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Nights out in Brighton: It’s White Night

Everybody knows this town parties all night – but usually it’s an experience you only get on weekends in Brighton that feature either a stag or a hen, or booze-crazed summer beach benders.

White Night

White Night: all-night culture

Well, one night of the year this all changes. On October 29th one of the city’s most celebrated cultural events; White Night aims to keep us up long past the wee wee hours, with a programme of arts and entertainments.

Set to coincide with the end of British Summer Time, it’s a celebration of an extra hour of darkness. Strange and wonderful things happen at night – as you shall see…

A mix of indoor and outdoor events fills the witching hours. As the saying goes, there’s something for everyone – and something for everyone who’s a little weird…

Urban Future Golf has got our attention, as has Pedal Cinema -an event running at the Fortune of War where you’ll get the chance to generate enough power to keep the movies showing.

But, if you like full-on, interactive art experiences, with DJs and cocktails, take a gander at ‘Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness’, which runs at the Phoenix Gallery.

And if you are arriving at the train station and just passing through on your way to your accommodation in Brighton, pop your head into the window of the BBC offices on Queen’s Road there’s an all night screening of rare archive footage.

Visiting Brighton for the first time? White Night proves what us lucky residents already know: this is a town of delights and truly memorable nights.

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Go-karting in Brighton gets green light

Driving here is usually just the start of weekends in Brighton: the closer you get to the sea, the more your mates start playing up, and revving up for a night out.

Ready to go karting near Brighton?

Ready to go karting near Brighton?

Well, fans of the track will be pleased to hear they can stay at a Brighton B&B then make their way to a brand new go-kart course setting up near the city.

The design was picked from entries to a competition run by TeamSportUK who are building tracks all over the UK -so don’t expect the round-and-around or boring figure of 8 set-up.

Penned by Rob McGeown from Horsham – I think he gets to drive for free – this is a multi-level track with a ‘Monaco-style tunnel’ and a capacity for 12 karts – location tbc.

Ready to open on October 22nd the organisers are taking advance bookings and it’s probably wise to get ahead of the crowd.

With top speeds of 45mph the karts should thrill without the spills, and definitly add something special to hen and stag weekends in Brighton – you just know the stag parties are going to be queing up around the block for this one!

And there’s no real need to drive here either, travelling to Brighton is easy on South Coast Train services. But if four wheels is the way you roll we’ve maps and directions to help.

For more details about the go-karting in Brighton – or near Brighton – keep an eye out for further details – we’ll update on Facebook so just follow us there.

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This weekend in Brighton get walking

Now the full heat of the summer has past, a weekend in Brighton is a time when you can be a little more active. So, instead of just lolling on the beach or shopping, use the city as a base for day trips in Brighton and get exploring.

Devil's Dyke: Popular for walking in Brighton

Devil's Dyke: Popular for walking in Brighton

The South Downs Society has organised a week of walks and strolls across the South Downs – the UK’s newest national park.

There’s fifteen different routes marked out, with plenty on offer for tourists after family weekends in Brighton as well as for more enthusiastic wanderers.

There’s no cost involved and you’ll be getting access to some of the finest countryside and attractions.

The shortest walk is just 4.5 miles, the longest 14 miles. This weekend, there are two longer routes to explore, both easily accessible from Brighton.

On Saturday, walkers will start from Billingshurst Station and enjoy 11.5 miles of Sussex tracks and trails – with a pub stop in Wisborough Green. Those fancying a little more strenuous endeavours should opt for the final route of the week, from Bosham Station via Devil’s Humps for a picnic stop, before walking on to West Ashling.

Visiting Brighton you’ll find walks all week, and for more information check the South Downs Society website.

Budget weekends in Brighton don’t come much cheaper than this, all walks are free – just remember to bring the must-have fashion accessory of any late British summer: the waterproof!

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The Ghosts of Brighton

The dawn walkers you see wandering the seafront on weekends in Brighton aren’t zombies, they’re just clubbers who couldn’t get enough! Still, there are some places in Brighton where the dead can be found… And if you know the right man, you can walk in their footsteps.

Rob Marks keeps strange company. And creepy tales unfold as he takes people on a ghost walk of the Lanes , and through the dark history of the city. He explains more:

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

The Brighton Ghost Walk is very popular, but when did you start your wanderings?

