One of the most important annual events in the UK is Lewes Bonfire Festival, featuring a variety of controversial figures paraded through the streets and burnt on one of the five bonfires they have at the event.
The event is organised by the local bonfire societies under Lewes Bonfire Council and each proceed along their own route accompanied by a number of other societies in the area. With each of the figures causing heated discussion over some years it is a spectacle to be marveled at by event-goers.
During the event burning crosses are carried through the town marking the demise of the seventeen martyrs as well as flaming tar barrels symbolizing ‘the throwing of the magistrates in the river’. Over 80,000 people have come in past years so be aware it is very crowded.
When: Tuesday 5th November Gates 6pm, display 7:30pm Where: Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove, BN3 3AN How much: Family ticket : £25.00 per ticket, Child ticket: £5.00 per ticket, Adult ticket: £10.00 per ticket, Under 5’s: £Free
If Lewes isn’t your thing then is recommended as one of the biggest fireworks displays in Sussex by The Times – after Lewes of course. Gates open at 6pm where you can make your way to a variety of hot and cold food, refreshments and the usual flashing firework debauchery. Tickets can be purchased on the gate.
When: Tuesday 5th November Where: Back-a-Yard, Brighton, BN2 3LE How much:£Free
Running a one-off session of music and Jamaican food at the Back-a-Yard venue, compere Rupert “The Gammon” Williams will be hosting a night of dinner and back gammon before the Bonfire! All proceeds of the evening will be going to The Mlambe Project – a charity set up by graduates who seek to provide education for developing countries.
To enter the Backgammon competition they are running just write your name on their Facebook event wall. Plus, don’t forget about cocktails they have on offer!
When: Saturday 9th November 6.30pm Where: Beach Green , Shoreham, West Sussex How much:£Free
This is a family beach bonfire night, with a beach bateria samba band, fire performers, teacup rides and food stalls. All totally free, all they ask is that you consider a small donation as it’s a community run event that can only go ahead with the support of donations.
When: Friday 1st November Where: The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS How much: £14/£12. For groups of 8+ contact TOM for discounts
Take a look into the bizarre world of electric passion as Copperdollar celebrates Mexico’s Day of the Dead with an evening of visual and hypnotic entertainment.
Copperdollar’s parties are a visual feast of performance as they celebrate from the success of Glastonbury 2013. If you missed the festival this summer then this is a great opportunity to have a taste of what they do. This is a night to remember, a place you’ll never forget, where the future is past and yesterday hasn’t been.
When: Friday 1st November 6-9pm, Sat 2nd November 10-6pm and Sun 3rd November 11-5pm Where: Thistle Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton How much: £Free
The Pre-loved Designer Sale makes its way to Brighton for fashion lovers to buy and sell pre-loved designer womenswear.
You can find a huge selection of names at this event including: Whistles, Westwood, All Saints and Alexander McQueen. You can drop your clothes off prior to the event and collect the cash later, or come along with your money to spend on items that start at just £5.
When: Saturday 2nd November 11am-5pm Where: Brighton Unitarian Church How much: £Free
Starting in 2010 as a platform to showcase the very best in handmade crafts by Hannah Marshall and Katy Dormer, The Makers Boutique has grown from strength to strength each year, now running various pop-up events around the UK. The one this weekend promises to be very special. With an array of quality, handmade wares and other treats, grab your Christmas presents from local makers and creatives now!
When: Friday 1st November 7pm Where: The Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton, BN1 4FQ How much: £Free before 8pm
As the longest running air guitar championships in the world you can assume that the air plucking enthusiasts have been waiting for this event all year. Judged by the audience rather than a panel of judges get down and get involved.
When: Now until Sunday 3rd November Where: Brighton Music Hall, 127 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2FN How much: £5
As the first of what will now be an annual event, The Brighton Apple and Pumpkin festival will be taking place on Brighton Beach next to The Brighton Music Hall in a tremendous tipi! With live music, a full list of attractions, cider bar and apple and pumpkin kitchen, celebrate this harvest festival and show your support.
In the tipi there will be fun events and music. On the terrace all day there will be chicken racing, the Steampunk Airstream Gin Palace, a children’s fairground, pumpkin carving, puppet shows, apple-bobbing, ferret bingo, a photo booth and classic morris dancing!
