what to do this weekend (and a bit) in brighton & hove: 28th September – 1st October

If you’re not already fully booked this weekend with a forage & feast or filling your time with the Snail hunt, then listen up, because we’re back with our weekend guide and there’s a lot more fun to be had…

Come inside, it’s raining
By far the most instagrammable event that made it into this year’s Brighton Digital Festival programme, Thomas Buckley’s installation at The Spire is something you really should see with your own eyes. It’s the last weekend you’ll be able to step inside into his digital downpour, so get yourselves along to Kemptown and visit the land of nostalgia as you relive your first kiss in the rain or the fun you had splashing in puddles as a little ‘un. The evocative sound of rain will be the first thing you hear, with projected droplets falling rapidly from the sky ceiling. Built from curiosity and discovering, Thomas has designed the piece of art to trigger memories that allow you to connect with technology and the environment. Soak up the experience but leave your brollies at home!
Friday 28th September 5.00pm – 9.00pm, Saturday 29th September 2.00pm – 9.00pm; free
The Spire, St Marks Chapel, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5JN

Ok, so they’re a little bit premature celebrating Oktoberfest in what is still technically September, but we like beer and Bratwurst so we’re letting them off. Our friends over at The Lion & Lobster will have a full German menu including a German shed-load of different beers, with authentic Hofbrauhaus litre jugs so you can cheers as you should. YAR. It’s free to join in the fun, but full costume must be worn, so dust off those lederhosen and find yourself a cosy corner.
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th September; free
The Lion and Lobster, 24 Sillwood Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2PS

Reality bites

If the weather’s looking a bit iffy this weekend, then head to The Old Market for an alternate reality. Their VR Parlour is an immersive treat for all the senses and will whisk you off into three different worlds. This weekend is the last chance to dive into a one on one with the inimitable Sir David Attenborough, stories straight from the battlefield and a beautifully illustrated world of events from a set of twins’ different perspectives. Their unsettling Doom Room that we shouted about last weekend is still on, too.
Until Sunday 30th September, various time slots; £15
The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS

What a picture (featured image)
Calling all photography lovers! The Brighton Photo Fringe officially launches on Saturday with a day of openings followed by a suitably celebratory party at Carousel’s on the seafront. There will be drinks and dancing and, of course, photos galore. Start your evening early with a series of new exhibitions at Regency Town House from 5.00pm, check out the Outdoor Hub by the i360 and, from 6.00pm, you can see eight collectives and the young people’s photo projects at Phoenix Brighton, as well as the opening of Sarah Howe’s brilliant OPEN18 SOLO exhibition Consider Falling over the road at ONCA.
Saturday 29th September, exhibitions from 5,00pm, party 9.00pm – 11.00pm; exhibitions free, party £5.98
Carousel’s, 216-225 Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 1NB
Brighton Photo Fringe

We’re just ordinary people

Ok, we admit it, Mondays aren’t the weekend, but, you know, they can be a bit miserable, so we found a couple of options to get us – and you – through the day.First up, the fantastic Museum of Ordinary People has popped up again after its success at the Brighton Fringe with a brilliant series of talks. MOOP Talks: Action celebrates that very process, from initial idea to turning that idea into reality. Just like museum founders Jolie Booth and Lucy Malone did, in fact! There will be inspiring talks from people who’ve taken action to make amazing things happen in the community, such as those behind local parks project Park Life, Brighton Table Tennis Club, and community organisation Thousand for 1000 that helps find homes for refugees. After the discussion, there will be drinks and an interactive workshop about how to turn ideas into actions. The evening will raise funds for the next stage of the museum, so do support them if you can, as we need more museums that chronicle and celebrate the magic and mundanity of everyday life.
Monday 1st October, 7.00pm – 10.00pm; £5.83
The Spire, Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5JN

A perfectly bewitching brew

And, if you’re Hove-side and don’t fancy the trip over to Kemptown, then try this new beer out for size. Bedlam Brewery is unleashing its new – and, so we’re told, very delicious – Salem beer at The Westbourne in Hove. It’s a chance to meet the team behind the new beer and sample the autumnal-looking brew (it’s a beautiful coppery red colour). Plus, the promise of a refreshing beer at the end of a long day is all the Monday motivation we need.
Monday 1st October, from 6.00pm; free
The Westbourne, 90 Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5DN

Photo credits: Alex Bamford (Photo Fringe)