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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:

All Month

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!

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Visiting Brighton: Get Paddling Around the Pier

With the weather so good, it’s likely that you’re gonna want to dip your feet in the water when visiting Brighton. Well, this weekend you’ll be able to do a lot more than that: it’s the Paddle Round the Pier Festival.

A real regular on the Brighton party scene, this beach inspired charity fest has all sorts of activities for the family – and plenty for the hardcore surf dude and dudette.

Staying out of the water for a while, there are stalls all over the Hove lawns; concerts and live tunes; surfing movies; BMX and skating – of course; and plenty of stuff just for kids.

Our favourites from last year were the VW Campers on show: amazing conversions of the coolest transporters ever built!

Onto the water and there’s the Pier2Pier race, Stand Up Paddleboarding races (SUP), a swim around the pier, dinghy sailing, surf lifesaving contests and plenty of ways you can get involved. There’s an appearance from the S.A.S (not the balaclava’d, gun-wielding sort) a very special force behind environmental campaigns close to all of us who enjoy the sea – families visiting Brighton beach can get some great sea and beach safety advice from the RNLI.

It’s a very cool weekend. And let’s face it, if you’re visiting Brighton with a family, you’re probably here for fun. So get yourselves to the seafront and head west. Head to Hove and find the sun and fun you’re looking for. And if the surf’s not up, there’s a guaranteed party till the sun goes down!

Here’s what to expect at the Paddle Round the Pier Festival

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Family weekends in Brighton on People’s Day

Some people looking to entertain the kids might think it’s too much of a party town, yet spending family weekends in Brighton you’ll soon find the town lays on lots of family friendly events, take this weekends People’s Day festival.

Slap in the middle of town thee are ten different zones to explore, stages and performances and plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved.

People's day map

People's day map

The part of town known as the North Laine area is the place to start looking for the family friendly activities. History zone, Play zone, even quiet zone can al be found within a few minutes’ walk.

And there’s a rare opportunity to get unique access to the backstage areas on a guided tour around the Theatre Royal.

There’s a stage in New Road and also one inside the Dome, where the local community groups will be performing. From Zumba dancing to Archaeology boot camps, there are activities to brighten up every kid’s day and make family weekends in Brighton a regular event.

The fun and games start at 10 a.m. so give them an early wake up, grab a bite from your Brighton B&B and get into interactive mood!

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Spend your weekends in Brighton worshipping the stars

Most weekends in Brighton, for the party crowd at least, are spent in deep indulgence. Well, this month it’s time for the stars to come to town. And not just stars of the DJ booth or the big screen, we’ve got some stars of their own bedroom visiting Brighton. Yes, it’s time for Britain’s Got Talent to hit Brighton!

Weekends in Brighton: always time to party!

Weekends in Brighton: always time to party!

After the bull****ers and bedroom divas were weaned out, the show kept the best acts to take on tour, and they are here, on 22 June.

Four days later, seasoned pro Michael Ball will be bringing his new show to the Brighton Centre and showing them how it’s really done.

‘Girls just want to have fun’ could well be the motto for girls spending their party weekends in Brighton, and for one girl, Cyndi Lauper, it’s exactly what she’ll be doing on 28 June. The pop icon and 80’s fashion find will be knocking out the tunes in the Brighton Dome.

Concord2 is also hosting some stars of old and new. Ratpack and Ellis Dee get the old skool ravers jumping on 18 June, while Adam Ant will stand and deliver tunes from his greatest hits tour.

It’s not just the weekends in Brighton that are star-studded, look at our listings to see more of what’s on in Brighton day-to-day.

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Visiting Brighton: Bikes and birthday suits

UK has really clear laws about public nudity and us Brits have a bit of a reputation as prudes. Well, this weekend anyone visiting Brighton for the first time will get a very different view. That’s because it’s not just in the Brighton bed and breakfasts where the action is happening…

Visiting Brighton - be prepared: it's naked bike ride!

Visiting Brighton - be prepared: it's naked bike ride! Pic: Flickr/Elsie esq

It’s on the streets and it’s on two wheels. And if you want to see bums, bushes and bits of all shapes and sizes you will have come to the right town. Ladies and gentlemen – and very embarrassed old ladies – it’s the Brighton Naked Bike Ride!

Last year, a marvellous 800 people bared all and pedaled around the streets of this oddball town. They had a ball, all to demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists – although, if you look closely – if you must – you’ll probably notice that many are just happy to get their kit off!

If all this skin is too much, get yourself to the beach; but not to Black Rock Beach, because as Brighton’s naked beach it’s in a constant state of undress.

The spokesperson for the ride wasn’t available for a comment, but the only real complaint we’d expect to hear is likely to be from the tandem rider – the one at the rear!

