Over the bank holiday weekend I headed down to stay with my friend who lives in Lewes, we hadn’t really made too many plans but I was lucky enough to win tickets through Camden Town Brewery to the Big Beach Screen ‘Quadrophenia” event on Saturday night!
We were so lucky with the weather over the weekend and as we headed into Brighton from Lewes early Saturday evening the sun was still shining. The showing of ‘Quadrophenia’ at the beach screen was to coincide with a whole weekend programme of events focusing on the history of mod culture and the famous bank holiday day clashes between mods and rockers in Brighton. Now days it’s the chance for people to show off their elaborate scooters along the sea front and dress up in 60s clothing!
After being slightly delayed at the bar (due to the fact they had run out of beer!) we got ourselves a rhubarb cider and some popcorn and found a space on the pebbles, before the film there were DJ’s and a pianist to keep everyone entertained. There was a great atmosphere in the crowd, with quite a few people decked out in sharp suits and 60s style dresses. With the sun setting behind the screen it made for a striking view. It was a such a unique experience watching a film whilst sitting on a beach and one I would definitely recommend (perhaps depending on the weather!)
Once the film had finished there was a Q&A session with a couple of the actors from Quadrophenia including the lead Phil Daniels then a Who tribute band took to the stage to carry on the party! We hadn’t eaten during the film so decided to leave after a couple of songs to grab some food in Bok Shop which is a new tres trendy chicken restaurant if you’re ever in Brighton and in need of some chicken wings. We finished our evening with a rhubarb gin (best drink ever!) at The Office pub before heading back to Lewes.
On Sunday we stayed in Lewes and checked out Artwave which is an annual festival where artists and makers open up their studios and homes for a couple of weeks, we didn’t plan which ones to look at but instead just wandered around seeing what we discovered and we managed to see some lovely things! Lewes is a really pretty town to explore with loads of little cafes and tearooms to stop at along the way including Laportes which uses local produce and was super tasty! I wrote more about it in a previous blog post if you fancy a read! I love Brighton and its surrounding area so it was great to head down there for the weekend!