seven things to do this easter weekend

It’s a pleasingly long bank holiday weekend, so that means four whole days of fun and games. AND it’s meant to be a scorcher. Although, let’s face it, we’ve been promised that before and got a bloomin’ gale instead, so we’re not cracking out the bikinis just yet, although you’ll probably still find us in our fave beer gardens or chomping down on some Easter specials. But rain or shine, here are some ideas to get the party started this Easter…

Watch this 90s cult film
Dazed and Confused might not be your typical Sunday film fare, but Brighton’s White Wall Cinema specialise in movies that are anything but ordinary and are all the better for it. Richard Linklater’s cult 1993 hit tells the story of a group of friends on their last day of high school in 1976 small-town Texas. It’s a beautifully nostalgic – and honest – account of what it’s like to be a teenager via keg parties, weed and a whole lot of hanging out chatting shit. Plus it features a very young Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey (debuting his immortal ‘alright, alright, alright’ catchphrase), Renee Zellweger and Milla Jovovich.
Sunday, 17th April; 8.10pm (doors at 7.40pm); £9.35
Wagner Hall, 2 Regency Road, Brighton

Eat creme egg frumpets
You probably know what big fans we are of Oeuf by now (in case you don’t, the bigness of our fanness is indecently large) and they never disappoint with their specials. Remember their magnificent hot cross bun bacon, egg and blue cheese baps? Well, they’re back for 2022 and their Frumpets are getting the a la carte Easter treatment, too: home-made crumpets in triplicate, doused in lashings of cream, chocolate sauce and marshmallows and garnished with a creme egg and a dusting of icing sugar, it’s basically Easter on a plate. Don’t miss them, they’re only available this Easter weekend.
8 Third Avenue, Hove BN3 2PX

Dance your socks off during the day
There’s something incredibly liberating about sticking a pair of headphones on, zoning out and getting down in public. If you’ve ever done Guru Dudu’s festival disco tours, you’ll know what we mean. And now Hush Beats is bringing their silent disco club back to the beach for more daytime disco shenanigans against the most glorious of backdrops. Arranged to coincide with low tide, grab a pair of headphones and make the sandy beach your dancefloor bitch. Boogie on, baby.
Monday, 18th April, 7.15pm; from £6
Hush Beats Silent Disco

Visit Kemp Town’s gorgeous secret garden
We love it when we uncover somewhere that’s been right under our nose but we’ve somehow missed. This Kemp Town slice of heaven in garden form is exactly that. Run by the Antony Dale Trust (Dale founded the Regency Society), the beautifully planted walled garden holds temporary sculpture exhibitions – this spring/summer’s major pieces celebrate trees and seeds – while Brighton caterers Table serve up tasty sweet and savoury homemade treats. We’d highly recommend their indulgent sticky toffee cake and wild garlic and cheese scones (we even went back for more to take home) to savour from one of the tables dotted around the garden. Positively idyllic.
Open Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays (except 23rd April) until 5th June; 11am – 5pm
Bristol Gardens, Kemp Town, Brighton BN2 5JE
(past Sussex Square but before Lidl if you’re coming from town)

kokedama brighton dishes

Get a table at Brighton’s newest restaurant
Have you visited the latest baby in the Roundhill Collective family yet? New vegan small-plate restaurant Kokedama serves up joyous plates of flavoursome plant-based dishes in a calming space decorated with heaps of natural materials. This is fine-dining, but without the fuss and pretension. And, luckily for you, they’ve still got some tables free over Easter. Full review coming soon, but they’re on our highly recommended list already.
36 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HL

Race a spaniel in Lewes
The Lewes Arms encapsulates everything that’s brilliant about the lively Sussex town just outside Brighton. The 220-year-old boozer is well known for its fantastically quirky events and Easter Monday’s Spaniel Racing is no exception. Bring your hound – any hound, they’re not spaniel-exclusive – and race them down the lane by the pub in an entirely fun and utterly cruelty-free fashion. The dogs’ incentive? The sausages are usually attached to the member of staff dressed up as hare (yep, the one that drew the short straw). Trust us, it’s a lot of fun.
Monday, 18th April; 1pm – 4pm (register at 1pm to race at 2pm)
1 Mount Place, Lewes BN7 1YH

Head out of town for beautiful blooms
If you love a bit of spring-flower-spotting (avid blossom-spotters might to check out some of the best places to see it, by the way), then Leonardslee Gardens near Horsham is always a sensory joy. Every season has something to offer there, but the spring flowers are a particular treat – there’s camellias, rhododendrons and a beaut of a cherry blossom in front of Leonardslee House. If you needed a further incentive, they’re running an Easter Egg Trail until 24th April – it’s aimed at little ones, but we understand that adults can take part too (phew). After something a little less frenetic? Book a table at the Michelin-starred Interlude Restaurant, which builds its multi-course menus around produce available in the gardens.
Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham RH13 6PP

Photo credits: Ellen Richardson (Kokadama)