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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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Weekends in Brighton: get to the beach!

With the summer enjoying a second stretch, we thought it best to pull together the best bits of Brighton beach. Weekends in Brighton will always feature fun and games on the beach- whether that’s with the family and kids, or with a nightclub random or long-term lover.

Weekends in Brighton: Get to the beach!

Weekends in Brighton: Get to the beach!

The beach is a magnet: Even if your mission is just to go shopping in Brighton, there are few roads that don’t lead to the sea.

For the full-blown Brighton beach experience you’d need to head between the piers. Packed, rammed, chocca, however you want to describe it, it’s going to be busy.

It’s this bustle, and blatant fun and sun-seeking that most people look for. Get yourselves along to the basketball courts, and keep your ears open: there’s this random band that turns up and plays outside of one of the bars.

If your weekends in Brighton are planned to be more family-oriented, look left of the Palace Pier as it gets quieter – but don’t look too far: the closer you get to the marina, the fewer clothes people wear – and the nudist beach in Kemp Town is far from family-friendly!

Headed in the other direction, it’ll take you a good 20 minutes’ walk before the crowds lessen. And for real peace and quiet – more BBQs, fewer boogie boxes – head all the way to the Hove end.

Family beach safety advice (RNLI)

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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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Visiting Brighton on a Budget

Visiting Brighton this summer you’ll be keen to keep costs down – there’s the cost of transport, food and entertainment, as well as the price of your bed and breakfast in Brighton.

Free fun in Brighton

Free fun in Brighton

Sticking to our reputation of being the best value and most characterful Brighton BnB, we’ve put together a list of things to do in Brighton for the family that are either cheap, or free.

You’d be very surprised just how much you can offer your family, with no need to break the bank.

Here goes:

All Month

Dinosaurs in Churchill Square. Thanks to a partnership with the Natural History Museum, Churchill Square shopping centre is now home to some of the most impressive animated dinos you’ll ever get to see. Price: FREE and not to be missed!

07 July

SOURCE New Music – Upcoming stars of the Brighton music scene and special guest perform at the Brighton Dome. Price: just £4 –

07 July

‘Bloomsbury in Brighton’ walking tour. Rose Collis,  author of ‘The New Encyclopaedia of Brighton’ leads a tour of Brighton that reveals the town’s artistic and creative contributors. Fans of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Duncan Grant, Edward Le Bas and Lytton Strachey will love it! Price: 2-for-1 tickets on the day. Tickets £6.50 Meet at Brighton Museum 2pm/6pm

10 July

Johnny Boy – Young people from local education groups take the legend of Don Giovanni and give it a modern twist. Price: £6/£3 at the Brighton Dome

13 – 17 July

Young at Art 2011- Perfect for families harbouring a young artist. An exhibition that helps young people get their visions up on the walls and presented in a professional exhibition. Price: FREE

14 July

Antigone – for less than a fiver you get to see the award winning West Sussex Country Youth Theatre present its latest play, Spring Awakening, again at the Brighton Dome.

06/24 July

North Laine Summer Walks – Don’t spend the weekend in Brighton walking around aimlessly, when you can pick up a great history lesson as you wander. Price: from £3, leaves from outside the Brighton Museum

23 July

Young Artists’ Day – Drop-in events run by local talent that will inspire the junior Picassos and would-be Wagners. Price: FREE – Brighton Museum

24 July

Love it Local Summer Fair
Local arts, crafts, hippie heaven and fun for the family at the Hanover community centre. Price: Yep, it’s FREE!

And there are the downs, and Hove lawns, and the piers (well, one pier) and all the Brighton parks to explore. Check out more free stuff and free events

It just goes to show, you don’t need loadsa money when booking a Bed and Breakfast in Brighton, just a little local knowledge and a splash of imagination – oh, and don’t forget the beach: it’s cheaper than chips, it’s free!

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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.

Natural History Museum

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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Brighton’s turning Japanese, I really think so…

There are not many people who’d ever say that when visiting Brighton they didn’t have a ‘cultural’ experience. ‘Culture’ is hard to define when we are talking about Brighton – it’s more a hybrid soup of styles and superficialities – and when it comes to describing other countries’ cultures, it’s often best to let them do the talking.

