It’s all fun and games in Brighton this July, with the return of annual games conference Develop:Brighton, and PLATF9RM’s very first sports day taking place at the end of the month. You don’t have to be a professional gamer or an amateur athlete to get stuck into some organised fun this month, though. Here are 9 of our favourite places to play in Brighton.
Lose yourself to VR at the World's End
If you’re on a pub crawl, don’t stop at the World’s End. Once you’re in, you’ll never want to leave. Grab your craft beer and take over one of the four player virtual reality booths or the remote control racetrack downstairs, then head upstairs to get lost in the fully equipped retro gaming arcade or go head to head in a 10-seater group racing experience. The World’s End is a mighty landmark of the Brighton game scene.
*Top tip – enjoy unlimited VR on Wednesdays!
Gear up for the Toad championships at the Hand in HandToad in the Hole, or ‘Toad’ as it’s affectionately known amongst players, is the most loved pub game you’ve never heard of. The idea of repeatedly chucking a brass coin at a hole in the centre of a lead topped table might not sound very appealing right now – but a few beer-fuelled games in at the Hand in Hand in Kemptown and you’ll be hooked. Perhaps you’ll even decide to get a team together to enter the UK league that competes at the world championships in Lewes each year. There are three divisions in the league involving around 21 teams, so it’s time to get practicing!
Try your hand at TRIBE Urban Axe ThrowingEver met a dedicated axe thrower? In Brighton, you might have! The Brighton-based pros at TRIBE are currently building their first indoor axe throwing venue, where you’ll be able to satisfy your inner warrior on the regular. In the meantime, you can sink some bullseyes at one of the team’s pop up events across the UK, or even bring TRIBE into your office for a team building day! SLING. SINK. REPEAT.
Mess around on the beach at LoadingBrighton
When the sun’s out and you’re feeling playful, get yourself down to LoadingBrighton. Located on the seafront close to the pier, with a huge selection of new and retro board and video games to choose from and a menu of Vietnamese treats for when you get peckish, this is an ideal place to while away an afternoon.
Get your adrenaline pumping at Pier Pressure
There are a whole range of great escape rooms to choose from in Brighton, but being right around the corner from us at PLATF9RM, Pier Pressure is the perfect place to let off some steam after work. In just 60 minutes, you and your team must solve a series of puzzles that will lead you to your big escape.
Choose your teammates carefully. You’ll need logical thinkers; eagle-eyed observers; lightening fast reactors; wordsmiths; mathematicians; expert communicators; and even someone with a keen eye for colour! Are you ready?
Perfect your throw at Brighton and Hove Petanque Club
Is there a more onomatopoeic word than ‘Petanque’? If you don’t know what we mean, head down to the Peace Statue on Brighton seafront (near the Meeting Place café) to hear the sound of the metal balls as they gently collide on the perfectly maintained Petanque (aka Boules) terrain.
The rules of Petanque are easy to learn. The challenge is in mastering your throw. Give this friendly game a go and you’ll find it’s surprisingly addictive!
The club plays on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm all year round and Wednesdays from 6pm in the summer. It welcomes members of all ages and experience.
Putt alongside a neon T-Rex at GLOBALLS
GLOBALLS is the indoor crazy golf metropolis bringing a new level of crazy to Brighton’s fun loving community. Glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs and jungle animals watch on as you putt your way through the Jurassic or tropical jungle themed courses, lit by neon lights. If you visit at Christmas or Halloween, expect some special neon guests!
Get silly at home with friends
If you play games at home, you’ve got to check out Gamely’s range of hilarious family friendly card games. Set up in a sunshiney spot in the garden and get stuck into Randomise, ‘a mash-up of classic games like Charades, Articulate and Pictionary with a huge dollop of randomness’; Soundiculous, ‘the game of ridiculous sounds that asks you to beep, cheep, grunt, howl and laugh your way to glory!’; or the Pretender, ‘a hilarious social deduction game of mini-charades, bluffing and suspicion that will make you laugh and get you thinking creatively’! Best of all, Gamely’s office is right here in PLATF9RM, so you’re supporting your community every time you buy a game.
You can get your hands on a Gamely card game here:
Kick back with a coffee and a board game at the Grounds
We’re so excited to announce that the Grounds will soon be opening at weekends! While we’ll be welcoming weekend workers, we understand the importance of taking the time to switch off, too. Please get in touch with your best board game recommendations so that we can stock up!