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Archive for September, 2011

Get some VW lovin this weekend in Brighton

Organisers of The Brighton Breeze – the annual VW camper run to Brighton – couldn’t have picked a better day to roll: this weekend in Brighton the weather is set to be roasting!

VW Splitty, V cool

VW Splitty, V cool

Bathing in the embers of an Indian summer heat-wave, it’s this weekend the owners of VW campers will be making their annual pilgrimage to the sea.

So if you are on Brighton seafront on Saturday, watch out for split-screen VW legends in all their finery. The ‘fun-run’ leaves from Hook Road Arena (Surrey) at 08.30 and ends at Madeira Drive.

Organised by the Split-Screen Van Club the drive is likely to feature the classic ’splitty’, that said, membership is open to all owners – from camp camper lovers to fans of the pimped-out and customised models.

Made with the DNA of a beetle, the VW van is a motoring classic. And while there’s no guarantee all of them will be getting to Brighton on time and little chance of there being any surfing when they do, looking cool is always welcomed around these parts.

Wagons role! And our favourite model? Has to be the pick-up, and I’ve no idea why, just looks amazing.

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Brighton’s top 5 watersports

As the summer has decided to grant us one more flourish, it could be the last time for us mere mortals to grab a weekend in Brighton and take to the water before the warmth leaves our Sussex skies.

Here’s 5 watersports offered in Brighton.

Swimming

Easy! Provided you can swim. Temperatures are pushing well into the 20s so it’s a great chance to get in one more dip. Here’s a Brighton beach guide and here some obvious advice to follow from the RNLI but generally you’re fine just leisure swimming off most parts of Brighton beach.

Boat trips

Visiting with the family? Take them to the marina and look up the boat trips. There’s no better way to watch the sunset than from a boat.

SUP for hire in Brighton. Image: Flickr/dcysurfer

SUP for hire in Brighton. Image: Flickr/dcysurfer

Canoeing, Kayaking and Oddboarding

There’s a school/surf shop worth investigating if you’re after an active family weekend in Brighton. Take a look at the range of things to do at Brighton Watersports - if you’re wondering what the deal is with standing up on a surfboard, it’s actually Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and the school does 2-hr lessons for £30.

Dingy sailing

Get yourself to Lagoon Watersports if you want to learn how to sail. In fact, it has courses in just about everything and beginners get to practice on the calm waters of Hove lagoon.

Jet ski

Fancy hitting the water with a little more power than that fond in the wind? Hire a jetski at Sussex Marine Watersports down the coast in Southwick. They’ll even escort you out to sea so you can get the hang of it.

Current special offers at Hove Lagoon include 50% off some courses

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This weekend in Brighton get walking

Now the full heat of the summer has past, a weekend in Brighton is a time when you can be a little more active. So, instead of just lolling on the beach or shopping, use the city as a base for day trips in Brighton and get exploring.

Devil's Dyke: Popular for walking in Brighton

Devil's Dyke: Popular for walking in Brighton

The South Downs Society has organised a week of walks and strolls across the South Downs – the UK’s newest national park.

There’s fifteen different routes marked out, with plenty on offer for tourists after family weekends in Brighton as well as for more enthusiastic wanderers.

There’s no cost involved and you’ll be getting access to some of the finest countryside and attractions.

The shortest walk is just 4.5 miles, the longest 14 miles. This weekend, there are two longer routes to explore, both easily accessible from Brighton.

On Saturday, walkers will start from Billingshurst Station and enjoy 11.5 miles of Sussex tracks and trails – with a pub stop in Wisborough Green. Those fancying a little more strenuous endeavours should opt for the final route of the week, from Bosham Station via Devil’s Humps for a picnic stop, before walking on to West Ashling.

Visiting Brighton you’ll find walks all week, and for more information check the South Downs Society website.

Budget weekends in Brighton don’t come much cheaper than this, all walks are free – just remember to bring the must-have fashion accessory of any late British summer: the waterproof!

