Located on Preston Circus, Duke of Yorks shows the best of current, classic, independent and foreign language releases.
Forget large, impersonal multi screen cinemas, this is the place to watch a film in style. This cinema is stylie, elegant and charming in an old fashioned kind of way.
We often go to the late night show (Frid/Sat)after some dinner out. There is a nice little balcony bar (pictured) where you can sit outside people watching on a warm evening and you can take your drink into the theatre. They also do a large jug of Tuscan Mule for £5 which is a deal !
Sat morning has kids club.
Took my Mum for a very posh afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel.
Lots of cucumber, egg mayo and salmon sandwiches, all without crusts and all tasting very yummy - followed by an enormous amount of daintily decorated little cakes and the traditional British cream tea.
You can drink as much of a great assortment of teas as you like, or be even more decadent and order champagne.
Dress code is relaxed and you can sit and people watch in the comfy chairs after which you can recover from the huge amount of fat you have just devoured!
Take your Mum, she'll love it!
Recently took the Small Person for a half term treat and she loved it too. Amazingly, there were just too many cakes to manage at the time, we had to get a cake box to take the rest home before we popped !
The gardens were beautiful in July (particularly the holli-hocks), Lots of people sitting around in deckchairs (which have to be paid for) - just having lunch or reading papers. A great place to relax on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Its open all year long and entry is free.
Surrounded by marvellous examples of Regency town houses built between 1820 and 1850 by Charles Busby and Amon Wilds, Brunswick Square is a wonderful place to relax on a summer's day.
On a fine day take a selection of these:
a boyfriend/husband (or any old friend will do really)
a basket of picnic things
a bottle (preferably wine)
and just have a lovely time in the park!
Brighton is full of parks/gardens/squares
Recently re-opened after a multi-million pound restoration this museum would be a lovely place to visit on a wet afternoon. Luckily for me it was sunny and warm! (But I would give it a visit another time!!!)
"Brighton Festival returns 3rd - 25th May 2008, bringing the best in world dance, theatre, classical and contemporary music as well as books & debates and street arts to everyone’s favourite City by the Sea"
There is so much going on here during the Brighton Festival, I couldn't begin to tell you all about it. Music, Art, Dance, Talks, Theatre, Outdoor events etc etc Click on the link below to see this years information on what's going on.
The 2006 festival I had tickets for Harold Budd; with The Balanescu Quartet, Bill Nelson (Bebop Deluxe), John Foxx (Ultravox), Jah Wobble (PIL), Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins). A landmark celebration of over 30 years of musical innovation. I hope to grab a few more shows along the way and defintiely some of the other events this year.
The festival kicks off with the Childrens Parade (pictured), which has steadily grown in size to a really good natured colourful event, with all the local schools participating.
The Independent newspaper says "Brighton's annual arts Festival is as characterful as the town itself"... and that about sums it up.
There are numerous free outdoor events in the parks as well as the performances, - See you there maybe?
Although seemingly small, and insignificant, the 125 year old Volks Electric Railway is rather important in the annals of history. Built by the Brighton born Magnus Volk (son of a German clockmaker) upon it's inaugural trip on On August 4th 1883 it became the world's very first public electric railway. Nowadays it ploughs a straight course that runs between it's station adjacent to Brighton Pier (Palace Pier) and opposite the Sea Life Centre (Brighton Aquarium) and it's 'end of line' Brighton Marina stop. There is a Half Way station at Peter Pan's playground. This isn't exactly one of the worlds great journeys -it does after all take up little more than 10 minutes or so of your time on a one-way trip - but it is jauntily refreshing and a great way to 'jet' (and I use that word very advisedly!) along the seafront on a warm Summer's day. If you like cushioned seats look elsewhere. If you want to experience a bit of history than you must take a trip!
The trains operate weekdays from 10am to 5pm, and until 6pm on weekends and bank holidays, in the summer. For 2008 the season commences on Friday 21 March and finishes on Sunday 14 September. Four trains run every hour between Black Rock and Brighton Pier. An adult return ticket is about £2.50. The 125th anniversary celebrations will take place on Sunday 3 August!
When the naturists were given their own area of Brighton beach in April 1980 there was all sorts of kerfuffle. It was played for all it was worth by those reflecting upon Brighton's age old saucy reputation but by and large locals were intrigued rather than fully supportive and most were interested to see what would happen. There was some significant opposition though and some local councillors were not at all keen - although it was indeed the brainchild of a 47 year old topless bathing councillor Eileen Jakes. On the opposing side Councillor John Blackman, called the whole idea a "flagrant exhibition of mammary glands". He went on... "I personally have got no objection to people showing their breasts and bosoms and general genitalia to one another. Jolly good luck to them but for heaven's sake they should go somewhere more private. What distresses me is that people naively believe what is good for the Continent is good for Britain." The vote supporting the establishment of the beach was eventually won but not without a fight.
I can't say I've ever felt like subjecting anyone to my naked body, particularly as I have seen it too many times myself. But the beach is still going strong and I did manage to take a quick snap of the sign when all was deserted. I like VT but I am not going to risk getting myself arrested for loitering with intent! That's as much detail as you'll get!!
First open to the public on Saturday, June 27th 1807, the Theatre Royal is Brighton's principal professional theatre venue. If you want to take in a play or a show then this is where you should look first as it plays host to many good touring productions as well as tranfers from London's West End. It goes without saying that the Theatre Royal, like so many similar establishments, lays claim to its own ghost. This is none other than Ellen Elizabeth Nye Chart the wife of a celebrated Victorian actor manager who carried on running the place following his demise. Her death in 1892 left the theatre with it's very own benign guardian spirit, otherwise known as the Grey Lady. Not perhaps the most original of ghostly names but one can't help thinking that the spiritual world is dealing with a rather limited colour range. An orange ghost would have been more eyecatching but really wouldn't have matched any of the interior decoration.
