August Bank Holiday Brighton

August Bank Holiday Brighton – Things to do: 28th – 31st August 2015

Published On August 3, 2015 | By Zazie Clarke | Free & Cheap, Homepage, Things to do features

The August bank holiday weekend is coming, so get ready to see off summer in style. The streets of Brighton will come alive, with street parties and mini-festivals popping up all over town to give Notting Hill Carnival a run for its money. Plus, run away with the circus, take an enchanting journey into The Secret Garden, and rummage for hidden treasures at the Brighton Record Fair.


 lifesagambleRyan Callanan solo show ‘Life’s a Gamble’ – Ink_d Gallery

Ryan draws inspiration from contemporary pop culture, including film, music and art history in work that is both refreshingly comic and accessible. This exhibition comes off the back of Ryan’s West Coast USA show, which featured brand new work, previously unseen and unavailable in the UK. Expect new lyric based pieces and sculptural work such as Buddha Smalls, which re-imagines Biggie Smalls as the Buddha!

Sat 8th August – Sun 6th September
Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm/Sun 10am – 4pm | FREE


August Bank Holiday Brighton 2015Brighton’s Big Screen – Brighton Beach near Brighton Wheel

This beach front cinema returns again for a whole month! Expect a range of films including retro gems like The Goonies and Back to the Future alongside newer releases like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Gaurdians of the galaxy. Plus a great range of kids films like Paddington and 101 Dalmations. There’s also tasty food on offer this year from The Chilli Pickle.

Fri 14th August – Sun 13th September
Films from 2pm | FREE before 3pm/From £3 after


zipposZippos Circus – Hove Lawns

Zippos is one of the UK’s biggest and best travelling circuses, entertaining the nation for the past 25 years. Expect a spectacular of jaw-dropping sights including the motorcycle Globe of Terror, hilarious musical clowns The Rastellis, awe-inspiring gymnastics from the Kenya Boys and much more. Run away with the circus at Hove Lawns this bank holiday weekend!

Thu 20th August – Tues 1st September
3pm/7pm | £8.50 – £26.50


August Bank Holiday BrightonMichael McIntyre – Brighton Centre

Michael McIntyre returns with his hotly anticipated brand new stand-up show Happy & Glorious with support from Paul Tonkinson. Michael’s most recent highlights have included him making his debut as a chat show host on The Michael McIntyre’s Chat Show for BBC1. But now Michael is set to return to the stage in what promises to be his biggest and funniest tour yet.

Thurs 27th – Sun 30th August
Doors 7pm | £35 – £50


modBrighton Mod Weekender – Volks and Komedia

A firm fixture in the Brighton calendar, August bank holiday will see the Mod Scene return to its spiritual home. An exciting line-up over 3 nights and 2 venues featuring the best Mod DJ’s from around the UK, live bands, a market and record fair, a scooter competition and cruise.


Thurs 27th – Sun 30th August
All Day | Daytime events FREE, evening events vary


 ciderandfolkFiddler’s Elbow Folk & Cider Festival – Fiddler’s Elbow

The Fiddler’s annual folk festival is back, bringing you some of Brighton’s best folk talent, dozens of fruity guest ciders to sample and their legendary Sunday Street party. Cider connoisseurs can soak up the atmosphere and re-hydrate at the outdoor cider shack and BBQ. Plus face painting, apple bobbing, All Ireland football semi-final, and the UK’s top folk, roots and blues musicians providing the soundtrack live on an outdoor stage!

Fri 28th – Sun 30th August
8pm – 3am | Free


 atedgeAt the Edge of the Sea Festival – Concorde 2

At The Edge Of The Sea, Concorde 2’s annual indoor mini-festival curated by David Gedge, is back! This year featuring The Wedding Present and many guests including Watoo Watoo & Cinerama, and more TBA. Now in it’s seventh year, the festival is fast-becoming a Brighton institution, and a highlight on the bank holiday weekend calendar.


