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Forget London: Stay in Brighton hotels for Queen’s Jubilee and party by the sea!

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.

Not 'The' Queen, but she's on a horse with the flag so..

Not 'The' Queen, but she's on a horse with the flag so..

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’

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I-deas for new things to do in Brighton this winter

If you haven’t noticed yet, Brighton’s got an eye. It’s not the most original design and hardly a new idea. But still, at night, with the pier behind, it’s a looker… and one of a few new things to do in Brighton this winter. And it’s not an eye, as in London Eye – but that’s because it’s a wheel…er?

Nice shot -Image Flickr/Sarah Whitherby

Nice shot! -Image Flickr/Sarah Whitherby

And we’ve yet to see a good picture of it – I mean really good. So before every café in Brighton gets slapped with images of our new seafront attraction, let’s see if we can’t get a few of our own.

Only original shots please: lets have lots of documentary stuff, twisted angles, long-time exposures and demonstrations of the general creativity that we are known so well for.

Other very festive activities include the Royal Pavilion’s Christmas Ice Rink, the traditional Christmas Winter Market in Churchill Square, and the fabulous CINECITY – Brighton Film Festival that runs up until Dec 4th.

And don’t forget to get us your pictures of the i-whatever it’s called onto our Facebook page – we’ve also got deals on rooms over Xmas and New Year in Brighton, but they are fast disappearing…

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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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Wine and dine, it’s food time!

Food fest

Food fest

In case you haven’t noticed, we are in the middle of the Brighton and Hove Food Festival. This week is set to be a special one; not only is it right in the middle of the best foodie festival ever hosted in Sussex, it’s also packed with wine and food tasting sessions – always your favourites!

Some of the events cost, so we’ve compiled the best of the free ones, that way even people who aren’t so interested in foods can learn about good fresh produce without paying for the privilege.

So, here’s what’s on the menu.

Wednesday 15th: Churchill Square farmers market and live food kitchen.

Don’t expect herds of sheep, country types in tweeds, or cows with rings through their noses – that would be a load of bull. However, what you will find is excellent local produce, seasonable fruit and vegetables from local farmers, fresh meat and fish, cheese and breads, and food demonstrations – and those samples, mmm.

Saturday 18th: Cheese tasting at Infinity Foods, North Road/ Wine tasting at 21 Prince Albert Street

If you are new to the town or staying in a hotel in Brighton there’s a chance you haven’t visited Infinity Foods. You really should if you care about organic foods and cosmetics; it’s the largest supplier of both we know. Well, High Weald Diary will be running cheese tasting sessions, so you can tuck into locally made organic vegetarian cheeses.

Ridgeview, a local winery, will be at the Sheridan Coopers Wine Cellar to show off their award winning sparkling wines, so pop along for a frizante or glass of fizzy pop.

Cockney food night, lovely jubbly!

Cockney food night, lovely jubbly!

Now, if you’re planing on eating out anyway, why not set aside the cash for one of the paid events?

There’s Pudding Club at Temptation in Gardner Street, fruit cookery workshops, a Champagne mini festival, a Brazilian night at the seafront Umi Grill, Sake testing at Moshi Moshi, and our favourite: Cockney Night, when under Kings Road Arches £20 gets you fish and chips, drinks, entertainment and a ride on the carousel – all the fun of the food fair!

For more information and tickets, see here.

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The Five Fingers of Brighton

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Still lovin' it!

So, you made it! It’s going to be another crazy weekend in Brighton. This weekend the town comes out and shows its true colours. There will be fun and games aplenty.

But if you are here for the first time, there are a few premiere spots you should take a look at. We’ve put together a slightly sideways look at the city : The Five Fingers of Brighton.

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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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The Pavilion – A Must-See Or Hype?

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Anytime you go to a new destination, you honestly wonder if the main tourist attractions are really worth the expense. I thought the same thing in Italy when I went to see ” David”.

Too often tourist traps leave you feeling, well, sucked in. This is not the case with the Pavilion, trust me. If you think it looks ultra cool on the outside, it is even better inside.

If you reside in Brighton and Hove, you get an extra discount on admission. Otherwise you pay full price but you also get an informative audio guide tour.

From the moment you walk into the Pavilion, you are taken in by the period furnishings, elaborate murals and chandellers. Seriously, when I walked into the first room I gasped.

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