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Visiting Brighton Citroen shows its C-side

Fringe sponsors

Fringe sponsors

Zipping through the seafront traffic past the Brighton bed & breakfasts and not a sound. That’s because, thanks to Citroen, we had a whole hour in one of the company’s new electric cars. And we can tell you: it was impressive. Visiting Brighton you’d think there would be more of these on the roads, but these were the first we’d seen and they looked great.

As sponsors of the Brighton Festival Fringe Citroen has taken a back seat, letting the acts, not the company PR, do the talking – smart move, as we’re hardly a crowd that likes overpowering corporate sponsorship of our much-prized arts events.
But getting out its two funky new Citroen C-Zero electric cars for the public was a wise move: A town with a green council, thousands of cyclists and streets busy with holiday-makers leaving hotels in Brighton, it’s the perfect place to show off the newest green motor.

Citroen checks out the arches

Citroen checks out the arches

Parked up and charged up outside Brighton town hall, it wasn’t long before these two bumble bee-yellow bubble cars racked up the miles.

We took ours out along the coast to see if it had the horses to keep up with traffic, and it did. Then it was into the marina to see how it fared in small spaces – its turning circle proved as tight as the Sunday market traders.

Not cheap mind (32k) – there’s a government grant to bring costs down – although for now, Citroen is really still showing what can be done in a practical city car. With a decent range (90+ miles), useable top speed (80mph) and room for four and a couple of bags of shopping, it could tempt if you’ve the money, or maybe make a council car –  perhaps we’ll see the Mayor / Caroline Lucas behind the wheel?

Most cyclists I know would like a car, it just needs to be a green car – even if it is bright yellow. And Brighton’s the perfect place to see what it’s really like to live with an electric car. No emmissions, no road tax, no petrol and you can charge them from 8 points around the city – perfect even for people just visiting Brighton: C’mon Citroen, roll it out!

If you think Citroen should let our blogger test the C-Zero for a month, so we can see really how good it is, vote on the hotel’s Facebook page

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Brighton’s Top Café’s No.8 – Ground

Really about time we followed up our Top Café blogs, and after we popped out of our bed and breakfast in Brighton and popped in for a brew in Ground, we knew which coffee shop to start with!

Black gold served here

Black gold served here

Located at the top end of Kemptown (36 St George’s Rd), it’s well worth the walk. While the furnishings are simple, they are welcoming enough and there are plenty of papers and a well-stocked bookshelf to sift through.

But down to the real deal: the coffee. Being fussy types and having recently returned from Italy, we asked for the increasingly popular ‘Flat White’, but made with a Ristretto. Before you know it, we’re deep in the conversation about Ristretto and clearly Ground’s baristas know their stuff.

There are several opinions on how this sweet coffee shot differs from the others (see below) but once it was served up, it really put other coffee options to sleep.

Accompanied with a slice of chocolate and orange cake, which kicked with cocoa and zest but didn’t hammer the wallet, it was the best coffee we’ve had in Brighton this year.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff; great coffee and cakes; a funky Italian bike in the corner, but not over styled; it’s a great place.

If you are looking to Kemptown or are visiting Brighton just wanting to wander a little further, pop in and try a coffee with a Ristretto. Well grounded, but still cool.

Ristretto: A shot of Espresso taken when just the first ¾ of the water has run through – according to some!

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What’s on in Brighton this weekend?

Its never an easy question to answer: “What’s on in Brighton this weekend”, especially when you see what’s on this weekend – it’s rammed!

There’s so much happening. If you didn’t already know, there’s the double cultural fest of Brighton Festival and Brighton Festival Fringe. One puts on the top names at the best venues, while the other shows of the eclectic and multiarious talents that are emerging locally and nationally – expect some oddities and eye-openers.

Brighton - the place to be

Brighton - the place to be

Strangley , it’s all kicked off with a children’s parade. Starting at 10:30 floats from schools all over the city will be taking over the streets bringing a real Rio feel to the place. Expect the town centre to be rammed with buggies and bunting-draped floats.

Even more fun for kids is the Comedy Club 4 kids at the town’s most famous comedy club Komedia.

For more info about activities for families in Brighton, check out ChildfriendlyBrighton’s pages, here

And for art lovers everywhere there’s the Artists Open Houses – some of the town’s most celbrated artists and complete unknowns open their doors to all.  Not to be missed, especially if you are looking for something unique to take home as a souvenir of your stay in Brighton.

And if that’s not enough, well  I can tell you what’s on in Brighton: the summer is on in Brighton! We’ve had stunning weather for nearly a month so expect the beach to be rammed too!

Have a great stay and make sure to check out our Brighton local events pages for more details

We’ve great Brighton accommodation offers, so if you’re looking at coming back, just give us a call.

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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.

And if you like where we are coming from, share this around!

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Half term in Brighton there’s discounted rooms for you

If you have your heart set on spending half term in Brighton, you’ll be looking for discounted rooms, and we’ve got them!

Book just two nights throughout the halfterm week 17 April – 24 April and you’ll get 12% off!

We know how important it is to get loads to do for the family and kids, so we’ve put together more information than you could ever need.

This is half term in Brighton, so you’ll never be short of things to do. But to help you we’ve hooked up with Child friendly Brighton to make sure your entertained from start to finish.

