If your money tree is looking pretty bare, not to fear, Wriggle are here. And we’ve got a ton of awesome things for you to do in Brighton without spending a penny, nope not a single dime. Enjoy!

All your chilli dreams have just come true. Those absolute beauties at the Windmill have brought back their legendary Chilli Mondays, just in time to ease the back to school blow. All you need to do is purchase a drink at the bar and get a raffle ticket that you can swap for a tasty, piping hot bowl of chilli and rice anytime throughout the evening. Mondays have never tasted so good.

Remember Nintendo 64? Ah, the good old days eh? You can relive those sentimental pastimes with a night of retro gaming at one of Gaming Retro-bution’s haunts. Chris and Kat have been running these gamers nights for years and set up in local pubs with a selection of original consoles like Sega, Playstation, XBox and over 100 games. Grab the gang, or just pop along solo and make some new gaming buddies. You can find them at Hare & Hounds every Sunday, The World’s end on Tuesdays or at The Railway Inn fortnightly on Thursdays. The best bit … it’s completely free!

If you’ve never seen the murmurations on Brighton seafront, it really is a sight to behold. During the winter months, just before sunset hundreds of thousands of starlings take to the skies in mesmerising displays as they swoop in to roost under the Piers and Brighton Marina. One for the Gram for sure. 

Wednesdays at the Hobgoblin on London Road are a real treat. Pop yourself along with a lemon in tow and you can exchange it for the princely sum of 1x bottle of Cobra. Nope we’re not having you on, that’s really all there is to it. You can only have one though, and the hand stamp makes sure of that. But for the sake of a 20p Aldi Lemon you’ve got yourself a nice cold brew. This really is the zest. 

Since 2006 there has been an annual display of liberation and awareness of car culture across the city. The Naked Bike Ride usually takes place at the beginning of June and sees around 1,000 riders streak through the streets of Brighton in the name of cyclist safety. The protest demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, and aims to illustrate that message loud and clear to drivers. It’s free to take part in the ride and we should point out - it is not vital that you are 100% naked, you can cover your modesty however you feel appropriate. 

Paddle round the pier is the biggest free beach festival in the UK. Every year the hordes descend on Hove Lawns and jump in the sea to race around the pier. From surfers to paddle boards and kayaks to homemade contraptions, you can find all manner of floating devices competing for the top prize. There’s a ton of other fun free things happening throughout the day such as live music, demos, competitions, food & drink, we could go on. It’s one for the Brighton bucket list. 

If there’s something Brighton isn't short of it's booty shaking, mosh pit quaking, hardcore raving, live music venues. From raucous Friday night rock nights to chilled Sunday afternoon folk sessions, this is a city never lacking in musical talent. There’s a plethora of free gig nights so it’s worth checking out current listings here

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 juices. Free galleries worth a look in are the Phoenix Gallery, artrepublic, ONCA, IO and Two Kats & A Cow. What’s for certain is whether your into Imbue or Warhol, there’s something here to cater for your every taste. So take a wander around the street of the city and head to a gallery or two for free and very cultured Brighton excursion. 

The Brighton Pride Festival in Preston Park is a glittering and truly inclusive community celebration that has to be seen to be believed. If you’re yet to pop your Pride cherry, we’re here to tell you that if you’re a little tight on the budget, you don’t need to have tickets to the park or St James St to have a truly wonderful Pride. There are plenty of free ways to get involved such as ogling the parade then heading to the beach, pretty much any of the central parks - The Level in particular is a fun spot, party at one of the many street festivals - The North Laine is always jam packed and fun filled, or drop into a house party (or host your own if you’re feeling brave enough). 

The whole city comes together in this fiery, papery extravaganza to mark the winter solstice. This festive event is free and suitable for the whole family. Local residents make their own paper and willow lanterns to carry in a huge procession that finishes on the seafront where the lanterns are added to blazing bonfire. The jolliness continues with a glittering fire show, live music and spectacular fireworks. Well it is the season to sparkle don’t cha know.   

Fancy £79.95 worth of food for free? There’s just one little thing … you need to be able to demolish 72oz worth of steak and chips in under 45 mins. The current record is 26 mins! If you fail the challenge the profits go to local children’s charity Rockinghorse. If you reckon you can get your chops around this chuffin mental foodie challenge then head to The Old Bank Steak & Ribs in Kemptown and get munching. 

Okay so it’s not technically in Brighton, but this is where most Brightonians end up on the 5th November. The wee town of Lewes goes BIG for Bonfire night when over 80,000 revellers descend on this sleepy Sussex town to witness the spectacle that is, Bonfire Night! From the procession you can expect barrel runs, burning crosses, smuggler costumes, obscure effigies such as Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein. Disclaimer - there will be bangers galore. After all the procession antics, everyone heads to one of the many bonfires scattered around town and the evening finishes with a stunning fireworks show. Pyrotechnics, pagan rituals and wild antics, what more could you ask for?

If something slightly more zen is what you’re after, this is the class for you. At the Phoenix Centre on Mondays, Sahaja Yoga Meditation, host free meditation and yoga classes. This type of yoga is achieved by sitting on chairs so there’s no need for mats or special clothing. If you’d like to learn how to plug into your inner energy, try this time-honoured technique to harness your own power and become better connected to yourself — emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. There are volunteers on hand to help, and everyone is welcome. Namaste. 

If you’re a wanna be techie, we strongly urge you to check one of Codebar’s workshops out. They’re all completely free and are a great way to learn new skills, brush up on your existing skills and make new like-minded friends. Their aim is to make technology and coding more accessible to under-represented communities in a safe and collaborative environment. Learn how to code like Neo with the knowledgeable mentors, grab a slice of free pizza and get insights and tips from tech industry professionals. 

If you’re a cyclist, which you inevitably will be 0.2 milliseconds after moving into Brighton, you need to know about this. The Brighton Bike Hub are based down on St Martin’s Place, just off Lewes Road and they work towards enabling the community and local students to learn how to fix bikes (for free), get affordable new and used parts and buy bargain second-hand bikes. They’re open Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 11am to 5pm, so there’s no excuse not to get your wheels in tip top shape. They also run regular group rides and socials. We wheelie like this initiative. 

Published -23rd September 2019