Brighton Events during 2016
Here you can find a list of events happening over the next few months.
Spring /Summer 2016:
What's On in Brighton & Hove
May 2016 Events
From April 30th 2016 to May 1st 2016: Brighton Tattoo Convention 2016
For its 9th year the annual Brighton Tattoo Convention moves to the Brighton Centre, a venue in front of the sea and near the city center. The building is ready to welcome tattoo artists, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. Over of 300 artists will be there, all are professionals mastering different techniques such as realism, black-work, traditional and many others. So if you want to ask for information or do a tattoo, it’s the right place to do it.
Book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel and enjoy the festivities!
On the May 1st 2016: “Historical Commercial Vehicle Society” Run
The HCVS London to Brighton Run is an annual event for nostalgic and curious people. First commercial vehicle club formed in 1958, it became the largest organization for old commercial vehicles in the UK. This Run is the main event of the Historical Commercial Vehicle Society, which represents the movement as a whole regarding historic commercial vehicles of all types. 200 different models will run and be exposed after on the Brighton seafront. So if you are looking for a vehicle from your childhood or want to discover old ones, you will find your happiness in this event.
Assist at this vintage Run and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
From May 1st 2016 to May 2nd 2016: Foodies Festival
For this seventh edition, the Foodies Festival comes back to Brighton with the aim of welcoming over 30,000 food & drink hungry visitors at a three-day gastronomic celebration on Hove Lawns with friends and family. Foodies Festival, the UK's biggest celebration of food and drink, will serve up a feast for the senses of all the family.
Regale yourself at the Festival and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 3rd 2016: UB40 at the Brighton Centre
After a triumphal North American Tour, the biggest British reggae band is back on the UK shores and coming to Brighton. The three founding members will be satisfying demand for more UK shows and will prove they are still a worldwide tour de force. They will perform their old classic and world known hits such as “Labour of Love” album songs.
Book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel and enjoy the concert of these living legends!
On the May 5th 2016: Guide to Whisky
Whisky truly is the most amazing spirit in the world and passionate people are going to show you why. This series is all about the swirling gold liquid you love. If you like whisky, have a burgeoning curiosity or want to refresh your knowledge then the Guide to Whisky is perfect. Topics covered during this event will be varied, such as whisky production, maturation, how to nose and taste whisky or what makes each whisky different. This tasting bonanza features 6 whiskies and each small group of whisky drinkers will be in the company of a whisky expert, who will be on hand to entertain and enlighten you in the ways of the dram.
Learn more about whisky and take the opportunity to book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
From May 6th 2016 to June 5th 2016: Brighton Fringe 2016
More than 900 events are scheduled this year for an amazing edition. England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world, Brighton Fringe proposes events for everyone, from cabaret to comedy, theatre to dance… The Fringe is characterized by voluntarily low prices and free events with the aim of stimulating, educating and entertaining a diverse range of people through a diverse range of art forms. Moreover it allows local artists to play in front of big audiences and to be publicized. More than 50% of participants are based in Brighton & Hove. The festival also enjoys Fringe City, an outdoor city set on weekends in the heart of Brighton, where more than 75 000 people came in 2015 to attend shows and performances in a friendly atmosphere.
Don’t miss this huge and exciting event and book a room for a few days at the Gulliver’s Hotel to really enjoy!
On the May 6th 2016: Mad Hatter’s Charity Ball at Amex Stadium
Partygoers are urged not to be late for a very important date: a Mad Hatter's Charity Ball at a top UK sports stadium, the American Express Community Stadium. Along with a night of fine food and entertainment, money raised at the event will go to help two leading charities of the country. The evening will begin with a reception drink followed by a three course meal before the live entertainment begins. After a silent auction, there will be a photo booth so guests can take home the fun, photographic memento of the occasion.
Have fun doing a good deed and Book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
From May 7th 2016 to May 11th 2016: The Lady Boys Of Bangkok
The sun may rise in the east but at least the Lady Boys of Bangkok are coming with it! Performed by exotic showgirls like no others in the world, this cabaret promises to be energetic, exotic, and completely unpredictable. This dazzling new production is the country’s most popular touring cabaret because it enables people to escape from the humdrum of everyday life in a euphoric bubble of laughter, glamour, glitz and music. From the lavish costumes to the eclectic music – with Katy Perry, Rihanna, Shakira and even One Direction – this night will be a great remember of sexy, funny and entertaining cabaret. Enjoy this amazing show and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 7th 2016 and the May 8th 2016: Koklyaev Power System UK Tour
The Russian strength legend is coming down to the UK to run a series of seminars for strongman, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting and Crossfit. Known as the strongest man in Russia, he has won 8 times the Olympic weightlifting Russian National Championship and was medalist at the “World’s Strongest Man”. He will in Worthing on the 7th of May and in Hove the next day, on the 8th of May, to perform feats of strength. The entry is open to adults only.
