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10 Things to do in Brighton this May

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The Scoop – May Edition

For lovers of food, May is a produce-packed gift box of a month, heralding the arrival of some of nature’s most glorious treats; the first juicy-red strawberries, buttery soft lettuces and delicate English asparagus. And with luck, we’ll all have the chance to enjoy some warm, sunny days while benefiting from the absolute embarrassment of riches Brighton has to offer this month.

1. Bank Holiday Madness

Not one, but two glorious, long weekends to spend luxuriating with friends and family. Special events, special menus and amazing offers abound plus this has to be one of the absolute best moments of the year to explore the unexplored corners of our gorgeous city. If the sun shines – and it just might! – install yourself in a beautiful pub garden for the whole day.
RB ♥️ ‘s the gardens at DaddyLonglegs, Hove Place and the roof terrace at The Mesmerist for days like these. 

Bank Holiday Weekend in Brighton.

2. A Month of Festivals

May in Brighton and beyond is all about FESTIVALS. Start strong with a trip to the beautiful Jolly Sportsman for the Spring Festival (4-5 May). Here in Brighton, there’s the fabulous Brighton Fringe, Brighton Festival, Artists Open Houses, The Great Escape and Foodies Festival plus Elderflower Fields and Charleston Festival in Sussex.

3. Discolicious

Get your skates on…with a sky-high roller disco at Brighton’s iconic i360! This ridiculously fun event created by Jemma Bolt and Denise Van Outen takes place on 25 May on the Upper Deck. Party the night away with DJ sets from Jemma and Denise. Sparkles are very much encouraged. OMG.

The best restaurant in Brighton in 2024. Team Terre a Terre celebrate their first placed finish in the Brighton Restaurant Awards 2024. All the team are cheering outside their brightly coloured venue on little East Street in Brighton. The public decided this vote and gave the title of best restaurant to this venue which has been around some 30+ years.

4. Book your BRAVOS

Now we’ve announced the BRAVO winners for 2024, it’s time to get booking. Eat and drink your way around the best restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes that Brighton, Hove and Sussex have to offer. Plan a tour or space them out over the year ahead – the choice is yours!

5. World Cocktail Day (13 May)

Don’t let the fact that it’s a Monday put you off! Has there ever been a better excuse to sample the extraordinary array of craft cocktails available in our fair city? Plot your route or pick your favourite from our Top 20 Best Cocktails or explore the Restaurants Brighton collection here. We imagine there might be some spectacular specials to celebrate.

shot of six chefs in kitchen at Petit Pois including main chef and owner David Roy

6. May Menu Launches

Local chef’s can’t help but be inspired by May’s wonderful produce and there are delicious menu launches popping up at all our favourite spots. For a flavour of what’s to come, check out the new menus at Petit Pois and Curry Leaf, new kitchens at Shelter Hall, new cocktail menu at Meatliquor. Alternatively, tasting and set menus are another amazing way to sample seasonal delights. 

team and happy customers outside the Kemptown Klub

7. EUROVISION 2024

The Eurovision Song Contest always holds a special place in the hearts of Brightonians but this year is a bit special. It’s 50 years since Swedish supergroup ABBA won at Brighton Dome on 6 April 1974. In 2024, you can catch the heats at Kemptown Klub or BRAVOS Best Pub winner The Eddy (I heard they’ve just had a massive glitter ball delivered). The grand finale is on Saturday 11 May – max out the fun and watch it with friends at one of these great venues.

8. Feast in May

If you’re in the mood for a feast, or you’ve got something to celebrate, there are some fabulous goings on this month. La Festa at Cin Cin is a series of feasts celebrating regional Italian cuisine. Don’t miss Sardena on 16 May. Wild Flor celebrates British Asparagus season with a deliciously dedicated menu on the same night. Hard to choose! Woodfire Camping is in the process of confirming their Woodfire Feasts for summer ‘24. Watch this space.

A group are seated at a table sharing food and wine while a man in a dark t-shirt pours wine, and exposed brick wall is behind them. Wild Flor is available for private dining in Brighton and Hove
close shot of social board sandwich

9. British Sandwich Week

Starting on 16 May, British Sandwich Week is a big celebration of the not so humble sarnie. If you’re not sure where to start, might we suggest you try Brighton’s sexiest sandwiches from BRAVO winner Social Board. These seriously good sandwiches are loaded with fresh produce and created by chefs with decades of experience. Eat in their Kemptown cafe or order in with Uber Eats.

10. Love Is In The Air

It’s hard not to think about finding love when spring is in the air. Speed date in style with Speeddater at glamorous Seven Dials hangout Brighton Cocktail Co every Wednesday. There’s gay speed dating every few weeks (check here for dates) And on the off chance that you don’t find that special someone, at least you know you’re going to find something really great to drink!