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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:

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

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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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’s secret suntrap

There’s a very special place few people know of, with sand for the kids to play in and sun for the adults to bathe in. It’s one of Brighton’s best kept secrets.

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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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