Don’t forget that in the main building you are able to enjoy the apple and pumpkin kitchen where you can gorge on squash soup and homemade pumpkin pie. Wash it down with the local cider bar.
When: Thursday 31st October, open now til 9pm Where: Art Schism, 87 Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP Brighton How Much: £Free
Get down to Art Schism on Halloween night as they present an evening of tricks and treats. With artists from all around Brighton submitting work under the theme ‘Monsters’ the collective also have a talking pumpkin alongside Mark Mnky Hooley painting portraits of attendees monster style.
When: 1st November 2013 – showing of Carrie 10:30pm – after show prom 11:30pm Where: Komedia, Gardner St Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UN How much: Showing of Carrie: £11.20 – Adult, £10.20 – Student, £9.20 – Picturehouse Members, After Show Prom Club Night, just £3.50 in advance or £5 on the door
If you love old horror movies then Duke After Dark are showing the 1976 Carrie with a gory senior prom after party brought to you by performance arts event extraordinaires, Trailer Trash. With Carrie-themed twisted cabaret, circus sideshow acts, magnificent displays of telekinesis, and dirty pillows galore. Plus an eclectic mix of electro-swing, rock ‘n’ roll, prom tunes, punk, movie tracks – be prepared for who will be crowned King and Queen of the prom.
When: Thursday 31st October Where: The Quadrant, Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3GJ How Much: £Free
If Carrie isn’t really your thing then get down to The Quadrant for a showing of the iconic white masked killer in Halloween. With dress up encouraged for the evening you can drink out of pumpkins, eat spider pizza and enjoy the evening for the Halloween themed regular monthly event, Clock Tower Cinema.
When: Thursday 31st October 11pm Where: Concorde 2 How much: £10.50 (advanced tickets available)
Playgroup has joined forces with Concorde 2 for an event that is guaranteed to have high-velocity dance floor action from a full-variety show featuring one of Brighton’s favourites, The Correspondents.
The Correspondents are Mr. Bruce and Chucks. They take the multi-genre approach, with producer Chucks throwing a history of dance music into the pot from jazz to electro, 60s beat to Hip Hop to Blues to Drum n Bass. Seasoned with Mr. Bruce’s vocals depicting the trials and tribulations of Love, Lust and Loss, they create a unique sound that avoids easy categorisation.
When: Thursday 31st October 6.30–8pm. Where: Ink_d Gallery, Brighton How much: £Free.
Grab your chance at winning artwork by local artist Eelus as he gives a talk on the inspiration behind his current show at Ink_d. He’s giving away prizes too and they include a goody bag, stickers, a CD, a limited edition print and a discount voucher to spend on artwork in the gallery. Pop Ink_d an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to say that you’re coming beforehand as spaces are limited.
When: Now – 2nd Dec 2013, Mon-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 10am-4pm Where: University Gallery, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton How much: £Free
Renowned for the dark, surrealism and comedy in his films, Jan Švankmajer exhibits ‘The Inner Life of Objects’ at the Brighton University Gallery and heralds the 50th anniversary of his first film. The show features sets and decor, puppets, costumes, drawings and storyboards for many of his acclaimed films. Alongside this sees a collection of Švankmajer’s imaginary beasts assembled from bones, shells and stones .
When: Now – 17th November Where: Ink_d Gallery, North Road Brighton How much: £Free
Timed perfectly for Halloween, Brighton based artist Eelus steps away from his child-friendly images of the past and debuts ‘Horrorshow’, an exciting collection of works based on horror images from the silver-screen, pulp comics and classic literature.
This show is a ‘a love letter to the stories and characters’ that have captured his imagination over the last 26 years and pays homage to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist and of course Frankenstein. Make sure you get down there for Halloween night as Ink_d Gallery have a gruesome gift for anyone that makes the effort to dress up!
When: Now – 10th November Where: Various venues How much: Various, see brochure for each event
With a strong following The Early Music Festival is the second biggest in the UK bringing you a huge collection of music from various art forms. With concerts taking place all over Brighton and Hove this rich collection of music will also be broadcasted on BBC Radio 3.
Hear the newest talent, in a laid back and informal setting with three stages and a surprise presenter. Not forgetting the amazing grandeur of St. Bartholomew’s Church!
