FRIDAY 18/5

COMMUNITY

KEMPTOWN TALKS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH: 1000-1200

Free, friendly drop-in classes for people who would like to improve their spoken English. For more details click here.

HERBALISM / HISTORY / MUSICAL TOUR

CULPEPER’S GARDEN AT THE COACH HOUSE: 1900-2030

Herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning joins up with musician Jo Burke for a herbal walk with folklore and songs, celebrating local plants of Sussex. The tour is inspired by the 17th Century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper.  Today’s evening event will be amongst the medicine garden at the Coach House. For event and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £8

BAR / COCKTAILS / FRINGE

THE SPIRE FESTIVAL BAR AT THE SPIRE: 1800 (ALL WEEKEND)

The Spire is a magical arts space in the former St Marks Chapel on Eastern Road — very close to Marmalade. As well as being a venue for performances during the Fringe/Festival, it has also transformed itself into an atmospheric bar, with the promise of ‘unusual art, curious performance and live music’at 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For details, click here.

Entry: free

CABARET

DOPPEL DIETRICH AT THE NEW STEINE HOTEL: 2030-2200

Patricia Hartshorne transforms herself into the iconic Marlene Dietrich – ‘the woman who answered to nobody – not even Adolf Hitler!’ For ticket and venue details, click here

Tickets: £10

COMEDY

REBEKKA TURNER : RICE T*TS AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1730-1800

Who knew? The title of this 30 minute show comes from the drag queen trick of putting rice into tights to create fake tits. Rebecca Turner brings ‘An early evening aperitif show with an eccentric and eclectic mix of impressions, word play and stories exploring food, pop culture and awkwardness.and other stuff” It’s at friendly, informal Junkyard dogs – and it’s free! For event and venue details, click here.

Entry: free

COMEDY

CARDS AGAINST THE HUMANITY: THE SHAME SHOW AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 2000-2100

Cards Against Humanity is a politically incorrect party game — and the Shame Show invites you to  a dark game show based on it. ‘Leave your sensitivities at the door. Not for the light-hearted, faint-hearted or big-hearted.’  For venue and event details, click here.

Tickets: £5

COMEDY

CAN YOU PUT THIS IN THE BIN FOR ME? AT THE BROADWAY LOUNGE: 2100-2200

Charmaine Davies and Glaswegian Michael Mooney are back after a sellout show last year. Each does 30 minutes of stand-up. For event and venue details, click here.

Entry: free

FOR DETAILS OF LIVE MUSIC IN KEMPTOWN THIS WEEKEND, CLICK HERE.  


SATURDAY 19/5

ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSES

THE AOH KEMPTOWN TRAIL: (OPENING TIMES VARY)

Brighton’s Artists’ Open Houses is a wonderful annual event where artists display their works in private houses, small galleries and other, more unexpected locations. It’s well established in Kemptown, with 21 venues this year. There is a ‘Kemptown Trail’ stretching and criss-crossing Kemptown and Queens Park from St James St to the Marina. What better way to enjoy the artistic atmosphere which takes hold of Brighton in May? For details of the Kemptown Trail, and venue opening times click here.

HERBALISM / HISTORY / MUSICAL TOUR

CULPEPER’S GARDEN AT THE COACH HOUSE: 1100-1240

Herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning joins up with musician Jo Burke for a herbal walk with folklore and songs, celebrating local plants of Sussex. The tour is inspired by the 17th Century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper.  Today’s morning event will include a walk along nearby Whitehawk Hill. For event and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £8

HISTORY / FRINGE

AQUARIUM HISTORY TOUR AT SEA LIFE BRIGHTON: 1600-1730

Brighton’s Sea Life, just on the Kemptown side of the Pier, is the oldest operating aquarium in the world. During the Fringe this is a rare opportunity to go behind the Victorian facade for a tour of the building, and to have an illustrated talk about its history. Tickets include entry to Sea Life. For event and venue details, click here

Tickets: £15

LANGUAGE LEARNING / BREAKFAST

RENDEZ-VOUS PETIT DEJEUNER AT CUP OF JOE: 0900-1100

Would you like to improve or resurrect your french? Native french speaker Fabrice Camus hosts this french-speaking group every two weeks over a much-acclaimed breakfast in the friendly environment of Cup of Joe cafe.  He also holds a weekly evening group across the street at The Barley Mow. Allons! Parlons! For venue details, click here.  To book a place, contact Fabrice on 07704 188055

SPORT

SATURDAY PING PONG : ALL COMERS, ALL AGES AT BRIGHTON TABLE TENNIS CLUB: 1400

Now 11 years old, BTTC has long been a remarkable phenomenon of which Brighton can be truly proud. Friendly, welcoming, inclusive and expert, it brings the fun of Table Tennis to people of all ages and abilities. This afternoon everyone is welcome at their freshly renovated premises in Kemptown to play. For venue details, click here.