I began my wandering around the Lanes three years ago. I had carried out extensive research into the many alleged hauntings in the area and scripted the show three years before.

The walk’s for all ages, but are there some tales you have to leave untold?

The walk is essentially light-hearted fun and I tend to juxtapose the dramatic intensity of the stories with comic respite. I carry a Gladstone bag filled with props relating to my tales; some mildly gruesome. However, the kids love it and I always make a special point of bonding with them throughout the walk.  I made a point of choosing tales that were suitable for all age-ranges so there are none that I would leave untold. There are occasions when I have simplified the language for younger groups and left out any risqué jokes.

Ever been really spooked yourself?

I’ve been doing this for a long time in Brighton and York. One thing I’m pretty sure of is that ghosts can’t harm you. Nevertheless, I did once feel a tad spooked when visiting an old empty, part derelict house that I was later told was haunted.

Most weekends in Brighton are peaceful affairs, so why walk with its ghosts?

Weekends in Brighton are also fun affairs and the ghost walk is all about having fun.

What’s the town’s most haunted spot?

The original fishing quarter, now know of as the Lanes, is unquestionably the most haunted part of the city. There is hardly a street or lane that does not have a spectral connection.

If you came back to haunt the town, where would you hang out?

New Road, opposite the Pavilion Gardens. It’s a delightful spot to sit and while away an hour of two over coffee and watch the world go by.


Take a look at Rob’s video on the Ambassador Facebook page.

Bringing your family to the coast this weekend? We’ve family rooms in Brighton.

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Interview with a DJ: Tom Vagabondo

DJ Tom Vagabondo

DJ Tom Vagabondo

Each weekend in Brighton, thousands of punters and clubbers make their way to the coast. With so many clubs and bars, there’s never a shortage of nights out in Brighton – actually, sometimes there’s just too much happening!

But who’s providing the soundtrack to all this? Who are the girls and guys behind the decks serving up the tunes? And what makes Brighton such a special night out?

In the first in a series, we interviewed Mr Tom Vagabondo, a DJ and producer now settled in Brighton.

What brought you to Brighton?

Mainly personal reasons, and great feedback about living in Brighton from my Czech friends.

What’s so special about the Brighton club scene?

There are so many possibilities: pubs, bars, clubs and nights out that you really want to go to – and so many musical styles to sample.

When you are not working, where in Brighton do you like to chill out?

I love the beach in the summer sunshine, just lazing around. I like Brighton’s parks, too. And if you have a car there’s lots of countryside nearby.

You came here from the Czech Republic, is Brighton really inclusive and tolerant?

Well, from my perspective, yes. It’s a friendly, cosmopolitan city with smiley people.

What makes a great DJ set?

Charisma, energy and being able to feel the music.

Who is your superstar DJ?

Me, of course! Honestly, I don’t have really a superstar DJ, probably because I like a mix of DJs and bands, so I’m just listening to as many different styles of music as possible.

You play almost every weekend in Brighton, but who does your flyers? They are excellent!

Thank you, it’s my secret! I’ve an excellent friend in Slovakia who always comes up with exactly what I’m after; she gets it right every time!

Here’s Tom’s latest mix with A-Bee (AKA LazyBoys)

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Bank holiday weekend in Brighton: it’s Mods and Movies

Of all the weekends in Brighton, this is possibly our favourite!

Mod weekend, this weekend

Mod weekend, this weekend, all weekend!

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The longer the summer stretches, the more precious each weekend feels, so when it’s a bank holiday weekend in Brighton as well, you can guarantee visitors will be making the very most of it.

And the most notable arrivals this weekend will be the Mods. Of all the movements, styles and fashions to have evolved from Britain, it’s the one with the longest and strongest following – and it’s ’so’ Brighton.

Don’t think it’s all about nostalgia, either. The New Untouchables will be in town and have events lined up that celebrate current Mod culture, as well as giving a good nod to its origins.

Check them out across town all weekend, with events at Komedia and The Volks. New Untouchables events

To help the weekend along the way, there’s a special screening of the classic Quadrophenia by Nomad Cinema. Showing at the racecourse, there’s free parking for the scooter and a bar laid on.

Check out the New Untouchables page from the link above, or just share this post and find out more.

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Brighton’s Shakedown festival gets green light

Just when you thought the summer was over, it makes a comeback. And just when you thought there were no festivals left, more appear!

