Top 5 Things To Do With Dad This Father's Day

As you must know by now, Father's Day is just under a week away (Sunday 18th June)!
Now that you've got your present sorted you just need to work out what to do, so in case you're stuck for ideas we've come up with our top 5 Father's Day activities. 
1. Sunday Roast! 
Father's Day doesn't fall on a Sunday for no reason... Why not treat Dad to a Sunday roast with the family at your favourite local pub. A few of our Sussex favourites include: Lion&Lobster, The Jolly Poacher, Shepherd & Dog and The Black Lion


2. Host a BBQ! 
Fingers crossed the weather stays nice and cook Dad some BBQ favourites served up with a cold beer.  Alternatively
 if you are in the area head over to Proud Country House in Stanmer Park (Sussex) for a day of Beer, Bands and BBQ! 12-8pm 

3. Open Garden Square Weekend
For one weekend a year London opens its gates to showcase around 200 
gardens from private squares to secret roof gardens that you never knew existed. The city is full of hidden gems, so why not go explore. 17-18th June 2017, tickets from £13.


4. Brighton Beer Tour
Beer & Brew run tours that aim to showcase the very best of Brighton's beer scene and brewing history with lots of samples in some of the city's best pubs along the way. 
Tickets are still available for the Father's Day Beer Tour, Saturday 17th June, 11-2pm, £30. 


5. Go Sport!

So your Dad's a sport fan? Why not take him to see a local game!  



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Artists Open Houses Top Picks

This bank holiday weekend (27th-28th May) is the last chance to explore this years Artists Open Houses! AOH is a festival that runs over four weekends in May each year exhibiting in more than 180 venues across Brighton, Hove and beyond. Artists from all different backgrounds open their doors to allow visitors the opportunity to meet and buy artwork directly from the makers. Grouped into local trails, the festival is free and open to all so why not make a day of it! 
With so much to see, we've put together our top picks from each of the trails.
Trail 1:  Beyond The Level 
The Stanley Road Store 
Twenty five artists under one roof, with a vintage shop upstairs and plant shop in the garden! 
Open 11.00-18.00
25 Stanley Road, Brighton, BN1 4NJ
Trail 2: Brunswick Town
21a Brunswick Square
A host of contemporary artwork and crafts by Alex Banford, Sally Evans and others, complete with a garden which will be open for refreshments.
Open 10.00-18.00
21a Brunswick Square, Hove BN3 1EJ
Trail 3: Central
Colour Laine
A vibrant townhouse showcasing Zoe Murphy's screen-printed textiles and Toby 'fotobes' Mason's Lomographic film photography. 
Open 11.00-18.00
19 Queen's Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AR
Trail 4: Dyke Road
The GloohBaah House 
An Aladdin's Cave, back by popular demand, full of works by artists old and new including Rosalind Lymer, Sandy Walsh and Sarah Hughes to name a few.
Open 11.00-18.00
22a The Drove, Brighton BN1 5AF
Trail 5: Fiveways 
The BigForest Emporium
Expect paper dolls, felt vans and animal mobiles, TheBigForest artist/makers have turned their parlour into a seaside emporium of delights.
Open 11.00-17.00 
56 Chester Terrace, Brighton, BN1 6GB
Trail 6: Hanover
Rebel Yarns
A one-off chance to see the meaningful knitting and crochet collection by local art activist Dani Ahrens.
Open 11.00-17.00
50 Southampton Street, Brighton, BN2 9UT
Trail 7: Kemptown
Kate Jenkins 
This studio shop hosts a vibrant selection of knitted fashion accessories, homeware and crocheted art.
Open 11.00-18.00
Cardigan Ltd, Unit 5 Arundel Mews, 13-18 Arudel Place, Brighton, BN2 1GG
Trail 8: Seven Dials 
A beautiful home-ware shop showing a curation of local artists that compliment the stores Scandi aesthetic, including Hi Cacti and Peas & Needles.

Open Sat 10.00-18.00 & Sun 12.00-16.00
34a Bath Street, Brighton, BN1 3TB
Trail 9: Hove 
The Flamingo House 
A must see collection of prints, ceramics, jewellery, paintings, and textiles with an exotic garden cafe out the back! 
Open 11.00-18.00
14a Wilbury Road, Hove, BN3 3JN
Trail 10: Beyond 
'Maison de papier' at Danny House
Artist Stephanie Smart has created life-size historical fashion garments using only paper and thread.

