Several large events are set to take place in Brighton and Hove this summer as lockdown measures are lifted.

A new Brighton and Hove City council report has listed those which are still due to go ahead, as well as several which have been cancelled or postponed.

The coronavirus pandemic has put paid to festivals, gigs and more over the last 12 months, but there is now hope that somewhat normal service could resume within months.

The earliest events are due to take place in late May, following Step 3 of the government's "roadmap" to lifting lockdown restrictions.

From May 17, providing Covid-19 data at the time supports the move, most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted, although gatherings of more than 30 people will remain illegal.

Indoors, groups of up to six or two households of any size will be permitted to mix.

As well as this, the government hopes to allow some larger performances and sporting events in outdoor venues. They can accept crowds of up to 4,000 people or half their total capacity - whichever is a lower number.

Brighton Fringe village The Warren at night..

Brighton Fringe village The Warren at night..

The council report, called "Covid-19 Road Map out of lockdown: Managing the City Safely and Outdoor Events Programme 2021", lists the following events and timings planned during Step 3 of the government "roadmap":

  • The Warren in Valley Gardens from May 28 to July 11
  • Spiegeltent in Old Steine from May 28 to July 11
  • The Ladyboys of Bangkok in St Peter's Square from May 28 to June 27
  • The Luna Beach Cinema on the seafront between Brighton Palace Pier and Brighton Marina

However, the report also says some events have been subject to "principal cancellations".

Saint PHNX at The Great Escape, Brighton photographer Jannica Honey.

Saint PHNX at The Great Escape, Brighton photographer Jannica Honey.

These are:

  • The Great Escape
  • The London to Brighton Bike Ride
  • Triathlon
  • Big Culture Project
  • Land Beyond
  • Noughty Nineties
  • Incarnation
  • The Children's Parade
  • Mini Run
The Van Ts at The Great Escape, Brighton photographer Jannica Honey.

The Van T's at The Great Escape, Brighton photographer Jannica Honey.

The Argus is aware several of these events, such as The Great Escape, chose instead to provide online offerings for would-be attendees.

On June 21, again providing the Covid-19 risk is deemed to have dropped to a low enough level, the government seeks to remove all legal limits on social contact.

This includes easing restrictions on large events and performances.

However, a government spokesman warned: "This will be subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer, where we will trial the use of testing and other techniques to cut the risk of infection."

The Brighton and Hove City Council report, which is due to go before a special policy and resources recovery sub-committee today, lists the events which are currently scheduled to take place between the lifting of restrictions and the end of the year.

These are:

  • Circus Berlin in Preston Park
  • Half Marathon along the seafront and through the city centre
  • Paddle Round the Pier on Hove Lawns
  • The Kite Festival in Stanmer Park
  • The Comedy Festival in St Peter's Square
  • RSPCA Open Day at Braypool
  • Saltdean Lions Gala at the Saltdean Oval
  • The Electric Vehicle Rally in Madeira Drive
  • Zippos Circus on Hove Lawns
  • Warren On The Beach, on the beach by Brighton Palace Pier
  • About the Young Idea, on the seafront
  • Brighton and Hove Pride, with events taking place throughout the city
  • Roaring Twenties event on Hove Lawns
  • The Thai Festival at Preston Park
  • Fiery Foods Festival on the seafront near the i360
  • LagoonFest at Hove Lagoon
  • The Brighton Speed Trials in Madeira Drive
  • Ace Cafe Reunion in Madeira Drive
  • Brighton Marathon
  • Race for Life in Stanmer Park
  • DIFC Bike Ride in Madeira Drive
  • The Foodies Festival on Hove Lawns
  • Boundary Festival in Stanmer Park
  • Brighton Breeze in Madeira Drive
  • The Veteran Car Run, ending in Madeira Drive
  • The new Christmas Market in Valley Gardens
  • Burning the Clocks, taking place throughout the city
Brighton Pride 2020

Brighton Pride 2020

The return of Brighton and Hove Pride after a digital festival in 2020 will be music to the ears of many. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the city for an incredible weekend of parades, parties and performances to celebrate all things LGBTQ+.

However, the council report said there were challenges to hosting an event of this scale when plans for the next few months are far from set in stone.

It states: "Brighton and Hove Pride have yet to finalise their plans for 2021. The government’s roadmap is challenging for this organisation because of the long lead-in time they require to plan such a large event.

"Announcements on the timing and nature of future stages of the roadmap will clarify what is possible for this year’s Pride festival.

"...There is a robust event planning process in place for every large-scale event. The council’s Safety Advisory Group, which is a multi-agency group made up of the emergency blue-light services and council officers, including Public Health, meets regularly to scrutinise and assess the safety of events.

"Particular focus is now upon Covid safety including the scrutiny of risk assessments by numerous agencies.

"This group makes recommendations to senior council officers on whether events should proceed, based on the likely levels of risk combined with the safety preparations undertaken by organisers. They will also consider the local epidemiology in making recommendations.

"In addition, the council are part of a pan-Sussex Resilience Forum around events to ensure consistency as a region. The response to requests to hold events is balanced between public safety and the need for businesses to restart, reducing job losses across the city.

"Event organisers and promoters will be at the forefront of planning Covid-safe events. Already well versed in providing an Event Safety Management Plan (ESMP) there is now an additional requirement to complete Covid-safe Event Management Plans and Covid-19 Risk Assessments.

"These are scrutinised using a template devised by the Sussex Resilience Forum, widely used throughout Sussex."