Come and see this force of nature in action and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
From May 7th 2016 to May 29th 2016: Brighton Festival 2016
This year is an important one for the festival. Celebrating its 50th birthday expect an exceptional program. Experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson has been chosen as Guest Director and the theme for this edition is “Home and Place”. Daily events will take place all over the city including dance, film, music, theatre, debates and art. Brighton Festival will feature a wide range of international, national and local artists and companies including site-specific pieces, exclusives, world and UK premieres.
Take part in one of Europe’s leading art festival and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 7th 2016: “YES” at the Brighton Centre
YES the famous progressive rock band, come to Brighton as part of their European Tour. Grammy award-winning rock giants, the band will perform two of its iconic albums, Fragile and Drama, in their entirety, in addition to classic YES tracks. Drama is played for the first time in a tour since 1980, when this album was controversial and criticized. YES will perform all tracks in the order they appear on their corresponding studio album, providing people a familiar but unique experience both.
Don’t miss these rock legends and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 8th 2016: Stonewall’s Brighton Equality Walk
Every year The Stonewall’s Equality Walk takes place in Brighton’s streets and seafront. Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals (LGBT) will walk to denunciate the situation of young LGBT people. Every year, lots of young people grow up feeling isolated and alone just because of who they are. Last year more than 50 LGBT role models visited schools across the UK to share their personal stories with thousands of students and teachers. Today the Equality Walk is asking people to sign up to help raise money to send even more role models into schools to inspire young people right across the country.
Be part of the Equality Walk Project and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 8th 2016: Brighton Big Balls
Brighton's best loved fun run in aid of Male cancers care and treatment. Run with two balls under your arms over obstacles for fun. Try to reach the finish line with your two balls in your arms. Everyone is invited, there is no need to be an athlete as the race is just a way to have fun.
Show your support for male cancer care and treatment by running this race and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel to rest afterwards!
From May 12th 2016 to May 18th 2016: Bromance
Relationships are the heart of the stylish Bromance, where hand-shakes become handstands and back-slaps become backflips. This tour-de-force of cutting edge physical heroics wittily explores male companionship and its limits through exceptional skills, acrobatics, and circus accessories. Set to a stunning soundtrack, Bromance celebrates complicity through a series of heroic, risk-taking physical feats. One of the UK's hottest new circus ensembles, the Barely Methodical boys have been wowing audiences of all ages the world over, winning a Total Theatre Award for their sell-out run of Bromance at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and the UK's inaugural circus competition Circus Maximus last year.
Be astonished by this experimental acrobatic circus company and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 14th and 15th 2016: A Week End Without Walls
East Hill Park and East Brighton Park host five extraordinary performances for a great weekend made of fun and adventure. Bring a picnic and your family for a fun packed afternoon of all these new outdoor events. The shows allow the audience to participate and take part in them, for you and your children’s delight.
Organize a family outing to one of these parks and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 15th 2016: Sam Lee at Ropetackle Arts Centre
Mercury Prize nominated critically acclaimed folk singer Sam Lee is live in concert in Shoreham-by-Sea. His new interpretations of traditional song are the result of intrepid journeys throughout the British Isles and Ireland seeking out and recording ancient songs from the last of the Gypsy travelers. London born and bred man infused them with vital new energy to obtain a mix of exception. His latest album ‘Fade in Time’ goes even further encompassing world-wide traditions, from Japanese court music to Tajikistan wedding marches, all alongside traditional British folksong. Winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, Sam is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of folksong today.
Take part in this exciting night of folk music and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 21th 2016: Clairière Urbaine
French company Restouramont creates an opening in the dense sprawl of the city, “Clairière Urbaine” meaning Urban Clearing. In the bustle of Brighton streets, the performers of this outdoor event express themselves in an aerial choreography. Hung by cables to buildings, these specialists of vertical art will be using the empty spaces between the buildings, monuments and streets to perform the show.
