Thursday 1 June 2017

Brighton Fringe Family Picnic

In May we attended the Brighton Fringe City Family Picnic in the beautiful Pavilion Gardens. We were really excited about the Big Art that Citroën were organising. The picnic was one of the first events of the wonderful Brighton Fringe, the biggest arts festival in England, which takes place every May. This year the festival is running from 5th May – 4th June 2017 and holds an array of art forms through events and experiences. The Fringe takes place in many central Brighton venues, in a city offering amazing history and cultural heritage. The events at Brighton Fringe are open to anyone and has a range of events for people of all ages. 50% of participants are based in Brighton and Hove and the rest come from all over the country and further afield. There are new and established performers and a wide range of critically acclaimed shows every year. In 2017, there are over 970 events at 155 venues across one month, 200 of which are free. There is also an array of family friendly activities in the Brighton fringe calendar.

The Fringe City Family Picnic is a showcase of family friendly shows and free fun activities for children. Pip and I travelled into town on the bus and met with a friend and her little boy who is the same age as Pip. Leaving our home and travelling into town, we took it to many of Brighton’s cultural sites along the way including the Brighton bandstand, the Brighton i360, Brighton Pier, the beautiful coast and of course, the historic Pavilion, one of the town’s main heritage sites. We were very lucky with the weather as Saturday was an amazingly warm & sunny day. I was not expecting such a big turn-out for the picnic but families had come from near and far to celebrate one of the biggest and free child-friendly events at the Fringe. We found a nice spot on the grass and ate our home-made picnic with entertainment all around us. In one direction, there was an entertainer blowing bubbles, singing songs and attracting a big crowd of kids wanting to catch the bubbles and join in on the fun. In the other direction, we saw the Citroën Team holding a fun-filled Big Art event on a giant board which proved to be incredibly popular!

After our sumptuous picnic in the sun, we strolled around the Pavilion gardens meeting Kallikids receiving a bag filled with kids’ activities including crayons and colouring sheets. Pip and his little friend were very happy and insisted on carrying these little bags throughout town. We met other members of the Citroën team and learnt more about their new models of car including the award winning New Citroën C3. The vehicle features an innovative design perfect for family travel. With 5 doors, 5 seats, 36 possible colour combinations, Citroën advanced comfort and Airbump® protection panels the Citroën C3 is a wonderful car perfect for a family. My favourite feature on the Citroën C3 has to be the ‘ConnectedCAM Citroën’. This unique feature, fitted behind the rear-view mirror, allows you to film scenery and cityscape as you drive! It not only provides a video but also an option to share across social media! I love the thought of recording my perfect road trip without the need of using your own devices and it’s all built into the Citroën C3!

We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling around and enjoying live music in the Brighton Dome.

*This is a collaborative post 

Have you been to the Brighton Fringe? What was your favourite event? 



  1. I love Brighton so much, I was brought up in Portsmouth and now live in Yorkshire and totally miss the south coast. Looks like a lovely day :-)

  2. I love local arts events and this one sounds superb. It's been such a long time since I've visited Brighton.

  3. I would love to spend some time in Brighton - it always looks so cosmopolitan


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