what to do this weekend: 1st – 3rd march

Phew, this week’s flown by in a flurry. We’ve been too busy enjoying those ludicrously sunny days (and worrying about what they mean) to really register it. But now it’s here we’re more than ready to embrace it with open arms (and hungry tummies). If you’re not too busy eating and drinking your way around the city’s top 20 restaurants or enjoying Brighton’s new cinema club, then check out what else we’ve got in store for you this weekend…

Swing when you’re winning
When we were younger, we thought it would be immensely cool to be part of the circus; you know, being launched into the air from a cannonball, doing fancy cross-trapeze jumps at great heights and mind-blowing body-twisting acrobatics. Then we realised it was actually quite dangerous and we weren’t that keen on getting hurt. But we’ve found a place where we can safely learn a whole heap of aerial skills right here in Brighton. Hurrah! No more running away to the circus needed! Teardrop Circus hold open classes for adults every Friday, suitable for complete beginners to those with a bit of experience. You’ll learn how to climb, a selection of moves on the trapeze, rope and silks, all of which will develop core strength and flexibility as well as being immensely fun, not to mention look bloody impressive. And don’t worry, you won’t be launched into the unknown, the classes are led by two experienced teachers who will guide you through it and, quite literally, show you the ropes.
Every Friday,  7.00pm – 9.00pm; drop in £10 or £32 for four-week block booking
Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre, Moulsecoomb Way, Brighton BN2 4PB


What a cock(tail)
If you prefer to start your weekend with your feet firmly on terra firma, may we recommend getting your laughing gear around some tasty cocktails, wines and Proseccos instead? L’Atelier Du Vin is now open in its new, more secret, location (if you didn’t know it was there, you could easily miss it) in perfect keeping with its Prohibition theme. Better yet, it’s cocktails are consistently top-notch and it’s got a lovely intimate Parisian vibe. And, if you live over Hove way, do check out the Old Port cocktail and Prosecco bar, which is reopening its industrial-style bar tonight, Friday, at 6.30pm with a (wine) barrel-load of new mixologists and cocktails.
L’Atelier Du Vin: 10 St George’s Place, Brighton BN1 4GB
Old Port Bar: 153 Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5QJ


Exit, pursued by a bear
If you’ve ever fancied writing for the stage, then how about learning the craft of storytelling first hand from acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Suhayla El Bushra (her credits include The Suicide at the National Theatre and Pigeons at the Royal Court) this Saturday? You’ll learn how to make stories really sing, as well as how to make them work for the stage. The workshop’s donation-only and open to anyone with a BN postcode who’s not already doing this kind of thing professionally (we’re still waiting for the call from The Old Vic). It’s organised by the Brighton People’s Theatre, who want to transform the ways we make and enjoy theatre in our city, and is one of a number of fantastic theatre-related workshops the company are holding this year. If you’ve ever thought about getting more involved with theatre, now’s your chance!
Saturday 2nd March, 10.00am – 1.00pm; tickets are pay what you can
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Gardner Cenre Road, Falmer, BN1 9QF


Let’s get quizzical
We do love a quiz and we love nothing better than rounding off a weekend with a particular juicy one. Enter the bi-monthly pub quiz at the lovely Holler Brewery! Back for its third fun-filled outing this Sunday, you can expect to have your general and music knowledge gently interrogated and your creative craftsmanship with a ball of plasticine put to the test like never before. There are beer prizes to be won as you go and you’ll be playing for a jackpot of £164, but it’s the exciting Pineapple of Destiny that we’re really after…
Sunday 3rd March, 6.00pm – 9.30pm; £2 per person up to a maximum of 7 players on a team; book your table on btntap@hollerybrewery.com
Hollery Brewery, 19-23 Elder Pl, Brighton BN1 4GF


Photo credits: Nick Harvey (L’Atelier du Vin)