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Forget London: Stay in Brighton hotels for Queen’s Jubilee and party by the sea!

If you’re coming from abroad then don’t bother with London, instead stay in Brighton hotels for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and get massive discounts.

Not 'The' Queen, but she's on a horse with the flag so..

Not 'The' Queen, but she's on a horse with the flag so..

Pick any of the spring or summer weekends in Brighton and you’ll guarantee there’ll be queens visiting – it’s just that kind of place! Diamonds are optional, but when it’s the Queen were talking about, you can guarantee she’ll tip up with a rock or two.

Ok, cryptic blog over. It’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration this year and Brighton’s doing its bit to wish her well – we did get an extra bank holiday out of it, so it would be rude not to.

The Woodland Trust has said it will get 6 million trees planted in time for the celebrations, and a number of Diamond Woods. Well, 100 of these trees have already found their way into Tarner Park, off Sussex Street in Brighton.

The main celebrations will be lead from London, but if you are visiting Brighton looking for special hotel offers for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee you can expect an outpouring of street parties and bunting-fringed British fun.

St Barts in Brighton is having a festival concert on the night of May 26th – bit early, as the main party doesn’t get going till the following weekend.

On Sunday May 3rd there’s an initiative lead by The Eden Project called The Big Lunch, which encourages people to have lunch with their neighbours – sounds like the perfect incentive to help kick off a street party.

And just launched is a year-long exhibition at the Royal Pavilion. Charlotte: The Forgotten Princess documents the short life of Princess Charlotte, George IV’s only daughter, through her clothing and letters.

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is holding a special display ‘Fashion & The Flag’ throughout May. And as the Queen’s celebrations are in the same month as the Brighton Festival and The Brighton Fringe, weekends in Brighton promise to be more colourful and intriguing than ever.

Visit London: Stay Brighton – that’s what we are saying

Picture from: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery’s ‘Fashion & The Flag’

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Halfterm for kids and teens at Brighton Museum

Lots on for families this halfterm

Lots on for families this halfterm

Just a step or two from the Royal Pavilion is Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, and it’s got something on for families enjoying halfterm in Brighton: Currently, it’s running ‘Picturing Stories’ an exhibition of narrative paintings.

So, what exactly should you expect if you fancy taking the children along?

Well, the best way to look around the museum is to download a gallery trail, or pick one up on arrival: with this you’ll get to follow clues and readings to find your way around.

Kids get to look through a short piece of literature, before piecing together their answers. It’s a really easy and enjoyable way to get everyone engaging in art and reading.

For older children the museum is running and exhibition ‘Capturing Colour: Film, Invention and Wonder’. Again free, this brilliant show traces the history of colour as we used it to represent the world.

There’s everything, from early colour films to fairy-tale genies, and there’s material here that’s hardly ever been seen before. And there are home movies and even Hollywood films for them to gawp at.

Lots to explore...

Lots to explore...

And if after that you need a quick brew before you venture back out into Brighton, the museum serves up some of the best cream teas you’ll ever find – good enough reason to get along there in the first place…

Have a look here, for more information about halfterm family events at Brighton Museum.

Entry for both events is free and runs throughout the bank holiday week

Our Brighton hotel with halfterm family discounts.

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Brighton Rocks not Brighton Rock

There’s a bar in town that’s arguably cooler than the remake of Graham Greene’s classic BrightonPicture 2Rock: it’s Brighton Rocks. Ok, they may have had help with the name, although it’s more School of Rock than Brighton Rock, and is sited in Rock Place – on the Kemp Town side of town.

The music connections keep on rolling, as just next door is the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. That said, don’t be expecting a snakebite and black, spitooned, rough arse biker bar, or raver haven: this intimate hangout has more than a little style.

And the food rocks (sorry). Served up on slates, we tucked into some excellent mezze of whatever it was: really well presented and delicious.

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Top food, top tunes

With a DJ tucked around the corner, and staff who were more than happy to stick the kettle on for us rather than serve us a pint (we were really cold) it’s definitely earned its place in our hearts.

For deals on Brighton hotels check our special offers page, and look here for Brighton Rocks.

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The 5 most romantic places in Brighton

As a town known for its wild night-life, it’s rarely seen as a place for romance. However, there are a few spots outside of the hotels in Brighton where love can linger…

So, with Valentine’s just around the corner, here’s our five most romantic places in Brighton.

Brighton Beach

Brighton for lovers

The Pier

Not an obvious choice. But outside of peak season, you can find yourselves alone wandering between empty rides at sunset. There’s even music piped through the intercom. Many a romantic moment’s been had on our pier.

The Beach

An obvious choice, especially if you live here. Try further towards Hove if you’re after a little privacy. Look around and you’ll find a suntrap to settle in; dig a bottle of wine into the stones and enjoy a glass together.

Stanmer Village

If you’ve not been, or are visiting Brighton for the first time, get to Stanmer Village. From the train station walk up into the park. It will take you back in time, and into the heart of a very traditional English village – take a picnic.

Western Road Looking West (at sunset)

I don’t know why this happens but  heading out of town at sunset along Western road, watch for the craziest of urban sunsets.  Skies turned a shocking pink before darkening to purple, and shop windows pick up a golden glow from the dying sun. Turn around and you’ll see the high rise blocks changing colour, as the light burns back off their windows.

The Grand Hotel

There’s still something special about walking into the Grand Hotel. Sneak in – you are allowed in, it just always feels as if you are trespassing – order a cocktail (might need an overdraft facility) and pretend for a moment: it  could be you!

If you’re after a romantic break in Brighton that doesn’t break the bank, just check out our Valentine’s Day offers -you’ll love them.

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