May Bank Holiday Guide 2016: 27th – 30nd May

Published On May 24, 2016 | By We Love Brighton | Things to do features

We’re all being spoilt with another bank holiday! If you inexplicably get bored of lounging around or chilling on the beach then there’s a whole host of music, festivals, family events, club nights and more besides to help make the most of that glorious extra day.

All Weekend

May Bank Holiday GuideBrighton & Hove Food and Drink Spring Harvest Festival

The largest festival of its kind in the south of England. Local producers, growers, restaurants, bars and food retailers showcase the fantastic food, drink and hospitality to be found in the city and surrounding Sussex. Don’t miss the ‘The World’s Largest Cheeseboard’ in Hove on Sunday!

Where: Hove Lawns
When: Sat 28th Mon 30th

Dr Blighty lates at the Royal Pavilion

Dr Blighty is a free immersive installation featuring soundscapes, projections and theatrical experiences. Open extra late this weekend until Sat 28 May. Dr Blighty recalls the efforts of the Indian soldiers who fought for Britain in WW1 and the 2000 who came to recover in Brighton. Don’t miss the magnificent laser light show taking place every evening at 9.30pm!

Where: Royal Pavilion Garden
When: Tue 24th – Sat 28th May


Raise the Jolly Roger and set sail for Pirate Week at Spring Barn Farm all May half term. With a whole host of activities to keep the little one’s entertained including bouncy castles, treasure quest and of course, water wars.

Where: Spring Barn Farm
When: Sat 28th May- Sun 5th

May Bank Holiday GuideFunk The Format Festival & Funk The Family Festival

Funk The Family is a splendid, all-day festival, born in Brighton & Hove with live music and entertainment for all the family. On top of that (and brought to you by the creators of Funk The Family) comes Funk The Format – more for the grown up party animals, enjoy a magical musical shindig.

Where: Hove Lawns
When: Family – Sat 28th May / Format – Sun 29th May


Join award-winning Brighton storytellers Bard & Troubadour on a magical journary for all ages, as Pinocchio faces scoundrels and sea monsters on his quest to become a real boy. In this loving recreation expect music, puppets – and plenty of audience participation!

Where: Emporium
When: 30th May – 3rd June


A Night In… Double-Oh Heaven

After a sell-out show last year, Double-Oh Heaven returns to the Spiegeltent. Expect Bond Girl burlesque, skilled circus acts and show-stopping live renditions of classic 007 themes, served with a dash of titillation and a double measure of glamour.

Where: Brighton Spiegeltent
When: Fri 27th May

May Bank Holiday GuideFringe All Nighter

Head down to New Road on Friday for the first ever evening Fringe City. From there, start your adventure through the city discovering late night performances, events and more. Stay up all night with Brighton Fringe!

Where: Throughout the city!
When: Fri 27th May


HOOKWORMS + guests @ Escape From The Great Escape

Local promoter Dictionary Pudding have teamed up with our favourite Brighton label Faux Discx to bring you a ridiculously strong all-dayer on the Saturday featuring a UK exclusive performance from psych-rock Hookworms and the hottest local guitar outfit Sweet Williams. It’s BYOB so if you drink enough they are effectively paying you to go…

Where: West Hill Hall
When: Saturday 21st May

It’s still 1985

Capture the feeling of the decade that brought you legitimately great & legitimately terrible pop music all in one epic party every Saturday at The Haunt, this is a good one for the diary. Expect Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, Whitney Houston, Prince & more.

Where: The Haunt
When: Sat 28th May


May Bank Holiday GuideBogan Bingo

Due to phenomenal demand and two sell out shows, a new Sunday date has been added for the alternative late night bingo. Two ‘trailer trash’ bingo callers lead you through a barrage of comedy, chaos and classic tunes.

Where: Komedia
When: Sun 29th May

English Disco Lovers

After selling out 2 years running, the ‘English Disco Lovers’ are back! Bringing their irrepressible mix of awesome classic Disco and House music, humour, anti-racism, inclusivity and serious fun to Fringe’s beautiful traditional tent venue.

Where: Spiegel Tent
When: Sun 29th May

Freak Bazaar

Live sets from Beat Bizzare and Predators for an all night beach front party, a perfect way to extend your weekend this bank holiday.

Where: Coalition
When: Sun 29th May

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Cover photo of Dr Blighty laser projection by Tabatha Fireman for Getty 1

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