Sat 29th – Sun 30th August
3pm – 10pm | £22.50 day ticket/ £44 weekender


 recordfair2Brighton Records Fair – Brighton Centre

Rummage for hidden treasure at the Brighton Record and CD fair, frequented by Brighton’s most discerning music lovers, from the thrifty to the famous! With the very best of new and vintage records on all formats, re-discover old favourites or take a gamble on something new. There will also be DVDs, books, magazines and memorabilia on sale –  pick up something unique to add to your collection!

Sun 30th August
9.30am – 3.30pm | £5 early admission/£2 regular admission


 ancientmarinerAncient Mariner Street Party – Ancient Mariner

Take to the streets and celebrate having a Monday off work, at the Ancient Mariner annual Street Party! The soundtrack will be provided by Ed Mann & Chris Marsh, Howlin’ Matt, The Sabrina Altan Trio, Deidre Faegre, Dirty Weekend and more. Refuel Texas-style with spicy BBQ treats, and peruse stalls selling vintage clothing, vinyl and homemade cakes. Local beers and Brighton-brewed ciders will be flowing, plus DJ sets, kids entertainment, classic video games, fortune telling and The Street Party Olympics.
Sun 30th August

12pm – 11pm | FREE


 jimmycarrJimmy Carr – Brighton Dome

Multiple choice: Jimmy Carr’s ‘Funny Business’ will be: a) packed with jokes b) rude and offensive* c) a great night out d) £25 a ticket**.  If you answered a) b) c) or d) you were right!

*If you are easily offended don’t come! **The show is not suitable for anyone who hasn’t bought a ticket.

Sun 30th August
8pm | £26


Bank Holiday BrightonMonthly Milk – Patterns

A mini one day art festival. Expect art, workshops, music, live visuals, drawing games, vintage clothes and so much more! Workshops confirmed include, weaving, concertina books, life-drawing and pottery. A place to create / learn / teach / meet like-minded people and drink up the arty goodness. Open to everyone, children included!


Mon 31st August
12pm – 8pm | FREE


MOONSTOMP-663x937The Brighton Moonstomp – Volks

A Bank Holiday bonanza of scorching ska, rocksteady, 2Tone and boss reggae. Featuring the legendary Trojan Sound System selector Earl Gateshead with an unmissable 3 hour all vinyl classic and rarities set. Guests DJs include Lord Masher, HotTip HiFi, Chris Culture and Mr Natural. With the backdrop of Brighton beach for your skanking pleasure!

Mon 31st August
12pm – 11pm | FREE!


nottinghillAlternative Notting Hill Carnival – Concorde 2

A regular on the Concorde2 calendar: folks flock in from far and wide to soak up the sun, Jamaican food, rum punch and good vibes! Expect live music, DJs, a Jamaican BBQ, face painting, stalls and lots more carnival fun. The line-up includes Unityhifi, Hot tip hifi and Niceness. Free and fun for all the family – save yourself the train fare to London!


Mon 31st August
3pm – 9pm | FREE


 tapfestivaBrighton Tap Festival – Various Locations

The UK’s first international tap festival is coming to Brighton, giving aspiring dancers and dance enthusiasts an exciting opportunity to learn from Tap dance masters and witness some world-class dance. Tap dance masters Jason Janas, Maud Arnold and more will amaze and inspire you. Joining them are some of the greats of the UK tap scene, including James Doubtfire’s Extreme tap, Old Kent Road, Kane.D.Ricca and members of the Pulse collective.

Mon 31st August – Wed 2nd September
Various times | £6 concessions/£15


secretgardenThe Secret Garden – Brighton Open Air Theatre

Deep in the Yorkshire countryside, Mary Lennox is about to embark on a journey where new friends and magical creatures will help her unlock the secret to her uncle’s mysterious, secret garden. Pack a picnic and a blanket and head down to Brighton Open Air Theatre to join Mary on her captivating adventure. With music, songs and specially created puppet creatures, this children’s classic is guaranteed to bring a bit of magic to the end of the summer holidays!

Mon 31st August
4pm – 6pm | £9 concessions/£13 

CLICK HERE for the full listings for August in our What’s on Calendar

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About The Writer

I recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Anthropology. Since moving back I have been happily reacquainted with Brighton’s idiosyncratic streets and colourful characters. I like writing and riding my bike around the city hunting for hidden treasures.