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Things to do in Brighton this May

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May has arrived and Brighton is alive! This is the month where our city is transformed into a month-long festival. Abundant with activities, art and events, there really is no better time to be living or visiting our vibrant city. Fill your boots with theatre and the avant gard for it’s Brighton festival season. Make sure you fuel your stomach with all the fabulous foodie treats that’ll help power you through the theatrics. 

Here is our guide to things to do in Brighton.

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Deals on dining

Get your hands on some juicy deals on dining and find out where has happy hours and offers for you to enjoy during this merry month of May

May bank holiday

Three days off to enjoy food and drink in Brighton, Hove and Sussex. How and where do you spend that hard earned time off? Our guide to Bank Holidays in Brighton should help you.

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Foodies Festival

Celebrate this May Bank Holiday with Brighton’s very own Foodies Festival. Three whole days to revel in foodie fun. Expect artisan producers, live music and tons of things to entertain the whole family. Find out about what else is on offer here.

Brighton Fringe Festival | Sat, 7 May 2022 – Sun, 29 May 2022

If you’re looking for things to do in Brighton during May, then you really don’t need to look too far. Brighton Festival and Fringe highlight the calendar with a smorgasbord of exciting events and entertainment. Here’s our guide to navigating your way through the festival the foodie way.

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Great escape – 11 – 14 May

With so much going on this month it could be easy to get dizzy with all the excitement. Take a break from the venue hopping and head to one of these watering holes to catch your breath and quench your thirst before heading back out to the fun

Seaside restaurants

Oh we do love to live beside the seaside, so let’s make sure we make the most of it. Head to our seafront restaurants and beach bar pages to find our picks of venues from along the Brighton coast.

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Let’s go Alfresco

Head outside for some alfresco dining and enjoy the British springtime in the great outdoors. Our alfresco dining page will point you in the direction of all the venues that offer the best alfresco dining opportunities and if you feel like getting elevated, then our rooftop terrace page is for you.

What’s new at Shelter Hall

If three days of feasting with friends and family at the newly dubbed “gastro Glasto” sounds like something that’ll get you salivating, then Foodies Festival is for you! Lucky for us we won’t have to travel to Pilton for this fun-filled weekend, because it found its happy place at Preston Park. Expect celebrity Chefs at the Chefs Theatre, children’s entertainment and live music from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May. Find out more here.

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