Best of Brighton this Guy Fawkes Night: Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Lewes Bonfire Night & More

November 4, 2016 3 minute read

As true advocates of all-things autumn, it’ll come as no surprise that we’re eagerly awaiting the weekend – Guy Fawkes Night, known more commonly as Bonfire Night, must be one of our favourite evenings in the calendar. Toasty Saturdays spent inside Brighton’s best coffee shops and cosy evenings in our favourite countryside pubs is pretty much what we live for, here at Proporta, so any excuse to celebrate the uncovering of a wicked gunpowder plot with a warm fire and firework display has our name written all over it.

Lewes Bonfire Night Crowds

Crowds gather to watch the impressive bonfire in Lewes

Usually, us Proportians will find ourselves heading over to a picturesque town just outside of Brighton for the famous Lewes Bonfire Night. If you haven’t heard about the event (where have you been?), you can read about Sussex’s finest firework night in last year’s Bonfire Night blog post. With a typical turn-out of 80,000 people, parades of people with flames, huge political effigies and an epic bonfire/firework display combination, the evening is not to be missed…

What’s on in Brighton this Saturday?

One small problem: this year, the RMT strikes against Southern Rail have pretty much left it near-impossible to get to the event. When we consider the size of quaint Lewes, and the footfall of people in the town on November 5th, it’ll come as no surprise that all roads are closed within (and often around) the town. And, what with the addition of a completely bare train schedule servicing the town on Saturday, we’re not feeling optimistic about our chances attending the event. We’ve come up with a selection of the best of what’s on in Brighton this Bonfire Night – consider us your fairy godmother for all-things Saturday night.

Ice Skating at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

As of November 5th, Brighton’s beautiful Pavilion opens the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink for its seventh year. With skating times, available from 10am – 10.15pm every day until January 15th 2017, this activity is the perfect spot to enjoy the evening whilst watching the fireworks from all around the city light up the night sky.

Find out more about the event on the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink’s website.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink looks beautiful at night | Photo credit: The Phoenix Newspaper

Tales from Woodlandia at Patterns

Brighton’s favourite cocktail bar, Patterns, transforms itself into an enchanting snowy forest which is brought to life by a digitally-projected forest inspired by Britain’s woodlands and the wild outdoors. Channelling The Chronicles of Narnia, this winter wonderland brings snowflakes, wild animals and scents of the forest indoors to the comfort and warmth of the cosy venue. It’s the perfect place to spend your Saturday night this weekend. Find the venue at: 10 Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TL or visit their website.

Tales of Woodlandia at Patterns

Tales of Woodlandia at Patterns cocktail bar in Brighton | Photo credit: insideSUSSEX

Watch the Chinese State Circus

Back with a brand new performance, titled ‘Dynasty’, you can catch the Chinese State Circus performing at the Brighton Centre this Saturday by booking tickets online at the Centre’s website. The exhilarating performance combines 2000 years of artistry and music in a performance which will mesmerise the whole family. Showcasing a troupe of 30 award-winning Chinese acrobats, dancers, musicians and the legendary Shaolin Warriors, there’s really no reason not to attend this event.

Alternative Fireworks Displays in Brighton

If you’re still interested in catching some fireworks in the city, both Sussex County Cricket Ground and Brighton Racecourse will be hosting displays. Head over to the former for 6pm for an enhanced pyrotechnic display with a heap of entertainment, food and drink – the display starts at 7:30pm. Alternatively, you can catch the Brighton Lions Fireworks Night at the same time for £10 (£5 for children over three).


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