Things to do in Brighton

A day at the races

Even if you have absolutely no idea about accumulators or speculators you can still get carried away with a flutter at Brighton Racecourse (tel: +44 1273 603 580; Horse race meets run most weeks from April to October.

Kick up a stink with a sewer tour

From May to September, Southern Water ( gives brave nose-holders the chance to see inside Brighton’s Victorian sewage system. Although there are around 48km (30 miles) of sewers beneath Brighton, this tour takes you on a mercifully brief 400m (0.25 miles), teaching participants about their history and the route of today’s waste and storm water. Book well in advance.

Ride the waves in Brighton Marina

With so much attention given to Brighton’s dining, drinking and dancing, it’s easy to forget about the sea. If you fancy doing something a little more expansive than sitting on the pebbles, head to Brighton Marina (tel: (+44) 1273 424 842; for some water-based fun from wakeboarding to stand-up paddleboarding.

Go vintage shopping in Kemp Town

If the North Laine doesn’t have the vintage clobber you’re after, head to Kemp Town’s ‘Antique Village’. With everything from kitsch paintings and tweed turn-ups to porcelain pots and once-loved lamps, you’ll lose hours among the pre-owned paraphernalia. Start at the Trading Post and Coffee Shop (tel: (+44) 1273 698 873), which marries a good brew with a good browse.

Catch a show at The Old Market

The Old Market (tel: (+44) +1273 201 801; is an independent theatre and venue funded entirely by artists. With a focus on innovative, fringe productions across all theatrical disciplines, they have solidified their place as the premier venue for new shows in the city.

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