Entry: £4

DRAMA / ACTING / KIDS

YOUNG ACTORS GROUP AT DORSET GARDENS METHODIST CHURCH : 1300, 1505, 1715 

Weekly drama classes, run by theatre professionals, for young people aged between 8 and 19. The Young Actors Group runs a number of schools across the southeast and has won an award for Best Young Production the Brighton Fringe. They also run a talent agency which has placed young talent in films, TV series, commercials and West End shows. Class members get a chance to write and direct their own material — and to take part in a theatre performance at Easter. The session for Juniors (8-11 years) is 1300-1500, for Seniors (12-15 years) is 1505-1705 and Advanced (16-19 years) is 1715-1915. YAG also runs classes at nearby St Mary’s Church on Thursday evenings. For more information see the YAG website or contact info@theyoungactorsgroup.com. For venue details, click here. 

DRAMA / ACTING / KIDS

DRAMA CLASSES AT ACT KIDS THEATRE: 0930, 1030, 1230, 1600

Not far from the classes mentioned above, the long established ACT at the Lantern Theatre at 8-10 Rock Place also holds Saturday acting classes for kids aged from 6 to late teens. For details of times and prices, see the AKT website by clicking here. 

BAR / COCKTAILS / FRINGE

THE SPIRE FESTIVAL BAR AT THE SPIRE: 1800 (ALL WEEKEND)

The Spire is a magical arts space in the former St Marks Chapel on Eastern Road — very close to Marmalade. As well as being a venue for performances during the Fringe/Festival, it has also transformed itself into an atmospheric bar, with the promise of ‘unusual art, curious performance and live music’at 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For details, click here.

Entry: free

THEATRE

SEXXES AT THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE:1730-1830

Mamoru Iriguchi takes you on ‘a rollercoaster, time-travel ride about sex and gender.’ For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: £9.50 / £5.50

THEATRE

ANOTHER FINE MESS AT THE BROADWAY LOUNGE: 1900-1950

A one act play which weaves together what we know and love about Laurel and Hardy with the interlinked relationships between Stephen, Phil and Stephen’s girlfriend Meg. For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: £10 / £8.00

THEATRE

THE CULT OF K*NZO AT THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE: 1900-2000

Join Paula for ‘a multi-media performance about a frustrated relationship with high fashion, and how it relates to entitlement, exclusion and territory.’ For event and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £9.50 / £7.50

COMEDY / FRINGE

THE ROBOT VS THE HURICANE AT BRIGHTON ROCKS: 1800

Brighton Rocks serves some great cocktails, and you might well want to order one for this comedy cocktail featuring improviser ‘The Robot’ Nicholas Everritt and Pete ‘The Hurricane’ Nash. For details of the show and location, click here.

Entry: free

COMEDY / FRINGE

SLIPSKIN AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1300-1400

Join comic Sami Stone who ‘re-imagines moments in our lives where there are no words to describe, by borrowing from other cultures and creating new ones.’ You are advised to bring love, hope … and a dictionary. For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: Free

COMEDY / FRINGE

MICHAEL MOONEY : WAVE MACHINE AT THE BROADWAY LOUNGE: 2100-2200

Explore Brighton life with Glaswegian-turned-Brighton resident Michael Mooney in an hour of straight-talking stand-up. For venue and event details, click here. 

Tickets: Free

COMEDY / FRINGE

JON LONG: TROUBADOUR AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 2130-2300

Award winning comic Jon Long entertains at quirky, cosy Junkyard Dogs. For event and venue details, click here. 

Entry: free

COMEDY/FRINGE

NEIL O’ROURKE & PATRICK SPICER: COOL DUDE ISLAND AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1500-1600

Acclaimed comic talent Neil O’Rourke (Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 Finalist) and Patrick Spicer (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018 Nominee) are the (p)residents of the coolest island off the coast of Brighton: Cool Dude Island. For more details of the show and venue, click here.

Entry: free

COMEDY / FRINGE

JOHN PENDAL: FAMILY AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1700-1800

Globetrotting comic John Pendal is back with a preview of his new solo stand-up comedy show. For event and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: free

CABARET/FRINGE

DOPPEL DIETRICH AT THE NEW STEINE HOTEL: 2030-2200

Patricia Hartshorne transforms herself into the iconic Marlene Dietrich – ‘the woman who answered to nobody – not even Adolf Hitler!’ For ticket and venue details, click here

Tickets: £10

COMEDY / FRINGE

SWEETER THINGS AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1900-2100

Two hours of stand-up at friendly Junkyard Dogs with Helen Bauer and Micky Overman. ‘Let each of them take you on a journey that includes family, life, love, food, mistakes and a whole host of feelings.’ For event and venue details, click here.

Entry: free

FOR DETAILS OF LIVE MUSIC IN KEMPTOWN THIS WEEKEND, CLICK HERE.  