I've spent many happy hours here watching plays serious and comic, opera, ballet, musicals and of course their own annual pantomime production which runs for several weeks over the Christmas period- you name it, they've had it! On one notable evening I was sitting in the Royal Circle awaiting the arrival of the Mayor and his party who were guests at a special performance. His sudden appearance at the top of the Circle was greeted by hundreds of turning heads which then witnessed an unfortunate stumble and a cascade of chocolate Maltesers bouncing down the stairs from an unfortunately open box. It was all rather delightful to behold. A torrent of bouncing chocolate balls making their way eagerly to the front row...
Tickets for performances can be booked in person at the theatre or by using the theatre group booking number below - but do note that there will be a booking fee involved if you order tickets using it. Th website link should take you to a listing of current and future shows.
Still looking spruce after it's £10 million refurbishment Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has an interesting assortment of exhibits, ranging from a wonderful Dali sofa based on Mae West's lips to tribal ethnic art, paintings, historical costumes and local history galleries. It is also the base for the Brighton History Centre where you can access all the local genealogical records as well as many other national birth marriage and deaths records via microfiche. Like so many museums nowadays it can lay claim to a rather nice café selling sandwiches, soups , salads, cakes and other delights and a small but perfectly formed trendy shop. Definitely worth a visit as it is absolutely free. (some special exhibitions might apply an entry fee)
Closed Mondays, except public holidays 10am-5pm
When it first opened in 1977, the Brighton Centre was best described as (to quote W.S, Gilbert) 'Not pretty...massive!'. At the time it was one of the largest venues of it's kind in the UK and people were inclined to overlook it's ugliness as long as major stars kept coming to the town. Interesting to note that Bing Crosby gave his last live performance here on 10th October 1977. Apparently he wasn't feeling too good before the show but after a decent nap was able to go on and give a splendid performance. Four days later, at the age of 74, Bing died after a round of golf.
Nowadays of course venues like the Brighton centre which were considered huge when first built have been lapped by superstadiums. However, the Centre still attracts renowned bands, so this - and the smaller 'Brighton Dome' - are the first places to look for the appearance of any major acts. Talking of which I once actually bumped into Paul McCartney here, and a very charming chap he was too!
Political party and other conferences all take place at the Brighton Centre as do regular themed exhibitions open to the public (craft fairs, model railway exhibitions, vintage record collectors fairs, wedding fairs etc etc`) and of the course the annual 'Hoilday on Ice' spectacular. Well, it was fairly spectacular when I last went some years ago...
The Brighton Centre Box Office is open from 10.00am - 5.30pm Tuesday-Saturday. When there is an event taking place in the venue, the Box Office is open from 10.00am to approx 9.00pm.
This bus brings makes a round through Brighton. There are 11 stops during this ride:
- Grand Junction Road (opposite Coach Station): Palace Pier, Pool Valley Coach Station, Sea Life Centre, Tourist Information Centre.
- King's Road: West Pier (not open to the public), Regency Square, Bandstand.
- Western Road: Churchill Square Shopping Centre.
- Brighton Station: Railway Station.
- North Road: North Laine (Antiques, Bric-a-brac & Bookshops).
- Madeira Drive: Sea Life Centre.
- Madeira Drive: Volks Electric Railway.
- Madeira Drive: Peter Pan Amusements.
- Roedan Road: Golf Course, Roedean School.
- Brighton Marina: Shopping Outlet.
- New Road: Royal Pavilion, The Dome, Art Gallery & Musuem.
The buses are going daily. You can buy your ticket by the busdriver. The price for a ticket was GBP 6,50 on 25 August 2003.
For general inquiries: +44-(0)1789-294466
For private hires: +44-(0)1273-540893
Another really interesting shopping street to walk along. Lots to see and buy. Also some nice pubs to get a pint and a bite to eat. There are some pretty cool shops along this street selling all sorts of retro fashion etc.. Can get very busy on a nice saturday afternoon.
This is one of Brightons less well known attractions but well worth a visit it is even free to get in!!
The Booth Museum was the creation of the Victorian ornithologist Edward Booth, built in 1874 to house his collection of stuffed British birds presented in fascinating recreations of natural habitats. Though the birds are still the centrepiece, there are also over half a million other specimens from the natural world, together with data spanning over three centuries. Including a variety of butterflies and beetles from every corner of the world. There are also dozens of skeletons, from a Pygmy Shrew to a Killer Whale. Very interesting and very worthwhile visit.
10.00am to 5.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday; 2.00-5.00pm Sunday. Closed Thursday.
Whenever one visits a new destination the civilized traveller should always endeavor to sample the local delicacies. Therefore I am delighted to present a particular local delicacy that, in all honesty, is anything but delicate. Brighton Rock!
Brighton Rock can - as the name suggests - only be found in Brighton. Traditionally it is stick of peppermint flavoured hard 'candy' that is coloured pink on the outside and white in the middle. It is notable for having the name of the resort in which you purchase it running the length of the entire stick. As a result, whenever you bite off a chunk the name will still be visible at the top of the remaining piece (see photo 2). Rock is a traditional sweet found at all British seaside resorts, and all will look the same and largely taste the same - the only difference being the actual name picked out in red through the white peppermint. Thus you can also buy Blackpool Rock (the most famous of all and featured in a George Formby comic song), Yarmouth Rock, Scarborough Rock etc. There are other flavours and shapes available but the pink peppermint stick is the traditional one. Available widely in pretty well all shops lining the seafront area (Photo 3 and 4) and in quite a few newsagents too.
PS This is nothing to do with Edinburgh Rock! That is also a sweet but a totally different animal!!
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