Is it fair to say you need a bit of an escape? A little staycation? A moment to recharge? All of the above?
Well you’ve picked one brilliant time to pack your bags and head south, with the wonder of Brighton & Hove, and the wider Sussex region, hitting its stride this time of year.
Oh, who are we kidding – it’s the perfect getaway any time you choose.
The perfect hub for a few days of fun, Brighton is host to a plethora of experiences in which you can escape the everyday – both in the city and the wider area.
Brighton is famous for being an inclusive, LGBTQ+ friendly, free-thinking, bohemian city set on the beach, so no wonder it’s a total magnet for visitors in search of fun, frolics and fresh sea air.
With its famous piers and Regency crescents, plus an ever-growing abundance of independent shops, boutique hotels and award-winning restaurants at your fingertips, Brighton really does have something for everyone.
And Brighton is also the ultimate base to discover the huge range of experiences Sussex has to offer.
When it comes to the wider region, there is so much to explore.
From gorgeous resort town Eastbourne, to Hastings (we’re talking 1066 Country there – with its numerous iconic castles) and the breathtaking vistas of West Sussex, there’s nothing to lose by going further afield to find your vibe, and everything to gain.
Use Brighton as your springboard for exploring Wakehurst’s botanical gardens, temperate woodlands and nature reserve.
Or perhaps you fancy some seasonal treats and a tipple with a stunning backdrop? Who doesn’t!
Did you know that Sussex is home to the largest number of vineyards in the UK?
Vineyard tours are this region’s forte with the sparkling wine rivalling that of Champagne. We know! Who would have thought!
Only a short bus ride from Brighton and Hove and you’re in the stunning Sussex countryside where the South Downs National Park provides ideal conditions for growing vines and making English wine, with Stopham Vineyard, near Pulborough, or Albourne Estate, deserving a stop on your list.
The county of Sussex is home to the largest number of vineyards in the country, with sparkling wines and award-winning drops to enjoy. Hop on a wine tour that will take you to all the hot spots, while all you need to worry about is which drop to try next.
Not just for the wine-lovers, though, the area boasts some real champions of real ale and craft beers, with the biggest local brewer being Harvey’s, based in nearby Lewes.
We’ll cheers to that.
Back in Brighton, should you be keen to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, yoga on the beach will help you unwind and find your groove (or at least your downward dog).
Parents in need of some kid-friendly entertainment (or big kids looking for some fun) should stop by Paradox Place Brighton House of Illusions, or take advantage of the sprawling coast and get them burning off some energy with the epic watersports on offer.
Maverick Boat Adventures offers thrilling boat trips and boat charters along the South Downs coast, as well as a wide variety of water sports on their Malibu VLX wakeboard boat.
And for something truly memorable book an experience with Fins & Forks.
Choose from a guided fly-fishing or boat fishing session, then spend an afternoon in the kitchen with award winning Chef Owner Michael King, taking part in a hands on fish preparation masterclass. After the workshop you’ll take a seat at the Chef’s Table to enjoy your catch.
Back in the city, history and architecture fans will love a visit to the Royal Pavilion, the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV). Combining Regency grandeur, Indian architecture and Chinese-inspired interiors, it’s one of the most exotic buildings in the UK. And make sure you leave time for a stroll around the beautifully restored Regency Garden.
Culture fans will love The Lanes. Nestled between the North Laine and the seafront in Brighton & Hove, this quirky labyrinthian area is a joy to wander around with its narrow alleyways, hidden squares, exciting shops, legendary jewellers and plenty of places to eat, drink and watch the world go by.
It’s a proper people watching paradise, if we do say so ourselves.
Stretching between East Street, Ship Street and North Street, and just a 10 minute walk from Brighton Station and a five minute walk to Brighton Palace Pier, the Lanes are easy to find, but somewhat harder to leave!
Hardly a new patch of turf, some of the area you’ll explore dates back to the late 16th Century, with The Cricketers Arms on Black Lion Street built around 1545. It’s a real step back in time.
Find yourself with a rainy day? Fear not, from the British Airways i360 viewing pod where you can avoid the showers and glide 138 metres into the air for incredible views of the city, to the Sea Life Brighton museum, there’s plenty of indoor attractions to keep you occupied out of the elements.
Plus, when it comes to Brighton, your interest couldn’t have been piqued at a more perfect time, with Brighton Festival taking place May 7-29, with over 150 events taking place.
Alright, we don’t want to give everything away though, so why don’t you experience all this wonder for yourself?
With little more than a one-hour train journey from London or a half-hour train journey from London Gatwick Airport standing between you and Sussex bliss, you know what to do.
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