It’s festival time in Brighton!

Movin' Melvin Brown, Brighton Fringe

Colour, excitement and new discoveries – May in Brighton always delivers.

I think I enjoy it even more now I’m an active part of the opening festival event, the joyful explosion of colour and sound that is the Childrens’ Parade.

This year I’m planning to see Toumani Diabete and his spellbinding skills on the kora and finally catch one of the outdoor shows (One Million looks good).

There are many art trails around the country, but few reach the scale of the Artists’ Open Houses. Offering a chance to glimpse behind closed doors and discover the incredible range of art, jewellery, ceramics and more on offer in the city.

Rockcakes ring
Beautiful Rockcakes ring from one of last year’s Open Houses

I’m more of a fan of Brighton Fringe as there’s so much going on – from tours of the Brighton sewers (never been brave enough for that one) to experimental comedy, all topped off with dozens of events in the atmospheric Spiegeltent. I saw Movin’ Melvin Brown there last year – highly recommended if you can catch him this time round at The Old Market.

Fringe City on New Road is a great place to pick up flyers and catch artists performing for free on Saturdays throughout the festival.

Looking for a quirky place to stay during your visit? I loved my room at the Artists’ Residence last year – now they even have their own cocktail bar!

For a quick bite to eat between daytime shows – try We Love Falafel on Sydney St. For an amazing meal you can’t go wrong with Terre a Terre.

The Brighton Festival runs from 3-25 May. Brighton Fringe is with us for a week longer, until 1 June this year. It may be a cliche but there really is something for everyone in town this month!

Share your festival/fringe tips here! I’d love to hear from you.

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