28 fantastic things to do in Brighton this Spring
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On the hunt for something to do in Brighton during the coming months? Look no further!

We’ve put together a guide of the great talks, shows, gigs, showings, and events happening in the city between January and March 2016.

14 Nov – 28 February: Exotic Creatures – This exhibition will explore animals in royal collections, menageries and early zoos, as well as political beasts in the period between 1750 and 1850. (Until Sun 28 Feb, £11.50, Prince Regent Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, BN1 1EE, more info)

1 Jan: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Not been to see this blockbuster yet? Catch it while it’s still playing at The Duke of York’s Picturehouse. (Fri 1 Jan, £10.50, The Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Preston Road, BN1 4NA, more info)

3 Jan: Straight No Chase Big Band – The Brighton based big band are back, playing original arrangements as well as modern big band music from around the world. (Sun 3 Jan, free, The Brunswick, 1 Holland Road, BN3 1FJ, more info)

3 Jan: Branagh Theatre Encore: The Winter’s Tale – Starring Judi Dench as Paulina, this showing is from a series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre. (Sun 3 Jan, £20, The Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Preston Road, BN1 4NA, more info)

5 Jan: Brooklyn – Catch John Crowley’s Brooklyn, the tale of Eilis Lacey, who leaves rural Wexford for a menial job and a boarding house in Brooklyn in the 1950s, at The Duke of York’s Picturehouse. (Tues 5 Jan, £9.50, The Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Preston Road, BN1 4NA, more info)

8 Jan: 1 in Five – The hard rock blues band will be joined by Sanity FM, Silver Rose, and Who’s Harrison? at The Hope & Ruin. (Fri 9 Jan, £3 advance and £5 on the door, The Hope & Ruin, 11-12 Queen’s Road, BN1 3WA, more info)

10 Jan: Eyes Wide Open presents Go Fish and Janine – Two films from the queer cinema club, each exploring the stories of lesbian women and their relationships. (Sun 10 Jan, £10.50, The Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Preston Road, BN1 4NA, more info)

Pizzas ready for the clay oven at Fork and Dig it for our Outdoor Cookery Course. Delish!

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12 Jan – 9 Feb: Amazing Cookery – A cookery course for 19 to 24 year olds who get the Compass Card, helping young people to learn to cook or improve their cooking skills. (Tuesday evening class which runs for five weeks, free, Ebenezer Church, Richmond Parade, BN2 9QD, more info)

13 Jan: Circe’s Diner – the Bristol-grown group fuse Country, Americana, Folk and Pop tradition and bring along Brighton’s own Paper Hawk as support. (Wed 13 Jan, £5/6, The Latest Music Bar, 14 – 17 Manchester Street, Brighton, more info)

13 Jan: Cancer Bats – Cancer Bats, the Canadian hardcore punk band, will be performed at Brighton’s Concorde 2 this January. (Wed 13 Jan, £12.10, Concorde 2, Medeira Shelter Hall, BN2 1EN, more info)

14 Jan: The Black Dahlia Murder – The Haunt are hosting the melodic death metal band this January. (Thurs 14 Jan, £17.60, The Haunt, 10 Pool Valley, BN1 1NJmore info)

19 Jan: Soul Food Party! – Banish the post-festival blues with this celebration of all things tasty, whilst helping to raise funds for local charity Mothers Uncovered. (Tues 19 Jan, £15 early bird or £20 online, Synergy Centre, 77 West Street, BN1 2RA, more info)

27 Jan: Stewart Lee: A Room with a Stew – Ahead of his new BBC Two series, Stewart Lee returns to Brighton with another chance to see his 2015 show. (Wed 27 Jan, £22, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, more info)

28 Jan: Les Liaisons Dangereuses – National Live Theatre is bringing the Donmar Warehouse’s new production of Les Liasons Dangereuses to The Duke of York’s Picturehouse. (Thurs 28 Jan, £20, The Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Preston Road, BN1 4NA, more info)

1 Feb: Massive Attack – Massive Attack are touring new material, supported by Young Fathers. (Mon 1 Feb, Brighton Dome, Church Street, BN1 1UEmore info)

3 Feb – 16 March: Design Your Own Garden – This six session course will give you some basic skills, knowledge and confidence to design or revamp your own garden to suit your lifestyle and budget. (Weds 3 Feb – Weds 16 Feb, £235, The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, BN1 4NT, more info)

5 Feb: Bangin Lemz No Border party – Local music collective Bangin Lemz is teaming up with the Brighton-based aid organisation The Hummingbird Project to raise funds for the refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk. (Fri 5 Feb, £4 before midnight, £5 after,  Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN, more info)

10 Feb: One Inch Badge Presents: Youth Lagoon – Standing performance from Youth Lagoon at Brighton’s Komedia. (Weds 10 Feb, £14, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, BN1 1U, more info)

11 Feb: The Catalyst Club – This monthly event blends the old traditions of a French Salon with debating societies as three guest speakers take to the lectern for 15 minutes to enthuse, debate and entertain, (Thurs 11 Feb, £6, The Latest Music Bar, 14 – 17 Manchester Street, Brighton, more info)

25 Feb: As You Like It – The Duke of York’s Picturehouse is showing the National Theatre’s live production of the Shakespeare classic. (Thurs 25 Feb, £20, The Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Preston Road, BN1 4NA, more info)

25 Feb: Telegram – The London quartet head to Brighton’s The Hope & Ruin. (Thurs 25 Feb, £8.05, The Hope & Ruin, 11-12 Queen’s Road, BN1 3WA, more info)

27 Feb: Funny Women: Brighton Nights – The newest and most exciting female stand up in the UK. (Sat 27 Feb, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN, more info)

3 Mar: Merlin Tonto – The group from Brighton, which performs electronica and experimental rock, will be at The Prince Albert come March. (Thurs 3 March, £4, The Prince Albert, 48 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4ED, more info)

8 Mar: Sandi Toksvig Live! Politically Incorrect – Following the launch of her Women’s Equality Party, Toksvig hosts an evening of stand-up with a political edge. (Tues 27 Mat, £23.50, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, more info)

Here is a sneak peak of the Christmas lights on Gardner St! Feeling festive! #almostchristmastime

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17 Mar: Melting Vinyl Presents: Moogmemory – Matthew Bourne & Michael England – Genre bending pianist Matthew Bourne explores the sounds of the legendary Moog Memorymoog synthesiser along with acclaimed video artists Michael England. (Thurs 17 March, £10, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN, more info)

18 March: Bellissimo – An eclectic mixture of House, EDM, RnB and Disco favourites. (Fri 18 Mar, Pryzm, Kingswest, BN1 2RAmore info)

18 Mar: Hot Wax Presents: Dance Your Ass Off – Celebrate the golden age of 70s disco and its spiritual home of New York City by getting groovy at Komedia’s club night. (Fri 18 Mar, £5, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN, more info)

30 Mar: Epik! – The South Coast’s biggest mid-week event and the official University of Brighton and Sussex night out returns to the new surroundings of PRYZM. Non-students welcome too. (Wed 30 Mar, £3.50 online, Pryzm, Kingswest, BN1 2RAmore info)

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