Brighton Japan Festival

Brighton Japan Festival

Across Brighton this week there’s a celebration of Japanese culture – and it’s not all sushi and stereotypes. Brighton Japan Festival features both the contemporary and the traditional. So while you’ll get taiko drumming, you’ll also be baffled by poster art of the 1960’s – and Nintendo gamers will get an all-nighter.

It’s a treat for Anime fans, as the week ends with the Asahi Anime Festival, where the oddest fashions to ever grace even Brighton streets will take centre stage.

Expect whisky tasting, cult movie watching at the Duke of York’s and tasty, tasty Japanese treats served up all week.

Visiting Brighton and want to check out what’s happening? Pop along to Moshi Moshi as it’s the centrepiece of it all.

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Family weekends in Brighton on People’s Day

Some people looking to entertain the kids might think it’s too much of a party town, yet spending family weekends in Brighton you’ll soon find the town lays on lots of family friendly events, take this weekends People’s Day festival.

Slap in the middle of town thee are ten different zones to explore, stages and performances and plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved.

People's day map

People's day map

The part of town known as the North Laine area is the place to start looking for the family friendly activities. History zone, Play zone, even quiet zone can al be found within a few minutes’ walk.

And there’s a rare opportunity to get unique access to the backstage areas on a guided tour around the Theatre Royal.

There’s a stage in New Road and also one inside the Dome, where the local community groups will be performing. From Zumba dancing to Archaeology boot camps, there are activities to brighten up every kid’s day and make family weekends in Brighton a regular event.

The fun and games start at 10 a.m. so give them an early wake up, grab a bite from your Brighton B&B and get into interactive mood!

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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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Top 10 tips for the London to Brighton bike ride

It’s less than two weeks away, so if you haven’t cycled it before, here’s ten tips to help you on the London to Brighton bike ride, and a great vid from the organisers (tip 11 – book a Brighton Bed and Breakfast for Sunday night, you might just need it!)

1.  Prepare: bit late if you are just getting started! Ideally you’ll be putting in a mixture of rides: longer weekend sessions to get you used to spending time on the bike, regular commutes to keep the legs ticking over, and hopefully some hill training to get your fitness up.

2.  Check the map: Yes, the crowds will help you on your way, however you’ll be far better off if you have an idea of the scale of the challenge ahead.

3.  Check the hills: There are four lung busters on the road to Brighton. Note when they start and you’ll be prepared mentally for the harder sections – and remember: there may be four big ‘uns but there are many other smaller uphill sections waiting for you.

4.  Trial your clothing: Whatever you do, don’t wear a new pair of shorts, or an outfit you’ve never cycled in before – beware the dreaded chafe!

5.  Prepare your bike: the absolute least you should do is make sure your tyres have enough air (A), your brakes work (B), and your chain is oiled (C). And make sure your gears are working – you are going to need them!

6.  Prepare some food: Big breaky of oats or similar would be a great start, although you should plan to be munching along the way. Look for snacks with lots of carbohydrates but avoid the sticky bars – chocolate is lovely but it’s not the best energy source.

7.  Get fluids ready: So important to keep hydrated, even if it’s overcast. Make sure you start with plenty and keep topping up along the way. After an hour of exercising, the body needs to replace lost salts and minerals. An easy way to do this is to add a little salt to your water and perhaps some natural sugars from a splash of apple juice.

8.  Sort your team tactics: It’s not the Tour de France, but you should sort out what to do if you separate, and how you plan to ride he hills – together or meet at the top – it’s guaranteed to be busy.

9.  Get ready for the Green Monster: Ditchling Beacon is the last hill before you head into Brighton, and it’s tough. Coming to Brighton for the weekend, you probably won’t have seen have seen it before. As you leave Ditchling Village get some water on, shove in the emergency sweeties or choccy (it’s instant energy and useful psychological support) and don’t stop at the bottom to prepare; if you’ve any chance of making it to the top, do it with warm legs.

10.  Love every minute! It’s a fantastic ride, and for anyone new to cycling a really memorable challenge. On Sunday night every bed and breakfast in Brighton will be packed with tired cyclists, off to their slumbers after a couple of well deserved pints.

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