Be thrilled watching this unbelievable show and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel fro that added ‘French Touch’!
On the May 22th 2016: Heroes Run VS Villains Run
The HEROES RUN is a fundraising event of Brighton. Created by Pass It On Africa and first put on in March 2005. Thanks to the success of that first year it has been held every year since then. The Heroes Run is a superhero and hero themed fun run for men, women and children. Everyone is welcome to either take part or cheer on the runners. Moreover, the event is a really great opportunity to raise funds for Pass It On Africa or a number of other local and national charities. It’s also a great opportunity to just do something unique, fun and healthy. So choose your side and run for the good or the evil! Take part in this funny and unusual run and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
From May 24th 2016 to May 28th 2016: Dr Blighty at Royal Pavilion Garden
More than a million men travelled from India to fight with the Allies during World War One. Between 1914 and 1916, over 2000 Indian soldiers were wounded on the Western Front. Their temporary hospital is settled in the majestic Mughal-inspired Royal Pavilion of Brighton. Dr Blighty recalls this unexpected episode in Brighton’s history, bringing the experiences of the soldiers but also the local one’s who came to care of them. Part of the UK’s arts program for the First World War centenary, Dr Blightly proposes to visitors an immersive experience of the life at the Pavilion, entirely based on the letters of Indian soldiers.
Discover soldiers’ life during WWI in Brighton and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 28th 2016: Funk The Family Festival
Born in Brighton & Hove, Funk the Family is a one-day festival with an emphasis on quality music and family entertainment. The aim of the festival is to create a beautiful vibe in the heart of Hove city. This spectacular outdoor festival in Hove Park for all the family, will see a fantastic music line-up, circus shows, messy play, trapeze workshops, 360 cinema, Punch and Judy, food and drink stalls. Children will be overjoyed with a plethora of activities for kids of all ages. Have fun in this entertaining festival and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
From May 28th 2016 to May 30th 2016: Brighton & Hove Food and Drinks Festival
Rated by the New York Post in February 2012 as one of the world's leading local food events, The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the south of England. With local producers, growers, restaurants, bars and food retailers firmly at its heart, it’s a showcase of the fantastic food, drink and hospitality to be found in the city and surrounding Sussex. Engaging annually with around 160,000 consumers and 350 food, drink and hospitality businesses, the Festival believes both local and good food should be accessible to everyone. The festival also runs and supports food activity throughout the year including farmers markets and the Brighton Restaurant Association.
Benefit of local and healthy products in this friendly event and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
On the May 29th 2016: JaguarForums.com Annual Brighton Convoy & Meet
The JaguarForums.com Annual Brighton Convoy & Meet will take place at the Brighton seafront near the Pier. Have you ever wondered if a Jaguar is for you? If you are interested in Jaguar cars or just a curious car lover, this exhibition will satisfy all your expectations. Almost all the Jaguar models will be gathered, from E-Types right through to the latest showroom models attending. Everything from economical diesels, through to V8 and V12 petrol engines, from family cruisers through to powerful supercars. Why not come and have a look and meet these luxury cars and their owners or maybe even take part in the Jaguar convoy and event yourself. Look for the Jaguar of your dreams and book a room at the Gulliver’s Hotel!
Enjoy Brighton, enjoy life!
Please Note: You are always guaranteed our Best Available rate by booking direct - simply enter the code BRG3 at the booking stage to receive a 3% discount off our Best Available rates.
May 2016 Special Offers
Brighton has so much to offer this Spring from fabulous unique shopping experiences to concerts, culture, great restaurants and of course the seaside!
Standard double en-suite from £59.00 room only
10% discount off our best available rates when you book direct and quote 'Festival' followed by the name of the show or exhibition that you will be seeing whilst in town.
What's On in Brighton
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- Brighton Festival Fringe,
- Brighton Festival,
- Brighton Theatre,
- Brighton Comedy,
- Brighton Nightclubs,
- Brighton Pride 2016,
- Sports & clubs,
- Shopping in Brighton's North Laines,
- Royal Pavilion,
- Brighton Centre,
- Brighton Dome,
- Brighton Marina,
- Brighton Pier,
- Brighton Theatre Royal,
- New Steine Bistro Supper Club 2016!
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- Gay Brighton,
- Sussex Beer Festival,
- Sussex Cricket Ground,
- London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
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