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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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Brighton’s Shakedown festival gets green light

Just when you thought the summer was over, it makes a comeback. And just when you thought there were no festivals left, more appear!

The Shakedown Festival

Set in the wonderful, yet often overlooked, Stanmer Park, this could be the final festival fling.  Now with its licence granted by the council, the gloves are off and the big names are lined up for one of the biggest weekends in Brighton this year.

Just out of town, just have to go!

Just out of town, just have to go!

Razorlight top the bill at ‘Brighton’s Summer Closing Party’ along with Example – he’s got a new album out aroundabout now.

If the DJ set from 2manydj’s does anything to get close to their album ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax pt2′ – which is playing right now as I write – I’ll be most impressed. Zane Lowe makes the line-up as do local pretenders Kovak.

Brighton music fans will know this band well, as they have been building quite a following. Good luck to them, see you all there!

Shakedown festival is on the 17th September, here’s where to get your Shakedown tickets

Here’s a map how to get to Stanmer Park

And if you live local, here’s how to get discounted hotel rooms

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Residents’ discount if relatives want a weekend in Brighton!

If you live locally you can get an automatic discount for families and friends coming to stay for a weekend in Brighton. In fact, we’ll even extend the offer into the week.

In the spirit of all things digital and our new found love of Facebook we’ve got a deal for everyone: All you need do is share this post on Facebook (below) with friends you know who are likely to be interested and ‘Like’ the hotel page and we’ll send you a voucher code that you can use all year round!

Like and get a massive discount

Like and get a massive discount

Obviously, we’ll check to see if your profile says you are from round these parts – wouldn’t want any of those funny folk from Kent joining us on Facebook now would we?

You can get a very healthy 15% off any stay of any duration! This will depend on availability, but there’s no better way to put up your family and friends when they are visiting Brighton. And let’s face it, you don’t want Mum or Dad crashing your bedsit or the inlaws patroling your kitchen every morning searching for the tea bags (wrong type of teabags, no doubt).

And as breakfasts go, we’ve a fine Sussex English breakfast , packed with local produce to set them up for the rest of their weekend in Brighton, and keep them out of your hair and from under your feet.

So, see you on Facebook and look out for the voucher codes – they’ll come in a message from Nick Head, the hotel’s owner and manager.

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Freaky and Geeky weekends in Brighton

Now while weekends in Brighton might be more about candyfloss and ice creams, or clubs and bars, it’s definitely a city on the right side of the digital divide.

Digital

And to recognize this, celebrate digital culture, and stimulate our synapses some more, the lovely people at Lighthouse are coordinating the Brighton Digital Festival.

The full line-up is still being sorted, but expect work, talks and creative input from international artists such as Blast Theory, semiconductor, Ben Frost, Joshua Davis and Random Dance.

Schools will get involved too, so watch out for a press team from Longhill High School who are using all tools digital to blog, photograph and film the event.

There’s some fascinating sounding installation on observing the sun ‘from the vantage point of the Earth to our orbit in space’, headscratchings on electronic art, and a showing of the seminal -but recently fleeced -Tron.

The festival runs all through next month, with most September weekends in Brighton having at least one show on offer -although some are one-offs so best check the Brighton Digital Festival site for updates.

And can somebody please tell me: is there free public internet access between the piers? I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked – and if not, why not!

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Visiting Brighton on a Budget

Visiting Brighton this summer you’ll be keen to keep costs down – there’s the cost of transport, food and entertainment, as well as the price of your bed and breakfast in Brighton.

Free fun in Brighton

Free fun in Brighton

Sticking to our reputation of being the best value and most characterful Brighton BnB, we’ve put together a list of things to do in Brighton for the family that are either cheap, or free.

You’d be very surprised just how much you can offer your family, with no need to break the bank.

Here goes:

All Month

Dinosaurs in Churchill Square. Thanks to a partnership with the Natural History Museum, Churchill Square shopping centre is now home to some of the most impressive animated dinos you’ll ever get to see. Price: FREE and not to be missed!

