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Cycling Breaks in Brighton

We don’t wait till summer to cycle. Cycling breaks in Brighton are popular from early spring. And to prove just how much this town is into/onto two wheels, there’s the Brighton Bike Fest running from April 16-22.

So true, so bring your bike to Brighton!

So true, so bring your bike to Brighton!

And in true Brighton style, it’s not just about the bike: There will be DIY bike maintenence, a 12V bicycle sound-system building workshop, cheap vegan meals laid on and a celebration of bike films.

If you’re beginning to think cycling is all too commercial, you’ll be pleased with a sewing workshop set up to help people make their own high-viz vests and there’s the critical mass rides too – although we’re not sure that riding all over the road to prove a point helps drivers understand – if anything it makes things worse.

Footy fans should forget the train for a day and join in on the Bike Train up to Falmer stadium, perhaps decorate their bikes in blue and white – made a lot easier if they attend the ‘beautify your bike workshop’ running the night before.

And if it’s action you want, there’s also the ‘bike jousting’ on The Level, and a cycle treasure hunt also on the Saturday afternoon. A bike polo taster session as well as a session from mega-mechanic Dr Bike on the Sunday, more bike jousting and ‘Awkward Races’ help close the event, before some solar powered cinema by ‘One Way Theatre’.

So, if you fancy bringing a bike or two we can help you with a cheap Brighon B&B. Or, if you want to hire some over the weekend of the 21-22 April here’s a few links for you to try.

And if you are coming down the week before and end up cycling through Hove, watch out for a Naked Bike Ride Skinny Dip – and some very small cranks.

Bike Hire in Brighton

Cycle Training in Brighton

Cycling for Women in Brighton & Hove

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Forget London: Stay in Brighton hotels for Queen’s Jubilee and party by the sea!

If you’re coming from abroad then don’t bother with London, instead stay in Brighton hotels for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and get massive discounts.

Not 'The' Queen, but she's on a horse with the flag so..

Not 'The' Queen, but she's on a horse with the flag so..

Pick any of the spring or summer weekends in Brighton and you’ll guarantee there’ll be queens visiting – it’s just that kind of place! Diamonds are optional, but when it’s the Queen were talking about, you can guarantee she’ll tip up with a rock or two.

Ok, cryptic blog over. It’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration this year and Brighton’s doing its bit to wish her well – we did get an extra bank holiday out of it, so it would be rude not to.

The Woodland Trust has said it will get 6 million trees planted in time for the celebrations, and a number of Diamond Woods. Well, 100 of these trees have already found their way into Tarner Park, off Sussex Street in Brighton.

The main celebrations will be lead from London, but if you are visiting Brighton looking for special hotel offers for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee you can expect an outpouring of street parties and bunting-fringed British fun.

St Barts in Brighton is having a festival concert on the night of May 26th – bit early, as the main party doesn’t get going till the following weekend.

On Sunday May 3rd there’s an initiative lead by The Eden Project called The Big Lunch, which encourages people to have lunch with their neighbours – sounds like the perfect incentive to help kick off a street party.

And just launched is a year-long exhibition at the Royal Pavilion. Charlotte: The Forgotten Princess documents the short life of Princess Charlotte, George IV’s only daughter, through her clothing and letters.

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is holding a special display ‘Fashion & The Flag’ throughout May. And as the Queen’s celebrations are in the same month as the Brighton Festival and The Brighton Fringe, weekends in Brighton promise to be more colourful and intriguing than ever.

Visit London: Stay Brighton – that’s what we are saying

Picture from: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery’s ‘Fashion & The Flag’

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Sports Weekends in Sussex: Visit Brighton

With the weather ever improving there’s plenty of sports weekends in Sussex coming up. So instead of booking a Brighton B&B and just visiting Brighton for its shopping and clubbing, make it a base for more active weekends.

