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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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Brighton goes Green

Visitors to Brighton this weekend will probably already know that the city has changed British politics, forever. Yes, true to form Brighton has shown its progressive power and voted in the country’s first Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas.

Even if politics is not your thing, you can’t help but notice the efforts being made in the town to consider the environment.

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Books for the Beach: Brighton Rock

With so many of us choosing to come to Brighton for a day on the beach, lets look at one book that you need to pick up before you settle in the sun.

This is not a novel for the children. But for those of you on the lookout for a dark thriller, something to cast a sinister shadow over the streets, it’s a great read.

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Brighton’s real-life sea life

Should the weather take a turn for the worse families can still enjoy the sea when they come to Brighton, they can visit the city’s Sea Life centre.

Set back from the Palace Pier, the underground showcase of natural wonders includes 57 seperate displays, all guaranteed to captivate.

In any single visit you are likely to see more than 150 species, including giant turtles and even sharks. So when someone says you get sharks in Brighton, this is what they are talking about!

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The children are taking over!

fringegreyscalethumbYes folks, for one day only, the  kids are taking over Brighton. Don’t worry, it’s just the Children’s Parade and it’s going to be lots of fun, especially for visitors to Brighton bringing their families and kids.

The traditional curtain raiser for the Brighton Fringe Festival sees school children enjoy their own carnival, as the city closes its roads and lets them run wild. Well, not wild – the event is always well organised.

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Having a laugh in Brighton

When a hen party books a weekend in Brighton, you can always guarantee one thing: the girls will be having a laugh. Well, if laughter is your medicine, then Doctor Brighton has the prescription for you: The Brighton Comedy Fringe.

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Brighton’s Top Cafés No.10 – Red Roaster

Grab a cuppa...

Grab a cuppa...


There’s nothing more Brighton than sitting in a café, watching the world parade itself past. Thanks to its inclusive nature, this town is home to the widest and wildest variety of peoples and styles. If it’s ‘happenin’, it’s happening here.

So if you are looking to rest legs weary from shopping and watch the show, check out our guide to the top brew spots.

In a town of a thousand cafés, to make it into the top ten is no mean feat. To that end, this top ten is more like ten of the best – all worthy of a visit.

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Brighton’s Parklife – Queen’s Park

If you think it’s fun to be beside the seaside, you should also try a bit of park life. With lots of Regency/Victorian era parks, Brighton has plenty of green spaces in which the kids can play.

Queen's Park

Queen's Park

The nearest and perhaps the dearest to Kemp town is Queen’s Park. Staying in the Ambassador Hotel, you could be forgiven for just looking south for your fun. But just ten minutes walk away is an oasis of calm, free from the shoppers, party goers, and beach dwellers.

Entry to the park is via the unremarkable Egremont Place . From here it widens and fills, with fairytale paths, lawns and low-hanging branches. First opened to the public in 1892, this park was formely privately owned and retains much of its gravitas to this day.

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Brighton Pride 2009

I am Nick the Innkeeper – proud owner of The Ambassador. My Pride was mostly as it should be looking after our guests, and being a mini visitor information point – best places to eat, events program – getting all to the Parade on time; wear a hat and take some sun protection lotion: then it rained on the Saturday afternoon.

Anyhow we managed to close up for an hour so the staff and the Innkeeper could see the parade which always makes me proud to live in Brighton and be part of such a diverese and open minded city by the sea, even though a lot of the floats are a bit home made: well done to those that give up loads of their time to make them! Read the rest of this entry »

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