East Sussex Coast Events

Calendar of East Sussex Coast Events

For a great day out by the beach check out our guide to East Sussex coast events and festivals taking place each year. From food festivals to sailing and sporting events there is something for everyone.

Event dates for your diary

Here is a selection of East Sussex Coast events and highlights throughout the year for your diary.

Brighton Marathon

Where: Madiera Drive

The Brighton Marathon gets bigger every year and is now one of the top 12 running events in the UK. The weekend also includes the Mini Mile Races, the BM10K and the Brighton Marathon exhibition and is broadcast on Channel 4
Visit the Brighton Marathon website

Brighton Fringe

Type: Festival
Where: Brighton & Hove seafront

Now the world’s third largest fringe festival, Brighton Fringe runs alongside the Brighton Festival with cabaret, comedy, classical concerts, club nights, theatre and exhibitions, as well as street performances throughout the city. Following the success of last year’s festival the Fringe will have an extra week of events covering the May half-term so don’t forget to look out for the family friendly guide!
Visit the Brighton Fringe website

London to Brighton Challenge

Type: Sporting event
Where: Brighton & Hove seafront

The London 2 Brighton Challenge returns as one of the UK’s greatest endurance events. Most will walk the 100K or 56K; some will jog it, and many will run it as an ultra-marathon. However you take it on, it’s a test of determination and stamina.
Visit the London to Brighton Challenge website

Kipling Festival

Type: Cultural Festival
Where: Rottingdean

The theme for this year’s festival is Kipling in India in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth there. Events will include plays inspired by the author alongside his own material
Visit the Kipling Festival website

Brighton Kite Festival

Type: Cultural Festival
Where: Brighton & Hove seafront

A perfect family event, the Brighton Kite Festival is one of the longest running kite festivals in the UK, flying for over 35 years.
Visit the Brighton Kite Festival website

Paddle Round the Pier

Type: Cultural Festival
Where: Brighton & Hove seafront

A weekend of beach events which gets bigger every year, Paddle Round the Pier invites all kinds of vessels to take to the sea and spectators to enjoy the festivities on-land.
Visit the Paddle Round the Pier website

Brighton Pride

Type: Cultural Festival
Where: Brighton & Hove seafront

This year makes the 25th anniversary of Pride Festival. The celebration of LGBT life in the UK’s ‘gay capital’ includes a huge, colourful Pride Parade through the city with floats, music and amazing costumes, and a big party in Preston Park. Great fun, Pride is open, accessible and suitable for all.
Visit the Brighton Pride website

WhaleFest – Brighton Centre

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