Annual outdoor events


West PierHere is a list of major outdoor events that are taking place in Brighton & Hove in 2015. This list isn't exhaustive as our events programme is continually changing.  Use the website links in the table to find out more. You can also look at our Events Diary for dates or contact the Events Office for a more detailed events list. The city hosts over 400 outdoor events each year.

Please note that events taking place on Madeira Drive, Brighton Seafront, will result in the closure of the public cycle lane for the whole day. Cyclists are advised to dismount and walk through the event if possible, or use Marine Drive as an alternative route. The middle level terrace along Madeira Drive is currently closed to the public.


Brighton & Hove Half Marathon, Brighton seafront. Third Sunday in February. The first major event of the year the Brighton & Hove Half Marathon is organised by the Sussex Beacon. The race covers 13.1 miles of seafront and city centre, starting and finishing at Madeira Drive. This event is one of the longest established and most popular seafront road race events in the UK.

Pioneer Motorcycle Run, Madeira Drive. This event returns to its usual calendar spot in March 2015. The Sunbeam Motorcycle Club has organised this London to Brighton run for veteran motorcycles since 1930. The Pioneer Run is open to all motor cycles and tricycles manufactured before 1915.

Passion Play. Theatre professionals work alongside local amateur cast members to put on a moving portrayal of the days leading up to Jesus's arrest, death and resurrection. For further information, visit (Return to List)

Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival. This is the largest festival of its kind in the South of England, running for ten days every Spring and Autumn. It includes a variety of indoor and outdoor events, for further information visit their website

Brighton Marathon. Runners will complete a 26 mile race along the same route as 2014. The 10km race will be open to more runners this year, as well as the return of the children's Mini Mile Races on the Saturday morning in Preston Park.

  Austin 7's 2015 sees the return of this London to Brighton event, organised by the London Austin Seven Owners Club celebrating 110 years of the Austen Motor Company. More information can be found at

InCarNation. Presented by Ace Cafe & Fueltopia, the fifth year of this event is a free to attend drive in and display event for high performance and modified cars in the UK. Some of the most impressive vehicles in the country will be on display for the day on Madeira Drive.

Jaguar Run, Madeira Drive.
Jaguars old and new make their way to Brighton from London. See the organiser's website for further details.

Ladyboys of Bangkok, Victoria Gardens. Throughout May. 
If you enjoy popular music, entertainment and thai food all in one package, this is a show not to be missed! 16 of the world's most entrancing beauties in stunning costumes will entertain you in The Sabai Pavilion. This year's production is called 'Beauties and the Beats' and is the 17th year of this popular cabaret show. (Return to List)

 Spiegeltent, Old Steine Throughout May. A pop up venue hosting music, cabaret, spoken word, children's events as well as offering food and drink each day to members of the public. You don't need a ticket to a show to visit the Brighton Spiegeltent, just come along and chill out in the Spiegel Gardens.

Foodies. For the fifth year, Hove Lawns will host this fabulous food and drink festival. Taking place on 2-4 May 2015, visitors can expect to experience wine tastings, cooking demonstrations from some of our favourite chefs, sampling of food both sweet and savoury while being able to listen to live music and watch various dancing displays. Tickets can be purchased via the website

Children’s Parade, City Centre & Seafront. First Saturday in May.
The Brighton Festival Children’s Parade produced by Same Sky has grown over the years into one of the most spectacular community events of its type in the country, with up to 4000 participants and an audience of over 10,000. Sixty participating local schools and community groups form the heart of this procession. The theme for 2015 is yet to be announced.

Brighton Festival 2-24 May 2015. Various outdoor performances take place in numerous locations across Brighton & Hove, and beyond. This year's guest director is the award winning author Ali Smith. For further information on the festival visit

Brighton Fringe City 2 - 24 May 2015. Brighton Fringe is the largest multi-arts festival in England and a completely open-access platform for events. It runs alongside Brighton Festival. Visit for further information on all shows, including the outdoor elements of Fringe City.

Historic Commercial Vehicle Rally, Madeira Drive. First Sunday in May. One of the greatest displays of historic commercial vehicles in the world. Enthusiasts portray a living history of the commercial transport scene and show the developments which have taken place since the turn of the century. (Return to List)

The Great Escape Music Festival. Purchase a wristband for the weekend and get the opportunity to see a variety of music gigs both indoors and outdoors across Brighton & Hove. Some of the biggest acts today have been seen for the first time at this festival in Brighton.

MG Regency Run, Madeira Drive. Second Sunday in May.
A variety of MGs from the first ever built to the modern day travel from Crystal Palace to Brighton. See the organisers website for more information.

Billy Smart's Circus Annual Festival Circus located in Preston Park for two weeks during May.

Mini Rally, Madeira Drive. Third Sunday in May, hundreds of minis make the journey from London to Brighton. Expect many variations of colour, size and engine capacity.

Stonewall Equality Walk. On Sunday 10 May, several hundred people will celebrate the 26th year of this sponsored walk for Stonewall, a leading organisation campaigning for equality and fair treatment for lesbian, gay and bisexual people worldwide. The walk takes place in the city centre and along the seafront, with entertainment beginning at 12 noon in Pavilion Gardens.

Classic Car Run. Expect this event to be bigger, better and more entertaining than 2014 as the organisers plans kick into gear! All cars over 25 years old are eligible. The event also includes the London to Brighton Kit & Sports Car Run, hosting a display of kit, sports and replica cars.  (Return to List)

British Heart Foundation (BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride. Third weekend in June. With 27,000 cyclists taking part each year this is the biggest cycling event of its kind in Europe. The bike ride has a huge positive impact on the city and is the largest of the British Heart Foundation's sponsored events.

