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Bank holiday weekend in Brighton: it’s Mods and Movies

Of all the weekends in Brighton, this is possibly our favourite!

Mod weekend, this weekend

Mod weekend, this weekend, all weekend!

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The longer the summer stretches, the more precious each weekend feels, so when it’s a bank holiday weekend in Brighton as well, you can guarantee visitors will be making the very most of it.

And the most notable arrivals this weekend will be the Mods. Of all the movements, styles and fashions to have evolved from Britain, it’s the one with the longest and strongest following – and it’s ’so’ Brighton.

Don’t think it’s all about nostalgia, either. The New Untouchables will be in town and have events lined up that celebrate current Mod culture, as well as giving a good nod to its origins.

Check them out across town all weekend, with events at Komedia and The Volks. New Untouchables events

To help the weekend along the way, there’s a special screening of the classic Quadrophenia by Nomad Cinema. Showing at the racecourse, there’s free parking for the scooter and a bar laid on.

Check out the New Untouchables page from the link above, or just share this post and find out more.

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This weekend in Brighton: Pride!

It’s happening, after all the fuss and fannying, Pride is happening and it’s on this weekend in Brighton, woop!

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Ok, it’s ticketed where before it was free, but there’s some justification when you look at the line-up: Joe McElderry, 80s pop icon Sonia and BootyLuv will all be shaking their booties.

As before, it’s all going on in Preston Park, after the Pride Parade, which leaves Madeira Drive at 11am. Once the crowds have been whipped into a frenzy, the boys have squeezed into their Lycra and the queens have perfected their intricacies (probably with a little bit of masking tape) the party gets underway.

The main park event promises much – remember, you need tickets for Pride so don’t just follow the crowd as you did previously.

There’s a community village (for everyone); a BME tent (Black and Minority Ethnic – of course still for everyone); a cabaret tent (for the drama ones); and of course there’s the ‘Bears’ tent (for the hairy ones).

As well as the Live stage, you’ve the Go.Go Festival/Zhoosh Women’s Tent (helped along with Brighton and Hove’s very own LGBT social network ZhooshBrighton.

The Gay Men’s Chorus make an appearance mid-afternoon before the gloves come off and things ramp up in the early evening.

All the fun and a fair!

All the fun and a fair!

And there’s the usual heart-worrying fairground rides – I’d go just for that amazing old-time chair ride (see pic) as it beats even the fastest TurboMegabooster!

More information on Pride in Brighton & Hove

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Residents’ discount if relatives want a weekend in Brighton!

If you live locally you can get an automatic discount for families and friends coming to stay for a weekend in Brighton. In fact, we’ll even extend the offer into the week.

In the spirit of all things digital and our new found love of Facebook we’ve got a deal for everyone: All you need do is share this post on Facebook (below) with friends you know who are likely to be interested and ‘Like’ the hotel page and we’ll send you a voucher code that you can use all year round!

Like and get a massive discount

Like and get a massive discount

Obviously, we’ll check to see if your profile says you are from round these parts – wouldn’t want any of those funny folk from Kent joining us on Facebook now would we?

You can get a very healthy 15% off any stay of any duration! This will depend on availability, but there’s no better way to put up your family and friends when they are visiting Brighton. And let’s face it, you don’t want Mum or Dad crashing your bedsit or the inlaws patroling your kitchen every morning searching for the tea bags (wrong type of teabags, no doubt).

And as breakfasts go, we’ve a fine Sussex English breakfast , packed with local produce to set them up for the rest of their weekend in Brighton, and keep them out of your hair and from under your feet.

So, see you on Facebook and look out for the voucher codes – they’ll come in a message from Nick Head, the hotel’s owner and manager.

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Freaky and Geeky weekends in Brighton

Now while weekends in Brighton might be more about candyfloss and ice creams, or clubs and bars, it’s definitely a city on the right side of the digital divide.

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And to recognize this, celebrate digital culture, and stimulate our synapses some more, the lovely people at Lighthouse are coordinating the Brighton Digital Festival.

The full line-up is still being sorted, but expect work, talks and creative input from international artists such as Blast Theory, semiconductor, Ben Frost, Joshua Davis and Random Dance.

Schools will get involved too, so watch out for a press team from Longhill High School who are using all tools digital to blog, photograph and film the event.

