Events taking place across Brighton & Hove

From 31 October to 12 November 2021 the UK and Italy will host the 26th UN conference on climate change in Glasgow, also known as COP-26. 

COP26 will be attended by the 200 countries that signed up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These talks are crucial in the fight against climate change, and this year governments will be asked to report back on their progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Local governments are taking action too. Brighton & Hove declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2018. You can find out more about our commitment to becoming Carbon neutral by 2030.

Communities are also taking action.  In the lead up to and around the dates of COP-26 there are a number of events taking place across Brighton & Hove, and many of these are open to the public. Have a read and sign up today.

1 September to 3 October: The Living Coast – Explore our Natural & Cultural Heritage

Brighton Museum, South Balcony

Free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free

The city of Brighton & Hove lies within a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, known as The Living Coast. Come along and find out what makes this area so special and what there is to see, do and experience within The Living Coast.

Go to The Living Coast – Explore our Natural & Cultural Heritage website.

1 to 30 September: Solange Leon Iriate: Under the Same Sky (ONCA)

Free online exhibition examining sustainable design and complexity. Highlighting the environmental crisis and the challenges of balancing collectivity and individualism.

Go to the ONCA website 

13 to 26 September: My Dream Street children’s exhibition

Jubilee Library

We asked children from Carlton Hill, Elm Grove and St Luke’s primary schools to draw what their perfect street would look like.  Children imagined their streets as greener, more colourful places to play in. 

Go to My Dream Street children’s exhibition

18 to 25 September: Car Free Day

Public events taking place across the city

The local theme of this year’s Car Free Day is ‘A liveable city for everyone’. It celebrates active and inclusive travel in Brighton & Hove. There are events taking place across the city between 18 and 25 September.

Go to Car Free Day

20 September: Greening our homes seminar

Topics will include solar panels, external wall insulation and air source heat pumps. This event is organised and hosted by Hanover Action and is part of a Brighton and Hove Council funded project we are working on in partnership with the Low Carbon Trust. 

Online, free. Register for tickets.

Go to the Greening our homes seminar.

22 September: Solid Wall Insulation by Bob Prewett (Eco Open Houses Online)

Lots of old and historic housing in Brighton & Hove and other places have large areas of uninsulated solid walls.  These tend to be cold, damp and a significant area of heat loss.  This webinar looks at the various retrofit options for insulating solid walls.

Online, free. Register for tickets.

Go to the Solid wall insulation webinar

23 September: Illustrated talk – St Kilda sailing to the edge of the world

In a world where long-haul travel is now so accessible, it can be all too easy to overlook the treasures in our own backyard. St Kilda is a very special place, and one of only 35 sites in the world to hold joint UNESCO World Heritage status for both cultural and natural heritage. This exciting talk will take you on a journey to St Kilda from Oban, as Sara Frost (Naturetrek) details the excitement of sailing to this remote archipelago through the beautiful Inner and Outer Hebrides.

Tickets £5 including refreshments. Booking essential.

Go to the Great Big Green Week website.

23 September: Culture Declares Emergency South East Coastal Hub Launch

Come to the online launch of the Culture Declares Emergency South East Coast Hub.

Culture Declares Emergency (or CDE) is a growing movement of individuals and organisations in the cultural sector declaring climate and ecological emergency.

Online, free. Register for tickets.

Go to the Eventbrite website.

26 September: Brighton CSA – Fork and Dig It, Stanmer Organics open day

Brighton Community Supported Agriculture – Fork and Dig It will be open for site tours by our Trainees and discussions on the importance of soil and agro-ecological, organic food production. Join us for a Low Carbon Lunch or tea or chai and a slice of one of our delicious homemade cakes.

Go to The Great Big Green Week website.

27 September: Heat pumps webinar by Trystan Lea

Heat pumps have an important role in decarbonising the UK.  Many houses that currently rely on gas boilers for heating and hot water will be converted to a heat pump over the next decade.  All new-build housing will be heated by electricity only from 2025. This talk by Trystan Lea is a case study of how he replaced a gas boiler in a typical mid-terrace house to a heat pump.

Online, free. Register for tickets.

Go to Heat pumps webinar.

29 September: Airtightness in retrofit by Paul Jennings (Eco Open Houses Online)

Airtightness in retrofit is important for avoiding heat loss as it means less air leakage or draughts. Up to a third of energy in a home can be lost through draughts.  Also, where air moves through a house, it takes moisture laden air with it which can cause interstitial condensation and mould.

Online, free. Register for tickets.

Go to Airtightness in retrofit webinar.

29 September: Low Carbon Lunch – National Day of Food & Climate Action

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

To raise awareness of how food relates to climate change and celebrate local efforts to create a better food system, Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is calling on residents, businesses and community groups across the city to take part in a National Day of Action on 29 September.

Go to Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website.