If you’re here for a family weekend, don’t worry or shut yourselves into your Brighton bed and breakfast, just look at our Brighton local events pages – you’ll see there’s a lot happening for the clothed community too!

Our favourite activity this weekend – after Brighton’s contribution to World Naked Bike Ride:

North Laine Summer Walks – Starting from outside Brighton Museum & taking

you back in time to when the North Laine was the industrial and commercial centre

of Brighton, 11am, £3

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Visiting Brighton Citroen shows its C-side

Fringe sponsors

Fringe sponsors

Zipping through the seafront traffic past the Brighton bed & breakfasts and not a sound. That’s because, thanks to Citroen, we had a whole hour in one of the company’s new electric cars. And we can tell you: it was impressive. Visiting Brighton you’d think there would be more of these on the roads, but these were the first we’d seen and they looked great.

As sponsors of the Brighton Festival Fringe Citroen has taken a back seat, letting the acts, not the company PR, do the talking – smart move, as we’re hardly a crowd that likes overpowering corporate sponsorship of our much-prized arts events.
But getting out its two funky new Citroen C-Zero electric cars for the public was a wise move: A town with a green council, thousands of cyclists and streets busy with holiday-makers leaving hotels in Brighton, it’s the perfect place to show off the newest green motor.

Citroen checks out the arches

Citroen checks out the arches

Parked up and charged up outside Brighton town hall, it wasn’t long before these two bumble bee-yellow bubble cars racked up the miles.

We took ours out along the coast to see if it had the horses to keep up with traffic, and it did. Then it was into the marina to see how it fared in small spaces – its turning circle proved as tight as the Sunday market traders.

Not cheap mind (32k) – there’s a government grant to bring costs down – although for now, Citroen is really still showing what can be done in a practical city car. With a decent range (90+ miles), useable top speed (80mph) and room for four and a couple of bags of shopping, it could tempt if you’ve the money, or maybe make a council car –  perhaps we’ll see the Mayor / Caroline Lucas behind the wheel?

Most cyclists I know would like a car, it just needs to be a green car – even if it is bright yellow. And Brighton’s the perfect place to see what it’s really like to live with an electric car. No emmissions, no road tax, no petrol and you can charge them from 8 points around the city – perfect even for people just visiting Brighton: C’mon Citroen, roll it out!

If you think Citroen should let our blogger test the C-Zero for a month, so we can see really how good it is, vote on the hotel’s Facebook page

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What’s on in Brighton this weekend?

Its never an easy question to answer: “What’s on in Brighton this weekend”, especially when you see what’s on this weekend – it’s rammed!

There’s so much happening. If you didn’t already know, there’s the double cultural fest of Brighton Festival and Brighton Festival Fringe. One puts on the top names at the best venues, while the other shows of the eclectic and multiarious talents that are emerging locally and nationally – expect some oddities and eye-openers.

Brighton - the place to be

Brighton - the place to be

Strangley , it’s all kicked off with a children’s parade. Starting at 10:30 floats from schools all over the city will be taking over the streets bringing a real Rio feel to the place. Expect the town centre to be rammed with buggies and bunting-draped floats.

Even more fun for kids is the Comedy Club 4 kids at the town’s most famous comedy club Komedia.

For more info about activities for families in Brighton, check out ChildfriendlyBrighton’s pages, here

And for art lovers everywhere there’s the Artists Open Houses – some of the town’s most celbrated artists and complete unknowns open their doors to all.  Not to be missed, especially if you are looking for something unique to take home as a souvenir of your stay in Brighton.

And if that’s not enough, well  I can tell you what’s on in Brighton: the summer is on in Brighton! We’ve had stunning weather for nearly a month so expect the beach to be rammed too!

Have a great stay and make sure to check out our Brighton local events pages for more details

We’ve great Brighton accommodation offers, so if you’re looking at coming back, just give us a call.

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Festival Fringe and its most popular show

There’s no way of telling before the Festival Fringe which show or exhibit will be the most popular. But we’ve got our money on The Great Wall of Vagina.

Jamie and his work

Jamie and his work

Now, if you are new to this town or just know Brighton at the weekend, this might surprise you a little – it may even shock a few people. But for us, it’s just what we expect from the Brighton Festival Fringe (ok, actually even we had to look twice when we heard about it!)

Briefly, its a nine-metre long sculpture of plaster casts of vaginas, taken from women of all ages by artist Jamie McCartney over five years and arranged into ten panels.

Liberating for many, offensive to some. Remember this is the Brighton Festival Fringe: it will challenge and surprise you!

The best way to get an idea of what the work is really about is to see it for yourself. Visiting Brighton in the next few weeks just pop in to his studios at 7 Ship Street.

Jamie’s sculpture opens on the 6th May, is a world premiere and you’ll learn much more about it watching the vid he’s shared with us.

