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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.
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’Share on Facebook
Now the full heat of the summer has past, a weekend in Brighton is a time when you can be a little more active. So, instead of just lolling on the beach or shopping, use the city as a base for day trips in Brighton and get exploring.
The South Downs Society has organised a week of walks and strolls across the South Downs – the UK’s newest national park.
There’s fifteen different routes marked out, with plenty on offer for tourists after family weekends in Brighton as well as for more enthusiastic wanderers.
There’s no cost involved and you’ll be getting access to some of the finest countryside and attractions.
The shortest walk is just 4.5 miles, the longest 14 miles. This weekend, there are two longer routes to explore, both easily accessible from Brighton.
On Saturday, walkers will start from Billingshurst Station and enjoy 11.5 miles of Sussex tracks and trails – with a pub stop in Wisborough Green. Those fancying a little more strenuous endeavours should opt for the final route of the week, from Bosham Station via Devil’s Humps for a picnic stop, before walking on to West Ashling.
Visiting Brighton you’ll find walks all week, and for more information check the South Downs Society website.
Budget weekends in Brighton don’t come much cheaper than this, all walks are free – just remember to bring the must-have fashion accessory of any late British summer: the waterproof!Share on Facebook
Just when you thought the summer was over, it makes a comeback. And just when you thought there were no festivals left, more appear!
The Shakedown Festival
Set in the wonderful, yet often overlooked, Stanmer Park, this could be the final festival fling. Now with its licence granted by the council, the gloves are off and the big names are lined up for one of the biggest weekends in Brighton this year.
Razorlight top the bill at ‘Brighton’s Summer Closing Party’ along with Example – he’s got a new album out aroundabout now.
If the DJ set from 2manydj’s does anything to get close to their album ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax pt2′ – which is playing right now as I write – I’ll be most impressed. Zane Lowe makes the line-up as do local pretenders Kovak.
Brighton music fans will know this band well, as they have been building quite a following. Good luck to them, see you all there!
Shakedown festival is on the 17th September, here’s where to get your Shakedown tickets
Here’s a map how to get to Stanmer Park
And if you live local, here’s how to get discounted hotel roomsShare on Facebook
There’s so much organised for this weekend in Brighton, we just had to do another post!
So, with a little help from Child Friendly Brighton & Hove we’ve got even more activities to get the kids playing and enjoying the half-term in Brighton.
Cinderella in Churchill Square
Theatre Royal Brighton present a fun-filled half term week with FREEstorytelling sessions, craft activities, competitions and a Cinderella trail. Children are invited to come in fancy dress on Friday as Cinderella herself will make an appearance! Monday 25 – Friday 29 October 11am – 4pm at Churchill Square Brighton.
Half term activities at King Alfred Leisure Centre All week from 25-30 Oct:
Mini Fun, Mini Mayhem, Artworld, Junior Fitness, Sports. Low cost activities, the age range for activities are from under 5s right through to 12-16 years. See website events calendar for details:
Spring Barn Farm Park
Come and enjoy a Spooky Halloween week on the farm. Activities take place daily from Sat 23rd – Sun 31st October.
Wear your spookiest outfit when you come to the farm on these dates.Prizes for best dressed
On the 31st theFarmhouse Kitchen will be open until 8.30pm and the farm open until 9pm so come along and enjoy the Halloween fun on the farm. Normal entry applies. A small charge will be made for face painting and pumpkin carving.
Wizard Weekend at Bluebell Railway Bluebell Railway is a heritage steam railway running through Sussex.
There will be Wizard Shows at Horsted Keynes at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, Scary Subway, Hunt the bat competition, Face Painting, Fancy Dress Competition at Horsted Keynes at 1.20pm, Scary story telling and Special train service.
For details on ticket prices and how to book please visit www.bluebell-railway.com/event/wizard-weekend/
We’ve plenty of half-term offers, take a look:
For more information from Child Friendly Brighton & Hove, visit their web site here.Share on Facebook
Well, just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean it’s an end to the festival season.
If you are coming to Brighton with your family, or just taking a leisurely stroll along the seafront, drop in to Brunswick Square, you’re sure to have a good time.
The Brunswick Festival now runs over two consecutive weekends, but this weekend is the one for the townsfolk.
Imagine a festival organised by residents, not event organisers; think homegrown talent and homegrown foods. It’s a local festival for local people, but everyone’s always welcome.
There’s usually a main stage for the live bands and oddball children’s entertainers, lots of food stalls and enough Reiki healers and Yoga practitioners to chill an army. Imagine it: A Yoga army! No more destruction, just very supple and well-grounded enemies – very nice end to the weekend thankyouverymuch.
You’ll find bric-a-brac stalls to rummage through, hear tunes you’ll dance to, and sample lots of home brewed beer – it was lovely the last two times we went, no doubt it will be great this weekend.
There is just one problem though: If you are visiting with your family and children, it will make you want to move to Brunswick Square, it’s lovely, and the festival is a showcase of the Brighton community at its best.
Bring a rug, bring a kaftan, bring whoever you find along the way, even bring your gran. It’s going down (peacefully) this weekend in Brunswick Square.Share on Facebook
If you’re arriving in Brighton for the first time this weekend you are in for a pleasant surprise: it’s Pride 2010! Brighton celebrates all sexualities, and from today you will really see them all, because it’s ’showtime’!
This is Brighton: it is different, it is special and this weekend it’s the Pride festival. So, who better to explain the delights and dramas of Pride than trustee Geoffrey Bowden, interviewed here:
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If you think it’s fun to be beside the seaside, you should also try a bit of park life. With lots of Regency/Victorian era parks, Brighton has plenty of green spaces in which the kids can play.
The nearest and perhaps the dearest to Kemp town is Queen’s Park. Staying in the Ambassador Hotel, you could be forgiven for just looking south for your fun. But just ten minutes walk away is an oasis of calm, free from the shoppers, party goers, and beach dwellers.
Entry to the park is via the unremarkable Egremont Place . From here it widens and fills, with fairytale paths, lawns and low-hanging branches. First opened to the public in 1892, this park was formely privately owned and retains much of its gravitas to this day.Share on Facebook
Ahh, Seven Dials. If you know Seven Dials, it’s probably just a transitionary place to you. The thing that sticks out in my mind about Seven Dials is the view up the hill when you walk up from Brighton Station.
If you climb the hill directly bordering the station, you’ll be treated to the most spectatular view of the city. If you are a Londoner it’s a comparable view to Muswell Hill in North London. Read the rest of this entry »Share on Facebook