Things to do this weekend in Brighton | 20th – 22nd October

We’re back! Did you miss us? You may have noticed (or not) that there wasn’t a weekend guide last week and we’re very sorry about that. But on to this weekend! First of all, there’s heaps of good stuff on at the Dreamy Place festival (formerly Brighton Digital Festival) and Horrorfest (what could that be?). And don’t miss your opportunity to nab 50 percent off food at Permit Room from Dishoom (get in there for an early bacon naan brekkie to beat the queues) or go pumpkin-picking crazy. And while we’re on a food tip, if you head over to Brighton Cacao’s shop on 115 Portland Road in Hove on Saturday (10am – 2pm), the artisan chocolatiers are giving away free milk or dark hot chocolates. Don’t say we never share the good stuff. On to the rest of it…

Get enlightened at this lamp-making workshop

It’s all getting a bit dark and dismal around these parts (hello, autumn), so it’s the perfect time to bring some more light into your life. Artist and maker Salvage Sister is a genius at upcycling everyday products and she’ll show you how to turn any item into a lamp at this all-day workshop this weekend. People have made cello, trumpet and policeman’s helmet lamps in the past, so you can take the ‘any item’ brief very literally. We also highly rate her power tools and pallet furniture workshops (we’ve previously made sturdy and pretty planters and bookshelves).
Saturday 21st October; starts at 11am; from £132
Brigton Girls GDST, Montpelier Road, Brighton BN1 3AT

Take a sea dip and get rewarded with some free Wagamama

Noodle restaurant Wagamama has teamed up with Mental Health Swims and the two are hosting a friendly community swim in the city this weekend. Drawing on the parallels between the gorgeous feelings you get from open-water swimming and those you experience from diving into a bowl of piping-hot ramen, you’ll get to try some of the noodle bar’s new dishes afterwards for free. The idea is to get more people to experience the physical and mental health benefits of cold-water swimming. Warm up post-dip with their Korean-inspired tofu hot pot and sweet chouxnuts and some of their new teas, such as strawberry and rooibos. Not sure where to meet? Look for the big group of people – about 30 are expected – apparently sporting big smiles.
Saturday 21st October; 9am – 11am; free
Brighton Music Hall Beach Huts, 127 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2FN

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Grab a table at new Asian restaurant Anakuma while you can

If you didn’t manage to snag an OctoberBest table for Anakuma, the hot new opening from the guys behind Halisco, now’s your chance. The Asian-inspired small plates restaurant is now fully open and they still have a few tables available this weekend. So, get booking (and make sure you turn up!) to get stuck in to a whole host of lip-smackingly good bao buns (beef cheek birria, Korean cheese corn, to name a few) and small plates like fire-roasted Thai aubergine, corn ribs, crab croquettes. Yum.
Friday 5pm –10pm, Saturday midday – 10pm, Sunday midday – 9pm
50 Preston Street, Brighton BN1 2HP
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Head to an indie craft market

This weekend sees the return of the Craft & Flea market to Europe’s tallest parish church, St Bartholomew’s. You know, the tall red brick one down the steps at the back of the station. There’s always a good selection of carefully chosen indie creators, selling everything from illustrations to candles and plants. And this time around, there’s a whopping 45 stalls to browse. Too early for some gift shopping? Top tip: pre-book your tickets to avoid queuing.
Saturday 21st October; 11am – 5pm: £2.50
St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton BN1 4GP

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Check out some of Sussex’ most exciting chefs at this new pop-up

It’s the weekend so more food options are obviously a must. If you haven’t heard of Mantle, you won’t forget them after this weekend. They’re holding their first pop-up this Friday and Saturday at the Beak Taproom in Lewes with a “culinary rabble” (their words) of some of Sussex’ most exciting chefs – Luka Dmitryj (Urchin Pub, Five Star Kebabs), Sam Lambert (Slam BBQ), Alistair Munro (Alberta’s), Nick from micro Thai restaurant Kab, plus some guest chefs. It’s all about the kebabs on Friday and sliders on Saturday as the chefs do battle for the tastiest eats. These guys are all about packing flavour into every bite, so you know you’re in for a treat. Oh, and prices start at just £4. You know you needed another reason to head into Lewes.
From 6pm Friday 20th October and from midday Saturday 21st October
Unit 14, Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes, BN8 6JL

Mantle Rabble

Get your Halloween on movie style

Want to get in the mood for Halloween with a 90s horror satire or a creepy camp cult classic? You’re in luck as Arcobaleno’s Cinefiles film club is hosting a free showing of Wes Craven’s brilliant Scream on Sunday evening (22nd October, 6pm; dog-friendly) while Brighton’s newest arts venue Dalton’s Showrooms is screening the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday (21st October; 8pm; from £8.20). Dressing up positively encouraged (just leave the rice at home, please).
Arcobaleno: 120 St George’s Road, Brighton, BN2 QEA
Dalton’s Showrooms: Madeira Drive, Lower Promenade, Brighton, BN2 1TB (under Brighton Zip)