Free Things to do in Brighton in September 2015

Published On August 20, 2015 | By We Love Brighton | Free & Cheap, Things to do features

Have you spent all your pennies over the Summer on a few too many bbq supplies and al fresco drinking sessions? Well we’re here to save the day and your pennies with our guide full of free things to do in Brighton this September! With everything from beach cinema to brand new festivals celebrating costume in cinema, there’s sure to be something for everyone!


Brighton’s Big Screen – Brighton Beach

Brighton Big Screen is back, with a programme of blockbusters, cult classics, and kids films to be enjoyed al fresco. Even better, they will screen a free film every day at 2pm. Highlights include a Frozen sing-a-long, Paddington, 101 Dalmations and The Lion King. It goes without saying that with our glorious British weather, check the forecast before you arrive and don’t forget to pack a rain mac!

Date/Time: 14th Aug- 13th Sept| Films start daily at 2pm
Admission: Free
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Brighton Digital Festival – Various Venues

This celebration of digital culture returns once again for the fifth time. Expect a broad variety of workshops, exhibitions, conferences, hackathons and more for adults and kids alike! Although some events do have entry feels, there are 99 free events this year ranging from multiplayer game experiments to dance installations. See the full list of free events here.

Date/Time: Tues 1st – Sun 27th Sept| Various Times
Admission: 99 events are free!
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#ModernSlavery: An Exhibition by Halinka T – Naked Eye Art Gallery

Brighton based artist Halinka T joins the growing uproar of distinguished voices raising awareness of abuse against women and children around the world. In her September exhibition ‘#ModernSlavery’ at the Naked Eye Gallery, she examines our history of child grooming, domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, sexual slavery, kidnapping and rape as a war strategy. She hopes the exhibition celebrates how far we have come while acknowledging the journey is not yet over, urging us to continue building on the foundations that have led many to a new understanding and some to safety.

Date/Time: Tues 1st – Mon 14th Sept| 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free
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Snapper Jaxx Kids Club:Blistering Barnacles – Churchill Square

Ahoy Mateys! Join our motley crew for a sea shanty singing pirate adventure. Ah hargh! Captain Seaweed and ship mate Barny Cool will be recruiting for a brand new pirate team to join them on their ship The Rusty Riggin. Set sail on a terrific storytelling adventure to find treasure on the high seas…

Date/Time: Sat 6th Sept| 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
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Lady Aiko: Edo City Girl – Ink_d Gallery

As well as taking part in The Costume Games below, Japanese street artist Lady Aiko will also present a solo show at ink_d gallery. This exhibition will feature stunning mixed media canvases in Lady Aiko’s inimitable style where East meet West in a fusion of American urban pop and traditional Japanese aesthetics.

Date/Time: Fri 11th – Sun 20th Sept | Mon – Sat – 10am – 6pm/ Sun – 12pm – 4pm
Admission: Free

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The Costume Games – Old Steine

“Dress up and play” at the world’s first Costume Games! For a full five days, the Old Steine Pleasure Gardens will be turned into the “Costume Gardens” where people will be able to “get into character,” be creative and have fun – all with the help of the costume designers who have between them created some of the most enduring and iconic characters in film history. Expect workshops, talks, films and more!

Date/Time: Weds 16th – Sun 20th Sept| Various Times
Admission: Mainly free, some workshops have entry fees
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Scalarama Brighton 2015: The Duke of York’s Cinema Tour – Duke of York’s Cinema

Vist Britain’s longest surviving cinema! The Duke of York’s opened its doors on 22 September 1910. After welcoming millions of audience members, witnessing many changes of ownership and surviving numerous threats to its existence and even possible demolition, it was re-born in the early 1980s as an arthouse cinema. It is now a Grade II listed building – Brighton’s favourite cinema and the country’s most enduring picture house. “The Duke’s is one of Britain’s truly great independent cinemas. The jewel in the crown of Brighton. I love it.” Nick Cave

Date/Time: Fri 18th Sept| 10am & 10.45am
Admission: Free, booking essential
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Animals in the Frame – Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Animals both domestic and wild are featured in this exhibition of paintings from the collection of the Royal Pavilion & Museums. In this family-friendly exhibition artists have captured aspects of our relationship with animals, whether it is admiration for the majesty of a stag or exactly why dogs are known as man’s best friend.

Date/Time: Mon 21st – Thurs 31st March | Mon, Tues, Thurs Sat 10am – 5pm & Sun 2pm – 5pm
Admission: Free
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Apple Day – Stanmer Park

A wonderful, annual family event in and around the orchards of Stanmer Park. Apple Day features masses of apple-themed activities including: orchard tours, food & drink, storytelling, children’s activities, music, apple identification, fruit tree growing advice, fruit from our orchards to buy, a range of stalls selling local produce and a lot more. Not to be missed… the sun always shines! 

Date/Time: Sun 27th Sept | 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

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