You wake up and it's a Saturday, you're all excited for a fun filled day ahead and gosh darn it you look at the window and it's raining. Booooooo! There are some plus sides though, it means you can go get stuck into one of these wicked Brighton activities.
From Bouldering to Brewing, we've got everything you need for a mac-free fun time.
Are you a sucker for the soothing comfort of a delicious chocolate? Want to find out more about the process behind that most mouthwatering sweet treats, and try your hand at making your own? Well, you'll love the fabulous luxury chocolate masterclasses that Cocoa Crystal host. They are completely unique, 100% ORGANIC chocolate tempering masterclasses, where you'll learn to make tasty chocolates from scratch using the most luxurious ingredients including the finest 100% organic cacao butter and cacao mass. With a glass of Prosecco in hand it’s the way to spend a gloomy Brighton evening.
The founders of this unique mobile event have tapped into a unchartered market, ceramics and beer! Who’d of known they match so brewtifully! If you’ve always wanted to give a ceramics workshop a try this is your chance to get the gang together and sup on great beers, chow down on tasty grub and whip up a handmade ceramic to take home.
Take a cooking class at Brighton’s brand new cookery school - The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen. It supports health & wellbeing within the community through a range of brilliant classes with chefs and food experts. It’s a place where the entire community can come together and enjoy the benefits of cooking and eating together, regardless of finance, confidence or ability.
Bottomless brunches are all the rage, darling, and Brighton are leading the way in boozy, late morning feeds. These heady weekend sesh fests have upped their game and now include fun filled ways to keep you entertained whilst you sup, such as karaoke, drag queen acts, cabaret shows and live music.
Confident you could puzzle your way out of a locked room in under an hour with only a couple of friends to help you? Grab your most trusted (and smartest) companions and get signed up for one of Brighton's best escape rooms. What the heck are these, you ask? The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills.These tricky rooms offer hands-on challenges that will have fans of 'The Crystal Maze' chomping at the bit. So, do you have what it takes?
Down on Brighton’s very own Diagon Alley, aka Trafalgar Street you’ll find a peculiar little store stocking everything from chocolate frogs, to Hufflepuff uniforms. Yes that’s right, jump aboard the Hogwarts express because you’ve just uncovered a portal straight to Hagrid’s pumpkin patch. Oliver’s is a Harry Potter superfan’s treasure trove, you can stare into the moving portraits, marvel at the collection of 80+ wands, and pick yourself up some tasty confectionary, beware the vomit flavoured Bertie Botts though. It’s the perfect place to pop into on a misty day and while away an afternoon unearthing more Harry Potter merch than you can throw a muggle at.
How would you like to try your hand at ceramic painting or even making your own from clay? The Painting Pottery Cafe is a great little experience spot in the heart of the North Laine that have bespoke packages to help you celebrate your special occasion. Gather the troops and get yourselves settled in for a crafty coupla hours, and with a BYOB policy make sure you bring a bottle or two.
The Old Market (or, as locals like to affectionately call it, TOM) is an incredible independent venue with an ever changing line up of live music, theatre, comedy and film nights. They work with local artists, major cultural festivals, independent promoters and esteemed national arts organisations to bring you the best of the best. The venue is owned and managed by two of the city’s most successful artists, the creators of the international smash-hit show STOMP. Get yourself outta the rain and check out the upcoming programme.
Globalls is indoor mini golf as you’ve never seen it before, think ultraviolet jurassic park with a sprinkling of club tropicana. You can putt amongst the glowing dinosaurs and race your way through the 12 hole course to get to the finish line before your amigos. For only a fiver a game it’s the perfect rainy day activity for you and the gang.
If you don’t mind jumping in the car, this is a little trip out of town that really is hoptastic. Dark Star’s reputation amongst hardy beer critics is five star, and you can visit their first rate brewery based out in Horsham. For £10 you can get a behind the scenes tour, a first hand look at how their delicious brews are made and of course get some tasty samples (minimal amounts for the driver of course). Tours last around 90 minutes and must be booked in advance.
Head over the North Laine and cosy up with a glass of wine and a blanket in Brighton’s newest independent cinema. Showing the big box office hits as well as some of the more artistic smaller indy pictures, so you can rest assured that you’ll get your fill of big screen goodness. Grab some drinks and snacks from the bar, request one of the sofas and settle in for an indulgent movie night.
One of Brighton’s most iconic landmarks, the beautifully exotic Royal Pavilion. Many of you have sat amongst its gardens, snapped a selfie or two for the gram, or taken your nearest and dearest to stare in awe at its architectural wonders, but I bet not many of you have actually been inside have you? Tut tut, clear your shame name and make ol’ George proud by going and getting stuck into the wonderful history behind the wonder. Residents get a discount all year round, or are treated to an annual free day, so there really are no excuses.
A hop skip and jump from Portslade train station and you’ll find yourself in a rock climbers paradise. Bouldering for those of you not in the know, is the new fangled version of rock climbing without any ropes. This is one for the adventurers among you, spend a grey afternoon getting to grips the nooks and crannies of their 1,00 square metres. There’s a myriad of circuits for all abilities so whether you’re a complete beginner, or a seasoned pro, you’re well catered for.
Brighton’s art scene is as eclectic as its residents, from gold glittered street murals to Banksy’s Kissing Policemen, it’s an exciting time in the South East for emerging artists. Brighton University is training some of the finest creatives in the country and the surplus workshops across the city are teaching the rest of us a thing or two about channeling our creative energy. Galleries worth a look in are the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Phoenix Gallery, artrepublic, and ONCA. What’s for certain is whether your into Imbue or Warhol, there’s something here to cater for your every taste.
For the big kids amongst you, why not take a trip over to Skyhigh trampoline park in Peacehaven. Imagine this, 11K sq ft of wall-to-wall interconnected trampolines where you can quite literally, bounce off the walls. Escape the monsoon outside and grab a pal to go bouncing with. Did you know jumping stimulates your metabolism, strengthens your heart, firms your muscles and frees up those endorphins? Beats the gym any day.
If you love a good rummage, this is an afternoon well spent. Wriggle on over to one of the city’s surplus antique flea markets. If you’re in the North Laine head to the Upper Gardner Street Market, open on Saturdays, the North Laine Antiques & Flea Market is open everyday, or our personal favourite - Snooper’s Paradise where you can spend an hour or two poking about in the world’s greatest junk shop. The Trading Post in Kemptown is where you’ll need to be if an original 1960’s Mary Quant Mini is what you’re after. Grab a cup of coffee at the aptly named, Cup Of Joe, to refuel after your hedonistic antique shopping spree.
In our very own cultural quarter it seems none more fitting than to attend a play at one of the country’s oldest theatres - The Theatre Royal. Check out their programme here for all upcoming shows and book yourself in for night of Dirty Dancing or Swan Lake. You can often catch a show here before it hits London's broadway so it's definitely worth checking out.