Brighton Festival

‘Brighton Festival has been at the forefront… an arts festival that makes connections with the real world’ The Times

Brighton festival
Performers with the pavilion in the background

Brighton Festival is a popular annual event: It usually takes place in a variety of venues across Brighton & Hove each May. Join the celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events!

Leading Arts Festival

Established in 1967, the festival has become one of Europe’s leading arts festivals. It has an ambitious and daring programme which makes the most of the city’s distinctive cultural atmosphere. It draws on some of the most innovative artists and companies from the UK and across the world.

Festival 2021

Hopefully Brighton Festival will be able to run in 2021. It usually opens with the popular Children’s Parade, produced in partnership with a Brighton based community arts charity.

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‘Brighton Fridge’ events usually run throughout May from the 1st to 31st.

Stay in Steyning at Rosebud Cottage

Find out about Rosebud Cottage in Steyning: Brighton is just 10 miles away. Trains run from Shoreham to Brighton every 10 or 15 minutes. There is also an hourly bus service from Steyning.

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Brighton Half Marathon

The Brighton Half Marathon race takes place each year in February. It is one of the first major half marathons in the running calendar and is now one of the most popular races in the UK.

brighton half marathonThe flat course provides a great introduction for novice runners and a fantastic training run for those working up to a full marathon distance.

Last year just under 8,000 runners took part in the event. It passes several of the city’s landmarks along the 13.1-mile route, including the Royal Pavilion, piers and Hove beach huts

The 13.1-mile race starts at Madeira Drive. Runners turn right at the Sea Life Centre towards Blind Veterans UK, further along the coast in Ovingdean. After that runners make a sharp turn on the road before the Greenways Roundabout. This brings them back west towards Brighton taking in cliff top and panoramic city views

A Wheelchair Race, Relay and Youth Races are also part of this event which, in 2020, is celebrating 30 years of running.

You can see maps of the full course and the race village here. The race start time is 9am…

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Steyning Stinger Marathon

Find out about the Steyning Stinger Marathon

This annual event is held every year on the first Sunday in March. It goes over the South Downs, with four steep hill climbs or ‘stings’!

Visit Brighton in the Winter

Visit Brighton in the winter: Avoid the crowds and find plenty of things to do!


The observation tower!

The British Airways observation tower operates throughout the year. Choose a day with good visibility and you can see fantastic views over Brighton, the Sussex coat and the surrounding countryside. You will glide up to 450 feet in a fully enclosed glass viewing pod.

British Airways Observation Tower

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Brighton Beach and Pier

Walk along the promenade and enjoy the empty beaches. I took this photo in February.

Brighton Pier is open every day of the year (apart from Christmas Day) and admission is free.

brighton royal pavilion ice rink

Visit Brighton in the winter: The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

The Royal Pavilion is another fascinating place which is open all year.

Outside each winter you will find a magical ice rink – open to the public each year from early November to mid  January.

It’s beautiful, twinkly, romantic and child-friendly… if you don’t want to skate you can enjoy beautiful food in their rink side bar and restaurant.

Winter visits

Brighton may be the UK’s most popular tourist resort for overseas visitors but they must stay when it is warmer! Could the winter be the best time to visit?

The picturesque small town of Steyning is within easy reach of Brighton .. just 10 miles away. Stay in cosy Rosebud Cottage!

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Rosebud Cottage in Steyning

London to Brighton Veteran Race

The London to Brighton Veteran Race is the longest-running motoring event in the world. The first race was in 1896, and it has taken place most years since its initial revival in 1927. To qualify, the cars must have been built before 1905.

It always takes place on the first Sunday in November…

Cars leave London from sunrise. They start to arrive on the sea front, at Brighton, from about 10:00 and then throughout the day till the check-in closing time of 16:30.

On the day the Veteran cars are allowed to use Brighton’s bus lanes.

This is a very popular event which I thoroughly recommend.

london to brighton veteran car race

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