Things to do in Brighton this weekend | 2nd – 4th February
Do you want to know something pretty cool? You made it halfway through winter. Welcome to February! And that means lighter days and, of course, a lot more wonderful events. This weekend, Majahma are bringing their seriously tasty Indian dishes to Shelter Hall for a four-day pop-up, you can get a free ice-cream on Saturday and there’s still time to bag yourself 50 percent off food at Carne. But there’s plenty more, too – music, theatre, food… it’s a treat for the senses!
Celebrate the local music scene
Brighton-based experimental rock band Plantoid release their debut record Terrapath on Friday and they’re celebrating with a party! We reckon this quartet are going to go on to big things, so don’t miss your chance to see them perform their jazzy prog-rock opus live locally. And get your album signed while you’re there. Free-entry tickets have sold out (although there’s a waiting list if you fancy chancing it), but you can still nab a ticket that includes a copy of the album on LP or CD. Get in the mood by listening to their new jazz-infused single “Modulator”.
Friday 2nd February; from 6.30pm; from £10.50
Alphabet, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3FE
Offer a home to pre-loved treasures
It’s thrifting time! Silver Spur are back with another edition of their Preloved Market on Saturday. As ever, the market set up by jewellery designer Jane Lucas (aka Silver Spur) is a great opportunity to give some new-to-you clothes and other second-hand goods a loving home. And with Saturday’s 12 sellers including Secret Store Pop-Up (think preloved high-end high street and designer goodies), you know there’s going to be some good goodies to be had. Top tip: get there for the start to make sure you don’t miss out on the best bargains! And if you need a refuel, you can grab a coffee (and an enormous pain aux raisins) at the coffee shop inside the church or a bite to eat from one of the local produce stalls at the market outside.
Saturday 3rd February; 9am – 1pm; free
One Church, Florence Road, Brighton, BN1 6DL
Silver Spur Preloved Market
Embrace your inner whisky nerd
Excellent whisky bar Cut Your Wolf Loose has got a belter of an event for you. Every Saturday, the bar’s resident whisky experts showcase four different Scotches before teaching you how to blend them to tasting perfection. You’ll learn about the history of different whiskies and taste a selection of drams yourself. That should be enough to get the creative juices firing to help you create and name your own mini blended bottles (20cl) to take home to show off/enjoy. Or if you’re feeling particularly generous, we suppose you could always give one to your Valentine.
Saturday 3rd February; 2pm; £60
Cut Your Wolf Loose, 23 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4EQ
‘Come Clean’ at the theatre
Coming Clean, written by Kevin Elyot and directed by Bradley Coffey, is taking to the stage of Brighton Little Theatre for the last time on Saturday. Couple Tony and Greg are in a committed relationship, but they’ve always had space for other people, provided neither of them sleep with the same man twice. But when Robert comes along, their relationship is tested. How well do they really know one another? If you fancy a spot of Saturday afternoon culture, don’t delay, as there are only matinee tickets left.
Saturday 3rd February; 2.30pm; £12
Brighton Little Theatre, 9 Clarence Gardens, Brighton, BN1 2EG
Discover the art of taxidermy
Join ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long as she talks about the new diorama at the Booth Museum – the natural history museum is renowned for them, but this is their first in 100 years. This latest glass-case display shows the wildlife you find an urban garden. Jazmine will explain the process behind creating it and the creatures featured in it. Plus, there’ll be plenty of time for questions at the end. Here’s ours: where exactly do the animals come from? It’s also a great opportunity to explore this hidden gem of a museum that’s stuffed to its tiny gills with, um, stuffed birds and animals. You’ll find dioramas featuring every species of British bird in its natural habitat for starters.
Saturday 3rd February; 1pm – 2pm; free
Booth Museum of Natural History, 194 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 5AA
Get spirited away to Tuscany at a supper club
Pack your bags and leave for… Cases Wine Bar in Hove! Well-known chef James Golding (you might have seen him on Sunday Brunch) will receive you with open arms and delicious dishes. After many years working in famous restaurants and hotels across London and New York, James is making a pit stop in Hove for a ‘Nomadic Sporadic Tuscan Supper’. That translates to five tasty courses and a whole range of flavours celebrating the central Italian region. Basically, it’s the perfect recipe for a fun night out. If you close your eyes and picture olive trees, vineyards and the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean, you might just be able to forget the buses trundling along Western Road outside.
Saturday 3rd February; 7.30pm; £65 per person (book below or by phone on 01273 732915)
Cases Wine Bar, 34 – 35 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF
Get your green fingers at the ready
The giant community seed swap that is Seedy Sunday is back with thousands of packets of seeds, featuring loads of veggies, herbs and flowers. If you’ve got your own seeds to swap, great, but no worries if you don’t as you can donate 50p for a packet. Lots of our favourite stallholders, such as Brighton Permaculture Trust and Berkson Bakes, will be in attendance, as well as Sussex Surplus, who’ll be serving up delicious eats from surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. There will be a range of talks throughout the day, too, and there are still a few tickets left for the conversation between Infinity Foods and Laines Organic Farm. Green fingers sadly not included.
Sunday 4th February; 9am – 4.30pm; from free (talks cost £3)
Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton, BN1 4JU
By Leïla Davaud