Our General Manager, Lucy, has been a Brighton local for 9 years and loves nothing more than exploring her city and making the most of being beside the sea. Brighton comes alive in the Summer time, and it’s the perfect place to escape for a weekend or a sunny staycation! Read on for some weekend inspiration and the very best things to do in Brighton town…
Summer Festival Season
Throughout the Summer in Brighton there are arts, theatre and music festivals galore with some kind of celebration pretty much every weekend! The Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe celebrate all things theatre and comedy, with the pop-up Spiegeltent for drinks, street food and a good old boogie when the sun goes down. Music lovers descend on the city for The Funk & Soul Weekender, Great Escape, and Love Supreme festival in the South Downs, whilst in August the city bursts into colour for Pride weekend, an incredible celebration of Brighton’s vibrant LGBT community, and definitely one not to miss!
A weekend in Brighton wouldn’t be complete without a stroll down the prom. Starting at Regency Square – and our doorstep! – head left for shopping under the Kings Road Arches and a delicious alfresco lunch at Murmur or Lucky Beach (the BEST burgers in town!). Keep walking for Brighton pier and the quintessential seaside charm that Brighton is famous for – think fairground rides, seagulls, candy floss and arcades. Pick up a deckchair for a spot of people watching, then wander back to West Pier in time for sunset. If you happen to be visiting in off-season, you’ll be treated to an amazing starling murmuration over the pier at dusk, an incredible sight!
Get on your bike!
Explore Brighton on two wheels with one of the green city bikes stationed around the city. A favourite route of mine is to cycle to Rottingdean via the under-cliff path on a sunny weekend. Venture a little bit further along the coast to find Saltdean Lido, a beautiful art deco lido which has been restored by the local community. Heading in the other direction you can cycle past Hove’s iconic beach huts (stopping for a selfie, of course!) and to Morocco’s – an institution in Brighton and the best gelato in town.
Brighton is a haven for shoppers looking for independent retailers and vintage wares. There’s nothing better than a weekend spent exploring The Lanes and The North Laine with its wealth of quirky boutiques, a treasure trove for those on the lookout for vintage finds, homewares, houseplants, records and organic food. When you’re all shopped out, take a break for a coffee at Bond Street Coffee in the North Laine and watch the world go by in one of their window seats.
Brighton’s Food Scene
It wouldn’t be a weekend away without some indulgence, and Brighton has a thriving independent food scene. For seafood, head to Riddle & Finns in The Lanes, or The Little Fish Market in Hove. For small plates, 64 Degrees is a must, whilst steak lovers can’t miss The Coal Shed. For the best italian in town try the pasta at Cin Cin, or Fato a Mano for a true taste of Neopolitan pizza. The Chilli Pickle in the North Laine is amazing for curry, and Bincho Yakatori just around the corner from Artist Residence for incredible Japanese barbecue. Veggies and vegans will be spoilt for choice with upmarket vegetarian dining at Terre a Terre, vegan pizza at Purezza and veggie bao buns at The Pond. Of course we also have the excellent Set restaurant just downstairs, for inventive dishes making use of some amazing local suppliers and produce.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my guide to Brighton… with all this you might even need more than a weekend! We look forward to seeing you at the seaside soon!