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Spring into Brighton at Churchill Brighton

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Brighton is a thriving beach side city that has been popular with visitors for centuries during all the seasons.  It has a wide range of things to do, and combines rich history with vibrant modern activities.  Whether you prefer the outdoors or indoors, relaxing or staying active – you will be spoiled for choice in Brighton.

Brighton is a very walk able city, and the Only in Brighton! tour company offers 90 minute walks with a qualified guide to introduce you to the history and places of interest that make Brighton so unique.  If you prefer to ride a bike, cycling tours are also available with Grand Brighton Bike Tours.  Follow your guide to Brighton’s most celebrated attractions on this 2.5 hour ride, available in a morning or afternoon session.

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum aims to “make childhood memories a reality”.  It houses an extensive collection of toys, model trains, and memorabilia; this family-focused museum features over 10,000 items ranging from the 1860’s to modern times.  Bring the family together for a day of wonder and nostalgia while viewing one of the world’s most impressive displays of toys and models.

For a unique experience, why not produce your own memorabilia at The Painting and Pottery café.  Choose a piece of pottery, add your own paints and stencils, and have it glazed and fired.  The finished product is ready for collection in 1-2 days, or can be posted.  Those in a hurry can choose acrylic paints and take their masterpiece home the same day.

The Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has exhibits from ancient Egyptian artefacts to local memorabilia, and a great deal more.  Featuring extensive permanent displays as well as temporary exhibitions, the interactive displays will keep people of all ages entertained and informed.  Buy a History Pass to access reduced entry prices into the museum and the Royal Pavilion, and be introduced to some of the richest historical treasures in the country.

The Royal Pavilion was the palace of George IV, the Prince Regent, and is a sumptuous building with soaring architecture and a richly decorated interior.  Original items of furniture and art, on loan from the Royal family, are displayed in this historic setting.  Stop in the Royal Pavilion tearooms for refreshments, which overlook the gardens that have been faithfully restored to the beautiful Regency design.

Take in some drama at the Theatre Royal Brighton, one of the most venerable and respected theatres in Britain.  Built in Regency style, the theatre has seen many common household names walk the stage with a wide and varied programme that caters to a wide range of audiences.  Join in a backstage tour offered each Saturday morning, and look behind the scenes of this important dramatic institution.

There is so much more to do; including kayaking adventures, a vibrant night life, bustling markets, and quirky museums.  In Brighton, you never need to be bored.  Come visit Churchill Brighton, and experience these unique and captivating attractions for yourself this spring!

Winter Activities in Brighton

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Our availability dates have just opened up for the new year!   January and February 2017 bookings now available and March 2017 bookings will be released shortly.  If you thought there is not much to do in Brighton during the heart of winter, you will be surprised at what’s on at the beginning of the year.  Activities for couples and families are abundant, and some of the most popular ones include:

  1. Brighton Dome Backstage Tour. Take a walking tour backstage of the famous entrance to the Royal Pavilion.  Walk the same steps that Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Beyoncé & David Bowie have walked and more!  Available from 21 Jan to 18 Feb.  50 per ticket.
  2. Brighton Half Marathon 2017. 26 February hosts the annual half marathon in Brighton.  Great seafront course, big crowd and the first half marathon in Brighton for 2017!
  3. Royal Pavilion Annual Free Day. Can’t beat free!  Once a year the Royal Pavilion is opened for free to the public.  15 January from 10am – 430pm.
  4. Holiday on Ice 2017. The world-famous show Holiday on Ice that has been running for over 72 years will be in Brighton in January 2017.  From 4 January to 8 January, catch this spectacular show.
  5. Royal Pavilion’s Ice Rink. Open until the middle of January, this is the South East’s most beautiful winter ice rink, open for seven years running!  Closes on 15 January, so still time left to catch this beautiful activity with the family.

There you have it, five activities for any type of intersest for Brighton visitors.  Book your stay at Churchill Brighton now and enjoy beautiful Brighton Beach in the new year!

5 Brighton Events in August

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We are winding down the end of summer in August, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to do in Brighton Beach.  The new i360 opened in the first week of August billed as the world’s thinnest tower standing at 161 meters tall!  Make sure you check out the i360 for a once in a lifetime experience and the five events below to make your August in Brighton a memorable one!