07 July

SOURCE New Music – Upcoming stars of the Brighton music scene and special guest perform at the Brighton Dome. Price: just £4 –

07 July

‘Bloomsbury in Brighton’ walking tour. Rose Collis,  author of ‘The New Encyclopaedia of Brighton’ leads a tour of Brighton that reveals the town’s artistic and creative contributors. Fans of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Duncan Grant, Edward Le Bas and Lytton Strachey will love it! Price: 2-for-1 tickets on the day. Tickets £6.50 Meet at Brighton Museum 2pm/6pm

10 July

Johnny Boy – Young people from local education groups take the legend of Don Giovanni and give it a modern twist. Price: £6/£3 at the Brighton Dome

13 – 17 July

Young at Art 2011- Perfect for families harbouring a young artist. An exhibition that helps young people get their visions up on the walls and presented in a professional exhibition. Price: FREE

14 July

Antigone – for less than a fiver you get to see the award winning West Sussex Country Youth Theatre present its latest play, Spring Awakening, again at the Brighton Dome.

06/24 July

North Laine Summer Walks – Don’t spend the weekend in Brighton walking around aimlessly, when you can pick up a great history lesson as you wander. Price: from £3, leaves from outside the Brighton Museum

23 July

Young Artists’ Day – Drop-in events run by local talent that will inspire the junior Picassos and would-be Wagners. Price: FREE – Brighton Museum

24 July

Love it Local Summer Fair
Local arts, crafts, hippie heaven and fun for the family at the Hanover community centre. Price: Yep, it’s FREE!

And there are the downs, and Hove lawns, and the piers (well, one pier) and all the Brighton parks to explore. Check out more free stuff and free events

It just goes to show, you don’t need loadsa money when booking a Bed and Breakfast in Brighton, just a little local knowledge and a splash of imagination – oh, and don’t forget the beach: it’s cheaper than chips, it’s free!

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Visiting Brighton: Get Paddling Around the Pier

With the weather so good, it’s likely that you’re gonna want to dip your feet in the water when visiting Brighton. Well, this weekend you’ll be able to do a lot more than that: it’s the Paddle Round the Pier Festival.

A real regular on the Brighton party scene, this beach inspired charity fest has all sorts of activities for the family – and plenty for the hardcore surf dude and dudette.

Staying out of the water for a while, there are stalls all over the Hove lawns; concerts and live tunes; surfing movies; BMX and skating – of course; and plenty of stuff just for kids.

Our favourites from last year were the VW Campers on show: amazing conversions of the coolest transporters ever built!

Onto the water and there’s the Pier2Pier race, Stand Up Paddleboarding races (SUP), a swim around the pier, dinghy sailing, surf lifesaving contests and plenty of ways you can get involved. There’s an appearance from the S.A.S (not the balaclava’d, gun-wielding sort) a very special force behind environmental campaigns close to all of us who enjoy the sea – families visiting Brighton beach can get some great sea and beach safety advice from the RNLI.

It’s a very cool weekend. And let’s face it, if you’re visiting Brighton with a family, you’re probably here for fun. So get yourselves to the seafront and head west. Head to Hove and find the sun and fun you’re looking for. And if the surf’s not up, there’s a guaranteed party till the sun goes down!

Here’s what to expect at the Paddle Round the Pier Festival

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Visiting Brighton Citroen shows its C-side

Fringe sponsors

Fringe sponsors

Zipping through the seafront traffic past the Brighton bed & breakfasts and not a sound. That’s because, thanks to Citroen, we had a whole hour in one of the company’s new electric cars. And we can tell you: it was impressive. Visiting Brighton you’d think there would be more of these on the roads, but these were the first we’d seen and they looked great.

As sponsors of the Brighton Festival Fringe Citroen has taken a back seat, letting the acts, not the company PR, do the talking – smart move, as we’re hardly a crowd that likes overpowering corporate sponsorship of our much-prized arts events.
But getting out its two funky new Citroen C-Zero electric cars for the public was a wise move: A town with a green council, thousands of cyclists and streets busy with holiday-makers leaving hotels in Brighton, it’s the perfect place to show off the newest green motor.

Citroen checks out the arches

Citroen checks out the arches

Parked up and charged up outside Brighton town hall, it wasn’t long before these two bumble bee-yellow bubble cars racked up the miles.

We took ours out along the coast to see if it had the horses to keep up with traffic, and it did. Then it was into the marina to see how it fared in small spaces – its turning circle proved as tight as the Sunday market traders.

Not cheap mind (32k) – there’s a government grant to bring costs down – although for now, Citroen is really still showing what can be done in a practical city car. With a decent range (90+ miles), useable top speed (80mph) and room for four and a couple of bags of shopping, it could tempt if you’ve the money, or maybe make a council car –  perhaps we’ll see the Mayor / Caroline Lucas behind the wheel?

