Things to do in Brighton & Hove - 23rd - 29th August
21st August 2013
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As the sun continues to shine on our amazing seaside city, the list of Things To Do you can do is as varied as ever...

This week's suggestions include the PresFest at Preston Park on Saturday 24th and musical legend Leonard Cohen at Brighton Centre on Wednesday 28th - if you are lucky enough to have tickets.


Friday 23rd August

  • Giant Maze - A stunning summer maze attraction on the Eastern Lawns of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, until 3rd Sept , for locals and visitors to enjoy, 11am-7pm, £4 –Royal Pavilion Gardens

  • Krater Comedy Club - Eat, drink, watch and laugh as 3 top stand-ups and one of the best MCs on the comedy circuit entertain you, Please see for opening times, Fri, Sat and Sun £6 - £31 – Komedia

  • Brighton Rocks - This summer, Churchill Square Shopping Centre will be celebrating the iconic Brighton stick of rock - the traditional sweet souvenir of every British seaside holiday - with Brighton Rocks, 10am, free – Until 25th Aug. Churchill Square Shopping Centre

  • David Bowie Night - This is a must see show for any David Bowie fan... book your tickets now, 7pm, £13.50 – Concorde 2

  • Speakeasy Club Night - Step inside and enjoy an evening of 1920s speakeasy entertainment! 7pm, £34 per person inc meal – Proud Cabaret Brighton

  • Music & Wine at St Luke’s - David Angel and David Elwin present an evening of vibrant and thrilling works for violin and piano from three centuries. 7.30pm, £7/£5/£3 Under 12's – St Luke’s Church

  • Talent Show - We're searching for variety acts, dancers, musicians and singers for our latest talent show, 8pm. free entry. All votes on the night require a 50p donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care – Grosvenor G Casino

  • Tensnake - You know it's going to be a big night when German producer Marco Niemerski aka Tensnake is coming along for the ride, 11pm, £8/£10 – Concorde 2

Saturday 24th August

  • Brighton’s Big Screen - Showcasing some of the recent box office hits including, Les Miserables, Life of Pi & Oblivion along with a mixture of movie classics & live sporting events. Every morning  children will be entertained with short films & stories  – Brighton Seafront (near Brighton Wheel)

  • Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley -The Seagulls hope to gather early momentum with another victory as they take on Burnley in the second home league match of the season. - 3pm kick-off, from £25 for Adults - American Express Community Stadium

  • Katsuma from the Moshi Monsters - Back by popular demand, Katsuma from the Moshi Monsters will be at the Park to meet and greet visitors. Don’t miss the chance to see the friendly and popular monster appearing at intervals throughout the day. Standard admission and times – Drusillas

  • PrestFest 2013 - PrestFest is a free, family event in Preston Park, by the men’s bowls pavilion, on Saturday 24 August from 11 to 5pm. The aim of the day is to have fun, to enjoy the park and to celebrate local talents and businesses, 11am-5pm – Preston Park

  • George Ezra @ The Loft Sessions Live - The Loft Sessions Live' is a showcase of some of the best talent, mixing some of the best the country has to offer with some of the best our beloved Brighton has to offer. 7pm: £5otd. £3.50adv - The Blind Tiger

  • Le Chat Noir - Oh La La! Proud Cabaret Brighton takes a French twist on Saturday nights at Le Chat Noir! £44 per person inc 3 course meal – Proud Cabaret Brighton

  • Harris & Day - Presenting a wow factor packed evening of entertainment. The show is full of stunning harmonic vocal numbers all blended with the own brilliant comedy routines & observations, 10pm, free – Grosvenor G Casino

  • A Taste of Italy - Medfood London Italian Market is innovative and authentic, comprising a number of mouth-watering stalls bringing you all the wonderful tastes you would expect to get in Italy – Until Monday - Brighton Marina

  • Brighton Mod Weekender - August bank holiday will see the Mod Scene return to its spiritual home. NUT’s Brighton weekender was voted the number one weekender in the UK by Mod Generation readers in 2011 and 2012 – Various Venues

  • The Wedding Present performing ‘George Best’ & The Hit Parade - At this year’s festival The Wedding Present will be playing George Best on the first night and all The Hit Parade A-sides on the second, 3pm, £20 single event tickets OR £35 weekend passes – Concorde 2

