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Archive for February, 2011

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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More half term activities in Brighton!

With so much going on over this half term, we’ve had to put together another blog post!
As well as the beach, the pier, the pavillion and all its lovely lawns, a half-term visit to Brighton opens up loads of possibilities for families: take a look.

Look here if you are after events for half-term October 2011

Brighton Half Marathon Youth Races

Half term fun and games

Half term fun and games

Brighton Half Marathon for 8-11 and 12-16yr olds, all on Madeira Drive.
09:20am 8-11 year race starts
09:30 12-16 year race starts
You can register online or on the day. Its all for charity

Westows Multi Sports Activity Day

Westows Play and Football are running multi-sports activity days during the February half term holiday. It is a full day of playing lots of different sports such as hockey, cricket, football and more.

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Half term activities – what’s on in Brighton

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Lots happening on half term in Brighton

Half term is a time when the kids want to go wild and enjoy themselves. In the same way we look for ward to a holiday to relax, the kids want half term activities that keep them engaged.

Fortunately, Brighton is well prepared! As well as some excellent hotel offers, it’s got a whole load of fun for children of all ages lined up.

Here’s a short selection of what’s on over half term in Brighton  - you could get a room very cheaply and have a whole new town to explore, they’ll love it!

Look here for half term activities October 2011

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Brighton Rocks not Brighton Rock

There’s a bar in town that’s arguably cooler than the remake of Graham Greene’s classic BrightonPicture 2Rock: it’s Brighton Rocks. Ok, they may have had help with the name, although it’s more School of Rock than Brighton Rock, and is sited in Rock Place – on the Kemp Town side of town.

The music connections keep on rolling, as just next door is the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. That said, don’t be expecting a snakebite and black, spitooned, rough arse biker bar, or raver haven: this intimate hangout has more than a little style.

And the food rocks (sorry). Served up on slates, we tucked into some excellent mezze of whatever it was: really well presented and delicious.

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Top food, top tunes

With a DJ tucked around the corner, and staff who were more than happy to stick the kettle on for us rather than serve us a pint (we were really cold) it’s definitely earned its place in our hearts.

For deals on Brighton hotels check our special offers page, and look here for Brighton Rocks.

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Brighton’s best Valentines Day idea ?

We’re lovin’ champagne and cupcakes!

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love it...

Not your usual Valentine’s day partnership, but what the hell; we are not the usual Valentine’s people! Champagne and cupcakes on Valentine’s Day is to be the food of love for some lucky Brighton schmoozers, at a special event on in the town centre.

On Monday the 14th the Angel food bakery is opening its heart. With a table booked for the evening, you’ll get a glass of the bubbly stuff and some sweetness to nibble on, before being tempted by the dazzling array of fancies.

You get just half an hour – not so bad as there are other sweet things to be tasted on this night…Slotted in the South Lanes’ maze of curios, the bakery is the town’s only dedicated ‘cupcakery’.

Only free range eggs are harmed in the making of its tooth looseners, and you’ll have so many cakes to choose from, you’ll need a doberman-size doggy bag.

For Valentines Day hotel breaks and discounted rooms checkout our special offers pages.

And if you can’t resist the cupcakes, visit the Angel food bakery for details. Sweet.

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