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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.

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

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Visiting Brighton? You should visit Hove, too

Planning on visiting Brighton, you really should make the effort to get yourself along the coast to Hove. The two overlap somewhere and it’s pretty difficult to tell them apart.

Get this far and you're in Hove

Get this far and you're in Hove

That is until you get further into Hove, where you’ll notice fewer large stores and shops, and more residential buildings. Top Tip: Walk along the seafront until you get to an Italian café/ ice-cream shop called Morrocco’s. You’re in Hove.

Hove actually makes for an excellent visit, with all sorts of cultural events going on. This month is a great example. Here’s the main events going in Hove this month.

Sussex Beer and Cider Festival (8-10 March)

A regular on the calendar, this will be the 22nd Sussex Beer and Cider Festival. Look of for some top independent brewers, and you’ll need to be quick with tickets as this is one festival that you can guarantee will sell out! As well as beers and ciders, there are perries and country wines to be sampled. And there’s one bar set aside just for local ales. There’s also live entertainment planned and hot food!

And walk back to Brighton

And walk back to Brighton

My Favourite Toy (From 10 March)

My Favourite Toy (not an adult show) opens at the Hove Museum and Art Gallery on 10 March. You’ll be able to look at our fascination with toys and enjoy work created by children and young people in Brighton & Hove. Great one for the family enjoying a long weekend in Brighton – especially after you blagged your way free to get into the beer festival…

And the following weekend it’s the vege festival.

Vegfest UK ( 17-18 March)

If you think you need meat to make a meal tasty, thing again. Get your primitive urges in check and check out the piles of food products all laid out around Hove Town Hall. As always there will be bits and bobs to try, and special offers to tempt the eye and wallet.

Then finish your weekend visiting Brighton with a long walk back to town along the seafront. It’s not far, and let’s face it tofu doesn’t weigh anything anyway!

For more family friendly events in Brighton look up this great resource ChildfriendlyBrighton

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Visiting Brighton and its ‘Greeters’

Many cities claim to offer a warm welcome, but to put out teams of ‘Greeters’ for people visiting Brighton is unheard off. What do these people do? Is it free? And will they just drag you off to a pub for a pint and some midday drag act?

Let your Greeter take you there Photo: Flickr/OliverN5

Let your 'Greeter' take you there Photo: Flickr/OliverN5

Well, we’ve been looking into it. And sadly there’s no boozing or man-serenades – bit early in the day.

But, you can ‘Book your Greet’ and get matched up with a Brighton resident who will guide you towards the best things to see in Brighton.

Each session last up to six hours and you can get as many as five friends to come along with you. So for people visiting Brighton it’s perfect. Hop of the train and get a guided tour. How good is that!

Not just for Brighton virgins; if you’ve visited before you can still get in on the initiative – run by Visit Brighton.

You book online, giving details of the hotel in Brighton or the Brighton B&B you’re staying in, and the preferred date and time of your Greet.

Although not guaranteed – visits are ’subject to Greeter availability’ – if you book in advance and schedule it for the first part of your trip to Brighton, there’s a good chance you’ll get one.

And if you don’t, not to worry: there are lots of day trips near Brighton to see and do in Brighton – and there’s always somewhere you can grab a pint – drag act might have to wait till later, mind.

And if you’re Scottish, this whole blog post could mean something completely different. But don’t greet about it…

Book your Greeter

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Brighton Bed and Breakfast and budget bus trips in Brighton

When visiting, people too easily get trapped in Brighton. Hardly surprising as there’s so many things to do!

Bus

But if you are staying more than one day, or using the city as a base for UK tours, you should look at your Brighton Bed and Breakfast as a base from which to explore.

And it’s often the budget bus trips that provide the best service, taking you to attractions in Sussex and along the South East coast of England.

Here’s three of the routes to look for when planning a day trip:

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Brighton UK : Why our friends from Europe start and finish in Brighton

Brighton UK is not just a weekend favourite, it’s also traditionally where many visitors from Europe start off and finish their whirlwind tours of the UK.

Europe's coming to Brighton

Europe's coming to Brighton

Now, you’d think they’d just jump off the plane and rush into overpriced London digs. Well, they don’t; they get a weekend in Brighton, chill out and plan their route from here.

And, often they also finish their trip with a night here, too.

So, why would you choose to stay your first weekend in Brighton?

Here are five good reasons:

Close to the airport

Flights into Gatwick drop off passengers from all over Europe, and it’s just around the corner. Well, Brighton UK is just 30 mins by train, but it’s still better than heading the other way into London.

To help prepare

If you’ve arrived after hours of connections and faffing around, the last thing you need is to be chucked in the middle of it all, when really you should be taking the time to chill and prepare for the next 7, 10 days of holiday.

Brighton’s a special place

You know it, we all know it, and by the time they leave, they’ll know it too: Brighton UK is unlike any other town. And if you make the effort to come here, you’ll enjoy special offers on Brighton Accommodation and soon see why.

It’s the beach, stoopid!

Yes, everyone loves a beach. And given the chance, most people would rather wake up next to the sea than between two tower blocks. So what if it’s not summer! Get a bit of sunlight going and Brighton brightens, regardless of the temperature.

To wind down

Yes, not only do tourists spend their first few nights in Brighton, they also book a weekend at the end to check out the things to do in Brighton before they leave. It’s a bit of a treat and a time to relax and reflect on their holiday – most tourists stick to the south, but often roam all the way to Cornwall and back, so resting up at the end often helps finish their trip to Brighton UK in style.