 
Brighton Thai Festival 2016

brighton thai festival

brighton thai festival

A two-day event in Preston Park where you and your family or friends can get a taste of Thai culture.  Amazing Thai food and Thai performances, the festival starts on August 21 thru to August 21.  Activities range from an eating competition to Muay Thai boxing.  The opening performance of the festival begins with a traditional food offering to Buddhist monks.
http://www.magicofthailand.co.uk/

 

 

Brazilian BBQ Summer Carnival

brazilian bbq brighton

brazilian bbq brighton

On Sunday August 28 experience a real Brazilian BBQ at Touro Brighton starting at 4pm.  A Brazilian BBQ is like no other, an all you can eat BBQ serving different cuts of grilled meat.  Known in Brazil as Rodizio, waiters go from table to table with large skewers of meat slicing it in front of the customer and serving them.  The BBQ is from 4 to 10pm, and have two for one drinks from 4 to 7pm also!

http://www.touro.co.uk/

 

 

Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss

blind veterans uk

blind veterans uk

On August 13 starting at the Fire Training College in Moreton-in-Marsh the annual Ride for Life Beyond Sight begins.  The route includes breakfast and begins at 9am, and breaks for lunch at Loomies Café in Petersfield.  The ride is in support of Blind Veterans UK and finishes at Ovingdean, Brighton.

http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/bikeride

 

 

Witchcraft Live

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Preston Manor

At Preston Manor on August 20, participate in a real pagan ritual.  Withces will perform genuine pagan rituals based on the writings by Doreen Valiente.  All members of the public who have never seen a real ritual are welcome to attend.  See how modern pagans practice and then be invited to participate, learn how to cast a spell that you can take home with you!

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/news-events/#!witchcraft-live

 

 

Focus on Finds with Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society

museum-lab

museum lab

The Brighton Museum & Art Gallery hosts a drop in Museum Lab on August 26.  Visit to investigate archaeological finds from around Brighton and Hove, you can also bring along anything you found as well and the team will help you identify those as well!

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/focus-on-finds-with-bhas/

 

 

 

 

5 Brighton Events for July

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July has a lot of events happening in Brighton, and we are right in the middle of summer!  July and August are the busiest seasons here, so you and your family will never be short of things to do.  We listed 5 things coming up in July that would be fun for everyone, if we missed anything let us know in the comments!

 

Backstage Tour – Theatre Royal Brighton

 

Backstage Tour – Theatre Royal Brighton

Backstage Tour – Theatre Royal Brighton

 

This opened up again to the public in July, and is an immensely popular backstage tour that takes place every Saturday morning.  There are two options – the Historical Tour and the Family Friendly Tour.  A really great way to get a behind the scenes look at Brighton’s most famous and fascinating theatre!

http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-brighton/

 

Big Fun Run

 

big fun run

big fun run

 

On July 23, a big fun run for charity takes place in Hove Park.  Run fast, run slow, but know that you are helping a good cause!  Children as young as 6 years old have been seen participating, make sure you register to get your spot.

https://www.bigfunrun.com/brighton/

 

March of the Mermaids

 

march of the mermaids

march of the mermaids

 

 

Another July 23 activity, this will be the fourth annual March of the Mermaids.  Also for another good cause – it will raise money for the World Cetacean Alliance.  The parade will take place along Hove & Brighton seafront to celebrate sea life and our oceans.  On Hove Lawns, there will be children’s activities, live music, installations and more!

 

http://www.marchofthemermaids.com/

 

International Taekwon-Do Championships

 

international taekwon-do championships

international taekwon-do championships

 

 

A big event for Brighton as the international Taekwon-Do Championships make their way to the city.  Individual and team events and competitors as young as 12 years old.  This is the 17th year of the Adult and Senior World Championship and it begins on July 26th.  You can purchase tickets at the link below:

 

http://brightoncentre.co.uk/

 

The Lanes Brighton

 

the lanes brighton

the lanes brighton

 

If none of these events tickle your fancy, remember you can always stroll down the beautiful alleyways of The Lanes and window shop!  People watching is one of our favorite pastimes, and Brighton is a great place to partake.  A fabulous mix of antique and jewelry shops sit side by side with designer boutique fashion.

 

 

What did we miss for July?  Please let us know in the comments!

i360 in Brighton will be ready for its first summer

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The i360 will be ready for its first summer ever on Brighton beach.  The height reaches an incredible 530 feet that people can ride up to see the entire English seaside resort.  It is built directly in front of King’s Road, where the historic West Pier was situated previously.

i360

i360

From the top, you can view panoramic views of the English Channel and the coast of Sussex.  Reportedly 26 miles in every direction, and a viewing height of 450 feet above the ground.  The i360 is listed as the world’s tallest moving observation tower.  It is also the thinnest, only 12 feet at its widest point!  Inside the tower will include a 400-person restaurant, a Brighton visitor’s center, an exhibition gallery and an area for conferences and events.

The designers of the i360 are famous for creating the London Eye Ferris wheel.  David Marks and his partner Julia Barfield created something that pushes the envelope for height and passengers.  The i360 viewable platform is 7 feet higher than the London Eye, and the pod can hold an astounding 200 people at a time.  That’s nearly 10 times bigger than each individual London Eye capsule.  To reach the top will take over 10 minutes, as viewers can look outside the glass pods while they ascend the tower.  Guinness World Records lists it as the “most slender tower” in existence.

