The newly refurbished ‘Birdcage’ bandstand along Brighton seafront still remains an iconic structure. Built in 1884 of ornate cast iron, it is one of the best examples of a Victorian bandstand in the country. It’s stunning!
The Grade II listed bandstand was lovingly restored to its former glory and re-opened to the public in July 2009 and has been a focal point for performers, locals and visitors ever since. Not only do regular concerts take place, but also visitors can enjoy homemade pastries or oysters and salads down on the beachfront terrace café situated in the base of the building. Brighton Bandstand has even become a popular wedding venue and a great spot for wedding photography.
Brighton Bandstand has received national recognition having won the UK Lighting Design Awards 2010. As part of the £950,000 restoration by Brighton & Hove City Council, the bandstand is lit up each night. The lighting used is even adapted for special occasions, such as red, white and green lighting used over the Christmas period, and stone red and pink colours used for Valentines Day.
So, if you’re planning a trip to Brighton, make sure to take a visit to the bandstand. The views are unbeatable and the grandeur of such a historic and elegant building will be enough to lift your spirits to new heights.
Admission onto Brighton Bandstand is free.
Pastries sold in the bandstand café start from £1.50
Listening to live music as you eat – priceless!
Article and photography by Charlotte Mach