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Archive for December, 2011

New Year’s Eve in Brighton : swimming anyone?

Well, we’ve been looking for alternatives to going out clubbing on New Year’s Eve in Brighton and we may have found something a little more hardcore than the dance floor: Swimming in Arundel Lido!

Arundel Lido: colder than a witch's xxx - or is it?

Arundel Lido: colder than a witch's xxx - or is it?

Now, while it’s not Brighton proper, it is only a short bus trip away and as one of the few remaining lidos in the country is worth a visit.

But swimming out doors on New Year’s Eve? Barking! So, if it’s all a little too hardcore, you could always come back next year – yes folks, it’s open on New Year’s Day as well!

New Year Hotel breaks in Brighton don’t have to be all-nighters, there’s always activities for families on hand.  So take a trip to the only open-air Lido in West Sussex ( it has recently celebrated its 50th Birthday).

I’d love to promise you it had warmed up over those years, but it probably hasn’t! (Actually, the manager has assured would-be swimmers that the water temperature is up.) And there will be mulled wine and hot drinks to warm the cockles.

And it’s not free, either. But what is on New Year’s Eve in Brighton? And anyway it’s only £4 for adults, £2 for under-18s and free if you are under 5 or over 80.

You could always try nearer to home with the Saltdean Lido. You can take the bus there and enjoy the walk back along the under cliff walk to the Marina and back into town – perfect start to New Year.

And for the proper mental ones, you could meet up with the curious tribe of bearded creatures who swim everyday in the sea off Brighton. Beautiful people – little crazy – but beautiful!

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New Years Eve in Brighton – if you are not clubbing

Years Eve in Brighton – if you are not clubbing
Not everyone’s idea of a New Year’s Eve in Brighton is about clubbing. There are plenty of ways to celebrate into the without raving your arse off next to a wall of speakers…
Here’s a few suggestions for all the lovely people who are booking Christmas and New Year Hotel Breaks in Brighton over the Xmas and new year period. If you are on the coast looking to see in the new year with a not so loud bang, here’s a few ideas :
The Brighton Philharmonic
Yes, on the last day of the year the Brighton philharmonic will be treating audiences to a performance at the Brighton Dome. In Viennese style you’ll be treated to Wine, Women and Song by Strauss, and much more.
http://www.brightondome.org/events/Brighton-Philharmonic-Orchestra-New-Year’s-Eve-Viennese-Gala/4377
Krater Comedy Club New Year’s Eve Special
Yep, it’s till “ho, ho, ho” all the way up till 2012. Top acts, great food and excellent atmosphere at Komedia will have you chortling.
www.komedia.co.uk
Pubs in Brighton
Too many to mention, and they’ll all be celebrating in some way. We’ve our own favourites, but really it would be unfair to list them – we’d only be doing a disservice to all the other boozers and watering holes.
Here’s our latest pub of choice:  it’s welcoming, homey but not fusty, and has great open mic sessions attracting all ages.
Restaurants in Brighton
We’ve only just covered a selection that are running Xmas lunches in Brighton, so check there for ideas. Other favourites for celebrations are Donatello for its atmosphere
http://www.donatello.co.uk/

Not everyone’s idea of a New Year’s Eve in Brighton is about clubbing. There are plenty of ways to celebrate into the without raving your arse off next to a wall of speakers…

New Year in Brighton and no club Image: Flickr/Alexis Parkin

New Year in Brighton and no club Image: Flickr/Alexis Parkin

Here’s a few suggestions for all the lovely people who are booking Christmas and New Year Hotel Breaks in Brighton over the Xmas and new year period. If you are on the coast looking to see in the new year with a not so loud bang, here’s a few ideas :

The Brighton Philharmonic

Yes, on the last day of the year the Brighton philharmonic will be treating audiences to a performance at the Brighton Dome. In Viennese style you’ll be treated to Wine, Women and Song by Strauss, and much more.

Krater Comedy Club New Year’s Eve Special

Yep, it’s till “ho, ho, ho” all the way up till 2012. Top acts, great food and excellent atmosphere at Komedia will have you chortling.

Pubs in Brighton

Too many to mention, and they’ll all be celebrating in some way. We’ve our own favourites, but really it would be unfair to list them – we’d only be doing a disservice to all the other boozers and watering holes.

