton’s fascinating culture, hearing all sorts of stories from owners and chefs alike. Whether you’re a long-term resident, a newcomer to the city or simply visiting, your eyes will be opened to newer venues and hidden gems throughout.

Tickets are priced at £40, with tours taking place weekly throughout summer and all the way until October.

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