2. It doesn’t have to be a Vespa.
But a lot of people will be turning up on the bikes this year. The city is inundated with mods every August, and May 2014 marks 50 years since they butted heads with rockers on Brighton’s beach, inspiring the film Quadrophenia.
3. When you get there, check into Hotel Pelirocco.
The fabled pile boasts a range of themed rooms, in which the often bizarre décor ranges from sixties ‘Modrophenia’ to rockabilly. Others are based on Dolly Parton or Star Wars, and the Play Room – with round bed, mirrored ceiling and a pole dancing area – is particularly popular.
9. Talk a walk along the front on your way home.
12. This might be the time to go see the pier.
17. Head to North Laine’s labyrinthine streets for some shopping.
Whether you’re after vintage clothes (Hope & Harlequin), something to read (Rainbow Books) or just random tchotchkes (the various stalls in Snooper’s Paradise), the area’s 400 shops probably have it covered.
22. Let festivities commence. Eating first.
It would be rude not to stop by the city’s most exciting new restaurant, 64 Degrees. Lauded by The Guardian, it specialises in small plates and does that weird listy thing on the menu but offers meals that more than make up for it.
27. Then go see some dead things at the Booth Museum of Natural History.
Named after everyone’s favourite Victorian gun-toting ornithologist, the Booth Museum of Natural History is only open from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays but is worth a peek. It’s “all about birds, butterflies, fossils, bones and skeletons”, and aren’t we all?