The Bandstand

Ceremonies at the bandstand

Beautiful and truly unique, The Bandstand is located on Brighton's vibrant seafront. The Bandstand first opened in 1884. It was restored to its original specification and reopened in 2009.

Wedding and civil ceremony hire

The Bandstand is now available as a venue for weddings and ceremonies. Why not mark your special occasion by tying the knot at this unique location? The ornate architecture is magnificently detailed offering the perfect choice for couples wanting an elegant beachside experience.

The Bandstand is available to hire for weddings and ceremonies each Wednesday through to Saturday between April and September. Two time slots are available each day, either 11am until 1pm or 2pm until 4pm.

In addition to booking The Bandstand, Brighton's Registrar Office must be contacted to obtain a licence and book a registrar. They can be contacted on (01273) 294421.

Bandstand capacity

The Bandstand has a capacity of 50 people seated, with an additional 30 people standing. Please note that in adverse weather conditions the wedding or ceremony will be relocated to The Bandstand Cafe where the capacity is a maximum of 50 people only.

The cost of hiring The Bandstand

It costs £550 to hire The Bandstand.

It costs an extra £200 to hire an additional ground level winged area, giving you an additional capacity of 50 people.

To discuss availability and your plans, and to ask any further questions, please contact our outdoor events office on (01273) 292712.

The Bandstand café

Under the Bandstand, at beach level, the Bandstand Café can be contacted via

The café offers a comprehensive service for ceremonies. Whatever your theme or budget, the team can assist with dressing the venue, flowers, menus, or a simple drinks reception.

The Bandstand Café can also be hired privately for other functions. Please note that the Bandstand itself can only be hired for ceremonies and not private functions of any other type due to its location.

Bandstand events

The Brighton Bandstand hosts a variety of bands during the summer months, every Sunday throughout June, July and August. The usual hours of these performances are 2pm until 4pm, dependent on weather conditions. Check our events diary to get details of the bands playing each weekend.

Any bands interested in performing should contact the council's Events Office on (01273) 292712.


Designed by Phillip Lockwood, Brighton Borough Surveyor, and completed in 1884 The Bandstand is considered to be one of the finest examples of a Victorian bandstand still surviving in England today. The original design featured a bridge linking the upper promenade with the Bandstand which was removed in the late 1970s. The ground floor was used as public conveniences until 2003 when vandalism forced their closure.