what to do this weekend: 30th november – 2nd december

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year – a Christmassy weekend! And we’re definitely starting to feel a bit of the festive magic here at BOTI towers. Lights are going up and there’s sparkle everywhere and, with tomorrow being 1st December, we can officially get a tree. Hurrah! Our fair city got in ahead of us with a light switch-on last week and everything’s looking quite delightful. We’ll be getting a head start on our Christmas shopping at tomorrow’s Brighton Etsy market, cosying up in our favourite outdoor drinking spots and indulging  our love of chocolate at the Chocolate Cocktail Club. But there’s more…

Still (s)nailing it

They’ve brightened up the city no end, but we recently had to say goodbye to the army of colourful gastropods that had been lining the streets. If you didn’t get the chance to see them all, then head along to the Snail Space Farewell this weekend. The event will have a suitably festive feel with refreshments and plenty of snailtastic merchandise to snap up (not to mention ample snailfie opportunities). Online sales have closed, but there will be tickets available on the door for each timeslot: 9.30-10.30am; 10.45-11.45am; 12-1pm; 1.15-2.15pm; 2.30-3.30pm; 3.45-4.45pm and 5-6pm.
Friday 30th November – Sunday 2nd December, 9.30am – 6.00pm
St Augustine’s Centre, Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN1 6EA

There’s an art to it

We’re very excited about this one: Brighton’s getting a new contemporary art gallery and this one promises to be genuinely affordable! Set up by Brightoner Sukey Booth, 95% of the art that Conclave Brighton will sell will be less than £95, with a great deal under £50, too. The ethos behind this is that they want everyone to feel welcome and to be able to take home something unique they love, minus the heart-juddering price tag. They’ll be stocking all kinds of limited-edition prints, as well as designer-maker jewellery and ceramics, from emerging and well-established artists from the local area, as well as further afield. The launch show will feature Pinky, Saffron Reichenbacker, Charlie Gould, Shark Alley and many more. And, next year, they’ll be opening up their basement space to host creative events, such as evening workshops and performances. We can’t wait!
Opens Saturday 1 December
Conclave Brighton, 9 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3WA


It’s beginning to feel a lot like…

It’s not too soon to say the ‘C’ word, is it? We mean, December does start tomorrow, right? And with it the wonderful Hanover Christmas Street Calendar. If you’re not familiar, participating streets in the hilly neighbourhood are each allocated a day in December, right up to Christmas Eve. Street by street, the houses decorate and light up their front windows each evening, culminating in a massive street display on 24 December when all the houses are lit up. With lots of artists living in the area, you can always be sure of some pretty special window displays. It’s a great opportunity to get stuck into some Christmas and community spirit and explore the neighbourhood (and its many pubs). Scotland Street is kicking off the proceedings on Saturday, followed by Washington Street and Albion Hill on Sunday. You can see the full list of participating streets on the Facebook event.
Saturday 1 December – Monday 24 December, from around 6.00pm
Various streets in Hanover, Brighton BN2 

The Hanover Christmas Street Calendar

Ditch the high street and shop indie
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to indie Christmas shopping this weekend. And we’re certainly not complaining. We love being able to buy Christmas pressies from independent makers without having to venture to the high street. Not only have we got the wonderful Brighton Etsy market we mentioned earlier, the magical Christmas Artists’ Open Houses we shouted about last week, but there’s the crafty goodies at the Eclectic Emporium Craft Market at Brighton Unitarian Church on Saturday, and the Winter Ladyland Christmas pop-up shop upstairs at 1 Sydney Street, which features over 15 independent brands. It kicks off today and is open Fridays-Sundays until 23 December. Phew! Plus, Saturday is your last chance to shop and give back at the Duke’s Lane Know The Origin pop-up, which stocks 40 sustainable brands. Ready, set, shop (sensibly, of course)!