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Fancy ice-skating during half term in Brighton?

Yes, we’ve just spotted there are loads more activities on during this half term week in Brighton. Possibly the most interesting is running at Churchill Square shopping centre where they have set up an ice rink.

It’s not a real ice rink, but still plenty of fun for all the family if you are visiting Brighton during half term.

It’s £6 per 20-minute session and it’s all part of publicity for the latest production by the Holiday on Ice people who are launching ‘Tropicana’ in January next year.

The rink is an ‘off-ice’ rink – so there’s no skates and not even any ice! Opened by dancers from the show, the rink is ready for fun all week.

Cold but cool - Image Flickr/Leonski

Cold but cool - Image Flickr/Leonski

Fans of the real ice-skating enjoying Christmas and New Year in Brighton can bring their own skates when they book into their Brighton BnB from November 12. The Royal Pavilion will again play host to an ice rink and restaurant all the way up till January 22.

With excellent food and a fantastic location, the winter ice-skating will be another must-do activity on family weekends in Brighton well into the New Year.

More details emerging about the Gastro delights known only as ‘Feast’ have appeared on the Peppermintbars Blog -not often we big up another Brighton blog, but we liked reading this one.

Tickets for the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, please visit: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

More ways to enjoy half term in Brighton

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5 best things about Bank Holiday in Brighton

Hey ,somebody just gave us two bank holidays in a row so we’ve put up the 5 best things about Bank Holidays in Brighton. Frankly, we don’t care if it was a politician, a statistician or someone wanting more time fishin – we are all headed to Brighton beach!

April showers? We don't think so!

April showers? We don't think so!

Now as we live here, we are at an advantage to people who book up the last minute hotel rooms in Brighton and pile down for the weekend, so here’s our pearls of wisdom and the 5 best things about bank holiday in Brighton.

The beach

Just check out the weather. We are running summer temperatures down here, and it’s set to continue. The beach still has its ‘Blue Flag’ rating meaning it is safe to swim, and if you’ve been down here recently you’d have seen that there are people already taking a dip. The beach is huge, family friendly and we love it.

The shopping

Shop till you drop, or flop back on the beach. Shopping in Brighton is a delight: everything is within walking distance, and there’s something for everyone. If you are shopping in Brighton and want to keep it all under one roof, try Churchill Square, and if you fancy a rummage or something a little more bespoke, then there’s always the South Lanes and the North Laine area.

It’s Family Friendly

As well as being a party zone, Brighton is really geared up for kids. There’s great public playparks either end of the beach, and lots to keep the young uns entertained. If you are looking at booking a hotel room in Brighton and bringing your family, check with Childfriendly Brighton for an extensive list of what’s happening this bank holiday in Brighton.

It’s always entertaining

Taking it easy

Taking it easy

Major venues include the Dome, the Brighton Centre, the Pavillion, the Theatre Royal, and this really is just the start: for independent cinema try  the Duke of York’s and for just about everything else, open your eyes!  This is a town of entertainers, so expect something on every corner.

It’s Hove, actually

As much as we don’t want to  say it: we love Hove! No bank holiday in Brighton is complete without a wander along Western Rd into Hove. And make sure you drop onto the lawns for your walk back – you’ll see families with BBQ’s, kids flying kites, people playing football; it’s a lovely place – but we never said that!

Here’s a link to our offers on hotel rooms in Brighton - take a look, there’s always deals on.

And if you don’t believe just how good it is here, look at the pictures: London it aint!

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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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Right, it’s White Night!

Let’s get this party started!

Up for a night out, it’s rare you’ll be returning to your hotel in Brighton before 2 am! Well, this weekend there is a night organised that’s guaranteed to keep you up till dawn. White Night is a celebration of the last day of British Summer time and it’s packed with arts events – and goes on all night!Picture 10

From family friendly events in the Sea Life Centre to sensory light installations in the Pavilion Gardens, there’s entertainment of the oddest and maddest sort.

With a programme that runs from 18:00 on the Saturday to 07:00 on the following morning, it’s a late one…

Every landmark in town is involved: West Pier, Jubilee Square, Prince Regent until it all finishes with a jazz quartet in the Birdcage bandstand ( something to tweet about then -badoom, splash!)

Our pick of the events:

Dream Machine, in Marlborough House 20:00 – 02:00

White Light in the Brighton Dome 23:00 – 02:00

The truly bonkers Illumination Station & the Enlightenment Machine, at the Latest Music Bar 23:00 – 02:00

and the absolutely foolish Midnight Half Marathon.

Please take a look at their site. If you are thinking about booking a hotel in Brighton because you’ve been told there’s loads to do, then this is the night for you!

White Night

And for more local info about entertainment for children, try our child friendly page

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More half-term fun in Brighton!

Cinderella in Churchill Square
Theatre Royal Brighton present a fun-filled half term week with FREEstorytelling sessions, craft activities, competitions and a Cinderella trail. Children are invited to come in fancy dress on Friday as Cinderella herself will make an appearance! Monday 25 – Friday 29 October 11am – 4pm at Churchill Square Brighton.
Half term activities at King Alfred Leisure Centre All week from 25-30 Oct:
Mini Fun, Mini Mayhem, Artworld, Junior Fitness, Sports. Low cost activities, the age range for activities are from under 5s right through to 12-16 years. See my website events calendar for details: http://www.childfriendlybrighton.co.uk/half-term-activities-at-ki…ng-alfred
Spring Barn Farm Park
Come and enjoy a Spooky Halloween week on the farm. Activities take place daily from Sat 23rd – Sun 31st October.
Wear your spookiest outfit when you come to the farm on these dates.
Prizes for best dressed
On the 31st theFarmhouse Kitchen will be open until 8.30pm and the farm open until 9pm so come along and enjoy the Halloween fun on the farm. Normal entry applies. A small charge will be made for face painting and pumpkin carving.
Wizard Weekend at Bluebell Railway Bluebell Railway is a heritage steam railway running through Sussex.
There will be Wizard Shows at Horsted Keynes at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, Scary Subway, Hunt the bat competition, Face Painting, Fancy Dress Competition at Horsted Keynes at 1.20pm, Scary story telling and Special train service.
For details on ticket prices and how to book please visit www.bluebell-railway.com/event/wizard-weekend/

Picture 7There’s so much organised for this weekend in Brighton, we just had to do another post!

