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Visiting Brighton? You should visit Hove, too

Planning on visiting Brighton, you really should make the effort to get yourself along the coast to Hove. The two overlap somewhere and it’s pretty difficult to tell them apart.

Get this far and you're in Hove

Get this far and you're in Hove

That is until you get further into Hove, where you’ll notice fewer large stores and shops, and more residential buildings. Top Tip: Walk along the seafront until you get to an Italian café/ ice-cream shop called Morrocco’s. You’re in Hove.

Hove actually makes for an excellent visit, with all sorts of cultural events going on. This month is a great example. Here’s the main events going in Hove this month.

Sussex Beer and Cider Festival (8-10 March)

A regular on the calendar, this will be the 22nd Sussex Beer and Cider Festival. Look of for some top independent brewers, and you’ll need to be quick with tickets as this is one festival that you can guarantee will sell out! As well as beers and ciders, there are perries and country wines to be sampled. And there’s one bar set aside just for local ales. There’s also live entertainment planned and hot food!

And walk back to Brighton

And walk back to Brighton

My Favourite Toy (From 10 March)

My Favourite Toy (not an adult show) opens at the Hove Museum and Art Gallery on 10 March. You’ll be able to look at our fascination with toys and enjoy work created by children and young people in Brighton & Hove. Great one for the family enjoying a long weekend in Brighton – especially after you blagged your way free to get into the beer festival…

And the following weekend it’s the vege festival.

Vegfest UK ( 17-18 March)

If you think you need meat to make a meal tasty, thing again. Get your primitive urges in check and check out the piles of food products all laid out around Hove Town Hall. As always there will be bits and bobs to try, and special offers to tempt the eye and wallet.

Then finish your weekend visiting Brighton with a long walk back to town along the seafront. It’s not far, and let’s face it tofu doesn’t weigh anything anyway!

For more family friendly events in Brighton look up this great resource ChildfriendlyBrighton

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Visiting Brighton and its ‘Greeters’

Many cities claim to offer a warm welcome, but to put out teams of ‘Greeters’ for people visiting Brighton is unheard off. What do these people do? Is it free? And will they just drag you off to a pub for a pint and some midday drag act?

Let your Greeter take you there Photo: Flickr/OliverN5

Let your 'Greeter' take you there Photo: Flickr/OliverN5

Well, we’ve been looking into it. And sadly there’s no boozing or man-serenades – bit early in the day.

But, you can ‘Book your Greet’ and get matched up with a Brighton resident who will guide you towards the best things to see in Brighton.

Each session last up to six hours and you can get as many as five friends to come along with you. So for people visiting Brighton it’s perfect. Hop of the train and get a guided tour. How good is that!

Not just for Brighton virgins; if you’ve visited before you can still get in on the initiative – run by Visit Brighton.

You book online, giving details of the hotel in Brighton or the Brighton B&B you’re staying in, and the preferred date and time of your Greet.

Although not guaranteed – visits are ’subject to Greeter availability’ – if you book in advance and schedule it for the first part of your trip to Brighton, there’s a good chance you’ll get one.

And if you don’t, not to worry: there are lots of day trips near Brighton to see and do in Brighton – and there’s always somewhere you can grab a pint – drag act might have to wait till later, mind.

And if you’re Scottish, this whole blog post could mean something completely different. But don’t greet about it…

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Brighton UK : Why our friends from Europe start and finish in Brighton

Brighton UK is not just a weekend favourite, it’s also traditionally where many visitors from Europe start off and finish their whirlwind tours of the UK.

Europe's coming to Brighton

Europe's coming to Brighton

Now, you’d think they’d just jump off the plane and rush into overpriced London digs. Well, they don’t; they get a weekend in Brighton, chill out and plan their route from here.

And, often they also finish their trip with a night here, too.

So, why would you choose to stay your first weekend in Brighton?

Here are five good reasons:

Close to the airport

Flights into Gatwick drop off passengers from all over Europe, and it’s just around the corner. Well, Brighton UK is just 30 mins by train, but it’s still better than heading the other way into London.