The former pier that it is replacing was built in 1866.  After a fire, in 2004 it was declared unrepairable.  It has not been built without its opponents however.  Some Brighton residents feel the tower does not fit with the design of the rest of the seafront.  Others feel the cost was astronomical, or they should have rebuilt a pier instead.

Brighton Council’s deputy leader Gill Mitchell was reported as saying ‘You need a catalyst for change and the i360 is providing it. We are talking to developers, we will explore every avenue for funding, and we are fitting the seafront for the next 150 years.   We want an improvement in the seafront vision by 2020. It won’t look like Benidorm or Las Vegas. It will look like Brighton – a new Brighton.’

The final cost of the pier is expected to be over £46.2 million.  The tower is currently going through some final tests and construction work to prepare for the summer in Brighton.  The groundbreaking ceremony will be held July 29, 2016.

5 Things to do in Brighton in June 2016

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Any month is a great month to visit Brighton.  Churchill Brighton lists the best things to do here in this wonderful city every month for our guests and anyone who wishes to visit the city.  Our first article starts with what to do in Brighton in June 2016!

 

  1. Visit Brighton’s most-haunted house

Preston Manor has been known to be spooky ever since it was a private residence.  Recently it has been the host of various spectre related themes.  This summer you can view artifacts of one of Brighton’s most famous witches.  Doreen Valiente is known around the world as the “mother of modern witchcraft”.  In June you can visit the Preston Manor and view some her personal artifacts and documents!

doreen-valiente

  1. Catch a Unique Theatre Experience

“Once Upon a Time on Something Street” is an immersive theatre experience.  This June they will be setting up on the Brighton sea front on Madeira Drive.  Their unique set will take viewers on a journey through different moments in time and uncover the secrets of the Stammer family.  Described as a truly unforgettable experience!

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  1. Something for the kids

 

If your children have too much energy (who’s doesn’t), you can take them to the free kids run that occurs once per month.  Each age group has different set races.  There is also the option to let your child run as much as they want up to 5k!  Let them run wild!!

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  1. View some art

 

Textile artist Holly Rozier is displaying her work, titled “unheimlich”, at the Corridor Gallery.  She has expressed a powerful sense of uncanny, her art is described by her as ““A range of different scale anthropomorphic forms that look less ‘human’ than ever, dealing with much more undeniably unifying and universally ‘human’ emotions than I have ever explored before.”  Every art is created by herself by hand.

 

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  1. Ride a bike (naked)

 

For the last 10 years, Brighton has been home to the “Brighton Naked Bike Ride”.  Its goal is to celebrate cycling and the human body.  More than 1,000 people are expected to participate this year!

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Did we miss anything you are excited for in June?  Let us know in the comments!

5 Things to do in Brighton this summer

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  1. The Beach. A list for summer in Brighton would not be complete without the beach, and we started with Brighton beach at number one!  Brighton has been voted as one of the top 10 city beach break destinations in the world.  Stroll along the seaside promenade, and relax at any of the bars or cafes.  There are many activities to do, such as water sports or sailing.  Daytime is not the only time to spend at the beach.  At night there are many activities as well.  The clubs and bars are some of the best in the entire United Kingdom.

 

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brighton-beach-summer

 

 

  1. Brighton Pier is an easy number two for this list. It is not a total tourist trap, and you should go wander around to experience it.  It was built in 1899, and is known as a ‘pleasure pier’ because of all the activities to do on it.  By the time you make it all the way to the end, there is a spectacular view of the city looking back.

 

brighton pier

brighton pier

 

 

 

  1. June hosts the famous Kemptown Carnival. There will be 6 live music stages in total where artists and musicians of the area will be performing.  A ton of acts to keep you entertained such as street theatre, dance troupes, choirs, street games, graffiti demos and workshops, amazing local food and drink, vintage arts, crafts and clothing, children’s entertainment and activities, fairground rides, tug’o’war, and the Grand Custard Pie Fight!  Phew!  That’s a lot!
kemptown carnival

kemptown carnival

 

 

  1. Visit the Royal Pavilion. This is a landmark of the city.  The outside is spectacular, but don’t miss the inside either.  It was originally built for the Prince Regent and later for King George.  It is noteworthy for its exotic oriental architecture, as well as its interior design.
Brighton Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion

 

  1. Check out the aquatic life at Brighton’s sea life centre. This is right on the shore and next to the Brighton pier.  This is the world’s oldest operating aquarium!  It is one of the best things to do in Brighton, and if you are on a family trip, there are plenty of children’s activities.
Brighton Sea Life Centre

Brighton Sea Life Centre

 

Brighton has so much more to offer than these 5 things alone, and summer is a great time to visit to experience the city.  Book a room now at Churchill Brighton guest house to start planning your vacation!