29 September: Forest Feast – National Day of Food and Climate Action

Private Event

A meal made with seasonal & foraged ingredients. The Stanmer Park community gardener will lead a tour of the gardens, focusing on edible plants and a chance to pick some for the meal along the way. Invitees will hear about the impact of food on our climate.


30 September to 15 November - Share your views on the Local Transport Plan and Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure plan

We want Brighton & Hove to continue to be a welcoming place to visit, live and work, and to provide safe, secure and accessible neighbourhoods with a transport network that works for everyone. We need to create a more inclusive, sustainable and liveable city where everyone can move around more healthily, safely, and easily.

We are currently developing two plans which will help us to achieve these aims: our fifth Local Transport Plan (LTP5) and our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). We'd like to hear your views on one or both of these plans.

Visit One Journey Better ( to learn more and complete our survey by 15 November 2021 to tell us what you think.

2 October: Ocean Symposium Sussex 2021

The Ocean Symposium 2021 - "Think Global, Act Local". Live from the stunning Durbar Hall at the Hastings Museum & Art Gallery: we will have World class speakers, presentations, local and global science, underwater films, and a global collection to explore. United Nations Association Climate & Oceans, in partnership with Sussex Wildlife Trust.

In person or online, free. Register for tickets.

Go to Eventbrite website.

2 to 3 October: Homeward Bound Festival

Sites across The Living Coast

A celebration of the fishing and maritime industries, as well as the region’s rich folk music tradition and ocean-bound cultural heritage. There’ll be live music and fine-dining opportunities, and sea-themed talks, exhibitions and events presented by passionate individuals, local businesses, charities and community groups. A festival of culture and nature for the whole family.

Free.Some events require registration.

Go to Homeward Bound Festival website.

5 October: kin'd & kin'd: field fairing - a workshop - ONCA

The third happening in field fairing, the eco-poetry series with kin’d and kin’d, will be a participatory online workshop. It will take the elements as a starting point and look at four poems concerned with earth, water, air and fire, from poets from diverse communities across the world, whilst exploring the notion of indigeneity in relation to the elemental. All are welcome.

Online, free. Register for tickets.

Go to Eventbrite website.

11 October Vegan South Indian cookery with Chef Kanthi from Easy Tiger (Brighton & Hove Food Partnership)

The Community Kitchen, Queens Road, Brighton

Chef Kanthi brings the authentic tastes of South India to the Community Kitchen, sharing the cooking techniques and flavour combinations that have evolved over centuries so you can prepare a typical homestyle south Indian meal in Brighton.

Tickets £55.

Go to Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website.

12 October: Greater Brighton Climate Summit

Private Event

The Greater Brighton Economic Board are hosting a virtual Climate Summit to showcase the range of innovative net zero carbon work taking place across the region. The event will bring together experts advising on the practical transition to net zero carbon and how this can be achieved at scale and at pace across the city region encompassing coastal, rural and urban geographies, creating new economic opportunities to the benefit of local communities.

Saturday 16 October - Brighton Repair Café is marking International Repair Day with a special repair event for International Repair Day

Beyond community repair, International Repair Day celebrates local repair shops, people taking initiatives to say no to electrical waste, as well as companies that provide repair information, spare parts and tools.

The Community Repair Network is an emerging network of voluntary groups in the UK who run local repair events or support others to do so.

You can find more information on the Community Repair Network website.

18 October: Covenant of Mayor’s Expert Mission

Private Event

Virtual visit by European Green Capital 2021 Lahti, Finland with Brighton as part of a 6-month ‘Peer-Learning’ Programme. The two city governments will exchange successes and challenges in tackling the climate emergency.

19 October: Shaping the carbon neutral city: a one day creative workshop

Private Event

The event, delivered by the council and Design South East, will bring together communities, design and sustainability experts for a creative session to help shape our city’s future.

Brighton & Hove has set a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.  This workshop invites residents, businesses, visitors and experts to re-imagine what a life in a carbon neutral Brighton & Hove would look like and how it would feel as a place to live, work and visit. It asks participants to consider what ‘an improved and healthier environment for everyone’ would be like in different parts of the city from a user and resource perspective. 

20 October: Clean Growth UK presents The Future of Nature

Progressive business leaders now realise that considering nature makes sense for competitive advantage and sustainable growth - there are real and material risks associated with nature’s decline. Join us at this virtual event on to explore the opportunities for applying nature-based solutions to businesses, cities and communities.

Online. Tickets £2.

Go to hopin website.

23 October: Planet LOL - ONCA

ONCA Barge at Brighton Marina

Planet LOL asks, “When you realise your planet is teetering on the brink of extinction do you simply shrug and put the kettle on?”  This fast-paced, funny, female-led sci-fi is about facing up to reality and rewriting your endings. Suitable for age 12+, it’s the latest play from the future is unwritten, who made Fringe First-winning Meeting Joe Strummer.

Tickets – pay what you feel.

Go to Eventbrite website.

