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Five unmissable things to do in Brighton this summer

From Trans Pride to the Brighton Coffee Festival, we have the lowdown on the best things to do in Brighton this summer

Joe Minihane

A day trip to Brighton is a classic way to escape the city. And while striding down to the beach from the train station is a surefire way to get a hit of the seaside, summer is the time when Brighton comes alive. So as well as sunning yourself between the piers this summer, why not make a beeline for Britain’s greatest seaside destination for one of these great events. They’re sure to turn your seaside knees up from a fun day out to a truly memorable one.

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Brighton Pride returns in 2022 after a three year hiatus. This celebration of love, diversity and LGBTQ+ culture has become the UK’s most popular Pride event, with a huge parade and the Kemptown area of the city turned into the Pride Village. There’s also a two day festival in Preston Park, We Are Fabuloso, headlined this year by Christina Aguilera and Paloma Faith. There’s even a Pride Dog Show, so be sure to get your pooch dressed up in its finest. This year promises to be one huge party, but make sure you book tickets for events first to avoid disappointment.

5-7 August

Brighton’s coffee scene is the best in the country, with a host of local roosters and cafes helping to make it the most caffeinated place in the UK. Taking place at the spectacular One Church on Gloucester Place, it plays host to the best baristas in the city, with Pharmacie, Pelicano and Horsham all taking centre stage, There’ll be plenty of free samples too, so you can go away laden with the ideal ingredients for a specialist hangover cure.

14 August


Sure, Brighton is well known as the ultimate party town. But that doesn’t have to mean drinking all day in the sun before a sweaty train ride back home. Run by Club Soda, which is all about people taking control of their booze intake, whether they want to stop all together or simply cut back, the Brighton Mindful Drinking Festival, held in the iconic Open Market, will showcase the best in booze free bevs, from local spirits to award-winning beers. It’s free, but you’ll need to book a ticket.

9-10 July

It’s 20 years since Fatboy Slim’s iconic Beach Boutique II, when 250,000 people descended on Brighton Beach to see him DJ deep into the night. This year he returns with what promises to be a slightly less hectic, better run repeat of that classic night. Expect the city to go wild.

22 July


The 10th Brighton Trans Pride is back in person after going online, with a march and a festival, with performers from across the city taking to the stage. Trans Pride is great for those who want to experience the party atmosphere of Brighton’s larger Pride event in August, but without the sometimes overwhelming crowds. A true showcase of Brighton’s status is a place of safety and inclusivity.

16 July

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