A Visit to Brighton’s Long Running Repair Cafe

The Brighton Repair Cafe is one of the longest running repair cafe's in the UK. The monthly event has been running for over ten years at various locations and now has a home at the newly repainted St George's Hall in Moulsecoomb. 

The monthly drop-in offers light refreshments alongside the main attraction which is of course the repairs. Bring along something broken, take home something mended. Repairing broken items is saves money and resources, helping to protect the environment. Not everyone has the skills needed to repair electronic and mechanical items, or even to mend a pair of ripped jeans. But that is where the Repair Cafe comes in, bringing together people with broken items in need of repair with the people in their community with the skills to fix them.

When you first arrive at the Repair Cafe you will get a chance to sign in and let one of the team know what item you have brought along to repair. This will be marked up on the chalkboard and as the morning continues the repairs get checked off one by one. There's a chance to relax and chat with tea and biscuits while you wait for your turn to work with one of the repair experts on your item.

On the morning we visited the cafe items brought along for repair included a guitar, a santa suit, a DVD player, a lava lamp and a blender. All were in working order by lunchtime.

Brighton Repair Cafe runs on the first Saturday of the month 10am - 12 midday at St George's Hall. You can get in touch with them at [email protected]

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