27 October - Bite-sized Learning: How to reduce your digital carbon footprint

Every time we use the internet, a small amount of carbon is emitted – so, if a business has a website, uses email or social media, it has a digital carbon footprint. In this virtual session from Brighton Chamber, discover how to reduce your business’ digital carbon footprint, and how taking steps to benefit the environment can also have a positive impact on the success of your business.

Go to Brighton Chamber of Commerce event page to register.

Thursday 28 October Hove Town Hall: BHESCo - Unleashing the Power of Community Energy

In the run up to COP26, the all-important international climate conference taking place in Glasgow in November 2021, BHESCo is screening the inspirational film "We The Power" followed by a Q&A session with leading voices in the battle against climate change. 

They will also be premiering a new short animated explainer video that they have created, which looks at the role of community energy in the UK and how it can empower local communities to take meaningful collective action on the climate crisis.  This will be followed by a Q&A. 

The bar will be open all evening, and there will be a free vegetarian buffet for all guests.

This event is on 28 October, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
You can find out more and book tickets via eventbrite.

Thursday 28 October - Is Net Zero the Solution or a Distraction - Circular Brighton and Hove/Sussex Innovation Centre

Are Net Zero policies designed to keep warming below 1.50 or are they driven by a need to protect business as usual, not climate change?

This event will include:

  • information about Brighton and Hove City Council’s Net Zero 2030 Programme
  • the contribution Big Lemon Busses are making to Net Zero in Brighton and H2Evolution’s proposed Hydrogen Plant at Shoreham Port
  • a panel discussion

This is an in person event and is free of charge.

Go to the eventbrite website to register for tickets.

29 October until the chalk paintings are washed away: 100 'Positive Posters’ for COP26

University of Brighton second year graphic design students will be displaying 100 'Positive Posters’ for COP26 as part of the City’s reflections on this significant event.

Each of our second year students has created a poster that features just one word which hopes to motivate and capture their aspirations for the event.

The posters will be applied to Brighton Marina sea wall and provide what we hope will be a poignant, positive and provocative public display. Our posters will be temporarily stencilled to the Marina, somewhat poetically, only using sea water and paint made from chalk, two materials that are naturally abundant on Brighton seafront.

We aim to install them weather and circumstances willing on the 25 and 28 of October in readiness for the 1st week of COP26. We thank Brighton Marina who have been very supportive of what we hope will make for an inspiring intervention in this unique city scape.  

A comment from Nick Gant, who oversaw the University of Brighton 2nd year graphic design students doing the installation of their art works yesterday. 

"Our 100 Words for COP26 involved the whole year group universally attending to make their mark in this amazing location at this hopeful and auspicious time – we all had a great day the weather was very kind and the students have given some great feedback. Each student was tasked with generating a one-word stencil as a ‘positive poster’ message out to the public and COP26. The images are temporary and generated using just chalk paint and sea water. Hopefully the public will find it reflective and poignant and enjoy seeing them. 

We would like to offer thanks to all of the team on Graphic Design to Jim, Mark and the Techhub team Ben, Sina and Sam – special thanks to Colin Tribe at The Marina for his amazing support and promptness in answering queries it would have been impossible without his generosity."

3 November: Sussex Bay Launch

Invitation only

This online event will set out the grand vision for Sussex Bay, the blue mirror to the South Downs.  A range of expert speakers will showcase the remarkable kelp, saltmarsh and wetland habitat restoration projects underway in Sussex, discuss blue natural capital investment models, as well as explore the fantastic opportunities ahead for sustainable fishing and eco-tourism. 

Octopus Energy competition

Octopus Energy recently launched a competition to coincide with the COP26 Climate Summit currently taking place in Glasgow.  It involved young people aged 12 to 25 from local schools, youth groups, art colleges and universities.  They were asked to create designs for a mural to be displayed publicly. The theme was biodiversity and the need to protect species that are at risk as a result of human behaviour and climate change.  The winning mural is displayed at The Level, Brighton.  

Residents are encouraged to visit the Marina to see the artworks first-hand.

Mural of sealife designed by Julia Skulska

See - Powerful climate murals painted across the UK for COP26 | Octopus Energy

You can find more information on the Imperial website.

1 November - Brighton Digital Festival Sessions: How can digital be a tool for the circular economy?

Living in a world where the economy threatens the survival of our planet, we are increasingly aware of the importance of exploring different approaches to business in order to meet these challenges.

There’s now a real need to develop models that draw less and less on finite, non-renewable resources and reduce carbon emissions.

We will be joined by Matt Barker CEO and Founder of MPB (our generous Photography sponsors for BDF 2021), Dr. David Greenfield, Founder of Tech-TakeBack and other contributors to discuss issues around sustainability, changing our buying habits in tech, contributions to those in digital poverty through initiatives like BDF’s Tech Amnesty.

This event is on 1 November, from 7pm to 9pm.

Get tickets for this event.