From Sky-High Bars To Heart-Racing Watersports: Hove’s Most Fun Things To Do

Known for being the more laidback little sister of Brighton, Hove is not somewhere to be overlooked. This town is absolutely bursting with cool and quirky activities, whether that's enjoying some live music in a chilled out pub or tackling windsurfing on the open water. To find some inspo for your next outing, take a look at our guide to the best things to do in Hove.


The Brunswick

This pub is known for its delectable craft beers, and it's also a hub of live music in Hove. They host all kinds of performances, from jazz to heavy metal, with a bespoke stage and seating area designed to showcase local talent. Food at The Brunswick is equally tantalising, particularly the burgers and Sunday roasts. They also hold two annual beer festivals, and check out the regular barbecues in summer.

Live Music At The Brunswick Hove | DesignMyNight

Music, burgers and great quality beer - three of our favourite things.

Ink At Etch.

Housed in an ex-tattoo studio, Ink is a must-visit bar. It's situated underneath popular restaurant Etch. and created by owner Steven Edwards, maintaining the charm of the upstairs venue with a minimalist vibe. Here, you can get your hands on a whole load of signature cocktails, tasty wines and refreshing beer or cider. The dark interiors also make great photo backdrops - perfect for those of you trying to come across as mysterious on Insta.

Ink At Etch. | DesignMyNight

Knock back signature cocktails in this all-black basement bar.

The Gin Tub

This quirky cocktail bar is located close to Hove beach, touting gorgeous floral interiors and a cracking drinks menu to boot. The Gin Tub goes way beyond your classic G and T, as the name suggests, pairing gin with botanical blends and fruity mixers. There's plenty of other concoctions available too, including the salted caramel espresso and a candypop spritz.

The Gin Bar Hove | DesignMyNight

Stuck for things to do in Hove this weekend? Not anymore.

Ancient Mariner

The Ancient Mariner is a fun pub hosting a range unusual things to do in Hove on a regular basis. They hold a sea shanty session every month, an evening of acapella singing led by Zack McKracken and Homeward Bound. There's plenty more live music on the cards, including frequent jazz nights, karaoke and Irish folk performances - making this venue perfect for a quirky date night or chilling with mates.

Ancient Mariner Hove | DesignMyNight

Whether you're into pottery, singing or just a good pint, this is the pub for you.

Brighton i360 - Sky Bar

If sipping on a refreshing drink while looking out over incredible views sounds like a bit of you, then head to the world's first vertical cable car - complete with a swanky bar, of course. Brighton i360 is located on the beachfront on the border of Hove, offering a stunning panorama of the town. There's a delectable cocktail menu on board the 450ft platform, alongside regular events such as live music and themed nights.

Brighton i360 | DesignMyNight

Cocktails with a view? Sign us up.


Freemasons boasts a traditional bar and is one of the best restaurants in town, serving mouthwatering Caribbean cuisine. We're talking jerk chicken loaded fries, coconut chickpea and sweet potato curry and a whole lot of tasty burgers or wraps. But it's not just the food that'll keep you coming back, there's a quiz night every two weeks complete with incredible drinks deals, as well as late-night live DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Caribbean Cuisine At Freemasons Hove | DesignMyNight

The Freemasons menu will transport you from the shores of Hove to the Caribbean.

The Exchange

Searching for things to do in Hove today? There's all sorts going on at The Exchange, a friendly pub with quirky vintage interiors, from upcycled furniture to exposed brick walls. They serve an equally eccentric yet affordable mix of food, from their pie of the day to a chicken and chorizo burger and a selection of tapas. This venue certainly doesn't lack in entertainment either, featuring live music, sporting events, themed nights and more at their tucked-away spot.

The Exchange Pub Hove | DesignMyNight

Tapas and tunes, what more could you want?

Brighton Open Air Theatre

If you're on the hunt for fun things to do in Hove with kids or groups of adults alike, then see what's on at the Brighton Open Air Theatre. They put on a wide range of performances, including everything from comedy or circus acts to dance and opera. The outdoor seating area is a picturesque spot for enjoying the show, where you can watch both established productions and emerging artists with a drink in hand. 

Brighton Open Air Theatre | DesignMyNight

Enjoy an alfresco drink at this outdoor theatre.

Hove Beach

When it comes to free things to do in Hove, you can't go wrong with a trip to the beach. While people often flock to the busy shores of Brighton, they're missing out on the picturesque pebbles that this area has to offer. Lined with the pretty Hove beach huts and surrounded by great pubs like The Gather Inn, there's plenty to do at the seaside. And for those of you that are feeling brave, why not go for a swim?

Hove Beach | DesignMyNight

Walks along the beach are one of the best free activities in Hove this weekend.

Hove Lagoon

Whatever the weather, Hove Lagoon is a year-round favourite for all ages. Don your wetsuits and try out watersports like wakeboarding, suping or windsurfing, no matter your ability. The park is open all hours, perfect for a stroll or a chilled picnic, with a huge boating lake for getting involved in the fun and direct access to the beach. Of course, the cafe is always there for a warming hot chocolate after a dip in the water.

Watersports At Hove Lagoon | DesignMyNight

Brace yourself for the chilly lagoon, if you're brave enough.

Bewilder Box Escape Rooms

Whether it's with friends, family or colleagues, you're bound to have fun on a trip to Bewilder Box Escape Rooms. These guys are pulling out some of the best Hove activities, where you and your team must complete challenges in a set amount of time. Choose between two scenarios, both of which will see you solving puzzles and attempting to beat the clock, with some quirky surprises along the way. And once you get out? Make sure to celebrate in the bar afterwards.

Bewilder Box Escape Rooms Hove | DesignMyNight

Test your brainpower, and your friendships, at Bewilder Box Escape Rooms.

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