  • Party In Style - Relax with the voice of Curtis Edward Skinner before Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes light up the evening with funk filled riffs and infectious floor fillers. The partying is for a good cause as the proceeds go to Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas House hospice. - £12 in advance (£15 door) 8.00pm - 11.30pm - Brighton Racecourse

Sunday 25th August

  • Punch & Judy Shows - Family fun with a traditional show plus join-in activity session, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm, £2 – Opposite the Fishing Museum

  • Scratch Sessions - New poetry, script, short story, stand up; anything goes, 3pm, £1 on the door – The Old Market

  • Weekend Music Performances - A series of free music events to enjoy alongside the musically-inspired Resonance exhibition, 3-4pm – Fabrica

Monday 26th August

  • Regency Colour - Regency Colour and Beyond, 1785-1835, is on show from 15 June to 13 October 2013 and includes two display areas and new interpretation exploring Regency understandings of colour and the interior decor of the Royal Pavilion - Royal Pavilion

  • The Fat Controller - The Fat Controller will be causing a locomotion, when he alights at the Park to take control of the efficient running of the Thomas & Friends™ railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt himself  – Drusillas

  • Alternative Notting Hill All Dayer - Live Music - DJs - Jamaican BBQ – face painting - stalls & loads more... Free & fun for all the family! 3pm, free – Concorde 2

Tuesday 27th August

  • Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival - Over 20 world class artists have turned thousands of tonnes of sand into an exhibition. Visitors can experience the wonder of this magical art and will also have the chance to get involved. Sand sculpture workshops, live demonstrations, guided tours, unique photo opportunities, a children's sand pit, café and much more will be on offer to all. – Black Rock

  • Kids’ Summer Fun at Borde Hill Gardens - Includes activities such as Arts and Crafts, Storytelling, Giant Garden Games and Seed-Planting, 10am-6pm, £5-£7

Wednesday 28th  August

  • Creatures of the Deep - Same Sky are back this summer with free children’s make and take workshops. Back by popular demand these sea creature themed art workshops are a great way to keep the kids entertained, 11am-4pm, free – Brighton Marina

  • Peppa Pig & George - Join in the excitement and snorts of laughter as the lovable Peppa Pig embarks on a Drusillas Park adventure, with her brother George. The cheeky pair will be making appearances at various intervals throughout the day  – Drusillas

  • Share a Coke Tour - Come down and tell the team who you want to Share a Coke with, and get your personalised bottle! For info and a map of the route, visit – Brighton Marina

  • Lunchtime Recitals - The perfect way to spend a relaxing lunchtime in the middle of a busy week with high-quality performances from outstanding musicians, 1pm-2pm, free – All Saints Church

  • Leonard Cohen - Acclaimed musical legend and recent JUNO award winner, Leonard Cohen is set to entertain Brighton as he returns to the UK in 2013, 6:30pm, £50-£75 – Brighton Centre

  • Groundation - The internationally renowned band takes the art form to new heights, blending jazz, funk, salsa, fusion, and transcendental dub, 7pm, £20 – Komedia

Thursday 29th August

  • John Buchan’s ‘The 39 Steps’ – Presented by the youth section of Brighton Little Theatre Company, this hilarious stage version includes such scenes as the chase on the Flying Scotsman and the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged, 7:30pm, £6.50/£5 – Brighton Little Theatre

  • Colour Craft - Be inspired by the Into the Blue exhibition in this craft workshop, 10am-12:30pm &1:30pm-3:30pm, free, drop-in, up to 8 years – Hove Museum

  • 50 Shades of Cabaret - Audience and press alike loved the show in London, so now it is time to embrace the forbidden in Brighton, 7pm, £24 – Proud Cabaret Brighton

  • Music in the Music Room - A series of short concerts for a relaxing summer'sevening featuring members of Brighton Philharmonic and friends, 7pm, £16, members and Friends of Brighton Philharmonic £13, book in advance – Royal Pavilion

  • Pokey La Farge - After their sell out show last year, Pokey Lafarge and The South City return once again to Concorde2 for a summer shindig! 7.30pm, £TBC – Concorde 2

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