MONDAY 3/12

COMMUNITY/CREATIVE

THE PURLERS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH : 1030-1130

Do you enjoy knitting – or would you like to improve? This sociable knitting circle meets to knit squares for blankets which are sent to displaced families in Northern Iraq and Syria, via the Brighton-based charity, Samara’s Aid Appeal. The group also makes simple baby clothing for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. For venue and contact details, click here

FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING

RENDEZ-VOUS AT THE BARLEY MOW PUB: 1900

Would you like to improve your french? This is an informal teaching group for adults in the relaxed and friendly Barley Mow pub, to which all levels are welcome. To book a place, call 07704 188055. For venue details, click here. 

Price: £6

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TUESDAY 4/12

QUIZ

PUB QUIZ AT THE MUCKY DUCK: 1930

The Mucky Duck has a fun and relaxed atmosphere and some great food. Tonight’s quiz is hosted by Brighton Drag sensation Fuchsia von Steel. For venue details, click here.

Entry: £1 per person

QUIZ

THE THOMAS KEMP BIG QUIZ AT THE THOMAS KEMP PUB: 1900

A weekly quiz at the spacious Thomas Kemp pub, right in the heart of Kemptown village. Quiz master Alan is fun and creative — and the quiz is very popular, so it’s a good idea to book a place at one of the ten tables. For venue details, click here.

Entry: £2 per person

FAMILIES / KIDS

THE KEMPTOWN KOALAS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH HALL: 1430-1600

Continuing throughout the summer – an afternoon playgroup for babies and toddlers and their parents or carers. The entry price includes snacks for the little ones and afternoon tea for the adults. For venue details, click here.

Entry: £1.50 (£1 per additional child).

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WEDNESDAY 5/12

SCIENCE / COMMUNITY

CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE AT THE LATEST BAR: 1915

Brighton’s Cafe Scientifique describes itself as ‘Science for the Sociable. The format is usually an informal talk of about half an hour given by a scientific expert — but ‘at a level accessible to all’ – followed by a Q&A session and an open discussion. Tonight’s subject is small-scale renewable energy in developing countries, with guest expert Dr Lara Lewington from the University of Brighton. For venue details, click here.

Entry: free (there will be a voluntary collection to cover costs

OPEN MIC

OPEN MIC AT BRIGHTON ROCKS: 2000

Singers, comedians, instrumentalists, spoken word … all acts are welcome at the relaxed Brighton Rocks bar, tucked down a side street between St James’ and the sea. There’s a charity and conservation element to this too: the evening (a regular weekly slot) is being run in association with Namibia’s Windhoek Lager — and 50p from every bottle sold goes to  Save the Rhino International. You can call in advance to book a slot – or just come along. For venue details, click here.

COMMUNITY

TEA AND COMPANY FRIENDSHIP CAFE AT ST MARY’S CHURCH: 1530 – 1700

Tea and Company is a friendly and relaxed weekly meet-up for people aged 50+ in the beautiful interior of St Mary’s. A chance to chat, socialise and reminisce over cups of tea, sandwiches and home-baked treats, with live music and extra company often provided by some of the lovely sixth formers from nearby Brighton College. A community success story organised by award-winning, Brighton-based charity, Time To Talk Befriending with St Mary’s and Brighton College.

Entry is free – just drop in. Click here for venue details

ART/CREATIVE

LIFE DRAWING AT THE BLACK DOVE: 1930 – 2130.

Relaxed life drawing evening session for all abilities in the intimate and eclectic interior of the Black Dove at the top of St James St. The regular Wednesday session is run by Letgo Life Drawing, which also holds sessions on the first Monday of the month at the Black Dove’s cousin, Twin Pines Coffee, at the other end of St James. Basic materials are supplied (on a donations basis.) For venue details, click here.

Fee: £7 /£6 (concessions)

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THURSDAY 6/12

ART / CREATIVE 

REBELLIOUS BODIES – POSTPARTUM AT THE MARLBOROUGH: 1830-2030

A Life Drawing session run by Artists, Models, iNK  – and featuring model Emma, who will be returning (with her new baby, and postpartum body) to pose for artists at The Marlborough.For venue details, click here.

Tickets: £6

TALK / DISCUSSION

CATALYST CLUB AT THE LATEST BAR: 2000

Describing itself as part way between a French salon, debating society and old-style gentleman’s club, the Catalyst Club is a Brighton monthly event which has been going for 14 years. Generally the pattern is that three guest speakers talk for 15 minutes each on their chosen subject, which is then discussed more widely.  They are coy about who those speakers are until the evening itself. Intrigued?  For venue details and to book tickets, click here.

Tickets: £7/£6

CREATIVE / KNITTING 

EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP AT LAINE: 1800-1930

Laine is a charming studio shop at the more peaceful end of St George’s Rd, which is running a series of small knitting and embroidery workshops in the evening. At tonight’s embroidery workshop you can bring along whatever you would like to work on (or use the calico provided). The key is to use non-stretch fabrics: denim is ideal. Laine supply help if you are a beginner and a kit for everyone to take away including needles, scissors, a hoop, embroidery floss and calico. There’s also hot drinks and refreshment. It’s important to book!  To book a place, click here. For venue details, click here

COMMUNITY

SING FOR BETTER HEALTH AT PATCHING LODGE: 1030-1200

You don’t have to be a seasoned singer to join this weekly group, which supports people who are older or have health challenges such as breathing difficulties, Parkinson’s, depression, Alzheimer’s, MS, stroke, heart conditions, cancer, or mental health problems. The group practices relaxation, stretching and breathing exercises, and sings songs together. Sessions take place at Patching Lodge which is on the corner of Freshfield Rd and Eastern Rd, opposite the Gala Bingo Hall.

Click here for more details and links to the Sing for Better Health website or contact organiser Udita Everett on 01273 556755 or 07969 129992

QUIZ 

QUIZ  WITH QUIZ MASTER DEEN AT THE BARLEY MOW: 2000

A lot of fun to be had at this weekly quiz at the cosy Barley Mow, with rounds including arts and entertainment, sport, musical intros, science and nature, general knowledge, a picture round … and the acclaimed plasticine round, which has a bonus prize. Teams up to seven people. For venue details, click here.

Entry: £1.50 per player.

QUIZ

BOOGALOO STU’S BIG QUIFFY QUIZ AT THE MARLBOROUGH PUB & THEATRE:2000

Brainteasing fun at the Marly with the well-coiffed quizmaster Boogalu Stu, including anagrams, picture rounds and music questions. Things could get more squiffy than quiffy as bonus rounds involve double vodka prizes. Six people maximum per team. Click here for venue details.

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