The Shakedown Festival

Set in the wonderful, yet often overlooked, Stanmer Park, this could be the final festival fling.  Now with its licence granted by the council, the gloves are off and the big names are lined up for one of the biggest weekends in Brighton this year.

Just out of town, just have to go!

Just out of town, just have to go!

Razorlight top the bill at ‘Brighton’s Summer Closing Party’ along with Example – he’s got a new album out aroundabout now.

If the DJ set from 2manydj’s does anything to get close to their album ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax pt2′ – which is playing right now as I write – I’ll be most impressed. Zane Lowe makes the line-up as do local pretenders Kovak.

Brighton music fans will know this band well, as they have been building quite a following. Good luck to them, see you all there!

Shakedown festival is on the 17th September, here’s where to get your Shakedown tickets

Here’s a map how to get to Stanmer Park

And if you live local, here’s how to get discounted hotel rooms

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This weekend in Brighton: Pride!

It’s happening, after all the fuss and fannying, Pride is happening and it’s on this weekend in Brighton, woop!

Pride Logo

Ok, it’s ticketed where before it was free, but there’s some justification when you look at the line-up: Joe McElderry, 80s pop icon Sonia and BootyLuv will all be shaking their booties.

As before, it’s all going on in Preston Park, after the Pride Parade, which leaves Madeira Drive at 11am. Once the crowds have been whipped into a frenzy, the boys have squeezed into their Lycra and the queens have perfected their intricacies (probably with a little bit of masking tape) the party gets underway.

The main park event promises much – remember, you need tickets for Pride so don’t just follow the crowd as you did previously.

There’s a community village (for everyone); a BME tent (Black and Minority Ethnic – of course still for everyone); a cabaret tent (for the drama ones); and of course there’s the ‘Bears’ tent (for the hairy ones).

As well as the Live stage, you’ve the Go.Go Festival/Zhoosh Women’s Tent (helped along with Brighton and Hove’s very own LGBT social network ZhooshBrighton.

The Gay Men’s Chorus make an appearance mid-afternoon before the gloves come off and things ramp up in the early evening.

All the fun and a fair!

All the fun and a fair!

And there’s the usual heart-worrying fairground rides – I’d go just for that amazing old-time chair ride (see pic) as it beats even the fastest TurboMegabooster!

More information on Pride in Brighton & Hove

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Freaky and Geeky weekends in Brighton

Now while weekends in Brighton might be more about candyfloss and ice creams, or clubs and bars, it’s definitely a city on the right side of the digital divide.

Digital

And to recognize this, celebrate digital culture, and stimulate our synapses some more, the lovely people at Lighthouse are coordinating the Brighton Digital Festival.

The full line-up is still being sorted, but expect work, talks and creative input from international artists such as Blast Theory, semiconductor, Ben Frost, Joshua Davis and Random Dance.

Schools will get involved too, so watch out for a press team from Longhill High School who are using all tools digital to blog, photograph and film the event.

There’s some fascinating sounding installation on observing the sun ‘from the vantage point of the Earth to our orbit in space’, headscratchings on electronic art, and a showing of the seminal -but recently fleeced -Tron.

The festival runs all through next month, with most September weekends in Brighton having at least one show on offer -although some are one-offs so best check the Brighton Digital Festival site for updates.

And can somebody please tell me: is there free public internet access between the piers? I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked – and if not, why not!

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Brighton venue could be born again, again!

Visiting Brighton for the weekend you’ll find so many flyers for clubs it’s sometimes hard to know where to get started. So, we are going to get you a quick overview of each and put them together in a quick club review for you.

But before we do, it looks as if one of the town’s favourite nightclubs could be on the verge of another lease of life as ‘The Yard’ – formerly ‘The Ocean Rooms’ could be re-born as an altogether different entertainment venue.

Ocean Rooms - born again, again!  Image: Flickr/dominicspics

Ocean Rooms - born again, again! Image: Flickr/dominicspics

Its leasehold is up for sale, and the club could soon have a new role, according to the Argus, which has reported the club may become the site for laser game business.

As clubs go, it’s featured some really creative frontage. A tradition we hope the new owners will continue.

And thanks to its size and proximity to the centre of town, it could easily find its place on a list of attractions for people coming for family weekends in Brighton.

We’ll keep you posted on developments, but to find out what’s on this weekend in Brighton, check out our What’s on and Brighton local events guide and our LGBT local events guide

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