Things to do this weekend | 31st May – 2nd June

Hello! Sorry if you missed us last week, we had a bit of a publishing hiccup. But we’re back with another fun-packed edition of the weekend guide, featuring the last of the Fringe fun (including some freebies), arty bargains, the opening of a new perfume boutique, and, of course, a healthy helping of foodie feasting. Come on in…

Bid farewell to the Sauna Corner with an unlimited sauna party

What’s better than a sauna session? An entire day of sauna-ing, of course. Unfortunately, the event is tinged with sadness as it’s a farewell party: the sauna is leaving the lido after a year in residence there. Set up by wellness expert and sauna master Jesse (aka Inferno Wellness Warrior aka infectious energy powerhouse), you can expect a joy-filled day of unlimited sauna action, leaf-whisking, cold plunges, sun-lounging, great music and great company at Sauna Corner’s beachside home by the art deco pool. Bring a picnic or grab some food and drink at the refurbed Lido cafe.
Friday 31st May; midday – 8pm; £20
Saltdean Lido, The Oval Park, Saltdean Park Road, Saltdean, Brighton BN2 8SP

Discover local creativity at a makers’ market

Paper Daisy are back with another edition of their excellent makers’ market at their new Jubilee Square location. You can expect a diverse showcase of over 30 talented local makers, artists and designers with a treasure trove of handcrafted goodies, from ceramics and jewellery to textiles, self-care products, and unique gifts. This weekend, makers will include Ivy Grace Jewellery with her delicate beaded bracelets, quirky clay jewellery (the smiley croissant badges are adorable) and accessories, a plethora of plants from Sustainable Home and Garden, and many more. There will also be plenty of tasty treats to purchase and kick back and enjoy the (hopefully) sunny vibes.
Saturday 1st June; 11am – 5pm; free
Jubilee Square, 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE

Snap up some arty bargains

The only good thing about the Fringe coming to a close is that it means it’s time for Enter Gallery’s annual Art Yard Sale. As ever, it’s a fantastic opportunity to snap up some original limited-edition contemporary art, prints and event-exclusive pieces directly from well-known contemporary artists who’ll be running their own stalls. Some of our favourite artists are back again this year, including RYCAMagnus GjoenJoe WebbHaus of Lucy (don’t miss Lucy’s lucky dip – every one’s a winner!) and Bonnie and Clyde, but it’s also the chance to discover new creators, chat to your favourite artists and watch live art displays over the course of the day. You can read more about what to expect here.
Sunday 2nd June; 11am – 5pm; free
Jubilee Square (outside Jubilee Library), Brighton BN1 1GE

Savour the Smorl’s pop-up at the Dover Castle

Everyone’s (surely?) favourite hummous brand Smorl’s is hosting its first-ever pop-up at the Dover Castle. The pub may be halfway up Muesli Mountain, ie Hanover’s hills, but with this Brighton institution serving up the goods, you know it will be worth the trek. You’ll be able to tuck into their tasty trademark offerings – their hummous-drenched falafel pittas have their own pocket in our hearts. The hardcore Thunder Garlic option all the way! They’ll have some tasty new offerings on the tasty menu too.
Thursday 30th May – Saturday 1st June; 6pm – 9pm (Thurs); 5pm – 9pm (Fri); and midday – 9.30pm (Sat)
Dover Castle, 43 Southover Street, Brighton, BN2 9UE

Go to a Bloody good brunch party

Did you miss the Bloody Ben’s collab with Starfish and Cafe last weekend? Don’t worry, the Bloody Mary masters are back with another tastebud-titillating treat – they’re teaming up with Flour Pot Bakery for a beachside Bloody Brunch Party. So what’s on the menu? As well as a banging Bloody Mary menu, there’ll be limited-edition brunch pizzas, with some featuring Curing Rebels’ excellent charcuterie, Micheladas from Bristol’s Lost and Grounded brewers, and great tunes. We’ve ordered sun too, but we’ll keep you posted on that one. Want to make sure you get a spot? Email And if you’re just after your morning coffee, don’t worry, they’ll still be serving all their usuals.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June; 11am – 7pm
The Flour Pot, 85 – 90, Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2FN

Grab your last chance to check out some Fringe shows

We can’t believe the Fringe is almost at an end – we wait ages for May and then it’s gone in a blink of an eye. No matter, we’ve got a full weekend of shows to take in. There’s still time to check out some of our favourites, including high-energy dark comedy Sluts With Consoles, this horror escape room and this hedonistic acrobatic performance. We’ve also got our eyes on dead-pan comic Ben O’Sullivan’s celebration of the silly in Bowling Alone, the tale of one man who’s determined to bowl, at any cost. And it’s free entry! Guess Boo?, a spooky seance-y twist on the classic board game also sounds like heaps of fun and, finally, don’t miss hilarious and super-smart musical comedian Selena Mersey who’s back with a souped-up version of her Madonna/Whore show.
Various dates, times and prices

Eat pizza and raise money for charity

We love it when our gluttony helps a good cause. This weekend is your last chance to enjoy pizza perfectionists Fatto a Mano’s limited-edition margherita sbagliata special. Sbagliata is Italian for mistaken, so this pizza is essentially a margherita with a twist. But what a twist. Featuring a white base (fior di latte and buffalo mozzarella), and topped with basil oil and chunky riccio tomato stripes instead of the classic margherita’s usual tomato foundation, it knocks it out of the park flavour-wise. Inspired by Naples’ Master Pizzaiolo Franco Pepe who invented this pizza, £1.50 from each one sold goes to Franco’s chosen charity, La Scugnizzeria, which supports children from Scampia in Naples to learn essential life skills.
Available at Fatto a Mano pizzerias in Brighton, Hove and London until Sunday 2nd June

Visit this perfume boutique in their new home

Expertly curated perfume boutique Soliflore has a new home! After being unceremoniously kicked out of their Seven Dials shop, they had a pop-up or two and have now secured a permanent residence for their niche beauties in the heart of the city (near The Pond pub). Owner Sarah has spent this week painting and sprucing, ready to throw up open the doors to the public on Saturday. But all this has come at a cost, so if you’d like to support Soliflore – and get yourself some exquisitely scented goodies (limited-edition perfumes, fragrance 1-to-1s, gorgeous candles, and more) in the process – head here. And if you’re sick of smelling like everyone else or just want to dive into olfactory heaven, you know what to do.
From 11am on Saturday 1st June
88 Gloucester Road, Brighton, BN1 4AP

And plan your week ahead…

Cinema Crapadiso is back with another mystery so-bad-it’s-good movie night at the Caroline of Brunswick on Monday (free!). The latest edition of Sound Affects featuring talks around all things music is on Wednesday – we’re particularly looking forward to author David Bramwell’s talk about eccentric Scottish poet, humorist and songwriter Ivor Cutler that’s part of the excellent line-up; The Duke’s Theatre are back at the Brighton Open Air Theatre with Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It (Thursday to Saturday); save your pennies and plan your fit for the retro racing at Brighton Racecourse (Friday); and grab your tickets sharpish to Madame Jennifer x CanTina Brighton cocktails and canapes experience (Friday). The first one sold out super quickly, so don’t hang around if you fancy the perfect combo of foodie treats from the OG supper club doyenne and excellent small-batch gins.