So, with a little help from Child Friendly Brighton & Hove we’ve got even more activities to get the kids playing and enjoying the half-term in Brighton.

Cinderella in Churchill Square

Theatre Royal Brighton present a fun-filled half term week with FREEstorytelling sessions, craft activities, competitions and a Cinderella trail. Children are invited to come in fancy dress on Friday as Cinderella herself will make an appearance! Monday 25 – Friday 29 October 11am – 4pm at Churchill Square Brighton.

Half term activities at King Alfred Leisure Centre All week from 25-30 Oct:

Mini Fun, Mini Mayhem, Artworld, Junior Fitness, Sports. Low cost activities, the age range for activities are from under 5s right through to 12-16 years. See website events calendar for details:

Spring Barn Farm Park

Come and enjoy a Spooky Halloween week on the farm. Activities take place daily from Sat 23rd – Sun 31st October.

Wear your spookiest outfit when you come to the farm on these dates.Prizes for best dressed

On the 31st theFarmhouse Kitchen will be open until 8.30pm and the farm open until 9pm so come along and enjoy the Halloween fun on the farm. Normal entry applies. A small charge will be made for face painting and pumpkin carving.

Wizard Weekend at Bluebell Railway Bluebell Railway is a heritage steam railway running through Sussex.

There will be Wizard Shows at Horsted Keynes at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, Scary Subway, Hunt the bat competition, Face Painting, Fancy Dress Competition at Horsted Keynes at 1.20pm, Scary story telling and Special train service.

For details on ticket prices and how to book please visit www.bluebell-railway.com/event/wizard-weekend/

We’ve plenty of half-term offers, take a look:

For more information from Child Friendly Brighton & Hove, visit their web site here.

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Visiting Brighton: Half-term children’s activities in Brighton

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Booking your family into a hotel in Brighton? We know you’re on the lookout for child-friendly places and events they can enjoy. So, we’ve teemed up with the town’s experts on the matter Child Friendly Brighton and Hove to give you a half-term heads up.

Here’s what’s happening on the coming half-term in Brighton:

This is an older post, so look here for half term events for October 2011

(Keep checking back as we will be updating this as new events are announced)

October half term week (25-31st October 2010)

Halloween Fun at Newhaven Fort – a week of Halloween themed activities for children, sounds great! 25th-31st October, 10.30am-5pm daily. Web: www.newhavenfort.org.uk

Brighton Dome – theatre show for young children: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”. 29th-31st Oct. www.brightondome.org

Little Big Draw at Brighton Museum (FREE drop in and draw workshops for 2-5 year olds, as part of the “Big Draw”) – 26th October.

Mega Beasts at Booth Museum (book in advance!). My children love this! They get to meet a tarantula, giant snail, lizards and other mega beasts. 27th October. Further details are on the museum web site:

We’ve plenty half-term offers, take a look.

For more information on Child Friendly Brighton and Hove, please visit their site, a really good resource for families staying over in hotels in Brighton or just visiting for the day!

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More food fun!

Yum, Yum

Yum, Yum

It’s world food weekend in Brighton! Everyone knows the UK’s favourite food is curry, but on Hove lawns this weekend you are set for much more than Madras and nan bread.

Expect to see, smell, and taste delicacies from around the globe before wandering back toward your hotel room  for a little treat to finish off with…

Everyone likes chocolate right? Well if even the thought of tasting fine choccies gets you drooling like a bloodhound, you need to take the family to the Churchill Square chocolate market this weekend. Perfect if the weather takes a turn for the worse because its all indoors, so no need to hide in your hotel rooms in Brighton, there are sweets galore and cocoa powder-dusted delights ready for all the family to tuck into!

And after all that, it’s probably tea time – not time for more food, but time for a cuppa (we’ve just heard about this place, Metrodeco not reviewed it yet but sounds kinda special).

So whichever way the weekend takes you, it’s likely you’ll stick on a pound or two – but, after all that dieting for summer isn’t it time we fattened up for Christmas? We think so, so we’ll see you there!

Churchill Square

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Monsters and Musicals at the Theatre Royale

Theatre Royale Brighton

Theatre Royale Brighton

When you get a ticket for the cinema there’s no need to dress up, but when it’s for an evening at the theatre, it’s time to get out the glad rags.

Brighton’s Theatre Royal may be steeped in tradition, but it’s far from frumpy; a quick look at what’s on in August reveals a diversity of performances.

Even though stars such as Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart may have treaded the Brighton Theatre Royal’s boards, there’s still always been room for family friendly shows and light-hearted performances.

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The ‘My Brighton’ blog prize

Fancy a free weekend in Brighton? Of course you do. All you need to do is to prepare a 300-word blog, send it in and the best entry wins. Simple!

The title is My Brighton and there are four 2-night breaks available, one for each category below:

Under 15’s

Individuals, Couples and Singles

Group

LGBT

Enjoy writing? Your blog could win a free weekend in Brighton!

Enjoy writing? Your blog could win a free weekend in Brighton!

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What’s On this week

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Another glorious weekend ahead; the summer holidays are going on and on! Visiting Brighton, here’s our selection of what’s on this week, enjoy.

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