SUNDAY 20/5

MOTORING

ANNUAL LONDON TO BRIGHTON MINI RUN, FINISHING AT MADEIRA DRIVE, FROM AROUND 1030 ONWARDS

Who can resist the cheerful sight of thousands of plucky little Mini cars, of all colour, model and vintage, streaming down to the Brighton seafront from Crystal Palace once a year? Today is the annual London to Brighton Mini Run, starting off from Crystal Palace around 0830, with the first cars expected to arrive at Madeira Drive after 1000. It’s great to see. For more details about the event, click here.

ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSES

THE AOH KEMPTOWN TRAIL: (OPENING TIMES VARY)

Brighton’s Artists’ Open Houses is a wonderful annual event where artists display their works in private houses, small galleries and other, more unexpected locations. It’s well established in Kemptown, with 21 venues this year. There is a ‘Kemptown Trail’ stretching and criss-crossing Kemptown and Queens Park from St James St to the Marina. What better way to enjoy the artistic atmosphere which takes hold of Brighton in May? For details of the Kemptown Trail, and venue opening times click here.

HERBALISM / HISTORY / MUSICAL TOUR

CULPEPER’S GARDEN AT THE COACH HOUSE: 1100-1240

Herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning joins up with musician Jo Burke for a herbal walk with folklore and songs, celebrating local plants of Sussex. The tour is inspired by the 17th Century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper.  Today’s morning event will include a walk along nearby Whitehawk Hill. For event and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £8

BAR / COCKTAILS / FRINGE

THE SPIRE FESTIVAL BAR AT THE SPIRE: 1800 (ALL WEEKEND)

The Spire is a magical arts space in the former St Marks Chapel on Eastern Road — very close to Marmalade. As well as being a venue for performances during the Fringe/Festival, it has also transformed itself into an atmospheric bar, with the promise of ‘unusual art, curious performance and live music’at 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For details, click here.

Entry: free

THEATRE

SEXXES AT THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE:1730-1830

Mamoru Iriguchi takes you on ‘a rollercoaster, time-travel ride about sex and gender.’ For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: £9.50 / £5.50

THEATRE

POST AT THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE: 1300-1430

Xavier returns to The Marlborough ‘to join him at the table, eat yummy Portuguese food, drink potent Cachaça, get merry, make new friends and challenge what exactly makes a ‘nation’.’ For events and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £9.50 / £7.50

THEATRE

THE CULT OF K*NZO AT THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE: 1900-2000

Join Paula for ‘a multi-media performance about a frustrated relationship with high fashion, and how it relates to entitlement, exclusion and territory.’ For event and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £9.50 / £7.50

COMEDY / FRINGE

JON LONG: TROUBADOUR AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1300-1430

Award winning comic Jon Long entertains at quirky, cosy Junkyard Dogs. For event and venue details, click here. 

Entry: free

COMEDY / FRINGE

SWEETER THINGS AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1900-2100

Two hours of stand-up at friendly Junkyard Dogs with Helen Bauer and Micky Overman. ‘Let each of them take you on a journey that includes family, life, love, food, mistakes and a whole host of feelings.’ For event and venue details, click here.

Entry: free

COMEDY / FRINGE

BETTER AT THE LATEST BAR: 1930-2030

Rebecca is thirtysomethibng, trying to reconcile her feminist ideals with getting a boyfriend. Pauline is fifty something and juggling the demands of her husband, career, teenagers and the menopause. Who has it better? For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: £5

COMEDY/FRINGE

NEIL O’ROURKE & PATRICK SPICER: COOL DUDE ISLAND AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1600-1700

Acclaimed comic talent Neil O’Rourke (Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 Finalist) and Patrick Spicer (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018 Nominee) are the (p)residents of the coolest island off the coast of Brighton: Cool Dude Island. For more details of the show and venue, click here.

Entry: free

CABARET

DOPPEL DIETRICH AT THE NEW STEINE HOTEL: 2030-2200

Patricia Hartshorne transforms herself into the iconic Marlene Dietrich – ‘the woman who answered to nobody – not even Adolf Hitler!’ For ticket and venue details, click here

Tickets: £10

CABARET

MAGGIE MACALL AT THE BROADWAY LOUNGE: 1900-2000

Songs and tales from the shows – and some classic tunes. For venue and event details, click here.

Tickets: £10 / £8

COMEDY / FRINGE

THE ROBOT VS THE HURICANE AT BRIGHTON ROCKS: 1800

Brighton Rocks serves some great cocktails, and you might well want to order one for this comedy cocktail featuring improviser ‘The Robot’ Nicholas Everritt and Pete ‘The Hurricane’ Nash. For details of the show and location, click here.

Entry: free

COMEDY / FRINGE 

CAUSTIC COMEDY AT THE LATEST MUSIC BAR: 2200

Just one act in the Caustic Comedy line-up tonight: Sarah Callaghan. For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: £8.50 / £7.50

FOR DETAILS OF LIVE MUSIC IN KEMPTOWN THIS WEEKEND, CLICK HERE.