9 Reasons May Might Be Brighton's Best Month

There isn’t a competition for Brighton’s best month. But if there was, May would (almost) certainly win. Here’s why.


The Fringe - 4 May - 3 June

The Fringe is great because you’ll walk down the street and see two men mostly nude men doing a Shakespearian interpretation of ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ and instead of rolling your eyes and going “it’s Brighton” you can say, “it’s the Fringe!”

The programme is prodigiously big so have a read our ‘How To ‘Do’ Brighton Fringe’ guestblog PLATF9RM member Steve Bustin.


The Warren - 4 May - 3 June

The heart of The Fringe. A temporary wonderland of dinky theaters, bars and stalls that all Brighton residents, by law, spend the rest of the 11 months of the year getting into a lather about.


The Festival- 5 May - 27 May -Various Venues

We’re incredibly fortunate this year that we’ve got David Shrigley, one of the world’s most important artists, curating the event. Highlights abound, but The Arms Of Sleep – an overnight choral work in the ground of history-tastic Firle Place – and Problem in Brighton, a wry alt-rock/pop devised and created by Shrigley should all be added instantly to your Google calendars.


The Great Escape - 17 - 19 May - Various Venues

For three days in May, the city’s venues gets overrun by musos and liggers of London’s music press. The line-up is a who’s who of the world’s new and emerging acts; check out the almighty Phoebe Bridgers (pack a hanky though), Ida Mae and Hockey Dad.


The Bank Holidays - 7 & 28 May

Two in a month. Two big Sundays. Two days to avoid anywhere near The Tempest at all costs.


The Weather

With its long nights and average temperate of a balmy 14C, May is the second-best month for alfresco eating and drinking (presuming you pack a jumper obviously). Our suggestions? If it’s not windy– Murmur on the seafront for casual, family-friendly dining from Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees fame. If you’re drinking (or watching the football)– Lion and Lobster is hard to beat.


The Norfolk Square Street Party - 6 May - Robin Hood Pub

It’s the month where people truly take to the streets. Try Norfolk Square street party (nicknamed Norfolk Square Festival) which is run by the good folk at the Robin Hood pub and takes over the road with bands, food, Pimm’s and general revelry.


The Perfect Amount of Stag and Hen Parties

Stag and hen-dos comprise an important part of our city’s nighttime economy and they’re great. Vicariously enjoy their excitement, silliness, the outfits, the ‘waheyyy’s’, the L Plates, then wave them off when they make their way, inevitably, to West Street.


The Social - 31 May - The Warren

Yeah, fair play, total self-promotion but it’s our blog. We’re going down The Warren for the night on the 31st May. Well did it last year and it was brilliant fun. Come join us!