To help prepare

If you’ve arrived after hours of connections and faffing around, the last thing you need is to be chucked in the middle of it all, when really you should be taking the time to chill and prepare for the next 7, 10 days of holiday.

Brighton’s a special place

You know it, we all know it, and by the time they leave, they’ll know it too: Brighton UK is unlike any other town. And if you make the effort to come here, you’ll enjoy special offers on Brighton Accommodation and soon see why.

It’s the beach, stoopid!

Yes, everyone loves a beach. And given the chance, most people would rather wake up next to the sea than between two tower blocks. So what if it’s not summer! Get a bit of sunlight going and Brighton brightens, regardless of the temperature.

To wind down

Yes, not only do tourists spend their first few nights in Brighton, they also book a weekend at the end to check out the things to do in Brighton before they leave. It’s a bit of a treat and a time to relax and reflect on their holiday – most tourists stick to the south, but often roam all the way to Cornwall and back, so resting up at the end often helps finish their trip to Brighton UK in style.

And of course they come for the nudist beach! But probably just to laugh at the 10 or so Brits brave enough to put their crown jewels on display.

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5 stereotypes of Brighton – that are true!

Its a wonderful place, it’s unique  and every weekend people grab hotel offers looking to arrive at the last minute and take a chance.

The straightest man in the village...

The straightest man in the village...

But if any city has a bit of a reputation, it’s Brighton. We’ve all been there: in a conversation with someone from another town, once you’ve said you are from Brighton pretty soon some half-arsed comment gets sent back in your direction. “Oh, it’s full of gay people, isn’t it? that kind of thing.

Well, we love living here. And we know that everyone who visits leaves with a good impression – and sometimes they never leave at all…

There’s plenty of sterotypes about Brighton, and we are glad to say that many of them are true!

Here’s 5 unlikely things said about Brighton which are actually true.

People skateboard to work

Oh yes they do!  There was even a crazy roller-blading guy on Lewes Rd. Whoever he was , he’d be seen roller-blading his way into town in just a pair of shorts, even in winter.

It’s full of gay people

Oh yes, of course its full of gay people: it’s Brighton! But don’t think its Mardi Gras everyday, in fact the best thing you can do is not think. This is the gay capital of the country – it sets the standard – and frankly on most days you’d be pushed to even notice,  so get over it.

It’s a party town, just for party people

No, it’s a party  town for everyone! Our hotel offers attract every type of visitor, from young couples to pensioners to students: the town isn’t some naff fairground and club zone. But oh yes, we party!

Pier and Beach

Got to love it

It’s a freakshow

Damn right it is! Be all you can be, be everything you can be – in this town everything goes. So the people who would stand out in other places, fit right in. And we love to celebrate it so watch out for parades, street parties, punks and pimps.

It’s the end of ambition

I couldn’t believe it when a friend of mine told me this. His new colleague in London said, “Brighton: it’s the end of ambition, isn’t it?” F**k off! this city is buzzing for business, and is set to recover faster than any other in the country because of its progressive attitudes.

We love it because it’s great for families, too – not just digital media coolios and dykes on bikes – take a look at our Brighton local events and what’s happening on half term in Brighton and you’ll get the idea.

Come and stay with our hotel offers and find out for yourselves.

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Bike weekends in Brighton: Roll up, Roll up!

Let's ride

Let's ride!

Weekends in Brighton are the perfect antidote to the seasonal flu we’ve all been suffering from, especially when you’ve got a bike and an afternoon free.

So what if you want to cycle when you are visiting Brighton? Can you just roll up (sorry) and hire a bike for the day? The simple answer is: Yes. And there’s moves afoot to roll-out (again) an official city-wide bike hire thingy.

But until Brighton gets its Boris Bikes, there are still a few opportunities for families coming to Brighton for the weekend to get on a bike and ride.

In the summer months there are several places to get a two-wheeler, and from spring you’ll see a couple of rental places spring put of hibernation from the arches just behind the sea front.

Let’s hope Boris Bikes don’t put these people out of business…

Brighton is one of those cycling towns the previous government invested money into, and it appears to have paid off. From the end of the Hove Lawns all the way to the Marina there’s cycle paths. And you’ll find them around town – even though they are confusing at first.

