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!)
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.
♥ 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!
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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!
♥ 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.
♥ 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!Have you been to Brighton? What’s your favourite thing about the city? Let me know in the comments below or at: