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What’s happening on this year’s Xmas weekends in Brighton

Christmas is coming! It may be only the beginning of November, but it’s already time to get planning your xmas weekends in Brighton – and a closer look at the What’s on pages reveals the celebs are lining up to entertain you…

Saturdays - playing Tuesday 6/12 in Brighton

Saturdays - playing Tuesday 6/12 in Brighton

People always love Brighton in the summer – hardly surprising – but they often overlook the town as a destination to spend a Christmas weekend. And the week between Xmas and New Year is the perfect time to pick up a deal on a B&B in Brighton. Why, because while everyone else is snoozing off the food and putting up with the in-laws and screaming kids – the clever people get away from it all, get themselves off to the seafront and pick up Christmas & New Year hotel offers.

Attractions in Brighton are year-round and the entertainment venues have some of the best acts on over the Xmas hols.

Here’s a quick ‘what’s on’ this Xmas in Brighton at the Brighton Centre – and let’s play spot the international superstars…

Brighton Centre

The Saturdays, Bryan Adams, Status Quo, Jools Holland, Steven Merchant, Example

And in January ‘One Direction’ are in town – much teen screaming!

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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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Nights out in Brighton: It’s White Night

Everybody knows this town parties all night – but usually it’s an experience you only get on weekends in Brighton that feature either a stag or a hen, or booze-crazed summer beach benders.

White Night

White Night: all-night culture

Well, one night of the year this all changes. On October 29th one of the city’s most celebrated cultural events; White Night aims to keep us up long past the wee wee hours, with a programme of arts and entertainments.

Set to coincide with the end of British Summer Time, it’s a celebration of an extra hour of darkness. Strange and wonderful things happen at night – as you shall see…

A mix of indoor and outdoor events fills the witching hours. As the saying goes, there’s something for everyone – and something for everyone who’s a little weird…

Urban Future Golf has got our attention, as has Pedal Cinema -an event running at the Fortune of War where you’ll get the chance to generate enough power to keep the movies showing.

But, if you like full-on, interactive art experiences, with DJs and cocktails, take a gander at ‘Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness’, which runs at the Phoenix Gallery.

And if you are arriving at the train station and just passing through on your way to your accommodation in Brighton, pop your head into the window of the BBC offices on Queen’s Road there’s an all night screening of rare archive footage.

Visiting Brighton for the first time? White Night proves what us lucky residents already know: this is a town of delights and truly memorable nights.

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Go-karting in Brighton gets green light

Driving here is usually just the start of weekends in Brighton: the closer you get to the sea, the more your mates start playing up, and revving up for a night out.

Ready to go karting near Brighton?

Ready to go karting near Brighton?

Well, fans of the track will be pleased to hear they can stay at a Brighton B&B then make their way to a brand new go-kart course setting up near the city.

The design was picked from entries to a competition run by TeamSportUK who are building tracks all over the UK -so don’t expect the round-and-around or boring figure of 8 set-up.

Penned by Rob McGeown from Horsham – I think he gets to drive for free – this is a multi-level track with a ‘Monaco-style tunnel’ and a capacity for 12 karts – location tbc.

Ready to open on October 22nd the organisers are taking advance bookings and it’s probably wise to get ahead of the crowd.

With top speeds of 45mph the karts should thrill without the spills, and definitly add something special to hen and stag weekends in Brighton – you just know the stag parties are going to be queing up around the block for this one!

And there’s no real need to drive here either, travelling to Brighton is easy on South Coast Train services. But if four wheels is the way you roll we’ve maps and directions to help.

For more details about the go-karting in Brighton – or near Brighton – keep an eye out for further details – we’ll update on Facebook so just follow us there.

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Xmas in Brighton and New Year Hotel Breaks – Book early!

After such a stunning summer, many more people look set to return and book in for their Xmas in Brighton. Not only is the town set for a bumper Xmas but also New Year’s celebrations in Brighton are again going to get crazy.

Xmas in Brighton

Xmas in Brighton

With so much interest we’ve already come up with some great discounts for dates between Christmas and New Year.

Christmas holiday breaks can be had from Dec 27th – 29th at a fantastic 25% discount.

There’s many more  Xmas and New Year offers available. You can get a free night when you book a four-night New Years holiday in Brighton – and there’s the much-loved free late checkout, giving you till 1pm to shake off the night before.

Look out for 16% off bookings of two nights and 21% off bookings of 3 nights and more.

There’ll be the usually office parties, get-together’s and family reunions. And, try as you might to ignore Christmas , its spirit has a way of creeping up on you. So, good luck to you if you’ve had enough of it for one year and plan to lock yourself in with a crate of beer and a mountain of movies – but we’ll still see you out celebrating when it comes to the big day.

Happy New Year

Party on!

So, what’s happening over the festive period? Well, keep in touch and watch out for our Facebook posts – we’ll get together everything that’s festive and fun so you’ll know what’s in store when you visit our Brighton B&B.

It’s only 80 days till Christmas! Unbelievable – and we were swimming in the sea yesterday, in October!

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Get some VW lovin this weekend in Brighton

Organisers of The Brighton Breeze – the annual VW camper run to Brighton – couldn’t have picked a better day to roll: this weekend in Brighton the weather is set to be roasting!

VW Splitty, V cool

VW Splitty, V cool

Bathing in the embers of an Indian summer heat-wave, it’s this weekend the owners of VW campers will be making their annual pilgrimage to the sea.

So if you are on Brighton seafront on Saturday, watch out for split-screen VW legends in all their finery. The ‘fun-run’ leaves from Hook Road Arena (Surrey) at 08.30 and ends at Madeira Drive.

Organised by the Split-Screen Van Club the drive is likely to feature the classic ’splitty’, that said, membership is open to all owners – from camp camper lovers to fans of the pimped-out and customised models.

