Sun, sea and afternoon tea?

Looking for things to do in Brighton this summer? We’ve got the lowdown of all the best places to eat and drink as well as plenty of epicurean occupations to fill your summer days. 

You’ll notice cream teas don’t make their way onto this list, it’s not because we don’t like them (we love them!), but when there are things to do in Brighton that are summer specific we want to give them some special attention (oh go on then, here’s our list of Afternoon Teas).

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Summer Festivals

For festival things to do in Brighton and Sussex, there are always options after the main May event. OxFest in Polegate is three days of live music, great food, real ale and family fun in the countryside, running from 2-4th August. If you’re looking for something to fill the Brighton Food Festival void, try Brighton Marina Food Festival. New to 2019, this one-day festival takes place on August 10th from 11 am – 5 pm. Event organiser Phil Bartley (Bartley Kitchens, The Great British Charcuterie) has brought together the very best of Sussex suppliers and producers for an event that is free for all.

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Brighton Beach

One of the main pulls of the city and listed as one of the most popular UK destinations, Brighton beach has plenty to offer with fantastic places to eat from sunup to sundown, you can even track pub crawl following the sun to the west. Look out for Mods aplenty August 24-26 as Quadrophenia marks its 40th anniversary.

Things to do in Brighton with the kids

Family fun days

The city is a massive playground, no matter how old you are, there’s always plenty of things to do in Brighton for the whole family. So that you don’t have to lose precious time trying to find ways to feed the brood we’ve put together this handy list of the best, complete with Summer deals. Check out these top-twenty family friendly restaurants as voted for by the public in this year’s BRAVOs.

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Alfresco Brighton

Nothing beats the feel of the sun on your skin while enjoying good food and drink; check out our guide to Alfresco dining in the city. Escape the hoi polloi with our guide to some of the best kept secrets in Brighton, rooftop terraces and drinking amongst the gods. For sunny Friday lunchtime treats head to the Street Diner at the Brighthelm Gardens.

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Get out of town

With millions of visitors pouring through Brighton during the summer it can be refreshing to get away; only a short train journey away from Brighton, the Worthing food scene is more than worth the trip. Brighton Buses have laid on a new summer bus route, the 11X for some east coast explorations, leave the car keys behind and enjoy a pint in some of these fantastic East Sussex venues with our 11X guide.

Things to do in Brighton this summer

Summer School

Pick up some new skills with a professional cookery lesson at Brighton Cookery School or master the mysteries of the East with a cookery class with the Kari Club, Brighton’s very own Indian recipe box club, or head over to The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen for some masterclasses with local super-chefs, check out these masterclasses at top Brighton restaurants.