seven things to do this weekend | 14th – 16th april

The sun is (allegedly) coming, so you might want to park your bum in a beer garden but even if the weather doesn’t play ball, we’ve got plenty of other storm-proof plans below, from food to fashion and film.

(Silver) Spur of the moment
We’re big fans of pop-up shops and if you throw preloved clothing into the mix, we are there faster than high street stores can rip off indie designers. Brighton-based jeweller Silver Spur has set up a clothing sale at Florence Road Hall, where you’ve probably visited their fantastic weekly food market. We went to the very first one last month and snapped up some fantastic new (to us) beauties from the sellers’ enviable wardrobes. For this latest sale, we’ll have our very own stall – you can expect lots of sequins, leopard print and more. Come along and say hi!
Saturday 15th April; 9am – 1pm; free
Florence Road Hall
BN1 6DL (inside, behind the food market, entrance on Southdown Avenue)

Carne you feel it?
As our puns go, that’s definitely up there with our worst, so for that, we apologise. But we’re not saying sorry for telling you about this brilliant collab: chef-founder of Carne Phil Bartley has teamed up with Cases (and Atelier Du Vin) founder Steve Pineau for Carne’s first pop-up event. Unsurprisingly, the focus is on meat – expertly cooked, sustainably and locally sourced meat – and you’ll get six courses with the option of adding on a wine flight on the night. Meat you there?
Saturday 15th April; 7pm or 7.30pm arrival; £60
Curds & Whey and Cases wine bar, 34 – 35 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF

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Are you feeling animated?
Good, because this weekend sees the second edition of the Brighton International Animation Festival. The two-day event features a whole host of screenings, from iconic animations to work from up-and-coming film-makers, as well as a life-drawing and animation class. And One Bum Cinema, possibly the world’s smallest free-to-visit cinema, will also be making an appearance. Full weekend tickets have already sold out, but at the time of writing, you could still buy individual tickets to some of the screenings and the life-drawing class.
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April; from £5
Latest Music Bar, 14 – 17 Manchester Street, Brighton BN2 1TF

Holy crepe!
You’ll have seen their little blue vans dotted around the city and probably indulged in their always-tasty sweet crepes and savoury galettes, but did you know Oui Creperie now has its own bricks and mortar store too? Yep, you can now find them dishing up the good stuff on Grand Parade by Valley Gardens. Ours is always the cheddar, caramelised onions and garlic, thanks for asking.
Open daily; 11am – 5pm
30 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 9QA

Reverse warrior with a view
Rain notwithstanding, we reckon practising yoga by the beach is pretty darn special. Brighton Yoga hold weekly Saturday classes overlooking the sea, so if you’re looking to get bendy by the beach and get your weekend off to a revitalising start, these have the BOTI stamp of approval.
Saturday 15th April; 12.30pm – 1.15pm; from £7
Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3

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Pineapples and pints
With the weather sort of getting nicer (sporadic downpours and random hail aside), we’re loving getting back into Brighton and Hove’s beer gardens. We’re big fans of Brighton Bier’s lively taproom in East Brighton, which aside from serving up banging beers, has new resident Lucky Pineapple bringing their expertly crafted cocktails, with crepes and galettes from Bon Vivant on the Friday and Indian street food from Simply Veg on the Saturday. And don’t worry, there’s a heated indoor area with comfy sofas if it all gets a bit miserable outside.
Fridays, 5pm – 10pm and Saturdays, 1pm – 10pm
Unit 10, Bell Tower Industrial Estate, Roedean Road, Brighton
, BN2 5RU

All that jazz
We’ve always had a soft spot for the LGBTQ+ venue that’s now The Actors (ex The Marlborough) and if you, like us, love a spot of jazz and cabaret, we reckon you’ll enjoy this Saturday’s Bebette’s Cabaret in the pub’s upstairs speakeasy. Take hula hoop acrobatics from Lucy Luawana, clowning fun with Gem Divine, burlesque and drag from Petit Pois, Rosa Frenzy, Gaylien de Mars and host Bebe Boheme and wash it all down with a tasty tipple or two and a soupçon of debauchery, and you get the picture of a great night out.
Saturday 15th April; 8.30pm; £16.96
The Actors, 4 Princes Street, Brighton, BN2 1RD

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