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Immersive Digital Art Installation ‘Tales from Woodlandia’ Launches at Patterns in Brighton This Winter


Open Friday 4th November until Spring 2017

*Unless ticketed or private event – please see website for more info
Open Tuesday – Sunday (full opening times below)


Patterns, the iconic cocktail bar, music and culture venue on Brighton’s seafront will be offering customers the chance to get lost in an enchanting snowy forest this Winter, without leaving the comfort and warmth of the cosy venue.

Launched on November 4th, Patterns invites you to step through a transformed mystical entrance, and discover an enchanted forest filled with nostalgic treats and immersive visual feasts inspired by Britain’s woodlands and the wild outdoors in Winter. The ground floor bar will be transformed into a winter wonderland reminiscent of scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia, brought to life by a multi-level digitally projected and interlinked forest, complete with softly falling snowflakes, inquisitive wild animals and scents of the forest air. Inside, you’ll find festive treats such a boozy hot chocolate menu and Hot Buttered Rum to enjoy as you watch a flock of birds fly around the room or a snow fox dart in front of you. Imagine watching the sunset from a discarded Chesterfield in Narnia with a warming cocktail in hand, dancing amongst the swirling snow in the glow of a Victorian lamppost and you will be half way to Woodlandia.  There will also be a series of specially curated immersive events, inspired by the natural world such as urban foraging and Winter Wreath making workshops – please scroll down for all events and sample food and drink info.

Our digital forest has been created by Brighton based digital projection artist Thomas Buckley as an extended sequel to his two-day Digital Autumn project at The Brighton Dome during Brighton Digital Festival. Woodlandia will be in place for four months from early November to Spring 2017, giving the installation time to evolve and grow with the seasons. Make sure you return after Christmas to watch our forest thaw and turn green with the first flushes of spring.

Sample Cocktail Menu

Turkish Delight Martini

Lanique Rose liquor, rose water, grenadine, vodka, chocolate liquor, chocolate bitters

Hot Buttered Rum

Our secret recipe Hot Buttered Rum


Boozy Hot Chocolate Menu

Black Forest

Dark hot chocolate with a splash of bourbon topped with cherry liquor, garnished with berries and whipped cream


Mexican Milk

Milk hot chocolate with Nutella, a splash of tequila, a shake of pink pepper and grated dark chocolate and whipped cream


Snow Light

White hot chocolate with coconut, almond milk, and a splash of coconut rum sprinkled with vanilla sugar and floating mini marshmallows



Milk chocolate, shot of espresso, splash of Appletons rum, vanilla sugar dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg


Sample Food Menu from The Dog Haus at Patterns


A traditional German Christmas market favourite – Bratwurst topped with ketchup and curried spices


Dog a L’Orange

Vegetarian dog, roasted orange, goats cheese and beetroot and caramelised onion relish


Pulled Duck ‘N’ Caramelised Apple Hot Dog

Pork dog with sticky plum sauce pulled duck, braised red cabbage and caramelised spiced apple (star anise, cinnamon)


Santa’s Little Helper

Bacon wrapped pork dog, baked camembert, cranberry sauce, fried Brussels sprout leaves


Immersive Events

Yoga in the Forest

Dates: 5th Nov – 19 Nov, 3 Dec, 17 Dec

Time: 11am-12pm

Price: £12.50

Ticket link:

Join yoga instructor Alexandra Murphy for an hour of stretching, strengthening and relaxing in an environment like no other. Ensconced in the tranquil digital forest created by the artist Thomas Buckley at Patterns, welcome winter with a grounding, earthing practice. Beginners, and all levels, welcome. Alexandra specialises in Vinyasa inspired flow sequences that strengthen and relax the body in one fell swoop.

Woodland Lino Cutting with Jessica Sharville

Date: 12 November

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Price: £20



Learn the basics in lino cutting at this beginner’s workshop taught by local Brighton artist Jessica Sharville.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to plan a suitable design, carve the lino using the different tools and then print a black and white design. You will learn how to confidently carve onto softcut which is ideal for beginners and easier to cut than linoleum, you will also learn about the tools and techniques and what materials are available to start lino cutting from home All materials will be provided and you will get to take home your lino cut and your set of prints. Jessica Sharville is a freelance artist who sells her lino cut prints locally around Brighton and online.


Plant Pot Painting and Macrame Hangers

Date: 19 Nov

Time: 2 – 4:30pm

Price: £12 early bird / £15 on the door

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Join illustrator Amy Brown, founder of Cult Milk in Woodlandia for this lovely beginners workshop in macrame plant hangers and plant pot decoration. In this workshop, you will be given a small terracotta plant pot to decorate in a design of your choosing. We will be using acrylic paints which dry quickly in lovely bright shades. Whilst the pot dries we will then focus on making our plant pot hanger – To create the hanger, we will be using the therapeutic rope knotting technique of Macrame. We will learn a basic method which can then be expanded on at your own pace. Everyone will leave with lovely decorative pieces, for their own home or a future gift. All materials included.


Wild Winter Wreath Workshop

Date: 26th November

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Price: £32.50 plus booking fee

Ticket link:

Learn how to make a stunning Willow based winter wreath with florist Katie Kearns in two hours of festive creativity set in an enchanted digital forest at Patterns. You will be taught how to make big and wild winter wreaths using Willow to make the frame. There will be a selection of beautiful big headed flowers and wild foliage to choose from that will dry out on your wreath, ensuring it lasts throughout the winter season. All materials included.

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