Car Boot Sale and Sunday Lunch
Favorite thing: Pop up to the Sunday morning flea market/car boot sale, where you'll find all manner of strange and interesting articles for cheap. (The earlier, the better).
This used to be held held in the car park at the back of Brighton Station, but is now held a Brighton Marina (out of city center).. There are usually some familiar (for me anyway!) and friendly faces having a good old rummage there and a nice atmosphere.
Follow that with a tradtional British Sunday lunch. (Currently investigating the latest recommended). The Dorset in the center of town has always been a local favourite where you can sit out on the steret weather permitting.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Women's Travel
- Food and Dining
Hotels in Brighton
Favorite thing: This is a general tip to ,ake you aware that during peak season hotels as well as B&B's only accept bookings for 2 nights over a weekend. We wanted to stay only the saturday night but found it virtually impossible. I contacted the Brighton tourism board & they gave us these 2 B&B's that offer 1 night stay only.
Forty-one 41 Cornwall Gardens
The Garth - 28 Cornwall Gardens
My personal advice would be to rather catch the last train from Brighton to Victoria which leaves at 10pm & you will still have time to tube it back home.
Favorite thing: If you don't fancy eating in a pub or restaurant, grab yourself some sandwiches from Marks & Spencer and sit in Chrchill Square or down on the beach and have a tasty but cheaper lunch. Marks & Spencer do a fantastic selection of sandwiches, rolls, wraps and other lunch specials.
Fondest memory: The best sandwiches!
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
Great Beach ......for walking!
Favorite thing: I spent alot of time walking the small lanes and walking on the beach in Brighton. I wish I would have taken more pictures! For the fairly long period of time that I've spent in Brighton I don't have very many pictures!! Brighton can be a fun town! It can also serve as a great base for exploring smaller towns and villages in the area.
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: I think, everyone knows, England is a country of museums. I like to go to there and it didnt take a long time till I found one. Not a big one but an interesing one. I was tired at that time, a musem like the British Museum would be too much for me at that time anyway....
- Museum Visits
The Prince regent
Favorite thing: The BBC comedy series 'Blackadder the third' was based around Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) and his sidekick Baldrick serving the idiotic Prince George: "described by almost everyone as a fat, flatulent git".
The son of the mad George III, the role (played by Hugh Lawrie) mimics the real life George who reigned as regent before his fathers death in 1820 - owning to the fact that his father thought he was a large tub of begonia most of the time.
As regent, he was given over to massive self-indulgence. It is this period that the real-life prince was intimately associated with Brighton. He built the Brighton Pavillion, and could pursue his 'aesthetic' tastes there. What happens in Brighton stays in Brighton !
Get it out on DVD, it's one of the funniest series you will ever watch.
Henry the Insurance agant
Favorite thing: Only in Brighton.
Henry has a responsible job with an insurance firm in the city of London. He wears a sharp suit Monday-Friday and takes the train home to Hayward's Heath everyday at 6.43 - regular as clockwork.
When Saturday comes, it's a different story. Now he wants to be known as Emily-Sabrina, and likes to wander up and down Brighton Promenade dressed in nothing more than a thong and a pink taffetta feather-boa.
Takes all sorts.
The seafront promenade
Favorite thing: Stroll along Brightons's seafront promenade or the pebbly beach between the entertaining Palace Pier and the damaged West Pier. The walk is only about half a mile long. Enjoy the busy cafes, bars, amusements and entertainments.
- Budget Travel
Relax at the Pier
Favorite thing: The first what I did after I arrived in Brighton was taking a breakfast. And then ... relaxing at the pier in Brighton. It was luck because it was the last and only sunny day in Brighton during my stay.
Favorite thing: It was known as Palace Pier before, but was renamed to Brighton Pier in 2000. Palace Pier costed 137 000 GBP to be built and opened in 1899.
Really a good place to walk and have fun, to eat something and look at the beach.
