Best Things To Do In Brighton This Weekend

Best Things To Do In Brighton This Weekend: 6th-7th September

Published On September 2, 2014 | By Scarlett Pares Landells | Things to do features

September is here and even though the kids are back to school there’s still loads of stuff to do in Brighton. Make this weekend a memorable one by counting some digital sheep, taking in some local art, or chilling out at one of Sussex’s most intimate festivals. Here are our top picks of the best things to do in Brighton this weekend!

All weekend:

Best Things To Do In Brighton This WeekendBrighton Digital Festival – Brighton Digital Festival is a month-long celebration of digital culture which runs throughout September. The festival provides an exciting platform for a community led programme produced by a network of organisations from the arts and digital communities, alongside individuals who are passionate about digital culture. Events this weekend include a digital remix of the Brighton Museum collection and a video and light installation by Oliver Hein (both free).

Naked Eye Gallery Art Sale – The Naked Eye Gallery will be hosting an art sale supporting Chestnut Tree House on the 6th and 7th September (11am-6pm) where you can purchase discounted art work by some of the finest artists from the South Coast. Items for sale include original paintings, limited edition prints, ceramics, jewellery and much much more! Artists exhibiting their discounted works include Ian Hodgson, Jill Tattersall, Jacqueline Davies and Patrick O’Donnell.

Big Green Cardigan Festival – Now in its 4th year, The Big Green Cardigan has a wonderful, friendly atmosphere in an incredibly beautiful setting with fabulous views across the East Sussex countryside. Intimate and relaxed with only 500 tickets available for each day, the festival is not big or brash. There is no corporate sponsorship or gimmicks. Enjoy local real ales and ciders, home cooked food (at sensible prices) and enough clean toilets to go round.It is a gathering place for music lovers – musical tastes of all kinds are catered for from Americana to Country to Blues and even a touch of acoustic tribal trance. No tribute acts, no karaoke artists!

Artisan Arts & Crafts Market – This weekend Artisan market will be hosting a unique and awesome arts and crafts fair. This fair will be showcasing a fabulous selection of much sought-after work from some of the most original and talented artisans in the area. If you are a lover of unique, quality hand crafted goods, this really is the place to be! A few examples of what stall holders will be selling at the market includes: clothing, jewellery, hand crafted leather work, ceramics and much more. The market is situated in the heart of Hove at Farm Mews, and is open from 11am-6pm.

Little Bo Beep Has Lost Her (Digital) Sheep – As part of Brighton Digital Festival, creative digital studio RamJam in collaboration with Brighton Animators Network Group (BANG!) present this community event that allows you to discover the work of local animators and artists and win prizes. Help Bo Beep to find her sheep using sheep QR codes which are hidden around the city. When scanned with a smartphone, the QR codes reveal an animation with a secret message, scan all six and crack the code to win prizes created by local artists! Keep an eye out for location hints on Twitter, using the hashtag #littlebobeep.


AWFposterFINALv31Brighton Mini Maker Faire – Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers. Activities for all ages include arts & crafts, robots and engineering, wood and metalwork, electronics, science, tech, music and more amazing do-it-yourself creations.

Brighton Speed Trials – The Brighton Speed Trials is an exhilarating, action-packed day for spectators and participants alike. Over two hundred cars and motor bikes line up to take a timed run down Madeira Drive reaching high speeds. There are numerous categories including road cars, race cars and bikes who compete to win the fastest in their class. A top six run-off to find the fastest car and bike brings the day to a dramatic close. Thousands of people attend this annual fun day out for all the family. Join the spectators to watch from close to the action on Madeira Drive or from the main road above.

Autumn Woodfest – Due to the success of the annual Spring Festival, The Friends of St Ann’s Well Gardens have introduced another event celebrating nature and the outdoors, specifically trees and wood. The aim of Woodfest  is to raise money for a tree interpretation board about  the rare variety of tree species in St Ann’s Well Gardens which will be permanently situated in the park. Activities on the day will include archery, enchanted area for little elves, and a hog roast and bbq!

I Am Mark Commanding demons and controlling storms, a lone man walks out of the desert and, gathering a nation around him, he walks towards certain death in an occupied land. Ridding the tale of two thousand years of religious baggage, Applecart presents Mark’s Gospel combining drama, storytelling, music, and film to tell a story of revolution and courage. Applecart’s unique style of performance has attracted capacity audiences at festivals, universities, and conferences around the country. Their unique brand of storytelling and drama is both theatrical and disarming, sometimes funny, and often deeply moving.

Laurent Garnier – Laurent Garnier is back in Brighton for an epic 3 hour set at Concorde 2 consisting of his unique blend of techno, jazz, house, electronica, dub, breakbeat and whatever else the moment brings. Laurent Garnier has been making the planet dance for 25 years. He is a multi-faceted artist whose impact on the music scene is far-reaching. But above all he is a true DJ: transformed by music, passionate about the crowd. He is a discoverer of old and new sounds, and has an amazingly rich musical culture. He spends most of his spare time sifting through old vinyl in record shops, following the most obscure leads on the internet and listening to every single piece of music he is sent.


Best Things To Do In Brighton This WeekendLondon to Brighton Cycle Ride – Join Bike 4 Cancer for this iconic charity cycling challenge! The 56 mile route starts on Clapham Common and travels through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead and Haywards Heath. Riders are also tasked with climbing the infamous Ditchling Beacon before the descent into Brighton! Any competent cyclist over the age of 16 can take part. The spirit of the event is ‘taking part’ not crossing the finish line first, so go as fast or as slow as you like. Given this event is limited to 5,000 riders, the route is less crowded than the British Heart Foundation event which attracts over 50,000 riders. The lower numbers arguably make for a safer ride.

Unfun Fest All Dayer – Green Door Store hosts a full day event of Punk n Roll, featuring some great British punk bands. Headliners are Muncie Girls, Woahnow, Ducking Punches, Doe, Dear Everyone, River Jumpers, Harker, Birdskulls, Water Canvas. The Green Door Store is a late night bar, live music venue, and nightclub located directly underneath Brighton Railway Station. Having opened it’s doors in January 2011 it has quickly become one of Brighton’s most loved hubs for live music. Their ethos is pretty simple – with up to 14 events a week we guarantee there is always something for everyone. Tickets for this all day event are only £7 on the door.

Herbie Flowers Jazz Breakfast – Herbie Flowers is an English musician specialising in bass guitar, double-bass and tuba. He is highly regarded as one of Britain’s best-known session bass-players. Rise and shine with Herbie for the best way to spend your Sunday morning, starting at 11am. Mix these ever popular sessions of irresistible jazz with a cuppa on arrival and throw in the option to purchase some delicious treats, and you have the recipe for a perfect weekend chillout.

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About The Writer

Scarlett is a trainee journalist and Archaeology graduate. Having recently moved from Manchester she is exploring all that Brighton has to offer and writing about it! Arts' music,food, archaeology, reviews and musings coming soon, watch this space. (Blog coming soon!)