Summer activities, and Brighton play all year round

In Brighton we play all year round Photo: Flickr/garynight

Here’s a look ahead to what the county has on offer:

Brighton and Hove is hosting the annual Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile Event. So get the family involved, get a cheap weekend in Brighton booked and do your bit by the seaside. The run takes place on Sunday 24th March on Madeira Drive and you can register at sportrelief.com

In April there’ll be thousands of people putting in the miles in the Brighton Marathon. Places are still available – if you’ve a last minute fancy for 26 and a bit miles…

Cyclists not prepared to wait till the London to Brighton can get their wheels spinning through the night on the BHF Night Ride. It’s an over-nighter, so you can either book a Brighton B&B and make a weekend of it or go back on the train after a full English to finish. You could always cycle back – you may laugh, someone will do it!

Third week in June is the main London to Brighton bike ride. Expect there to be 27,000 other riders taking part. If you’ve not done it before, you really should.

And to get the summer of sport going there’s the annual Take Part Festival in Preston Park where you can try out all sorts of new sports.

That’s the main sports weekends in Sussex, but there are hundreds more activities you could do on a weekend in Brighton: Zorbing on the South Downs, sailing classes off the beach and at the Marina, and some wakeboarding and kitesurfing at Hove Lagoon.

And you’ll still get to go shopping in Brighton – I don’t care how fit you say you are, or how tight your cycling pants are. Once it’s all over you’re still wanting to get away from work, get a weekend break and get to the beach. And if you can’t fit in any sport, so what. Come down anyway. Brighton is just waking up from its winter hybernation and it’s definitly the place to be when the sun’s shining

And we’ve got two sets of beach volleyball courts. People were playing on them over the weekend – in February!

So we’ll see you soon!

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Valentines Day in Brighton and a splash of seaside seduction…

Looking at spending Valentine’s Day in Brighton? It’s a pretty good move, as not only are there lots of special offers on accommodation, there are deals to be had on food, too.

And it’s a romantic place. Nothing better than spending the evening strolling along the seafront hand-in-hand – ok, we can think of something, but there’s always a good chance of that happening later anyway- you hope!

Valentine's Day in Brighton Image:/Flickr Moffat

Valentine's Day in Brighton probably looks nothing like this Image:/Flickr Moffat

After a hotel room? Look out for Valentine’s Day hotel packages that offer sea views and discounts on two-night and three-night breaks, as it’s difficult to get anywhere for just one night – and let’s face it, it always looks dodgy rolling up at midnight trying to book in last minute to a B&B in Brighton for just one night.

Unpacking done, it’s time to get out into it all. And you needn’t venture far: Brighton pier takes on a special quality outside of the summer season so give it a wander. There’s fewer people, better views and more space to roam; jump on the ghost train together and you’ll soon have your partner cuddling up for comfort.

Key to a romantic evening is good food, and you’ll be overwhelmed with choice when it comes to fine dining on Valentine’s Day in Brighton.

From here, it’s often on to bars and clubs. But not always a late finish of the sort you’d usually have when you are single…

It’s also the night for pulling! If you are not partnered up or on a promise, you’re secretly out there looking for someone right – and if you can’t find them, sometimes it just has to be someone tonight

Book a little hotel in Brighton, get yourselves to the seaside and let love do the rest. It’s in the air, so they say. But it’s sea air, so bring a scarf in case your lover can’t keep you warm.

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New Year’s Eve in Brighton : swimming anyone?

Well, we’ve been looking for alternatives to going out clubbing on New Year’s Eve in Brighton and we may have found something a little more hardcore than the dance floor: Swimming in Arundel Lido!

Arundel Lido: colder than a witch's xxx - or is it?

Arundel Lido: colder than a witch's xxx - or is it?

Now, while it’s not Brighton proper, it is only a short bus trip away and as one of the few remaining lidos in the country is worth a visit.

But swimming out doors on New Year’s Eve? Barking! So, if it’s all a little too hardcore, you could always come back next year – yes folks, it’s open on New Year’s Day as well!

New Year Hotel breaks in Brighton don’t have to be all-nighters, there’s always activities for families on hand.  So take a trip to the only open-air Lido in West Sussex ( it has recently celebrated its 50th Birthday).

