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13 Fun Things to do in Brighton for Adults

When you're looking for fun things to do in Brighton for adults, you're really spoiled for choice - Brighton is such a fun city to visit.

So here's our top tips for fun things for grown-ups to do in this vibrant city in the heart of Sussex:

1. Brighton Zip

© Brighton ZIP

Let's start by getting the adrenaline pumping with a visit to Brighton Zip - the longest zip wire on the south coast.

Brighton Zip is a 300-metre long dual zip wire that runs along the beach - so you'll enjoy panoramic views of the sea as you whizz through the air.

Climb the spiral staircase to the platform 24 metres above the ground - will you have the courage to step off the platform attached only to the wire?

The twin zip wire format means you can even race your friends!

© Brighton ZIP

There's a discounted rate available for local residents and there's a special rate for students too!

There's even a food court where you can buy fish and chips, burgers and more from the Zip Kitchen, enjoy an ice cream from the Gelateria or drinks from the bar.

The Brighton Zip is definitely one of Brighton's most exciting attractions.



2. Upside Down House

© Upside Down House

The only attraction that lets you walk on the ceiling, the Upside Down House is a brilliant place to grab some unforgettable photos to share.

You can spend as long as you want - and the helpful staff will help you make the illusion look believable and give you a hand with your group shots too.

© Upside Down House

It's sure to turn your world upside down!



3. Proud Cabaret

© Proud Cabaret

If you love cabaret and drag then Brighton is the place to be and you'll want to see at least one show at Proud Cabaret Brighton.

Cabaret All Stars features world-class musicians, highly skilled acrobats and fantastic burlesque performers, so you're guaranteed a night to remember.

© Proud Cabaret

Or why not check out their Drag Extravaganza Bottomless Brunch - for great entertainment and unlimited booze - it has to be the ultimate brunch experience!


4. Mindful Marbling

© Mindful Marbling

Mindful Marbling offers a quiet and creative experience:

Your group will learn the art of suminagashi Japanese ink marbling with designer and marbling expert Lisa Ibbertson.

Lisa found that the technique of marbling is so relaxing that it fits perfectly with the meditative practice of mindfulness.

© Mindful Marbling

Each member of your group will go home with unique prints from their suminagashi journey and a new skill they can practice and enjoy at home.



5. The Forge Comedy Club

Nothing says "fun" quite like a night out at a comedy club, and The Forge is a great place to see some of the best comedians around.

Stephen Grant has been running a successful comedy club for more than 20 years and he's put all his experience into creating The Forge Comedy Club.

It takes place every Saturday night at the Ironworks Studios, a purpose-built multi-media venue and events space in Cheapside.

Featuring the best hand-picked selection of the funniest comedians you'll ever see,  you're guaranteed to have a great laugh when you visit The Forge.



6. Zubaball

© Zubaball

Bubble football is a fun and exciting activity that will have you in fits of laughter.

Playing football enclosed in your own personal bouncy bubble is so much fun - if only for the goal celebrations!

As well as football the friendly staff will get you playing other games such as Last Man (or Woman) Standing, Gladiators or Bulldogs to make sure the fun keeps going.

© Zubaball

Plenty of photo opportunities, music and space for spectators means that everyone will have a great time.



7. The VIB Walking Food Tour

© Brighton Food Tours

The VIB (Very Independent Brighton) Food Tour is a great way to discover some of Brighton's best independent food producers and street food vendors.

With 7 stops over 3 hours, you'll experience Brighton from a foodie's perspective, hear the stories behind the dishes and, best of all, get to try lots of samples.

Suitable for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans the tour costs £55 each plus booking fee, including all food and drink tastings.

© Brighton Food Tours

The tour starts at 11am and is available on Fridays and Saturdays all year round.  Group size is 10 people, or you can book a private tour.



8. Paintpots

© Paint Pots

What could be more fun than unleashing your creativity and creating a pottery painting masterpiece at Paintpots?

Paintpots offer parties aimed at adult groups including hen parties, birthday parties or other get-togethers.

You're welcome to bring your own food and drink - alcohol is fine - and Paintpots can supply jugs and glasses, and the music.  Alternatively, you could have your favourite food delivered from a local restaurant.

© Paint Pots

With lots of different items to choose from you're bound to have fun making your pottery painting ideas come to life - and your finished artworks can be collected a couple of days later.



9. Pier Pressure Escape Rooms

© Pier Pressure

Take on the challenge of one of Pier Pressure's award-winning escape rooms.

Your team will race against the clock trying to solve all the fiendish puzzles before time runs out.

Modrophenia takes you back to the 60s with a "mods and rockers"" themed room complete with 60s music, a 1964 pinball machine and even a Vespa scooter - but can you solve the murder mystery before your hour is up?

© Pier Pressure

There are 4 other equally exciting rooms to choose from including Pavilion Perplex, Loot the Lanes, Broken, and Raver Quest.

So why not put a brainy team together and see if you're up to the challenge!



10. Explore The Lanes

The Lanes
The Lanes © Stephen C via Flickr

The Lanes area of Brighton is famous for its narrow, atmospheric streets, and its unrivalled collection of quirky and independent small shops, restaurants and cafes.

The Lanes are the most historic part of Brighton, with some of the alleyways (called twittens) dating back to the 16th Century.

The Lanes
The Lanes © Stu Smith via Flickr

If you've worked up an appetite exploring the stylish boutiques, jewellers, galleries, vintage clothes shops and other delights, check out the Cricketers Arms built in 1545, or one of the many eateries with outside seating where you can enjoy an amazing choice of vegetarian, organic or speciality food.


11. Treasure Hunt Brighton

© Treasure Hunt Brighton

Treasure Hunt Brighton is a great way to see the best of Brighton, and have lots of fun at the same time.

Follow the specially designed route and discover the city's hidden gems as you solve cryptic clues and follow treasure maps.

The Treasure Hunt works just like What's App with maps and clues delivered to your phone.

© Treasure Hunt Brighton

You'll hear fascinating stories from Brighton's history and see loads of things that most people walk straight past.

Best of all, you can take things at your own pace - you can stop for a snack, or a pint, and spend time in the areas you like most.



12. The Brighton Chocolate Tour

© Tours of Brighton

A must for chocoholics, the Brighton Chocolate Tour is a guided sightseeing tour of the city with a chocolate theme.

Your guide will show you St Bartholomew's Church, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Dome, North Laine, The Lanes and Brighton's famous Pier, but you'll also hear a brief history of chocolate.

Along the way, you'll stop to sample some of Brighton's finest chocolate-related products whether that's ice cream, brownies, macaroons or even cake - supporting the small independent shops that Brighton is famous for.

© Christophe Schindler via Pixabay

The perfect blend of sightseeing and chocolate refreshment. 



13. British Airways i360 Viewing Tower

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Glide smoothly up to 450 feet where you will enjoy stunning views of Brighton and the surrounding area from this amazing observation tower.

The Nyetimber Sky Bar specialises in drinks sourced from local suppliers, so you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine from a Sussex vineyard, a Blackdown Vodka from the South Downs or a glass of Brighton Gin "distilled by the seaside".

The i360 is powered from 100% renewable energy, and more than 50% of the energy used to raise the pod is recovered as it descends, so it's not just great fun, but green too!


I hope you've enjoyed this rundown of fun things to do in Brighton for adults.

As you can see there's a lot more to this seaside town than Brighton beach and the Palace Pier.  There are lots of exciting activities for grown-ups to enjoy, so I hope you have a fantastic time.

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