The days are slowly getting lighter and in Brighton & Hove you can start looking forward to shedding the layers, May Festivals and heading to the beach, but we’re not quite there yet.
Fortunately in early 2013 the city is hosting a whole showcase of events including musicals, exhibitions, festivals and theatre, to help us see out the rest of winter.
Kick-off the year by indulging in some musical theatre nostalgia with one of the longest-running musicals in history; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational Starlight Express is coming to the Brighton Centre from 2nd to 12th January. As always, Starlight Express promises two hours of speed, spectacle, energy and turbo-charged excitement.
Brighton Science Festival will be taking over the city again, so get ready for a fortnight of ‘serious fun’ throughout February. Last year’s festival attracted over 9,000 visitors to days devoted to catastrophes, maths and sports, and 2013 sees Zombie’s, Belle du Jour and ‘Ugly Animal Preservation Society’.
Love, lust and desire are in the air as Brighton Museum and Brighton Dome present a Love Late on 14th February with live music, objects of desire, DIY valentines, cocktails, performances and a hunt for hidden love stories. 7-10pm.
A slightly unconventional Valentine’s event is being hosted by Yellowave Beach Sports Venue, who are holding a Valentine’s Mixed-Doubles Beach Volleyball Tournament for couples on 17th February– a perfect opportunity to test your partner’s metal or a brilliant idea for a first date with a difference.
The Art Deco Fair at the Hove Centre has been providing shoppers and bargain hunters a whole host of antiques and craft wares, vintage fashion and furniture, plus everything in between for over two decades, and will be back again on 17th February.
And one we’re really looking forward to; 2013 marks the 23rd anniversary of the CAMRA Sussex Beer and Cider Festival celebrating local and international real ales, this year at the Hove Centre from 28th February to 2nd March. Cheers!
Indulge your love for all things cocoa with chocolate-fuelled festivities and perfect gifts at the Brighton Chocolate Festival, who will be taking over New Road from 9th to 10th March; in time for Easter three weeks later, but don’t count on having any chocolate left by then.
The Ice Age Gallery, a new, permanent gallery in Brighton Museum & Art Gallery will open on 16th March, focusing on Neolithic collections from East Sussex, and will include the infamous story of Piltdown Man, the biggest anthropological hoax of the 20th century. The first exhibition will be entitled Chilled to the Bone; keep an eye for more updates.
Now, how about something different? VegFestUK, now in its fifth year would you believe, showcases the best in vegetarian cooking, with a number of new attractions for 2013 including a comedy hour, a cinema, a performance area for live acts, a bodybuilders’ strength contest, a speed dating session and even a wedding! The free weekend event is at the Hove Centre 16th and 17th March.
Finally, join in and turn off all the lights for one hour on March 23rd and join others in Earth Hour, the national campaign for the impacts of climate change. You can register for a 1.5 mile circular walk along Brighton seafront to see the city truly in the dark – pretty cool we think you’ll agree.