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National Student Pride has arrived!

Happening this weekend!

Happening this weekend!

Student Pride is clearly a celebration, but what else has it got going on?
“Thanks to our growing fan base and generous coverage from the majority of the UK lgbt media, it’s a great opportunity to mobilise thousands of people from all over the UK, launching campaigns such as  ’Love without borders’. And as an event, it’s always fantastic to meet and get to know people from all over the UK and celebrate your sexuality.”

In which Brighton clubs and locations will we find you?


“Our pre-party on Friday evening is at R-Bar and Revenge from 8pm. On Saturday, our main daytime festivities are at Oceana, 1pm-5.30pm, the scene tour is 7.30pm-10.45pm, and the fantastic club night is at Coalition, 10.45pm till bedtime. There will be an after party at Revenge for those who’s partying spirits remain unquenched!”

How has Student Pride evolved over the last six years?


“After the Oxford Brookes Christian Union’s talk on ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ in 2005 the Brookes LGBT society felt obliged to put the other side of the argument across but needed a larger audience to attract well known speakers. This coupled with Oxford moving their pride to July, resulted in National Student Pride!

Following two successful events in Oxford National Student Pride joined with the NUS LGBT campaign in 2007. 2009 saw the move to Brighton and 2010 was by far the biggest and best yet, supported by The Prime Minister, Cameron and Clegg and hosted in Brighton. With a new patron: Dan Gillespie Sells, Lead singer of The Feeling and whole pile of new features it was one to remember! Sponsored by Bacardi there was a women’s room programmed by brighton pride women’s tent and a massive club night with live bands and a surprise appearance from Ronan Keating!
2011 is set  to surpass the 2010 event. We are proudly sponsored by Ernst and Young, and with our first X-Factor winner Joe McElderry headlining (with support from Morrissey’s favourite band Doll & the Kicks), we’re in for a real treat!”

"the most LGBT friendly town in the UK"

"the most LGBT friendly town in the UK"

Great idea to make the day event free, what’s happening?

“We have a celeb discussion panel hosted by Attitude Magazine editor Matthew Todd, featuring Dr Christian Jessen (C4, Embarassing bodies), Aled Haydn Jones (BBC radio 1), John Amaechi (out gay NBA basketball player),  and Aaron Porter (NUS president). The Only Way is Essex stars Harry and Sam will also be joining us during the day.

There will be a screening of the awarding winning documentary ‘Beyond Gay- the politics of pride’ which follows the Vancouver Pride organisers as they travel to places where Pride is still steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists.

We’re very lucky to have a live music room hosted by the Women’s Room stage from Brighton pride, featuring some great talents: Lianne Hall, Danni Nicholls, Heads Hearts, Mel Sanson and Al Start. Make sure to stop by the market stalls too!”

Staying the weekend in Brighton, why is the town so special for the UK LGBT community?
Brighton holds the torch for being the most LGBT friendly city in the UK, thanks to many of the LGBT owned cafés, shops, restaurants, and hotels (like the Ambassador!). It’s also been host to one of the few free pride festivals, giving much of the wider Brighton community the chance to feel involved in celebrating LGBT diversity. Brighton pride will no longer be a free event, but hopefully the spirit of community inclusion will continue.

Staying the weekend in Brighton, why is the town so special for the UK LGBT community?

“Brighton holds the torch for being the most LGBT friendly city in the UK, thanks to many of the LGBT owned cafés, shops, restaurants, and hotels (like the Ambassador!). It’s also been host to one of the few free pride festivals, giving much of the wider Brighton community the chance to feel involved in celebrating LGBT diversity. Brighton pride will no longer be a free event, but hopefully the spirit of community inclusion will continue.”

You can catch up with the organisers and keep up to date this weekend by following @studentpride and @ambassadorbtn or on Facebook

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After Mother’s Day ideas? Weekend activities in Brighton to make her smile!

Mother's Day activities

Mother's Day at Brighton Dome

As you’ve probably just realised, it’s Mother’s Day and if you want to make it look like you knew all along, check out these  weekend activities in Brighton devised by the Brighton Dome, just for you – and your ever-so-slightly guilty conscious .

Brighton Dome’s Foyer is open from 11am – 5pm, with special Mother’s Day activities from 11am-3pm

All Mothers receive a free glass of Prosecco on arrival!

Relax and unwind in our spacious and airy foyer with the Sunday papers, teas, coffees and home-cooked food.

A supervised children’s chill-out room is available with face-painting, games and activities.

Take a sneaky peek backstage on our special free tours of the historic Brighton Dome,

Enjoy a relaxing massage at only £5 for ten minutes.

Live jazz throughout the day by Sax and Keys

Ditchling Singers perform a special Mother’s Day Medley.

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