There’s some fascinating sounding installation on observing the sun ‘from the vantage point of the Earth to our orbit in space’, headscratchings on electronic art, and a showing of the seminal -but recently fleeced -Tron.

The festival runs all through next month, with most September weekends in Brighton having at least one show on offer -although some are one-offs so best check the Brighton Digital Festival site for updates.

And can somebody please tell me: is there free public internet access between the piers? I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked – and if not, why not!

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Brighton B&B says Spurs can stay (and lose 2-0)

If you haven’t heard, Brighton has got its new football stadium. After what seems like an age, the futuristic new design will get its official opening match later this month (July 30th) and if you are a visiting Spurs supporter looking to stay over, you’ll get a warm welcome at our Brighton B&B – your gonna lose mind, just thought we should mention that…

New stadium at Falmer

New stadium at Falmer

All rivalries aside, the American Express Community Stadium is stunning, and it comes just in time for Brighton’s move up the divisions. At last a team that promises real class has a stadium to take it into the next century.

And don’t underestimate the effect the team’s success can have on Brighton as a whole. It’s not just the increased numbers of people visiting Brighton; it’s also the added excitement it brings to the town.

Football fans down here are passionate followers of the seagulls – yet many people in town seem only interested in avoiding being shat on by them…

As the team gets more successful, and now with a great ground for people with footy families looking for weekends in Brighton, the feel good factor will spread.

Visiting Brighton for the first time? Check out the links below, and want to get Brighton accommodation offers for our Brighton B&B? Just let us know.

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Brighton BnB, Beach, Beer Festival: Does it get any better?

Book a Brighton BnB today because it’s the Brighton Beer Festival -and looking at the info, there’s clearly a festival going on and not just beerheadedness.

Sup it up - Brighton Beer Festival

Sup it up - Brighton Beer Festival

Four days of fun, set up to entertain and refresh at the same time – as well as beer, there will be cider and real ale, as well as live bands, competitions and stalls.

Starting Thursday 14th and running through till Sunday, the festival is to be found just back from the West Pier.

Keen to keep ladies interested – those who otherwise wouldn’t be interested in such blokeish beer exploits – there’s also plenty of wines, spirits and cocktails to be sampled – most women love a pint, and plenty of blokes like a ‘GnT’ so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Entertainment sees bands playing all the way through – with the occasional DJ set between changeovers. There’s also a Juice FM Battle of the Bands and it’s all finished of with a set by the Brighton Beach Boys.

Dodgy play on Friday night, other bands include The Grits, and The Blockheads.

And if the weather stays, it’s set to be one very long, and very enjoyable summer weekend; don’t dare spend it in your Brighton BnB!

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Visiting Brighton: Get Paddling Around the Pier

With the weather so good, it’s likely that you’re gonna want to dip your feet in the water when visiting Brighton. Well, this weekend you’ll be able to do a lot more than that: it’s the Paddle Round the Pier Festival.

A real regular on the Brighton party scene, this beach inspired charity fest has all sorts of activities for the family – and plenty for the hardcore surf dude and dudette.

Staying out of the water for a while, there are stalls all over the Hove lawns; concerts and live tunes; surfing movies; BMX and skating – of course; and plenty of stuff just for kids.

Our favourites from last year were the VW Campers on show: amazing conversions of the coolest transporters ever built!

Onto the water and there’s the Pier2Pier race, Stand Up Paddleboarding races (SUP), a swim around the pier, dinghy sailing, surf lifesaving contests and plenty of ways you can get involved. There’s an appearance from the S.A.S (not the balaclava’d, gun-wielding sort) a very special force behind environmental campaigns close to all of us who enjoy the sea – families visiting Brighton beach can get some great sea and beach safety advice from the RNLI.

It’s a very cool weekend. And let’s face it, if you’re visiting Brighton with a family, you’re probably here for fun. So get yourselves to the seafront and head west. Head to Hove and find the sun and fun you’re looking for. And if the surf’s not up, there’s a guaranteed party till the sun goes down!

Here’s what to expect at the Paddle Round the Pier Festival

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Shopping in Brighton? Pick up a dinosaur

Leaving a hotel in Brighton off on a little shopping trip? The temptation must be to get the kids doing something they love while you get right into the retail.

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Bringing real dinos to Brighton

Well, shopping in Brighton’s about to take an unexpected twist next month, one which will have every member of the family excited: Dinosaurs are coming to town!

