Chefs cooking in the Indian Hospital Kitchens

Brighton Dome reveals its culinary past for Heritage Open Day 2021


Heritage Open Day is back and for this year’s theme of Edible England, we’ll be celebrating the rich history of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival through a series of in-person and online events exploring our culinary links to the past.

Learn about the kitchens that cooked traditional food for Indian soldiers recuperating at Brighton Dome during the First World War, the lashings of plum pudding served at a party to celebrate the Prince Regent’s birthday in 1814, discover the flavours of Brighton’s famous North Laine and forgotten recipes from the Suffragettes. We are pleased to offer our much-loved Brighton Dome backstage tours for small capacity groups to explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the venue.

After last year’s Heritage Open Day took place online, we’re delighted to open our doors to visitors again to celebrate our rich heritage on Sunday 19 September. A series of free family-friendly events in partnership with the Chattri Memorial Group will take place in Brighton Dome, as well as several online activities for anyone wanting to join in from home.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together thousands of local people, volunteers and organisations as historic places and spaces open their doors to celebrate their heritage. This year, from woodland foraging to factory floor, forgotten recipes to regional delicacies, the festival community will explore the past, present and future of England’s culinary heritage and culture.

Our public heritage programme is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the major refurbishment project of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, find out more here.

10am – 4pm Sun 19 Sept

Brighton Dome Foyer and online

Free but pre-booking for activities and tours is essential 

The full programme and how to book your free tickets will be announced on Monday 6 September, check back then for details.