Half term in Brighton for kids – look here

The five things to see in Brighton

And if you’re still not sure if you’ll be spending half term in Brighton, here’s a selection of our favourite pictures. Come on, you know you want to…

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Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

Brighton - by the sea

Brighton - by the sea

Half term fun

Half term fun

What it's all about

What it's all about

Pier and skytrails - Image: M Pawlak

Pier and skytrails - Image: M Pawlak

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Visiting Brighton you’ll see the oddest things

With the moon closer to Earth than it has been for 20 years, we’ve had some strange happenings here in Brighton. Ultra-low tides have revealed parts of the beach you never get to see, and as we’ve had  great weather, already people are visiting Brighton to get a spot between the piers.

Just incase you missed it, here’s a few pictures and a video of what’s been happening – when someone says let’s ride between the piers, they don’t usually mean along the beach…

Cycling on Brighton beach!

Take a look at our Facebook page for the video,and give it a ‘Like’ but for now here’s a few images of the amazing weather we’ve been having, enjoy!

Hove at dawn - Image: M Pawlak

Hove at dawn - Image: M Pawlak

Pier at dawn - Image: M Pawlak

Pier at dawn - Image: M Pawlak

Early morning stroll - Image: M Pawlak

Early morning stroll - Image: M Pawlak

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Who?

Image- Stuart Isett - isett.com

Image- Stuart Isett - isett.com

Staying in Brighton you can’t help but be whisked along by the Brighton Festival. And if you haven’t heard yet, this year’s guest director is the civil rights protestor Aung San Suu Kyi. Now if you are drawing breath and asking: “Who?” then here’s some background on the lady and her remarkable life:

Aung was born the daughter of a hero of Burmese independence, Aung San, who was assassinated when she was only two years old. Having studied at Oxford she married an Englishman, before returning home to help her sick mother.

As the Burmese were fighting for democracy, Aung gave speeches across Burma in support. She went on to lead her opposition party. But the Burmese military, realising the threat she posed, acted against her.  Banned from standing for election, imprisoned and generaly abused by the leadership, she still won a massive share of the votes.

Well, the government kept power and kept her locked up whenever it could – it even attempted to assassinate her at one point.

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, The Sakharov Prize and the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, she is possibly the world’s best knows political activist . And after a total of 15 years in detention, she was released in November 2010.

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Freedom and creativity - here comes the Brighton festival!

Why the Festival? Well, it’s more about her inspiration to people fighting for their rights, in whichever form this may take. Oh, and the Burmese government is unlikely to let her back in to the country if she leaves. So, guess what? She’s staying and continuing to fight for freedom!

The festival takes place from7-29 May, and if you’ve never spent any of your weekends in Brighton, pick one this May. The Festival and the Fringe Festival define this crazy, mixed up, spun-out little bastion of creativity.

And for more about this remarkable woman, take a look at The Burma Campaign UK’s website – if you have a political bone in your body , or campaign for rights for the LGBT community, you will be inspired…

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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!).

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Rayment Cycles

Littlehampton Dutch Bike Shop

M’s Cycle Hire

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Panto, Irving Berlin and Beethoven: weekend activities for all the family

Family fun guaranteed

Family fun guaranteed

So you’ve done everything you can around Brighton, exhausted the half term entertainment list and now have the kids in tow looking for some weekend activities: then get yourselves to Panto!

Running since Thursday, the Brighton Dome has had its roof lifted to cries of: “She’s behind you” and” Oh yes he is” as it’s hosting an excellent version of Dick Whittington.

If you’re not familiar with the plot (there’s a plot?) Dick Whittington left home with his cat to seek fame and fortune in London thinking that its streets would be paved with gold. He then ran a way with a captain of a ship to see foreign lands.

In the end, well I’ll not spoil the ending for you. Although if he were alive today he’d probably be in the running for Mayor of London…

The story, unlike most panto farces is backed up, a little bit, by fact: there was a Richard Whittington, but it’s disputed whether or not he had a cat.

Dick Whittington runs all over the coming weekend, till the curtain falls for the final time on Sunday 6th March.

Tonight, there’s Anton and Erin, featuring music from Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter and a whole spectacular of show tunes. Staying in Brighton till tomorrow – for more cultured weekend activities in Brighton – there’s the London Philharmonic Orchestra banging out the Beethoven, Schubert, and Rachmaninov.

Hotels in Brighton love panto, but you’d better let us know if you’re bringing your cat!

Discounted hotel rooms for families, available here.

Reserve a room, then book your tickets direct with the Brighton Dome

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Halfterm for kids and teens at Brighton Museum

Lots on for families this halfterm

Lots on for families this halfterm

Just a step or two from the Royal Pavilion is Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, and it’s got something on for families enjoying halfterm in Brighton: Currently, it’s running ‘Picturing Stories’ an exhibition of narrative paintings.

So, what exactly should you expect if you fancy taking the children along?

Well, the best way to look around the museum is to download a gallery trail, or pick one up on arrival: with this you’ll get to follow clues and readings to find your way around.

Kids get to look through a short piece of literature, before piecing together their answers. It’s a really easy and enjoyable way to get everyone engaging in art and reading.

For older children the museum is running and exhibition ‘Capturing Colour: Film, Invention and Wonder’. Again free, this brilliant show traces the history of colour as we used it to represent the world.

There’s everything, from early colour films to fairy-tale genies, and there’s material here that’s hardly ever been seen before. And there are home movies and even Hollywood films for them to gawp at.

Lots to explore...

Lots to explore...

And if after that you need a quick brew before you venture back out into Brighton, the museum serves up some of the best cream teas you’ll ever find – good enough reason to get along there in the first place…

Have a look here, for more information about halfterm family events at Brighton Museum.

Entry for both events is free and runs throughout the bank holiday week

Our Brighton hotel with halfterm family discounts.

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