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Enjoy half term in Brighton

Yes, it’s nearly Halloween and the little horrors will soon be keeping us up with their tricks – and demanding an endless supply of treats no doubt. Well, if you need them entertained book a BnB in Brighton and take a look at the range of events we’ve got coming up next week.

Autumn sun and half term fun!

Autumn sun and half term fun!

Child Friendly Brighton has the most comprehensive listing of what’s on – here’s our pick of the best entertainment for families in Brighton and nearby.

Gorrid the Horrid

Live music, puppets and animation combined in this children’s fright fest. Turn up in fancy dress and you can win a prize. Ideal for kids aged 4-10 yrs and good offers on family tickets.

B-Starz Academy Half Term Boot Camp

Industry pros help kids burn off their half term excitement with classes in dance, acting and singing. There’s a fee involved, but the course runs till Thursday and all students get to perform in the live show. Ideal for kids aged 7-11 and 12-16 yrs.

Halloween Lantern Walk

The weekend in Brighton is when the activities really get going. Starting in Preston Park on Saturday 29 there’s a lantern walk, with prizes for the best lanterns and fancy dress costumes. Wrap up warm and keep the creeps away.

Visiting Brighton for the first time, have a look at our Brighton What’s On page.

And for more details and inspiration for the October half term, here’s the planner and a great resource for child friendly activities.

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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:

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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!

For comprehensive what’s on and Brighton local events

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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’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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(Ob)scenically Yours

If  you are dying to go ob-scenic, check out the wildlife scene in Brighton and Hove. If you think our town is just a seaside resort, you are totally missing the boat. Brighton borders the South Downs, some the most incredible park-land around. aug09 027

Let’s stay near the main path for a while. In Brighton Central, there is the enormous Preston Park, a perfect place to picnic or stop and play. Don’t miss the Preston Manor or the insanely beautiful Japanese rock garden across the street. Sit by the pond or climb up the rock steps and feel like a king/queen. Benches dot the garden so you’ll be sure to find a spot to sit and take it all in. This is arguably my favourite scenic spot in Brighton.

Nearby there is also the lovely Withdean Park and which has the most beautiful flower gardens and is a short 10-15 minute walk from Preston Park.

If you are looking to do a spot of Sunbathing in Kemptown, try the lovely Queen’s park. This park is huge! Check out the lovely lake or if you are really lucky, catch an event here. I went to a fantastic show here as part of the Brighton fringe festival, where the entire park with a-light with lanterns. It was amazing. This park also has 6 tennis courts if you fancy a game of doubles.

In Hove, there’s choice between Hove Park or St Anns Well Gardens. St Anns is an underrated park with a playground, flowers and the annual Crofts dog show. Hove Park is comprised of a small cafe and rolling fields. Across the street, in a blink and you might miss it way, is a Bridlepath which has a nice wilderness feel.

I had a friend visit me recently and she really felt such a sense of bliss biking in Hove Park and eating dried fruit from Tescos. This park is also great if you have family because there is a playground here and Toys R US is across the street.

Without mentioning the seafront which is obviously ob-scenic, there is also Hove Lagoon where you can take a sailing class. This area is very family-centric with a wadding pool and a children’s playground. On another note, if you aspire to be a “yummy mummy” or like hanging out with them, they are all at Vbites eating meatless meats, whilst their kids play.

If you are hitting the most scenic of attractions, the sea, don’t swim if you see a red-flag. That means the water is dangerous to swim in.  Lifeguards at situated at several points and dog-friendly or barbeque-friendly beaches are marked. So you’ll find the right spot to go (ob)scenic in Brighton and Hove. aug09 023

For more information about all the parks  in Brighton and Hove, click here.

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