things to do this weekend: 12th – 14th october

We’ve already told you about loads of cool things happening this weekend, but here’s a quick recap: the drive-in cinema is back at the racecourse (Back to the Future! In a car!), you can stuff your face with cocoa-y goodness at the free Chocolate FestivalOctoberBest is in full swing (but there’s still time to book), and Brighton’s very own dedicated Wes Anderson festival kicks off tonight. Plus, it’s your last chance to win one of 10 Abel & Cole organic veg boxes as the competition closes tomorrow.

So what else does the weekend have in store for us (other than ridiculously warm temperatures and lots of beach time… we type hopefully as the rain lashes down outside)?


Don’t sweat(shop) it
Shoppers of the city, this one’s for you: instead of spending money on more new clothes that you’ll quickly fall out of love with, here’s a chance to find some new preloved beauties in exchange for the items languishing at the back of your wardrobe. Everyone’s a winner (including the environment)! This is the party edition of Anti-Sweatshop Swap Shop,  so expect copious helpings of drink and dancing with your clothes swapping. You can bring a maximum of ten items in clean, good condition and each (whether Primark or Prada) will get you one swapping token. Once the team have arranged the items, it’s ready, steady, swap!
Friday 12th October, 7.00pm – 10.00pm; £3 in advance and £4 on the door
Presuming Ed’s Coffee House, 114 London Road, Brighton BN1 4LJ
Anti-Sweatshop Swap Shop


Beer glorious beer
There are many things we love about Germany, not least their fantastic beer culture and, of course, that celebration of all things lager, ale and stout-related, Oktoberfest. And who needs to go to Munich for the real thing when it’s right here on our doorstep, right? Yes, Oktoberfest is back at The Level this Friday and Saturday with dancing to the unmistakable sound of oompah, food, Lederhosen and Steins a-plenty (and no doubt a wee bit of mayhem, too).
Friday 12th October,  6.00pm – 11.00pm, and Saturday 13th October, midday – 5.00pm and 6.00pm – 11.oopm; from £11
The Level, Union Road entrance, Brighton BN1 4ZN

Bloody marble-ous
There’s something rather magical about paper, particularly when you make it yourself, so we’re pretty excited about this paper marbling workshop on Saturday. You’ll learn all about this centuries’ old technique and create your own papers to take away with you at the end of the day. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to visit The Keep, the incredible home to mountains of fascinating archives and historical resources relating to East Sussex.
Saturday 13th October, 10.00am – 3.00pm; £80, advance booking and payment is essential. Call 01273 482349 to book
The Keep Archives, Woollards Way, Brighton BN1 9BP


Paws for prizes
From beer to barking in two swift paragraphs as doggos galore (and hopefully their owners) descend on Preston Park for this year’s Pride Dog Show, which was postponed from August due to rubbish weather. Fingers crossed the rain holds off this time! Hosted by TV and radio presenter Guy Lloyd (if you haven’t seen his Bideo series yet, you really should), it’s a celebration of our lovable four-legged friends with a host of competitions for pooches to take part in, from pedigree classes to fun ones, such as ‘waggiest tail’ (and who doesn’t love a waggy tail?), all raising money for Pride charities. There’ll also be a canine catwalk show, with plenty of shopping and food and drink stalls if doggy fashion isn’t quite your thing. So don’t let sleeping dogs lie, wake them up and get them down here!
Sunday 14th October, midday – 5.00pm
Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6SD


There’s a (street) art to it
Local street art legends Sinna One (you can’t miss his cartoon-style work around the city), Req (he’s behind the wall of music legends on the side of the Prince Albert – pictured) and friends have a pop-up exhibition of their work at Dukes Lane until Sunday. Covering a wide variety of styles, it’s a great opportunity to buy some original art direct from the artists and meet the people behind some of Brighton’s most famous murals. And, if you’re free Sunday evening, don’t miss the closing event, which combines art with booze. We like.
Until Sunday 14th October
Dukes Lane, Brighton BN1 1BG