Some people fear the onset of October, with its shiversome temperatures and shorter nights. There is a school of thought, however, that it’s actually the best month of all: the crowds are gone in Brighton; transitional jackets are officially de rigeur again; you can devote your Sundays to roasts without having a vague guilt that you should be doing ‘something outdoorsy”. We absolutely love October. Here’s 9 other reasons why we’re looking forward to this month.
1. OCTOBERBEST - 1-15 October
Brighton is blessed by a surfeit of quality restaurants but, for many of us, visiting them is an expensive business that we can enjoy all-too- rarely enjoy. OCTOBERBEST offers £20 offers at 20 of the city’s best eateries, from 64 Degrees, to the Little Fish Market to Terre à Terre. Just click on the website to see what’s on offer: deliciousness awaits.
2. ISAAC'S GIN AND DESSERT BAR - 6-13 October
In the space of a year, Isaac At has developed a reputation as one of the city’s finest dining experiences. Staffed by an entire team under the age of 25, they’re the kind of precocious folk that will make you consider just what you’re doing with your life. For two Fridays in October, they’ve teamed up with Brighton Gin for an afternoon of gin cocktails and the restaurant’s signature desserts. Perfect excuse for an early finish.
Issac At, 2 Gloucester Street
3. Brighton Digital Festival - Events until 13 October
Brighton Digital Festival is an exploration and celebration of all things digital. It’s already been going awhile but there’s still a rich schedule of events, not least the Messy Edge conference which seeks to unpick the threads of our digital future through a series of talks, workshops and all-round braininess. That’s on the 13th at Attenborough Centre, but for more recommendations from the organisers check out the guestblog they did for PLATF9RM
4. Brighton Illustration Fair - 21-22 October
Brighton Illustration Fair is a two-day spectacular of exhibitors, workshops, screenings, talks, animation, printing, comics, prints, zines, apparel and every other facet of illustration in the known universe. It’s a doodler’s truest delight.
Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade
5. The Brighton Summit - 13 October
The Brighton Summit is the annual conference organised by the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme is ‘embracing the unknown’ and It’ll bring together the city’s brightest business minds for a day of speakers, workshops and the all-important networking. PLATF9RM are one of this year’s sponsors and we’ll have a stand, so buy a ticket and come bring us a muffin.
The Clarendon Centre, 47 New England St
6. Brighton Horrorfest - 13-29 October
Brighton Horrorfest is a programme of horror-themed theatre, puppetry, and immersive gaming, designed to celebrate what organizers call the ‘joy and screams of all aspects of this darkest of festivals’. It’s on for two weeks in the run-up to Halloween – aka ‘the big day’ – and shows range from Edgar Allen Poe recitations to a cheery-sounding production called Lost Souls And The Hungry Dead. See you on the other side.
Most events are at Sweet Dukebox, The Southern Belle, 3 Waterloo St
7. Ultimate Power - 27 October
Ultimate Power’s strapline is ‘The Best Night Of Your Life’ and they’re pretty much correct, as long as your greatest evening consists of punching the air and playing air guitars to Bonnie Tyler, Journey, Whitney Houston and a universe of beautifully silly power ballads that you didn’t realise you knew every word to. It’s majestic.
Komedia, 44-47 Gardiner Street
8. BitBrighton - 28 October
For some, bitcoin in the currency of the future. For some, it’s a shady form of paying for those clandestine shopping trips on the dark web. BitBrighton is a range of workshops, presentations and exhibitions aimed at helping newbies dispel the myths around it, and get on the bitcoin ladder.
Latest Music Bar, 14-17 Manchester Street
9. Titbits' Vegan Coookery Class - 29 October
Titbits’ cookery courses take place in the house of Paula Young. Paula has worked at Brighton vege alumni Food For Friends and Terre à Terre and this four hour vegan class – with an ‘Eat The Seasons Autumn’ theme – involves demos, hands-on lessons and obviously lots of opportunities to stuff your face with planet-friendly treats.
Round Hill, Brighton