Take Part Festival – A two week celebration in June of community sport, dance and physical activity with events taking place across the city open to all ages and abilities with something to do for everyone.

Capital to Coast Bike Ride. Raising money for three fantastic charities - Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Norwood, and Down's Syndrome Association, this is the alternative London to Brighton Bike Ride. With a choice of two different routes, this event finishes in the picturesque location of Hove Lawns.

Martlet's Midnight Walk. This women only night time sponsored walk is the Martlets Hospice's biggest fundraising event of the year. Women can choose either a 6 or 13 mile route which both start at Brighton Racecourse at midnight. Entry details and further information can be found on the Martlets Hospice website. (Return to List)

Race for Life, Stanmer Park. Early July. This is Cancer Research UK's biggest fundraising event. It is a very popular 5k women only run and it has now been extended to two days in Brighton & Hove.

 Pretty Muddy New for 2015, held in Stanmer Park on the same weekend as Race For Life, this event is a women's only obstacle race also raising money for Cancer Research UK. A fun, more challenging alternative to Race For Life.

Paddle Round The Pier. First weekend in July. Europe's biggest free beach and watersports festival located on Hove Lawns. This event features the best in water, street and urban sports, live music, children's entertainment and have a go opportunities, plus the fantastic location adjacent to the beach. (Return to List)

British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Night Ride. As the British Heart Foundation's website states, our fight against heart disease never sleeps. Join in on this overnight sponsored bike ride which starts at London's Tower Bridge and finishes 60 miles later on Madeira Drive.

Shakedown Festival. The annual music festival in Brighton returns to its successful location Waterhall Playing Fields. Date and line up still to be confirmed.

Pride Annual parade and party in Preston Park, the event this year is on Saturday 1st August 2015. Details for this year's event are still being confirmed so please check the Pride website for information.

Zippos Circus, Hove No 1 Lawn. Throughout August. The annual circus comes to town - jugglers, acrobats, horses and budgies make up this traditional spectacular. See the Zippo Circus website for further details.

Little Monsters Bash. After a successful first year, Stanmer Park will once again host this fun event for mini festival goers aged under ten on Saturday 8 August. (Return to List)

999 Day. A day's activities on Hove Lawns where you can meet the local emergency services and learn about their roles and responsibilities. The day will involve arena demonstrations, children's activities and competitions, information stalls, a small funfair and much more.

 Big Dog 2015 is the first year where this event becomes a two day event, incorporating a women only mountain bike event. 15/16 August 2015 will see a whole weekend of cycling activity in Stanmer Park, suitable for both beginners and those experienced in trail cycling.

Brighton's Big Screen. Brighton's free beachfront cinema returns in August 2015 ready to show daily blockbusters, some of the world's top sporting events including the Rugby World Cup and Wimbledon. The schedule is yet to be confirmed but the screen will be up on the beach alongside Madeira Drive from Monday 17 August until Sunday 20 September 2015. The screen will be incorporated into the Rugby World Cup Fan Zone on Madeira Drive.

National Speed Trials. This historic Brighton seafront event has been running since 1905. The event returns on Saturday 5 September this year allowing spectators to watch over 200 cars and motorcycles travel along Madeira Drive racing against the clock. The organisers are Brighton & Hove Motor Club.

Ace Café Reunion, Madeira Drive. 40,000 motorbikes descend on Brighton in a celebration of biking and the original Ace Café on London's North Circular. (Return to List)

 Rugby World Cup Fan Zone 2015 is an exciting year for rugby fans as Brighton & Hove will host two matches at the Brighton Community Stadium on 19/20 September 2015. If you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket fear not. The council is setting up a fan zone on Madeira Drive over this weekend, incorporating Brighton's Big Screen on the beach. Expect sport, entertainment, community interaction and all in all a great atmosphere.

 Apple Day A popular annual event held in Stanmer Park to celebrate the harvest season at the end of September. Please be aware that there is a charge for parking at this event, but the event itself is free. Suitable for the whole family.

 Fiery Foods Festival After a break, 2015 sees the return of this food festival on Victoria Gardens based on all things chilli like. Expect chilli drinks, chilli food both sweet and savoury and the now infamous chilli eating competition. 19/20 September 2015

Brighton Breeze VW Split Screen Run. A variety of VW vehicles converge on Madeira Drive. See the Split Screen Van Club website for further details.

Landrover Run.  Enthusiasts display their different types of Landrovers on Madeira Drive. See the South London and Surrey Landrover Club website  or the London to Brighton Land Rover Run website for further details.

Brightona. Annual motorcycle event with stunt shows, live music, trade stands and over 5000 participants on Madeira Drive. All proceeds go to the Sussex Heart Charity.

Veteran Car Run, Madeira Drive.  Saturday 14 November 1896 was a red-letter day in the history of British motoring:  the 'Emancipation Run' from London to Brighton celebrated the passing of the Locomotives on the Highway Act. This raised the speed limit for 'light locomotives' from 4mph to 14mph and abolished the requirement to be preceded by a man on foot. The event is not a race, the cars are limited to an average speed of 20mph and the only reward for a successful run is a Finisher’s Medal (awarded to all who reach Brighton before 4.30pm). See the organiser's website for further details.

10K Road Race, Seafront General.  The Brooks 10km run is a fast, flat accurately measured course along the seafront, with start and finish on Madeira Drive. The race is the Sussex AAA 10K Men's and Women's Road Race Championship. The race now takes place entirely on the road, making it much easier to get that personal best!

Burning the Clocks Winter Solstice event. An annual community event consisting of a children’s lantern parade through the city centre finishing with a firework display from the beach adjacent to Madeira Drive. Conceived to celebrate the winter solstice, this event now takes place on 21 December each year and attracts around 3,000 spectators. For more information please visit

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