By Rebecca Hele
Brighton Fringe Festival 2011- http://www.flickr.com/photos/heatherbuckley/5769146122/
Brighton’s second Marathon took place in April 2011, widely regarded as a huge success with 80,000 spectators and 8,000 runners taking part. Kenyan runner, Philemon Kiprop, took the title with a record- breaking time of 2.16.08. Next years run is expected to get bigger, not only because it ties in with the Olympic year but because Steve Coogan has confirmed he is to run the race next April.
Brighton & Hove’s Spring Food & Drink Festival began in April featuring chefs from Brighton’s top restaurants introducing the weekend with the Foodie Awards 2011. The weekend saw a range of ale and wine tasting events, bringing together a taste of the local breweries. Followed by farmers markets in Churchill Square and Hove Lawns presenting live food demos from restaurants and stallholders.
May saw Brighton’s Fringe festival, the third largest fringe festival in the world which held 625 events and over 3000 performances. The festival had an array of cabaret, comedy, classical concerts and street performances. With over 100,000 tickets sold this festival is fast becoming one of the most well-respected arts festival in the world.
The annual Royal Escape also took place in May, a tradition that celebrates the escape of Charles II across the channel. The event is the largest offshore race on the South Coast outside of the solent. It’s a distance of 67 nautical miles that starts by Brighton Pier and finish in Fecamp on the Normandy Coast.
Beginning of June got off to a flying start with Brighton Fashion week, the leading fashion event of the South. Previous years have captured the attention of renowned fashion magazines such as Grazia and Vogue so this year was set to be the biggest to date. Catwalk shows range from the couture show, the Brighton Frocks show and the RTW show, but this year had a new addition ‘Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops’ a charity gig in association with war on Want.
Sunday 19 June saw the annual London to Brighton Bike Ride to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The bike ride is a distance of 54 miles from the capital to the coast and is one the biggest events along Madeira drive. The ride starts at Clapham Common in South London and is one of the biggest charity bike ride in Europe.