what to do this weekend: 8th – 10th february

We may have put January behind us, but with this week’s weather rollercoaster (snow, sleet, wind, rain and a smattering of sun), we’ve haven’t completely kicked the blues. Luckily, there’s lots to look forward to this weekend to tempt us out from under the covers. In short bursts at least. We got our weekend off to a good start on Thursday (the new Friday) at the first night of the Honest Burgers pop-up at the West Hill Tavern. And, we’re happy to say, it was just as delicious as we expected. You can catch them there until Sunday and, next week, the pop-up moves to the Holler Brewery. Before you, er, burger off to try them, check out our weekend picks:

Over a barrel

Yep, that’s where the Brunswick Winter Beer Festival have got us this weekend with four whole days of drinking delight. There will be over 30 different types of the amber (and other colours) nectar, not to mention food and live music. With 16 casks of the best ales from Sussex and beyond as well as plenty of show-stopping craft beers, ciders and other goodies, we’re going to need all four days to try them all.  It all kicks off on Friday, making it the perfect start to the weekend…
Friday 8th at 5.00pm to Monday 11th February at 11.00pm; free
The Brunswick, 1 Holland Rd, Hove BN3 1JF, UK, Hove
Brunswick Winter Beer Festival

The Bright stuff

Can this really be the first craft fair of the year? Oh, how we’ve missed our fill of quirky products from the city’s best designer-makers. Not to worry, the Bright Craft fair is back this Saturday with 30 fabulous stalls, including quirky prints, jewellery, and heaps of beauty and homeware products. While you’re here, mark your diaries, they’ll be back with their spring and summer instalments on 23rd March and 24th August.
Saturday 9th February, 11.00am – 5.00pm; 
Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, BN1 1EY Brighton
Bright Craft Fair

Work(shop) it

If you’d rather be making stuff than buying it, then try this Valentine’s-themed botanical lino-printing workshop on for size. Speaking of size, artist Emma Jane is holding the workshop at the lovely Between Two Thorns, possibly Brighton’s smallest (and cutest) plant shop. You’ll learn how to do a simple line drawing of a plant from the shop, then you’ll plan and carve a lino block that you can use (and re-use) to make cards or gifts. You’ll be able to take home some of your prints, too. And, as always with Between Two Thorns workshops, all materials are provided and there will be tea, coffee and cake – bonus!
Sunday 10th February, 11.00 – 1.30pm, £35
Between Two Thorns, 67 Upper North Street, BN1 3FL Brighton
Workshop tickets