This month’s pop up pleasures in Brighton

There’s something quite exciting about one-day events. When a shop, kitchen or fair appears seemingly at random, there is always a buzz in the air radiating from the organisers and workers, quickly picked up on by customers. There’s the great feeling of finding a shop that feels exclusive to the secretive feel of a supper club. If pop up events are up your street, here are a few of the most exciting events coming to Brighton this February.

Pop Up Brighton

Founded by Ashleigh Ward, Pop Up Brighton has been curating events to create free opportunities for artists to display their work around the city since 2011. Now in their fourth year, 2015 is set to be an exciting one for the project with a new, undisclosed location in the North Laine. Anybody is welcome to apply to use the space; Ashleigh will then select a different person or group every week from the ninth of February to use it. The future of the pop up industry has arrived.

Tabl Pop Up Kitchens/Supper Clubs

WED 4 FEB: ‘The Bookish Supper Society’

Co-hosted by writer and columnist Laura Lockington and award winning literary producer Sarah Hutchings, this supper club is becoming increasingly popular. Book now to avoid disappointment and discover this event’s mystery location. The three focus books this meet are The Black Project by Gareth Brookes, Are We Nearly There? by Ben Hatch, and Bryony Gordon’s The Wrong Knickers. Don’t miss a casual evening of wine, supper and conversation. £25 per person.
Naked Eye Gallery, Farm Mews, Farm Road, Hove, BN3 1GH.

FRI 6 FEB: ‘Generations’

Presented by father and son team Lynes & Co, modern cooking pops up at The Marwood Cafe this month. With Mr Lynes Senior at the helm, also known as Andy, his impressive career in the food industry (restaurant critic, author and also Masterchef semi-finalist) sets this evening up for success. His son George supports his father’s culinary talent with his own accolades as commis chef at The Coal Shed. £32.50 per person.
The Marwood Cafe, 52 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF.

SAT 21 FEB: ‘Señor Buddha’s Pop Up Kitchen #7’

Merging east Asian and Mediterranean cuisine creates unexpected but beautiful flavours. Lee Shipley has nailed this fusion at his pop up events and now we’re reaching number seven, he’s going strength to strength. Aiming to be unpretentious and non-elitist, the idea is to create delicious, adventurous and imaginative food. Job done.
LaLa’s, 81 George Street, Hove, BN3 3YE.

The Open Market Healthy Living Fair

The stalls of The Open Market are being transformed on SUN 22 FEB to accommodate professionals from the world of health and well-being. Talks, workshops, mini consultations and products are available for those interested in healthy lifestyles, and people that may or may not have broken their New Year’s resolutions by the end of Jan. Or on the 1st. So, instead of lying in on this particular Sunday morning, check out what could make a huge difference in your life from 10am until 5pm.
The Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton, BN1 4JU.

Lou Lou’s Brighton Vintage Fair

Brighton’s addiction to all things vintage is being enabled on SUN 15 FEB by the Corn Exchange as they host the first fair of 2015. From 11am – 4pm there will be 40 stalls brimming with yesteryear’s sartorial splendour and home wear too. To have a break from all the excitement, there will be The Vintage Tea Party tea parlour, by pop up regulars Caddy and Candy, serving up scrumptious treats. You can jive and swing through the fair with vocalist Sylvia Ewen as your soundtrack and, if you fancy, you can pop over to The Vintage Hair Salon for a makeover to match the day. £2 entry, free for under 12s.
The Corn Exchange (Brighton Dome), Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UE.

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