hit the sauna… on the beach

We love the invigorating heat of a sauna, but we’re not such a fan of their usual location – you know, stuck inside a soulless leisure centre. So when we heard that Warmth:Brighton were bringing a traditional wood-fired Finnish sauna to the beach for next month’s Fringe Festival, we were more than a little excited *wipes away dribble*.

This particular pop-up has been lovingly converted from a horse box (we’re already sold) and will reach the toasty heights of 80-100C. Running whatever the weather, the dark timber-lined space will sit just opposite the West Pier Arches, with the deliciously refreshing sea waters mere moments away, ideal for when your two-hour session gets a bit too sweaty.

There’s also the promise of oodles of lovely löyly. No, you’re not going to be paid for the experience, this Finnish word essentially translates as the delicious cloud of heat and steam that cocoons you when you pour water on the hot stones.

It’s a small space – it is a horse box, after all – so each mixed-gender session holds a maximum of six people. Sometimes it will be quiet and, at other times, Fringe artists will pop up for the odd impromptu performance. Either way, we reckon it’s the perfect place to hang out for a couple of hours, whether with friends or on your own. We’ll be waiting for a rainy day, because there’s nothing better than the feel of raindrops on your skin when you’re roasting hot (just us?).


Photo credits: Warmth:Brighton

5th May – 3rd June 2018 (weekends and bank holidays only); tickets £10.
Brighton Beach, opposite West Pier Arches, BN1 2LN
Warmth Brighton