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Beach Fest

I just had the best day ever in Brighton. Have you ever been to the Brunswick Festival? It’s a blast that happens every year in August. Between the food booths, second hand dealers and musicians, it’s a laid back affair with a  hippyish feel. I bought some mini animal figurines for 10p and got handed poetry by a man in an eagle outfit. The festival is two days (August 22nd and 23rd) but had a satellite day this year a week earlier where a dog show was held. aug09 009

If you love nothing more than lounging on grass and listening to music, you have got to go to the Beachdown festival. It’s four days of outdoor festival madness over the end of August  bank holiday. This year’s festival is headed by Grace Jones! I love Grace Jones. Beachdown could rival Glastonbury in the outdoor festival stakes, gourmet food tents and all.   Pull up to the Devil’s Dyke, baby in your long back limosine…

Update: The Beachdown Festival has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen financial circumstances! AHHHHHHHHHH!

You might think that the festival season begins and ends with Pride but that is really not the case. This year we also hosted a vegan festival, a beer festival and the incomperable Brighton Fringe, where you can see a stripping granny and Queens park full of lanterns at night, amongst other things.  The festival goes on for weeks with some paid and some free events.

Another Brighton Festival worth a mention is the Great Escape, which is a music festival featuring a lot  top music acts. Most the festivals are during the summer but there is always something going on. I do want to mention that unfortunately Pride  is for all intents and purposes is a summer event. Winter Pride is nothing to speak of, it’s just a good excuse to go clubbing in Brighton. Actually, that IS something to speak of! aug09 011

I like to be thought of   as someone in the know, so let me tell you about an event you might otherwise miss. Bonfire Night in Lewes includes a fire lit parade through the centre of town. The historical day takes on a modern twist in this old town. Make sure to stop at Bills (like Brighton’s Bills) and have a nice snack.

One thing I want to mention about Lewes, don’t take buses from here. The buses stop running ridiculously early most days (especially Sunday) so be sure to carefully plan your travel arrangements.

For Autumn, I’m looking forward to the Brighton Food Fest, The Comedy Festival and Guy Fawkes in Lewes. Hotel prices are dropping for Autumn and cheap advance tickets are available on Southern again. Take an early September break in Brighton, miss the kids, catch the beach and get ready to get festive!

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