I’d love to promise you it had warmed up over those years, but it probably hasn’t! (Actually, the manager has assured would-be swimmers that the water temperature is up.) And there will be mulled wine and hot drinks to warm the cockles.

And it’s not free, either. But what is on New Year’s Eve in Brighton? And anyway it’s only £4 for adults, £2 for under-18s and free if you are under 5 or over 80.

You could always try nearer to home with the Saltdean Lido. You can take the bus there and enjoy the walk back along the under cliff walk to the Marina and back into town – perfect start to New Year.

And for the proper mental ones, you could meet up with the curious tribe of bearded creatures who swim everyday in the sea off Brighton. Beautiful people – little crazy – but beautiful!

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New Years Eve in Brighton – if you are not clubbing

Years Eve in Brighton – if you are not clubbing
Not everyone’s idea of a New Year’s Eve in Brighton is about clubbing. There are plenty of ways to celebrate into the without raving your arse off next to a wall of speakers…
Here’s a few suggestions for all the lovely people who are booking Christmas and New Year Hotel Breaks in Brighton over the Xmas and new year period. If you are on the coast looking to see in the new year with a not so loud bang, here’s a few ideas :
The Brighton Philharmonic
Yes, on the last day of the year the Brighton philharmonic will be treating audiences to a performance at the Brighton Dome. In Viennese style you’ll be treated to Wine, Women and Song by Strauss, and much more.
http://www.brightondome.org/events/Brighton-Philharmonic-Orchestra-New-Year’s-Eve-Viennese-Gala/4377
Krater Comedy Club New Year’s Eve Special
Yep, it’s till “ho, ho, ho” all the way up till 2012. Top acts, great food and excellent atmosphere at Komedia will have you chortling.
www.komedia.co.uk
Pubs in Brighton
Too many to mention, and they’ll all be celebrating in some way. We’ve our own favourites, but really it would be unfair to list them – we’d only be doing a disservice to all the other boozers and watering holes.
Here’s our latest pub of choice:  it’s welcoming, homey but not fusty, and has great open mic sessions attracting all ages.
Restaurants in Brighton
We’ve only just covered a selection that are running Xmas lunches in Brighton, so check there for ideas. Other favourites for celebrations are Donatello for its atmosphere
http://www.donatello.co.uk/

Not everyone’s idea of a New Year’s Eve in Brighton is about clubbing. There are plenty of ways to celebrate into the without raving your arse off next to a wall of speakers…

New Year in Brighton and no club Image: Flickr/Alexis Parkin

New Year in Brighton and no club Image: Flickr/Alexis Parkin

Here’s a few suggestions for all the lovely people who are booking Christmas and New Year Hotel Breaks in Brighton over the Xmas and new year period. If you are on the coast looking to see in the new year with a not so loud bang, here’s a few ideas :

The Brighton Philharmonic

Yes, on the last day of the year the Brighton philharmonic will be treating audiences to a performance at the Brighton Dome. In Viennese style you’ll be treated to Wine, Women and Song by Strauss, and much more.

Krater Comedy Club New Year’s Eve Special

Yep, it’s till “ho, ho, ho” all the way up till 2012. Top acts, great food and excellent atmosphere at Komedia will have you chortling.

Pubs in Brighton

Too many to mention, and they’ll all be celebrating in some way. We’ve our own favourites, but really it would be unfair to list them – we’d only be doing a disservice to all the other boozers and watering holes.

Restaurants in Brighton

We’ve only just covered a selection that are running Xmas lunches in Brighton, so check there for ideas. Other favourites for celebrations are Donatello for its atmosphere and The Lion and Lobster for its food.

We’ve pages here detailing What’s on in December

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Celebrating New Years Eve in Brighton

New Years Eve in Brighton, it’s the place to party! Take advantage of a deal on xmas and new year hotel rooms and get celebrating!

Whether you are looking for a pub for a pint or a club where you can dance all night, this town has both – and all manner of bars ibetween.