Made with the DNA of a beetle, the VW van is a motoring classic. And while there’s no guarantee all of them will be getting to Brighton on time and little chance of there being any surfing when they do, looking cool is always welcomed around these parts.

Wagons role! And our favourite model? Has to be the pick-up, and I’ve no idea why, just looks amazing.

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Brighton’s top 5 watersports

As the summer has decided to grant us one more flourish, it could be the last time for us mere mortals to grab a weekend in Brighton and take to the water before the warmth leaves our Sussex skies.

Here’s 5 watersports offered in Brighton.

Swimming

Easy! Provided you can swim. Temperatures are pushing well into the 20s so it’s a great chance to get in one more dip. Here’s a Brighton beach guide and here some obvious advice to follow from the RNLI but generally you’re fine just leisure swimming off most parts of Brighton beach.

Boat trips

Visiting with the family? Take them to the marina and look up the boat trips. There’s no better way to watch the sunset than from a boat.

SUP for hire in Brighton. Image: Flickr/dcysurfer

SUP for hire in Brighton. Image: Flickr/dcysurfer

Canoeing, Kayaking and Oddboarding

There’s a school/surf shop worth investigating if you’re after an active family weekend in Brighton. Take a look at the range of things to do at Brighton Watersports - if you’re wondering what the deal is with standing up on a surfboard, it’s actually Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and the school does 2-hr lessons for £30.

Dingy sailing

Get yourself to Lagoon Watersports if you want to learn how to sail. In fact, it has courses in just about everything and beginners get to practice on the calm waters of Hove lagoon.

Jet ski

Fancy hitting the water with a little more power than that fond in the wind? Hire a jetski at Sussex Marine Watersports down the coast in Southwick. They’ll even escort you out to sea so you can get the hang of it.

Current special offers at Hove Lagoon include 50% off some courses

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The Ghosts of Brighton

The dawn walkers you see wandering the seafront on weekends in Brighton aren’t zombies, they’re just clubbers who couldn’t get enough! Still, there are some places in Brighton where the dead can be found… And if you know the right man, you can walk in their footsteps.

Rob Marks keeps strange company. And creepy tales unfold as he takes people on a ghost walk of the Lanes , and through the dark history of the city. He explains more:

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

The Brighton Ghost Walk is very popular, but when did you start your wanderings?

I began my wandering around the Lanes three years ago. I had carried out extensive research into the many alleged hauntings in the area and scripted the show three years before.

The walk’s for all ages, but are there some tales you have to leave untold?

The walk is essentially light-hearted fun and I tend to juxtapose the dramatic intensity of the stories with comic respite. I carry a Gladstone bag filled with props relating to my tales; some mildly gruesome. However, the kids love it and I always make a special point of bonding with them throughout the walk.  I made a point of choosing tales that were suitable for all age-ranges so there are none that I would leave untold. There are occasions when I have simplified the language for younger groups and left out any risqué jokes.

Ever been really spooked yourself?

I’ve been doing this for a long time in Brighton and York. One thing I’m pretty sure of is that ghosts can’t harm you. Nevertheless, I did once feel a tad spooked when visiting an old empty, part derelict house that I was later told was haunted.

Most weekends in Brighton are peaceful affairs, so why walk with its ghosts?

Weekends in Brighton are also fun affairs and the ghost walk is all about having fun.

What’s the town’s most haunted spot?

The original fishing quarter, now know of as the Lanes, is unquestionably the most haunted part of the city. There is hardly a street or lane that does not have a spectral connection.

If you came back to haunt the town, where would you hang out?

New Road, opposite the Pavilion Gardens. It’s a delightful spot to sit and while away an hour of two over coffee and watch the world go by.


Take a look at Rob’s video on the Ambassador Facebook page.

Bringing your family to the coast this weekend? We’ve family rooms in Brighton.

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Brighton Art Fair: four days of surprises

Weekends in Brighton are always good for a bargain. And it’s not just Brighton accommodation offers that are drawing the bargain hunters; anyone for an eye for second-hand furniture and art will already have rummaged to their heart’s content in the curio spots and shops of the North Laine area.

'Madeira Lift' by Gillian Bates

'Madeira Lift' by Gillian Bates

Coming soon, it’s a more organised affair: The Brighton Art Fair. Running from 22nd September, through to Sunday in the Corn Exchange, Church Street.

Just don’t expect the random nick-knacks found in other spots around town; over the four days the best of local talent is showing, along with some national artists, giving the public direct access to paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures.

There are 130 artists showing work, so the £6 entry fee is money well spent.

Of those with work in the fair, we’re really impressed with Rachael Heavens & Ed Boxall, and have been fans of Sylvie Howitt and Gillian Bates for some time.

Interested? Get down for the Friday and spend the weekend in Brighton. There’s more here than the beach, the shops, the pubs, the parks, the clubs, the shows, the curious residents, etc etc.

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Fed up? Weekends in Brighton are filled with top nosh

For food fans there’s nothing better: a whole month of food-related events. Yes, it’s the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival! And it’s on for all of the weekends in Brighton this September.

Munch fest

Munch fest

And if you thought it was just about filling your boots and filling your bellies, you’d be wrong: there’s also cheese rolling…

Other highlights include a session with Antonio Carluccio as he serves up some of his favourite dishes of the last 50 years.

And for those of you who just can’t have a night out without a cocktail, there’s the finals of the ‘Mix Off Cocktail Competition.’

So expect stalls and delights aplenty as once again the city gets its gastro on. Weekends in Brighton have never looked so tasty – there’s always great food and drink in Brighton, so all we need is the weather, and if the current spate of sunshine is anything to go by, we’ll be tucking into those cocktails for a few weeks yet!

More information on the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival

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