Boogie down and clean up with a litter picker in hand on one of England’s most popular beaches. Pier 2 Pier Beach Clean have been removing rubbish from the pebbles since 2017, collecting over 800kg of waste and welcoming more than 2,000 volunteers in the process. Their free events are held once a month, with a different dress-up theme each time – from Halloween garments to 80s gear.
On arrival you’ll be given a litter picker, gloves and bag, alongside your wireless Silent Disco headphones, before you’re released to shimmy, sway and twirl your way across the beach picking up whatever plastic, paper or tin you can find. There tends to be extra workshops, talks and even free goodies to attend after you’ve correctly disposed of your finds.
Need to unwind? Book a session at Beach Box, with its two wood-fired saunas perched on Brighton Beach. One is inside a converted horse box, while the other is made from upcycled packing crates – but both have views of the sea and iconic pier. There are treatment upgrades too, if you fancy some further pampering.
Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in the Rialto Theatre, with talks on all sorts of weird and wonderful subjects – like beavers, comics and coffee. Random, we know, but like they say, you learn something new every day. Plus, there’ll be free cake and who can argue with that?
This Taj Mahal-style seaside palace, which has previously served as the Prince Regent’s holiday home and a World War I hospital, is truly spectacular. Adorned with domes and minarets, and filled with opulent furnishings exquisite chandeliers, a visit to this colourful building will transport you to somewhere far more exotic.