As you’ve guessed, there are packs of promoters pushing New Years Eve party tickets around Brighton.

Forget the flyers for a minute and have a read: Here’s a few class joints in which you can bring in the new year win proper Brighton style!

The Honey Club: New Year Party favourite

The Honey Club: New Year Party favourite

Funky Fish Club Marine Parade

Seems as if everyone in this town has a story from the Funky Fish Club! Always look more like a reception from a budget wedding than a nightclub. All goes to help create one of the best club atmospheres found in this town. Not a place to take yourself too seriously but to have a seriously good time.

Funky Fish, soul, Motown and arse – wiggling madness guaranteed and only £11 in advance.

Proud Brighton Ballroom 83 St Georges Road

First shake your arse now it’s a bit of claaas. Party in style after a three-course feast. Expect frilly knickers and temptation in Brighton’s decadent den of food and frolics.

Oceana Kings Road West

Oceana is running what it claims to be its biggest New Year’s Eve party ever! Expect predictable fun and games and the sort of night you thought you’d grown out of, but probably haven’t. If five bars and two rooms isn’t enough, you should move abroad.

Honey Club Kings Road Arches

Another club with a bit of a rep, the Honey Club, has an ‘I Love R&B & Good Times’ party. So expect it to be packed for classic disco in one room, and pumping R&B in an other and did some one mention Champagne and Canapés? Check out the VIP deals going for a booth, with general tickets fair at £20. Champagne Showers…

Audio 10 Marine Parade

New Years Eve in Brighton with a 1920’s twist. Audio brings live swing to the mix and confuses everyone. Got to love it. Try to remember what clubbing was like before Audio… Perfect end to a very busy year – and nights here don’t end till long into next year!

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‘Kovak’ interviewed before Brighton free music session

Brighton electropop tunesters Kovak are getting noticed way beyond the Brighton manor.

So, with a free gig on Saturday, and before it all gets out of hand and the majors start chucking chunks of cash around, we thought it was time we caught up with them.

Here’s Darren, Kovak’s drummer:

Q: You’ve been busy, and tongues are definitely wagging. So, what’s the masterplan?

The plan?? To be come rich and famous and tour the world playing music! Or something like that. Maybe the odd Rolls in a swimming pool too..

Kovak Photographer: Elliot Nicol

'Kovak' Image: Elliot Nicol

Q: The band: who’s from where?

Me (Dazza Drums) and my Brother Karl (Guitar) are from Maidstone, although Karl was actually born in Cornwall, but we’ve been in Brighton a few years now! Martin (Keys/Bass) is from Kidderminster (up north right?), and Annelies (the voice) is actually from Belgium.

Q: Brighton’s packed with bands. Does that make it easier for musicians or more difficult?

Well… hhmmm, tough one that… to be honest i suppose the more bands there are the trickier it is to get noticed, but we don’t mind a bit of competition!!!

I suppose if there were only 100 bands in the world, yes would be a lot easier to get noticed!!

Q: We’re still hooked back into 80s culture, which bands really defined the period for you?

For me personally i wasn’t really a fan of the 80’s!!! But i suppose looking back now i would say Duran Duran, Pixies, Joy Division/New Order, AH SOO MANY!! …Can I say The Police??? Kinda late 70’s i suppose!!! And i love a bit of Indie and Grunge, but that was more late 80’s early 90’s.

Q:The guy who plays the wheelybin/watercooler drum kit  around Brighton: drummer or nutter?

Ah yes i know the one… eeerrr NUTTA! But he is quite good

Q: When you leave town for a while, which part of Brighton do you take with you?

THE BEACH!!!!!

