A weekend in Brighton

A Valentine’s Weekend in Brighton

Apart from family trips when I was little, as well as the odd night out in my slightly wilder days of partying and actually being able to cope with a hangover, Brighton is somewhere that I haven’t really seen in years.  So when my mum gave us a Segway experience voucher for Christmas, we decided to spend Valentine’s weekend trying out this new adventure near Brighton and then spending the rest of the weekend exploring the city.

After an afternoon of fun whizzing our way through the woods on our Segways, with me desperately trying to avoid tree trunks while attempting to keep up with Mr Ayla, we made our way down to the seaside.  Thankfully we didn’t have too much mud to wash off ourselves before heading out for dinner where, for once, I didn’t take a single photo of our food.  Shock horror I know!  But it was Valentine’s weekend and we just wanted to enjoy our meal for a change.  (I think Mr Ayla was rather happy that he was able to eat his food while it was still hot without all my photo taking!) 

Segway Brighton

Aside from the fun Segway and the delicious food, here’s what else I’d recommend getting up to in Brighton:

♥  Visit the Royal Pavilion

The sun just about managed to pop its head out for us and Brighton looks just gorgeous in the sunshine.  The Royal Pavilion, once a palace and now a museum, looks like it should be found somewhere in India rather than by the English seaside.  It silhouetted itself beautifully against the blue sky.

A weekend in Brighton

♥  Stroll down The Lanes

The Lanes are Brighton’s historic shopping quarter full of cosy cafes, chocolate shops (including Choccywoccydoodah) and quaint antique jewellery stores.  We came across the cutest little tea room on our wander through The Lanes, so of course we had to stop here for some breakfast and one of their deluxe hot chocolates full of marshmallows and cream.  My favourite!

A weekend in Brighton

♥  Have fun on Brighton Pier

Full of arcades, slot machines, stalls selling fish and chips, mini doughnuts and candy floss, this is your typical English seaside town and no visit to Brighton is complete without seeing the Pier.

A weekend in Brighton

♥  Take a dip in the sea on Pebble Beach

While I wouldn’t recommend this in winter like we saw a couple of crazy people doing, the pebbly beach was lovely and peaceful at this time of year and we just sat for a while watching the waves crashing into the shore and watching people having fun up on the Pier.

A weekend in Brighton

♥  Wander along the beachfront

The big wheel takes dominance over the beachfront but there’s plenty else to see from shops, bars, restaurants and little beachside huts. 

A weekend in Brighton

♥  See the sights in North Laine

Full of independent vintage shops and bohemian stalls, the colourful North Laine district sells anything you can imagine as long as it’s quirky, exotic and extremely funky.  The best shop is definitely Photomatic where we had some silly fun in a photo booth.  It was Valentine’s Day so forgive the soppiness!

A weekend in Brighton

♥  Spot street art

All around North Laine the roads are filled with colourful street art.

♥  Go for a boogie in one of Brighton’s many bars

Wanting to avoid the usual rowdy groups of people who frequent Brighton for its buzzing nightlife, Maggie Mae’s is a great spot.  Lively but not overcrowded and with a great mix of people, they played the best music ever (cue a variety of everything including plenty of cheesy 70’s and 80’s hits) and I gladly worked my way through the cocktail list.

A weekend in Brighton

♥  Find your dream house in Kemptown

This area of Brighton can easily compete with Notting Hill’s pretty cotton candy houses.  Rows of grand seafront buildings and elegant pastel houses fill Kemptown, known for being the city’s gay quarter as well as where lots of boutique hotels and cosy guest houses can be found.  We stayed overnight at Brighton Surf Hotel (despite my inability to surf) and had a wonderful night’s sleep after all those cocktails!

A weekend in Brighton

I’ll have the pink one please!

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24 thoughts on “A Valentine’s Weekend in Brighton

  1. jogonmum says:

    Think I might have mentioned to you once or twice how much I adore Brighton! The hubby and I would visit once or twice a year before we were married and had kids! He even proposed to me at the end of Brighton Pier (when you still could and it wasn’t full of funfair rides). Glad you had so much fun – makes me desperate to get back there soon – had considered going Saturday just gone, but the Blue One was rather poorly! Last time I was there was with my brother for a color run! Fab post as always 😊xxx

    • Ayla says:

      Aww that’s sweet! You should try and visit with the little ones when the weather is a bit nicer. Or try to get away just the two of you for some nice memories 🙂

  2. connie says:

    No food photos?! Definitely a holiday then! We went to Brighton for the first time last year and thought it was absolutely lovely… though we did spend the whole day eating!!!

  3. whereisnoodles says:

    This has made me quite excited about my upcoming birthday trip to Brighton 🙂 Like you I haven’t been there for years but always remember it being a lot of fun! I’d love to live there one day. There’s nothing I love more than being by the sea!

    • Ayla says:

      It’s a pretty lovely seaside town considering there’s no sand on the beach! I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun for your birthday – make sure you have a couple of drinks at Maggie Mae’s before a night out! 🙂

  4. thegrownupgapyear says:

    Aw, my favourite city in the world! I love going there in May when Brighton Festival is on and there are so many performances all over the city. Looks like you guys had a fab time. Was the Segway fun? I’m always worried I’d fall off!

    • Ayla says:

      Sounds like a fun time of year – you should include it in your 12 trips for this year seeing as it’s somewhere you love so much! The Segway was actually really fun! Took a little getting used to but once we did we were whizzing about through the forest!

  5. Packing my Suitcase says:

    Ohhh my, Brighton is soo pretty! I have to visit it someday.
    I love your pic by the pier and these houses in Kempton are definitely as pretty as the ones in Notting Hill, and also reminds me of the ones in SF 😀
    You guys seem to have had a wonderful weekend, I’m impressed with your photo behaviour on the table 😀

    • Ayla says:

      Next time you’re over you should definitely take a day trip down to the coast as it’s a really fun town. It was a great weekend and Brighton is so much better than I remember it being when I was little 🙂

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