When: 11am 26th October 2013 to 3am 27th October Where: See here for all artists + venues How much: £5
This weekend will see Oxjam make its way to Brighton to fight poverty around the world as part of the UK’s biggest ever charity music festival. The Oxjam Brighton Takeover will feature The Jar Family, MOK and Tiny Dragons and loads of other brilliant acts, with acoustic coffee shops sessions, live music and DJ sets all across the city.
Oxjam Brighton Takeover have released tickets online here, which are available at the early bird price of £5, with 100% profits going to Oxfam. This will get you a wristband for every venue, day and night. Prices will increase close to and on the day and if for any reason you can’t make the festival, you can still donate to Oxfam at Justgiving: Text OXBR to 70070.
Having begun life in 2006, Oxjam has now seen over 1 million people attend a gig, helping raise over £2 million towards vital humanitarian work. Every year, every penny counts. You can visit Visit Oxfam’s donation page to find out more about how you can help in the fight against poverty. www.oxfam.org.uk/donate
When: 25-27th October. Friday 11-8pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 10-5pm Where: One Marylebone, formally Holy Trinity Church, 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 4AQ How much: £8.50 E-Tickets, £10 on the door, £20 private view tickets (24th October limited supply)
The MADE LONDON Design and Craft Fair is back for its second year running and takes place in the jaw-dropping One Marylebone Venue. The event features the very best and most original makers in this country and aims to exhibit the highest quality contemporary craft and design over four levels of the reconverted Sir John Soane Church.
MADE LONDON celebrated their success at last year’s event with over 5,500 visitors. This year they are hoping to be even better with the very best in contemporary design.
When: Now – 9th March 2014 Where:Brighton Museum & Art Gallery How much:£Free
Exploring how designers, makers and manufacturers react to the world around them the Subversive Design exhibition looks at how design can challenge our daily relationship with objects around us.
From ‘rubbish’ jewellery, cheeky ceramics and controversial chairs, over 200 years of craft and design have been used to engage and challenge our political and social issues in obvious and hidden ways.
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, with The Apples (live) + DJ Format, with support from: Soul Casserole + WWWG
When: 25th October, 10pm-2am Where:Concorde 2, Madeira Drive,
Brighton, BN2 1EN How much: £10 early bird
Red Dwarf star, Craig Charles, now has a successful broadcasting and DJing career presenting the BBC 6 Music’s Funk & Soul show. This night he is bringing to Brighton, along with some other amazing acts for a spectacular line up.
The Apples are an Israeli Post-Funk nine-piece instrumental collective.
DJ Format probably needs no introduction but to those not in the know, he is the master of UK Hip Hop. Format has collaborated with the likes of Akil and Chali 2na from Jurassic 5, Abdominal and Canadian rapper D-Sisive.
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Apple Fest 2013, Middle Farm
When: 19th + 20th October, 10am – 5pm both days Where: Middle Farm, Sussex How much: £10 advanced booking / £12 on the door, under 12s free
East Sussex’ favourite farm is once again putting on its annual Apple Fest following a rest in 2012. The two day shindig will have music across two stages, a fun fair, food stalls, morris dancing, chicken racing and of course barrels and barrels of delicious ciders and perrys for you to taste! All ages welcome, see the vid below!
When: 17th – 20th October Where: Regent’s Park, London How much: £34.40/£55.90
This is an art exhibition that gives art lovers the opportunity to see and buy work from over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists. There will be talks, lectures and panel discussions as well as over 150 of the world’s most innovative galleries as the fair coincides with Frieze Masters. There will also be the sculpture park, an art bookshop, a champagne bar and food at the Hix Restaurant.
BeLIVE 2013 Music Festival: BeSWING
– Student event
When: Starting 19th October Where:The Lectern, London Road How Much: £20 for the week / £5 for the BeSWING event
The BeLIVE event organised by Brighton Student Union compiles eight days of the best bands in town at all the best venues our seaside town has to offer. This weekend features BeSWING – a swing night at the Lectern pub on Lewes Road. Swing-goers can see Lunatrix, a seven-piece contemporary swing band based in London, We R Bob and Get With It. Doors open at 7.30pm
If you find that you are left shouting for more, wristbands for the whole week are now available online and at SU receptions for £20. It’s also worth mentioning that the organisers are also planning the biggest Halloween event in town at the end of October – BeALIVE.