Open 11.00-16.00
Danny House, New Way Lane, Hustpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9BB

Brighton Fringe Festival Top Picks


May is without a doubt one of the best times to visit Brighton, with lots of festivals including The Great Escape, Brighton Festival and Artist's Open Houses in full swing, there's entertainment everywhere you look! Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. With over 970 events at 155 venues across 4 weeks, there really is something for everyone. The festivities kick off on Thursday 4th May with the Brighton Fringe Launch Night Fireworks at The Warren, and live entertainment courtesy of Fringe City. With so much going on we've put together some of our top picks from this years programme!


Brighton Gay Men's Chorus: The Superhero Show
St George's Church, 5-6 May 19:30
They move among you unseen. To the untrained eye they appear just like you and me, but that's just a smokescreen. Then, Bam! Pow! Suddenly, there they are: righting wrongs; saving the day; helping you choose your wallpaper. They are the superpowered Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus.
Only in Brighton Tour
Meet outside Royal Pavilion shop, various dates
A fact-filled walk that celebrates this unique city. Discover what connects ABBA to the Portuguese Revolution; a stained wall to a worldwide brand; Mount Everest to Tesco.

Trade Winds
Shiny Town, 25-28, 30-31 May, 1-4 Jun 21:25
Trade Winds is an evocative performance installation depicting the journey of two women from different cultures. This stunning collaboration by Australian dance-theatre company Polytoxic and contemporary Pacific visual artist, Samuel Tupou is a magical event for the whole family. Two performers literally dance on the water and as they move they become giant screens illuminated by a world of exquisite animated projections.
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront Hotel, 18 - 21 May, 19:00 & 13:00
Chaos ensues as soon as you arrive at this fully immersive show where you dine, served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Join them for lashings of laughter, spontaneity and plenty of participation, along with a 3-course meal.
Shiny Town, 25-31 May, 1-4 Jun 20:15, 21:00, 22:05
A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet). 
Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden
Broadway Lunchbox
Broadway Lounge,  5-20, 22-31 May, 1-4 Jun 13:00
'Broadway Lunchbox' is a lunchtime cabaret show, changing every performance, with different performers and different songs running for the entirety of Brighton Fringe.
Drawing Circus
Brighton Spiegeltent: Bosco, 8, 22 May 18:00
An extravaganza of themed figure-drawing. Come sketch with us as models in circus costume are frozen mid-act for your drawing delight. All abilities are welcome and drawing materials are provided.

Curry Leaf Cafe - Cooking Masterclasses
Curry Leaf Cafe, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 12:00
Brighton's award-winning Curry Leaf Cafe is running a series of interactive talks & cookery masterclasses at its new Kemptown Kitchen.

Sweet Dukebox, May 19-21
Patrick Sandford asked 100 people "How do you know when you are happy?" The answers - provocative, kaleidoscopic, astonishing - jump-started this crazy, optimistic-in-spite-of-everything show. 

Disco Yoga
Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa, 14 May 09:30 & 11:30
Disco Yoga is a brand new yoga class inspired by a new generation of 'mindful drinkers' as well as those who simply want fitness to be fun and uplifting! It's for people who love to train hard and party hard, disco lovers, yoga aficionados and first timers looking for a new way to unwind and socialise!


The Warren: Main House, 23-25 May 20:00
Tommy, 22, lives with three generations of his family. They’ve learnt to ignore the strange things his nan says over dinner, and the bizarre rumblings coming from the attic. Horribly honest clowns and questionable cabaret acts ignite the stage with Human Zoo’s trademark live music, puppetry, poetry and movement.


Fringe City Night
New Road, 2 Jun 18:00
Join us for our one-off Fringe City night-time special, celebrating the Brighton Fringe finale weekend. Come down to New Road for an evening of live outdoor entertainment, showcasing the best from Brighton Fringe 2017. Cabaret, live music, circus, acrobatics, theatre and comedy will be on offer, plus much more.



Click here to view the full festival lineup!