The seaside city of Brighton is full of things to see and do. Whether you’re taking to the beach or browsing the high street, there’s no shortage of activities and events to keep residents and visitors entertained! You probably know about the Pier and the Royal Pavilion already, so we’ve compiled a slightly alternative list of a 5 things to do in Brighton, particularly with locals and students in mind. So before you start trawling your Brighton & Worthing A-Z Street Atlas for ideas, take a look at this list.
1. Sea Kayaking
View Brighton from a different perspective and take to the sea in a kayak. Hiring a kayak costs £10 per hour but. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Brighton Activity Centre run training courses in kayak rescue techniques and even mackerel fishing, where you paddle out to sea and catch your own tea. Just make sure you bring a change of clothes!
2. North Laine
This one’s not much of a secret. North Laine is situated in the heart of the cultural quarter of the city and is one of the major shopping districts in Brighton. The area prides itself on its unique atmosphere and bohemian vibes, which come in the form of over 300 unique, independent retailers selling everything from vintage fashion to locally made jewellery. Be sure to visit the award-winning indie record store Resident Music, which was voted England’s favourite in a 2011 poll by indierecordshop.org. The area is also a hotspot for nightlife. Events venue Komedia offers a vast range of shows from cabaret and music, to comedy and club nights.
3. Booth Museum of Natural History
Founded by Edward Booth in 1874, the Booth Museum on Dyke Road is full of everything to do with natural history. Birds, butterflies, bones and fossils are brought to life with interactive displays and hands-on activities. Best of all, admission is entirely free!
4. Preston Park
Every city needs a park. Somewhere to play sports, enjoy a picnic and catch some rays, aside from the beach. Preston Park is the largest urban park in the city and is often used to host events such as concerts, circuses and fairs. It’s also home to the ‘Preston Twins’ which are widely regarded as the largest and oldest elm trees in the world. Preston Park is the perfect place to unwind, providing an alternative to the busy bustle of the city centre.
5. The Sidewinder pub
Brighton serves up a good choice of nightlife and eateries, along with some fine pubs. The Sidewinder on Upper St James’s Street, Kemptown is one that provides something a little different. There’s the usual range of draft beers, decent pub grub, and even an area to play video games. The garden is equipped with a variety of tables, including a huge leather seating area overlooked by a statue of Buddha. All of this makes The Sidewinder a good place to relax after a long day visiting our other 4 things to do in Brighton!
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