View all the upcoming local events near the Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel.

British Airways i360

British Airways i360

Discover Brighton, the South Downs and the Sussex coastline from 138 meters up in the sky, from a giant glass viewing pod. Spot rooftop artwork, wind farms out at sea and other local landmarks as you take a 25 minute ride on the British Airways i360.

Designed by the same architects who created the London Eye, the British Airways i360 stands taller and the viewing pod is 10 times the size of a London Eye capsule. There is room for up to 175 visitors to stand at the edge of the pod and look out, or to move around and see the view from different angles.

An on-board Sky Bar serves sparkling wine and other locally sourced drinks, so you can raise a glass while taking in the views.

The British Airways i360 is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

The Prince Albert Pub

The Prince Albert Pub

Getting your face on the façade of the Prince Albert Pub is easy – all you have to do is become a music superstar and then die.

Topped by iconic images of Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash flashing a questionable finger, the mural was created by two local graffiti artists. Over two dozen music legends, including John Lennon, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix, are colourfully splashed across the three-storey pub.

There’s also a replica of Kissing Coppers from anonymous artist Banksy, who painted the original there in 2004.

Why isn’t your favourite star up there? You can take that complaint to the pub’s owner. The artists depicted reflect his taste in music, and he’s unapologetic about his selections.

The Prince Albert pub serves food and drink and is a 20 minute walk from the hotel. 

Upper Gardner Street Market

Upper Gardner Street Market

Flush with independent shops and bohemian boutiques, Brighton has no shortage of eclectic shopping options. But none more so than Upper Gardner Street’s Saturday market.

For nearly a century – some say longer – merchants have been hawking their wares in the lane. Browse rare books, unique antiques and scarce collectibles. How about gourmet street food?

But while you’re flipping through the retro vinyl, take a moment to look up at the real vintage wonders all around you. Developed in the early 1800s, many of the buildings remain as they were nearly two centuries ago.

Search for cottages built in 1828, a home that dates to 1826 and a school constructed in 1887. These are the truly rare finds.

Upper Gardner Street Market runs every Saturday from 9am and is a 25 minute walk from the hotel. 

Hove Lagoon

Hove Lagoon

Splash, sail and windsurf at Hove Lagoon Watersports.

Hove’s history with pleasure boats dates to the early 19th century, when aristocrats first turned to the seaside area for tourism. However, it’s doubtful that any Victorian royal could have envisioned doing flips on a wakeboard at 20 miles per hour, or touring the coast in a roaring powerboat.

The centre’s placid lagoon is a great spot for learning how to sail a dinghy, or for getting the hang of windsurfing. Try stand up paddle boarding in calm ocean shallows, or venture into more challenging waves.

What if you’re not into aquatic exertion? You can always just relax on the welcoming sands of the centre’s beach.

Hove Lagoon is a 40 minute walk or a 5 minute drive from the hotel. 

The Marwood Café

The Marwood Café

If Kitsch and Kitsch were to meet and have a baby, and that offspring were to regenerate into a Kitsch Brigade, that force might match the decor at The Marwood Café.

In keeping with Brighton’s long and proud counterculture tradition, the coffeehouse leaves no corner un-funkified.

What’s wonderfully weird? Pretty much everything – a table fashioned from an 80s video game, blinking fairy lights, walls and ceilings festooned with vintage action figures.

Settle into a mismatched chair for some of the strongest java in town. Order a cheese toastie made in a toaster from the 70s. For a pause from the retro pop-culture explosion, head out into the little known garden – really more of a yard with equally uncoordinated seating.

The Marwood Café, located at 52 Ship Street Court is a 15 minute walk from the hotel.

SEA LIFE Brighton

SEA LIFE Brighton

Dive into an amazing journey through the original Victorian architecture of the world’s oldest operating aquarium, built in 1872.

Get up close and personal with over 3,500 interesting creatures.

Open daily and just a 20 minute walk from the hotel.

Brighton Dome Backstage Tour

Brighton Dome Backstage Tour

Discover the the Concert Hall and follow in the footsteps of legends such as Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendirx, David Bowie and Beyoncé.

Take a peak behind the curtain where the stars get ready for showtime and catch a rare glimpse of the entrance to the infamous tunnel of the Royal Pavilion.

Remember the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest and ABBA’s victory? It all happened here at Brighton Dome.

Music events at The Brighton Centre

Music events in 2019 at The Brighton Centre

See your favourite acts live at the Brighton Centre this year. Some of the Worlds biggest stars, right here in Brighton!

FEBRUARY
Bastille
Boyzone
The X Factor Live

MARCH
George Ezra
Peter Andre
Paul Carrack

APRIL
Legends Live including David Essex and Suzi Quatro
UB40

MAY
Olly Murs
The Vamps

JUNE
Il Divo

 

Paddle Round the Pier

Paddle Round the Pier, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July 2019

Paddle Round the Pier runs every year on the beautiful venue of Hove Lawns and features the very best in water, street & urban sports, live music, kids’ entertainment, ‘have a go’ opportunities and much, much more.

With so much fantastic free fun to be had with stacks of great prizes, chances to try things for yourself, new bands to enjoy and mind blowing demonstrations to see, you’d be mad to miss it!

With the overwhelming support of the watersports industry, Brighton & Hove City Council and many local businesses, Paddle Round The Pier 2019 is set to be the biggest ever.

Hove Lawns are just over the road from Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel, making it the perfect hotel to stay at for your weekend.

Brighton Pride

Brighton Pride, 2nd – 4th August 2019

Described by The Guardian as “the country’s most popular LGBTQ event,” the Brighton Pride Festival is a vibrant celebration of all that is wonderful about Brighton & Hove’s diverse community, with visitors from across the globe enjoying its spectacular celebrations.

The Brighton Pride Festival in Preston Park is a glittering and inclusive community celebration that delivers an unforgettable day of Pride.

A unique community fundraising event, the Brighton Pride Festival has enjoyed amazing performances from international stars including Sister Sledge, Pet Shop Boys, Years & Years, Fatboy Slim, Paloma Faith and Katy B amongst others.

Brighton Pride Festival has proved itself to be the UK’s biggest, boldest and best LGBTQ Pride event with community fundraising at it’s heart. Preston Park is a half hour walk or a ten minute taxi ride from the hotel.