You’ve been busy, and tongues are definitely wagging. So, what’s the masterplan?
The plan?? To be come rich and famouse and tour the world playing music! Or something like that. Maybe the odd Rolls in a swimming pool too..
The band: who’s from where? (areas of Brighton, or if they came here to study just say).
Me (Dazza Drums) and my Brother Karl (Guitar) are from Maidstone, although Karl was actually born in Cornwall, but we’ve been in Brighton a few years now!
Martin (Keys/Bass) is from Kidderminster (up north right?)
Annelies (the voice) is actually from Belgium
Brighton’s packed with bands. Does that make it easier for musicians or more difficult?
Well… hhmmm, tough one that… to be honest i suppose the more bands there are the trickier it is to get noticed, but we dont mind a bit of competition!!!
I suppose if there were only 100 bands in the world, yes would be a lot easier to get noticed!!
We’re still hooked back into 80s culture, which bands really defined the period for you?
For me personally i wasnt really a fan of the 80’s!!! But i suppose looking back now i would say Duran Duran, Pixies, Joy Division/New Order, AH SOO MANY!! …Can i say The Police??? Kinda late 70’s i suppose!!! And i love a bit of Indie and Grunge, but that was more late 80’s early 90’s
The guy who plays the wheelybin/watercooler drum kit  around Brighton: drummer or nutter?
Ah yes i know the one… eeerrr NUTTA! But he is quite good
When you leave town for a while, which part of Brighton do you take with you? (which memory – location, moment etc)
THE BEACH!!!!!

Catch Kovak live this weekend in Brighton during White Night@ The Blind Tiger Club (formerly Hector’s House) 7pm till 4am, with Kovak on at midnight.

For more info on the band, share this post, then hook up with them on Facebook here.

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Fancy ice-skating during half term in Brighton?

Yes, we’ve just spotted there are loads more activities on during this half term week in Brighton. Possibly the most interesting is running at Churchill Square shopping centre where they have set up an ice rink.

It’s not a real ice rink, but still plenty of fun for all the family if you are visiting Brighton during half term.

It’s £6 per 20-minute session and it’s all part of publicity for the latest production by the Holiday on Ice people who are launching ‘Tropicana’ in January next year.

The rink is an ‘off-ice’ rink – so there’s no skates and not even any ice! Opened by dancers from the show, the rink is ready for fun all week.

Cold but cool - Image Flickr/Leonski

Cold but cool - Image Flickr/Leonski

Fans of the real ice-skating enjoying Christmas and New Year in Brighton can bring their own skates when they book into their Brighton BnB from November 12. The Royal Pavilion will again play host to an ice rink and restaurant all the way up till January 22.

With excellent food and a fantastic location, the winter ice-skating will be another must-do activity on family weekends in Brighton well into the New Year.

More details emerging about the Gastro delights known only as ‘Feast’ have appeared on the Peppermintbars Blog -not often we big up another Brighton blog, but we liked reading this one.

Tickets for the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, please visit: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

More ways to enjoy half term in Brighton

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Enjoy half term in Brighton

Yes, it’s nearly Halloween and the little horrors will soon be keeping us up with their tricks – and demanding an endless supply of treats no doubt. Well, if you need them entertained book a BnB in Brighton and take a look at the range of events we’ve got coming up next week.

Autumn sun and half term fun!

Autumn sun and half term fun!

Child Friendly Brighton has the most comprehensive listing of what’s on – here’s our pick of the best entertainment for families in Brighton and nearby.

Gorrid the Horrid

Live music, puppets and animation combined in this children’s fright fest. Turn up in fancy dress and you can win a prize. Ideal for kids aged 4-10 yrs and good offers on family tickets.

B-Starz Academy Half Term Boot Camp

Industry pros help kids burn off their half term excitement with classes in dance, acting and singing. There’s a fee involved, but the course runs till Thursday and all students get to perform in the live show. Ideal for kids aged 7-11 and 12-16 yrs.

Halloween Lantern Walk

The weekend in Brighton is when the activities really get going. Starting in Preston Park on Saturday 29 there’s a lantern walk, with prizes for the best lanterns and fancy dress costumes. Wrap up warm and keep the creeps away.

Visiting Brighton for the first time, have a look at our Brighton What’s On page.

And for more details and inspiration for the October half term, here’s the planner and a great resource for child friendly activities.

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