Fondest memory: I tried to catch some of the toys in one of the pictures, but I was in bankruptcy and still couldn't. So, don't waste your money:) Well, maybe I'm not good enough to do it, but it was really a good fun trying to catch a toy and screaming;)
Favorite thing: I am not a huge fan of shopping - I know - a general gasp of disbelief slipped out. However Brighton offers such a unique array or independent boutiques and larger chain stores that there is something for everyone.
The Lanes is a retail, leisure and residential area with the seafront at its southern edge. It is characterised by a collection of narrow alleyways following the street pattern of the original fishing-based settlement, the resident businesses in The Lanes are predominantly independent boutiques jewellers, antique shops, restaurants and pubs.
Churchill Square is an indoor shopping centre which includes mainstream retail shops, restaurants and car parking spaces. It was originally built in the 1960s as an open-air pedestrianised shopping centre, but was completely rebuilt in 1998.
The North Laine area is a retail, leisure and residential area situated immediately north of The Lanes. Its name derives from the Anglo-Saxon word "Laine" meaning "fields". The North Laine contains a mix of businesses dominated by cafés, avant-garde shops, and theatres. However, its character is gradually changing. Due to property price rises and the expense of local council taxes, many small privately owned businesses are finding rents increasingly unaffordable in the area and are being replaced by larger entertainment chains and leisure companies which is such a shame.
Fondest memory: If I have to go through the ordeal of shopping - I love to disover something a little different that you can not buy through the large national and international chain stores. Whilst those few independent boutiques can hang on in there it is still possible to discover unique hand made bags, purses, jewellery and clothes. It makes for a fantastic souvenier of your time in Brighton and it is always lovely to be able to report that you bought it from a chic boutique when some one asks where you got it. You can reply secure in the knowledge that you will not be seeing them with the same item any time in the near future.
Favorite thing: The pier is a very important point in Brighton and although the town is busy and bustling, you simply have to turn out towards the water to experience a different perspective. The sea seems to have something special here. I feel at peace when I look across towards the distant horizon.
Fondest memory: As we were searching for the VT party on the pier we saw a flock of birds swooping against the sunset in the evening air. Quite a stunning sight.
GO TO THE BEACH............
Favorite thing: It doesn't matter if it's the middle of January, just go. There is always something to see/do. Watching the 'Innumeration' (thats millions- no exaggeration- of starlings swooping over the Palace Pier to you and me) at sundown. Sit on the decking outside the Beach nightclub and samle an overpriced but tasty pizza if its hot, get some fish and chips and snuggle into the shingles if not!
By far the most attractive (and clean) part of the strip is Hove Lawns which stretches form the Meeting Place kiosk down to King Alfred's Leisure Centre but don't attempt to have a BBQ on the lawna as this was recently made illegal.
If you have young children there is a little outsie pool and play park just opposite West Pier which is glorious on a summer's day. Even local starlet Jordan takes her kids there,
Fondest memory: Even if you prefer sandy beaches (most of us do!) you cannot deny the breaktaking beauty of the beach at sunset in August,
Visit the Brighton Pier. It's...
Favorite thing: Visit the Brighton Pier. It's a bit hokey, but lots of fun just the same. Have some fish & chips, go on a few rides, and enjoy the salt air.
Fondest memory: On my first trip over, swimming in the ocean in late October. Man was that cold . . . and invigorating
Brighton Pier Ghost train
You have just got to go on the Ghostrain!
In June of 2002 when we were down here with my sister and her husband. Once we had had our dinner, we had a look on the fair on the pier, and we all decided to go on the Ghostrain.
I hadn't been on one of these for years, so it was a great laugh, not scary at all, were they ever? But a great laugh. We were screaming and shouting with glee and having a really great time, even kids couldn't have made any more excited noises than us!
Anyway, we got off of the Ghostrain at the end of the ride and started to walk off, when all of a sudden, a great big shot of wind blew my skirt and coat up around my neck!, you know, just like that pic of Marilyn Munro, I shouted out "oh f*ck!" in shocked surprise and everyone was laughing their heads off, including some bloke standing there with his two little kids. I bet he could tell that I was quite ladylike eh?
- School Holidays
- Arts and Culture
- Theme Park Trips