And of course they come for the nudist beach! But probably just to laugh at the 10 or so Brits brave enough to put their crown jewels on display.

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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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The Ghosts of Brighton

The dawn walkers you see wandering the seafront on weekends in Brighton aren’t zombies, they’re just clubbers who couldn’t get enough! Still, there are some places in Brighton where the dead can be found… And if you know the right man, you can walk in their footsteps.

Rob Marks keeps strange company. And creepy tales unfold as he takes people on a ghost walk of the Lanes , and through the dark history of the city. He explains more:

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

The Brighton Ghost Walk is very popular, but when did you start your wanderings?

I began my wandering around the Lanes three years ago. I had carried out extensive research into the many alleged hauntings in the area and scripted the show three years before.

The walk’s for all ages, but are there some tales you have to leave untold?

The walk is essentially light-hearted fun and I tend to juxtapose the dramatic intensity of the stories with comic respite. I carry a Gladstone bag filled with props relating to my tales; some mildly gruesome. However, the kids love it and I always make a special point of bonding with them throughout the walk.  I made a point of choosing tales that were suitable for all age-ranges so there are none that I would leave untold. There are occasions when I have simplified the language for younger groups and left out any risqué jokes.

Ever been really spooked yourself?

I’ve been doing this for a long time in Brighton and York. One thing I’m pretty sure of is that ghosts can’t harm you. Nevertheless, I did once feel a tad spooked when visiting an old empty, part derelict house that I was later told was haunted.

Most weekends in Brighton are peaceful affairs, so why walk with its ghosts?

Weekends in Brighton are also fun affairs and the ghost walk is all about having fun.

What’s the town’s most haunted spot?

The original fishing quarter, now know of as the Lanes, is unquestionably the most haunted part of the city. There is hardly a street or lane that does not have a spectral connection.

If you came back to haunt the town, where would you hang out?

New Road, opposite the Pavilion Gardens. It’s a delightful spot to sit and while away an hour of two over coffee and watch the world go by.


Take a look at Rob’s video on the Ambassador Facebook page.

Bringing your family to the coast this weekend? We’ve family rooms in Brighton.

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Brighton Art Fair: four days of surprises

Weekends in Brighton are always good for a bargain. And it’s not just Brighton accommodation offers that are drawing the bargain hunters; anyone for an eye for second-hand furniture and art will already have rummaged to their heart’s content in the curio spots and shops of the North Laine area.

'Madeira Lift' by Gillian Bates

'Madeira Lift' by Gillian Bates

Coming soon, it’s a more organised affair: The Brighton Art Fair. Running from 22nd September, through to Sunday in the Corn Exchange, Church Street.

Just don’t expect the random nick-knacks found in other spots around town; over the four days the best of local talent is showing, along with some national artists, giving the public direct access to paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures.

There are 130 artists showing work, so the £6 entry fee is money well spent.

Of those with work in the fair, we’re really impressed with Rachael Heavens & Ed Boxall, and have been fans of Sylvie Howitt and Gillian Bates for some time.

Interested? Get down for the Friday and spend the weekend in Brighton. There’s more here than the beach, the shops, the pubs, the parks, the clubs, the shows, the curious residents, etc etc.

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Residents’ discount if relatives want a weekend in Brighton!

If you live locally you can get an automatic discount for families and friends coming to stay for a weekend in Brighton. In fact, we’ll even extend the offer into the week.

In the spirit of all things digital and our new found love of Facebook we’ve got a deal for everyone: All you need do is share this post on Facebook (below) with friends you know who are likely to be interested and ‘Like’ the hotel page and we’ll send you a voucher code that you can use all year round!

Like and get a massive discount

Like and get a massive discount

Obviously, we’ll check to see if your profile says you are from round these parts – wouldn’t want any of those funny folk from Kent joining us on Facebook now would we?

You can get a very healthy 15% off any stay of any duration! This will depend on availability, but there’s no better way to put up your family and friends when they are visiting Brighton. And let’s face it, you don’t want Mum or Dad crashing your bedsit or the inlaws patroling your kitchen every morning searching for the tea bags (wrong type of teabags, no doubt).

And as breakfasts go, we’ve a fine Sussex English breakfast , packed with local produce to set them up for the rest of their weekend in Brighton, and keep them out of your hair and from under your feet.

So, see you on Facebook and look out for the voucher codes – they’ll come in a message from Nick Head, the hotel’s owner and manager.

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Brighton venue could be born again, again!

Visiting Brighton for the weekend you’ll find so many flyers for clubs it’s sometimes hard to know where to get started. So, we are going to get you a quick overview of each and put them together in a quick club review for you.

But before we do, it looks as if one of the town’s favourite nightclubs could be on the verge of another lease of life as ‘The Yard’ – formerly ‘The Ocean Rooms’ could be re-born as an altogether different entertainment venue.

Ocean Rooms - born again, again!  Image: Flickr/dominicspics

Ocean Rooms - born again, again! Image: Flickr/dominicspics

Its leasehold is up for sale, and the club could soon have a new role, according to the Argus, which has reported the club may become the site for laser game business.

As clubs go, it’s featured some really creative frontage. A tradition we hope the new owners will continue.

And thanks to its size and proximity to the centre of town, it could easily find its place on a list of attractions for people coming for family weekends in Brighton.

We’ll keep you posted on developments, but to find out what’s on this weekend in Brighton, check out our What’s on and Brighton local events guide and our LGBT local events guide

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