And they will be allowed in Churchill Square, thanks to an event set up in conjunction with the Natural History Museum – so don’t think for a minute these will be moth-eaten waxworks – this is the real deal, provided by the museum’s touring exhibition.

Star of the show is likely to be T-Rex. At more than four metres long and six metres tall, this pre-historic predator will dominate proceedings.

Although, the vegetarian option – an armour-plated Ankylosaurus – will also draw gasps from the kids, distracted from shopping in Brighton by the size and complexity of the plates of bone grown into its hide.

Shopping for a dinosaur?

Shopping for a dinosaur?

Dotted around Churchill Square there will also be ‘touch and feel’ boxes to keep visitors busy, as well as a real T-Rex skull. And if dinosaur junior is getting a little too excited, there’s always the intimidating Oviraptor, a six-foot, bird-like dinosaur that used to pick up and carry off children – especially the disruptive ones…

There’s plenty here to keep imaginations driven wild, as Churchill Square’s Marketing Coordinator, Tara Philips pointed out: “The exhibition promises to be a truly lifelike experience which aims to transport people back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the land!”

Churchill Square is probably the best place to start shopping in Brighton: As well as being home to the bigname brands, it’s central, served by just about all the bus routes and links through to a multi-story car park.

The Dinosaur Encounter exhibition runs from 1st July to 4th September 2011 at Churchill Square Shopping Centre – and don’t worry about finding a Spendalotasaurus, the exhibition is completely free!

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Spend your weekends in Brighton worshipping the stars

Most weekends in Brighton, for the party crowd at least, are spent in deep indulgence. Well, this month it’s time for the stars to come to town. And not just stars of the DJ booth or the big screen, we’ve got some stars of their own bedroom visiting Brighton. Yes, it’s time for Britain’s Got Talent to hit Brighton!

Weekends in Brighton: always time to party!

Weekends in Brighton: always time to party!

After the bull****ers and bedroom divas were weaned out, the show kept the best acts to take on tour, and they are here, on 22 June.

Four days later, seasoned pro Michael Ball will be bringing his new show to the Brighton Centre and showing them how it’s really done.

‘Girls just want to have fun’ could well be the motto for girls spending their party weekends in Brighton, and for one girl, Cyndi Lauper, it’s exactly what she’ll be doing on 28 June. The pop icon and 80’s fashion find will be knocking out the tunes in the Brighton Dome.

Concord2 is also hosting some stars of old and new. Ratpack and Ellis Dee get the old skool ravers jumping on 18 June, while Adam Ant will stand and deliver tunes from his greatest hits tour.

It’s not just the weekends in Brighton that are star-studded, look at our listings to see more of what’s on in Brighton day-to-day.

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Visiting Brighton: Bikes and birthday suits

UK has really clear laws about public nudity and us Brits have a bit of a reputation as prudes. Well, this weekend anyone visiting Brighton for the first time will get a very different view. That’s because it’s not just in the Brighton bed and breakfasts where the action is happening…

Visiting Brighton - be prepared: it's naked bike ride!

Visiting Brighton - be prepared: it's naked bike ride! Pic: Flickr/Elsie esq

It’s on the streets and it’s on two wheels. And if you want to see bums, bushes and bits of all shapes and sizes you will have come to the right town. Ladies and gentlemen – and very embarrassed old ladies – it’s the Brighton Naked Bike Ride!

Last year, a marvellous 800 people bared all and pedaled around the streets of this oddball town. They had a ball, all to demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists – although, if you look closely – if you must – you’ll probably notice that many are just happy to get their kit off!

If all this skin is too much, get yourself to the beach; but not to Black Rock Beach, because as Brighton’s naked beach it’s in a constant state of undress.

The spokesperson for the ride wasn’t available for a comment, but the only real complaint we’d expect to hear is likely to be from the tandem rider – the one at the rear!

If you’re here for a family weekend, don’t worry or shut yourselves into your Brighton bed and breakfast, just look at our Brighton local events pages – you’ll see there’s a lot happening for the clothed community too!

Our favourite activity this weekend – after Brighton’s contribution to World Naked Bike Ride:

North Laine Summer Walks – Starting from outside Brighton Museum & taking

you back in time to when the North Laine was the industrial and commercial centre

of Brighton, 11am, £3

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