Restaurants in Brighton

We’ve only just covered a selection that are running Xmas lunches in Brighton, so check there for ideas. Other favourites for celebrations are Donatello for its atmosphere and The Lion and Lobster for its food.

We’ve pages here detailing What’s on in December

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Celebrating New Years Eve in Brighton

New Years Eve in Brighton, it’s the place to party! Take advantage of a deal on xmas and new year hotel rooms and get celebrating!

Whether you are looking for a pub for a pint or a club where you can dance all night, this town has both – and all manner of bars ibetween.

As you’ve guessed, there are packs of promoters pushing New Years Eve party tickets around Brighton.

Forget the flyers for a minute and have a read: Here’s a few class joints in which you can bring in the new year win proper Brighton style!

The Honey Club: New Year Party favourite

The Honey Club: New Year Party favourite

Funky Fish Club Marine Parade

Seems as if everyone in this town has a story from the Funky Fish Club! Always look more like a reception from a budget wedding than a nightclub. All goes to help create one of the best club atmospheres found in this town. Not a place to take yourself too seriously but to have a seriously good time.

Funky Fish, soul, Motown and arse – wiggling madness guaranteed and only £11 in advance.

Proud Brighton Ballroom 83 St Georges Road

First shake your arse now it’s a bit of claaas. Party in style after a three-course feast. Expect frilly knickers and temptation in Brighton’s decadent den of food and frolics.

Oceana Kings Road West

Oceana is running what it claims to be its biggest New Year’s Eve party ever! Expect predictable fun and games and the sort of night you thought you’d grown out of, but probably haven’t. If five bars and two rooms isn’t enough, you should move abroad.

Honey Club Kings Road Arches

Another club with a bit of a rep, the Honey Club, has an ‘I Love R&B & Good Times’ party. So expect it to be packed for classic disco in one room, and pumping R&B in an other and did some one mention Champagne and Canapés? Check out the VIP deals going for a booth, with general tickets fair at £20. Champagne Showers…

Audio 10 Marine Parade

New Years Eve in Brighton with a 1920’s twist. Audio brings live swing to the mix and confuses everyone. Got to love it. Try to remember what clubbing was like before Audio… Perfect end to a very busy year – and nights here don’t end till long into next year!

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Xmas Shopping in Brighton and the South Lanes

Staying for the weekend you can guarantee you’ll be tempted to get your Xmas shopping in Brighton, and if you only get as far as Churchill square you’ll have missed out!

On the same side of town, just down the hill towards the pier is one of the country’s best shopping areas: the South Lanes – or is it Brighton Lanes, or is it upper case at all? Commonly described as more ‘upmarket’ than its northern contemporaries – although we’d debate this – it’s a place where wandering and speculating will unearth a mini treasure trove of gifts.

Some of the smaller shops are truly independent, while through Duke’s Lane you’ll find more of the boutiques brimful of brands.

Xmas shopping in Brighton you’ll never be short of choice, but here’s 5 of our favourite retailers to help you with your last minute shopping.

Lush - East Street

Not independent in anyway as it’s a chain, but still a delight. Smells pour from its door, drawing in the passing unwashed and stink obsessed bath and soap lovers – stocking filler specialist.

England at Home 22B, Ship ST/ 59, Ship St

Fun and fashionable collections of gifts and home wares, mainly designer gear but still, it’s Xmas! And if you look out of the door of one shop, you’ll see the other straight opposite – and over you trot.

Custard, tasty.

Custard, tasty.

Custard 3, Union St

Gift and card shop Brighton style – so expect some adult humour and interesting interpretations of the regular Xmas card. If you are new to these shores and have a liking for British humour, check out the sufferable Modern Toss, as stocked here – offence guaranteed.

Peggs & Son 39, Duke St

Contemporary and casual gents wear, cool and well-collected Peggs & Son recently moved up the road and into a bigger store on Duke St. If I had to pick one men’s shop in the south Lanes on style alone it would be this one

C& H Westons 12, East Street

But it’s full of guns we hear you say, but look past to next door and you’ll find the only Barbour shop in town – (not barber shop, Barbour – the timeless British outfitter who’s designs are proper country style and all over fashion at the moment). Take a look at the real stuff – and if you really want a gun…

And there’s always Xmas shopping in Brighton North Laine style if you can’t till your boots here/ bags with boots and presents here.

Full them up, stay over in one of our Xmas hotel rooms in Brighton and head off once the weekend is finished.

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