So if you are planning future weekends visiting Brighton, bring your bike. Or take a look at the links below to find the best in the Brighton Bike Business – they’ll soon have you up and running (riding, doh!).

Weekend breaks in Brighton

Rayment Cycles

Littlehampton Dutch Bike Shop

M’s Cycle Hire

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Brighton’s Gay Men’s Chorus: Interviewed

Bursting onto our TV screens back in 2008 during the BBC’s Last Choir Standing, Brighton’s Gay Men’s Chorus has gone on to represent Brighton and the gay choral tradition in a number of ways.

Rod Edmunds

Rod Edmunds

Here, on the eve of its Pride performance, Rod Edmunds, the chorus’ chairman, reveals all…

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Palace Pier beach gets top rating!

Brighton’s Palace Pier beach has been awarded the top standard in the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide!

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Palace Pier beach gets top ranking!

We’ve always known it is a great place to swim and chill. So it’s little surprise that the MCS report was so flattering when it came to checking out our favourite hangout. So here are some of the quotes from the MCS report:

Water grade 2010: Highest UK standard for bathing quality (recommended for the last three years!).

Meets European water quality standards

Things to do: Swimming, surfing, seafront promenade walks, kite flying, many summer festivals.

Local Facilities: food, toilets, disabled toilets, shops, litter bins.

Wildlife & Walks: Coastal walks include the famous Seven Sisters path along the south coast.

Litter: Beaches cleaned daily.

“Highly popular shingle and sand beach serving one of Britain’s most famous seaside resorts. Local attractions include the refurbished pier, fun fairs, arcades and local shopping.”

The beach was also praised for having plentiful parking.

No excuse then, get those bags packed and get ready for a great beach bank holiday weekend!

Check out the discounts we have, or call the hotel to book.

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Sun love, not sunburn

Stay safe in the sun

Stay safe in the sun

We all love sitting with the family on Brighton beach. It’s safe, it’s clean and it’s so much fun. But take care, at times it gets a lot hotter than you might think and before you know it, it’s lobster time!
With the massive bank holiday approaching and loads of people visiting the city – some with families, others with stag and hen parties – it’s time for some expert sun protection advice.
Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll go home happy and rested, not battered and knackered!
• Avoid the midday sun
• Cover up: we all like a tan, but it’s more important to protect your skin. Wear caps and hats and lightweight clothing.
• Find out your skin type, some people need more protection than others. Consider how much protection you should have, and investigate UVB/UVA rays – the sun emits both.
• Use creams to protect your skin: Apply before you go out, not afterwards and check they are in date, then re-apply throughout the day.
• Children have especially sensitive skin so keep an eye on your youngsters. If in doubt, give them a break under a parasol between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest.
• In fact, give yourself a break during these hours, too. If Brighton’s recent weather is anything to go by, you’ll still have plenty of time to tan.
Excellent general sun care advice is available here: http://tinyurl.com/39629ml
Specialist advice for protecting children, here: http://tinyurl.com/37cav45

We all love sitting with the family on Brighton beach. It’s safe, it’s clean and it’s so much fun. But take care, at times it gets a lot hotter than you might think and before you know it, it’s lobster time!

With the massive bank holiday approaching and loads of people visiting the city – some with families, others with stag and hen parties – it’s time for some expert sun protection advice.

Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll go home happy and rested, not battered and knackered!

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The Pavilion: It’s time for a visit

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion

You’d be surprised just how many people live in Brighton with their families and kids, and never visit the Pavilion. It took us five years to make the trip, and it was well worth it.

The Pavilion is one of the most iconic of Brighton landmarks; along with both piers, it is one of Brighton’s defining pieces of architecture.

If you’re worried it’s going to be a boring history lecture in a dusty old room, don’t be. I was enchanted on my first visit; it’s a fascinating place.

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What a weekend!

Sunday, what a day! In fact, what a weekend!

Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier.

Glorious sunny weather, the lanes alive with Brighton’s finest, our beaches packed with families and party people, and thousands of new visitors; it couldn’t get much better!

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