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Weekends in Brighton: get to the beach!

With the summer enjoying a second stretch, we thought it best to pull together the best bits of Brighton beach. Weekends in Brighton will always feature fun and games on the beach- whether that’s with the family and kids, or with a nightclub random or long-term lover.

Weekends in Brighton: Get to the beach!

Weekends in Brighton: Get to the beach!

The beach is a magnet: Even if your mission is just to go shopping in Brighton, there are few roads that don’t lead to the sea.

For the full-blown Brighton beach experience you’d need to head between the piers. Packed, rammed, chocca, however you want to describe it, it’s going to be busy.

It’s this bustle, and blatant fun and sun-seeking that most people look for. Get yourselves along to the basketball courts, and keep your ears open: there’s this random band that turns up and plays outside of one of the bars.

If your weekends in Brighton are planned to be more family-oriented, look left of the Palace Pier as it gets quieter – but don’t look too far: the closer you get to the marina, the fewer clothes people wear – and the nudist beach in Kemp Town is far from family-friendly!

Headed in the other direction, it’ll take you a good 20 minutes’ walk before the crowds lessen. And for real peace and quiet – more BBQs, fewer boogie boxes – head all the way to the Hove end.

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Brighton’s Top Café’s No.8 – Ground

Really about time we followed up our Top Café blogs, and after we popped out of our bed and breakfast in Brighton and popped in for a brew in Ground, we knew which coffee shop to start with!

Black gold served here

Black gold served here

Located at the top end of Kemptown (36 St George’s Rd), it’s well worth the walk. While the furnishings are simple, they are welcoming enough and there are plenty of papers and a well-stocked bookshelf to sift through.

But down to the real deal: the coffee. Being fussy types and having recently returned from Italy, we asked for the increasingly popular ‘Flat White’, but made with a Ristretto. Before you know it, we’re deep in the conversation about Ristretto and clearly Ground’s baristas know their stuff.

There are several opinions on how this sweet coffee shot differs from the others (see below) but once it was served up, it really put other coffee options to sleep.

Accompanied with a slice of chocolate and orange cake, which kicked with cocoa and zest but didn’t hammer the wallet, it was the best coffee we’ve had in Brighton this year.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff; great coffee and cakes; a funky Italian bike in the corner, but not over styled; it’s a great place.

If you are looking to Kemptown or are visiting Brighton just wanting to wander a little further, pop in and try a coffee with a Ristretto. Well grounded, but still cool.

Ristretto: A shot of Espresso taken when just the first ¾ of the water has run through – according to some!

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Brighton Ballrooms: Ready to Party

Returning to glory

Returning to glory

One of the town’s most historic and best-loved venues is set to re-open. The Hanbury Ballrooms will be reborn as the Brighton Ballrooms from Friday 2nd June, and get a £300,000 makeover!

The opening night party looks set to be a sell-out, and thanks to the influence of one of Brighton’s top culture couples, the Brighton Ballrooms is again making the headlines.

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