Most cyclists I know would like a car, it just needs to be a green car – even if it is bright yellow. And Brighton’s the perfect place to see what it’s really like to live with an electric car. No emmissions, no road tax, no petrol and you can charge them from 8 points around the city – perfect even for people just visiting Brighton: C’mon Citroen, roll it out!

If you think Citroen should let our blogger test the C-Zero for a month, so we can see really how good it is, vote on the hotel’s Facebook page

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What’s on in Brighton this weekend?

Its never an easy question to answer: “What’s on in Brighton this weekend”, especially when you see what’s on this weekend – it’s rammed!

There’s so much happening. If you didn’t already know, there’s the double cultural fest of Brighton Festival and Brighton Festival Fringe. One puts on the top names at the best venues, while the other shows of the eclectic and multiarious talents that are emerging locally and nationally – expect some oddities and eye-openers.

Brighton - the place to be

Brighton - the place to be

Strangley , it’s all kicked off with a children’s parade. Starting at 10:30 floats from schools all over the city will be taking over the streets bringing a real Rio feel to the place. Expect the town centre to be rammed with buggies and bunting-draped floats.

Even more fun for kids is the Comedy Club 4 kids at the town’s most famous comedy club Komedia.

For more info about activities for families in Brighton, check out ChildfriendlyBrighton’s pages, here

And for art lovers everywhere there’s the Artists Open Houses – some of the town’s most celbrated artists and complete unknowns open their doors to all.  Not to be missed, especially if you are looking for something unique to take home as a souvenir of your stay in Brighton.

And if that’s not enough, well  I can tell you what’s on in Brighton: the summer is on in Brighton! We’ve had stunning weather for nearly a month so expect the beach to be rammed too!

Have a great stay and make sure to check out our Brighton local events pages for more details

We’ve great Brighton accommodation offers, so if you’re looking at coming back, just give us a call.

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Festival Fringe and its most popular show

There’s no way of telling before the Festival Fringe which show or exhibit will be the most popular. But we’ve got our money on The Great Wall of Vagina.

Jamie and his work

Jamie and his work

Now, if you are new to this town or just know Brighton at the weekend, this might surprise you a little – it may even shock a few people. But for us, it’s just what we expect from the Brighton Festival Fringe (ok, actually even we had to look twice when we heard about it!)

Briefly, its a nine-metre long sculpture of plaster casts of vaginas, taken from women of all ages by artist Jamie McCartney over five years and arranged into ten panels.

Liberating for many, offensive to some. Remember this is the Brighton Festival Fringe: it will challenge and surprise you!

The best way to get an idea of what the work is really about is to see it for yourself. Visiting Brighton in the next few weeks just pop in to his studios at 7 Ship Street.

Jamie’s sculpture opens on the 6th May, is a world premiere and you’ll learn much more about it watching the vid he’s shared with us.

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Brighton’s festivals by the sea

Spring madness

Spring madness

Usually it’s Summers that people associate most with festivals. Well, Brighton has got two events back-to-back that turn this on its head. Spring is on its way and with it are the Brighton Festival and The Great Escape, Brighton’s festivals by the sea.

The Brighton Festival gets underway in May, with the first of hundreds of performances by top name entertainers. And there’s its bastard brother, the Fringe Festival. Roommates but not bedfellows, the two festivals help contrast the famous with the freaky.

Headline acts at the festival are DJ Shadow, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Asian Dub Foundation, and headman, voodoo looney and musical genius, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

The Fringe is no less colourful, actually it’s set to be properly odd: on one night you’ve the Netherlands National Theatre, on another you’ll get a look at the world’s best portable crazy golf course. There’s the Rotten Wedding – an interactive wedding reception, and projects running cross the city by the Youth Arts Festival.

 Brighton's music festival by the sea

Brighton's music festival by the sea

With this under your belt – trust us, you couldn’t possibly see everything, even if you did take a holiday in Brighton for the entire month – your best bet is to stay in festival mode all the way through May. Because before you know it, you’ll be thrown in at the deep end of another one of Brighton’s festivals by the sea, The Great Escape.

Some of the worlds’ top acts descend on Brighton: Paulo Nutini, The Vaccines, Friendly Fires, Hauschka, Katy B -this festival is rammed.During the three days from 12-14 May there’s 300 artists playing at 30 venues and a convention of speakers from the music industry.

So it’s begun! Delegates can get discounted rooms at the hotel, although with all the after-parties going on, it could be that they don’t get in much before dawn anyway…

Brighton Festival 7-29 May

Brighton Fringe 7-30 May

The Great Escape 12-14 May

Discounted rooms for the festival – 20% off bookings of 2 nights!

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