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Archive for October, 2010

Right, it’s White Night!

Let’s get this party started!

Up for a night out, it’s rare you’ll be returning to your hotel in Brighton before 2 am! Well, this weekend there is a night organised that’s guaranteed to keep you up till dawn. White Night is a celebration of the last day of British Summer time and it’s packed with arts events – and goes on all night!Picture 10

From family friendly events in the Sea Life Centre to sensory light installations in the Pavilion Gardens, there’s entertainment of the oddest and maddest sort.

With a programme that runs from 18:00 on the Saturday to 07:00 on the following morning, it’s a late one…

Every landmark in town is involved: West Pier, Jubilee Square, Prince Regent until it all finishes with a jazz quartet in the Birdcage bandstand ( something to tweet about then -badoom, splash!)

Our pick of the events:

Dream Machine, in Marlborough House 20:00 – 02:00

White Light in the Brighton Dome 23:00 – 02:00

The truly bonkers Illumination Station & the Enlightenment Machine, at the Latest Music Bar 23:00 – 02:00

and the absolutely foolish Midnight Half Marathon.

Please take a look at their site. If you are thinking about booking a hotel in Brighton because you’ve been told there’s loads to do, then this is the night for you!

White Night

And for more local info about entertainment for children, try our child friendly page

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More half-term fun 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 my website events calendar for details: http://www.childfriendlybrighton.co.uk/half-term-activities-at-ki…ng-alfred
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/

Picture 7There’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.

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Visiting Brighton: Half-term children’s activities in Brighton

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Booking your family into a hotel in Brighton? We know you’re on the lookout for child-friendly places and events they can enjoy. So, we’ve teemed up with the town’s experts on the matter Child Friendly Brighton and Hove to give you a half-term heads up.

Here’s what’s happening on the coming half-term in Brighton:

This is an older post, so look here for half term events for October 2011

(Keep checking back as we will be updating this as new events are announced)

October half term week (25-31st October 2010)

Halloween Fun at Newhaven Fort – a week of Halloween themed activities for children, sounds great! 25th-31st October, 10.30am-5pm daily. Web: www.newhavenfort.org.uk

Brighton Dome – theatre show for young children: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”. 29th-31st Oct. www.brightondome.org

Little Big Draw at Brighton Museum (FREE drop in and draw workshops for 2-5 year olds, as part of the “Big Draw”) – 26th October.

Mega Beasts at Booth Museum (book in advance!). My children love this! They get to meet a tarantula, giant snail, lizards and other mega beasts. 27th October. Further details are on the museum web site:

We’ve plenty half-term offers, take a look.

For more information on Child Friendly Brighton and Hove, please visit their site, a really good resource for families staying over in hotels in Brighton or just visiting for the day!

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Brighton Live 2010

Brighton Live 2010

Brighton Live 2010

If you don’t know what Brighton Live is, it’s time to find out!

For the next few days there will be more than 150 bands playing at 20 locations around Brighton, and it’s all free!

If you’re on the lookout for fresh talent or just a lover of all live music, read through we’ve more details for you coming.

And it’s all sponsored by Asahi beer – of course it is , all self respecting rock fests are sponsored by beer, or JD! Yet there’s more than Brighton rock going on, much more…

Here to tell us all about it is one of the organisers, Mark Ede:

Seven years on, is this the biggest and best Brighton Live yet?

`To call it the ‘best’ might be disrespectful to a lot of people previously involved with our great festival, but it’s certainly an impressive line up this year, with a lovely mix between ‘open access’ and curated events. Having an international star (and now Brighton resident) Z Star performing is an extraordinary bonus, as is having ‘Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’ as part of a very strong special night at the Concorde. In that respect, the festival is certainly spreading it’s wings and ambitions.

The Justice Force 5

Justice Force 5

What is it about Brighton that fosters such a creative spirit?

Whatever the reason, Brighton is fast becoming an important music hub not just for the UK but Europe as well. I suppose our proximity to London, the sea, our wonderful architecture plus the general ‘vibe’ and ‘alternative yet open’ nature of our fine City provides a unique atrraction for many. We’ve our share share of record companies, artists and music business people here already as well as a number of noted musical education facilities too – ‘The Great Escape’ (worldwide industry event) coming here only really serves to confirm Brighton’s status as a true ‘Music City’.

Who should we be looking out for from the 150 bands you’ve got playing?

As one of the main festival organisers I like to be seen to be supporting everyone rather than pick out individual artists. However the festival usually throws up a previously unknown band or two, so, if pushed, I’d say I’m looking forward to checking out teenage band ‘Raising Maisie’, largely on the strength of their demo which is full of strongly melodic, hook driven pop.

How can music fans best keep track of what’s happening this week?

Deadbeat Descendent line up for 2010

Deadbeat Descendant line up for 2010

‘The Source’ carries the events programme as well as some great editorial. Overall though it’s perhaps best to keep in touch with the website at www.brightonlive.net, which should carry the most up to date info, not least because, with nearly 200 artists involved, the programme can be subject to change.

Once it’s all over and you’ve got your feet up with a cuppa, who are you listening to?

We’re in the process of recording Jo Harman’s debut record (made it big at last year’s Brighton Live) so that tends to dominate my listening at the moment. My all time favourite artist though is the reclusive underground cult artist – and genius – Lewis Taylor.

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