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The Ghosts of Brighton

The dawn walkers you see wandering the seafront on weekends in Brighton aren’t zombies, they’re just clubbers who couldn’t get enough! Still, there are some places in Brighton where the dead can be found… And if you know the right man, you can walk in their footsteps.

Rob Marks keeps strange company. And creepy tales unfold as he takes people on a ghost walk of the Lanes , and through the dark history of the city. He explains more:

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

The Brighton Ghost Walk is very popular, but when did you start your wanderings?

I began my wandering around the Lanes three years ago. I had carried out extensive research into the many alleged hauntings in the area and scripted the show three years before.

The walk’s for all ages, but are there some tales you have to leave untold?

The walk is essentially light-hearted fun and I tend to juxtapose the dramatic intensity of the stories with comic respite. I carry a Gladstone bag filled with props relating to my tales; some mildly gruesome. However, the kids love it and I always make a special point of bonding with them throughout the walk.  I made a point of choosing tales that were suitable for all age-ranges so there are none that I would leave untold. There are occasions when I have simplified the language for younger groups and left out any risqué jokes.

Ever been really spooked yourself?

I’ve been doing this for a long time in Brighton and York. One thing I’m pretty sure of is that ghosts can’t harm you. Nevertheless, I did once feel a tad spooked when visiting an old empty, part derelict house that I was later told was haunted.

Most weekends in Brighton are peaceful affairs, so why walk with its ghosts?

Weekends in Brighton are also fun affairs and the ghost walk is all about having fun.

What’s the town’s most haunted spot?

The original fishing quarter, now know of as the Lanes, is unquestionably the most haunted part of the city. There is hardly a street or lane that does not have a spectral connection.

If you came back to haunt the town, where would you hang out?

New Road, opposite the Pavilion Gardens. It’s a delightful spot to sit and while away an hour of two over coffee and watch the world go by.


Take a look at Rob’s video on the Ambassador Facebook page.

Bringing your family to the coast this weekend? We’ve family rooms in Brighton.

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Brighton Art Fair: four days of surprises

Weekends in Brighton are always good for a bargain. And it’s not just Brighton accommodation offers that are drawing the bargain hunters; anyone for an eye for second-hand furniture and art will already have rummaged to their heart’s content in the curio spots and shops of the North Laine area.

'Madeira Lift' by Gillian Bates

'Madeira Lift' by Gillian Bates

Coming soon, it’s a more organised affair: The Brighton Art Fair. Running from 22nd September, through to Sunday in the Corn Exchange, Church Street.

Just don’t expect the random nick-knacks found in other spots around town; over the four days the best of local talent is showing, along with some national artists, giving the public direct access to paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures.

There are 130 artists showing work, so the £6 entry fee is money well spent.

Of those with work in the fair, we’re really impressed with Rachael Heavens & Ed Boxall, and have been fans of Sylvie Howitt and Gillian Bates for some time.

Interested? Get down for the Friday and spend the weekend in Brighton. There’s more here than the beach, the shops, the pubs, the parks, the clubs, the shows, the curious residents, etc etc.

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Fed up? Weekends in Brighton are filled with top nosh

For food fans there’s nothing better: a whole month of food-related events. Yes, it’s the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival! And it’s on for all of the weekends in Brighton this September.

Munch fest

Munch fest

And if you thought it was just about filling your boots and filling your bellies, you’d be wrong: there’s also cheese rolling…

Other highlights include a session with Antonio Carluccio as he serves up some of his favourite dishes of the last 50 years.

And for those of you who just can’t have a night out without a cocktail, there’s the finals of the ‘Mix Off Cocktail Competition.’

So expect stalls and delights aplenty as once again the city gets its gastro on. Weekends in Brighton have never looked so tasty – there’s always great food and drink in Brighton, so all we need is the weather, and if the current spate of sunshine is anything to go by, we’ll be tucking into those cocktails for a few weeks yet!

More information on the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival

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