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Things To Do In Brighton
Way back in the Gregorian Era, Brighton was developed as a seaside resort under the patronage of Prince Regent and later King George IV. The city continued to grow as a major tourist hub following the advent of railways in 1841 and becoming a popular attraction for day visitors from London. Most of the city’s tourist spots are from the Victorian Era and include the West Pier, Metropole Hotel, now known as Hilton Grand Hotel and the Brighton Palace Pier. Brighton continued its development well into the 20th century, spanning to include more areas within its boundaries before teaming up with the town of Hove to form a united authority of Brighton and Hover in 1997 and was granted the city status in 2000. Today, Brighton & Hove have a resident populace of over 290,395 while the wider metropolis has over 474,485 people. Here’s a snapshot of things to do on your visit to Brighton.
Sports & Activities
For interesting things to do in Brighton, the city is jam-packed with some interesting stuff, right from the traditional beach activities to water sports. Brighton Beach offers a variety of buzzing activities like swimming, basketball, volleyball, Brighton races or powerboat rides. With stunning countryside in Sussex right at Brighton's doorstep, there’s a whole lot of opportunity to explore the area with walking trails and cycling on the South Down and Brighton neighboring areas.
Branching Out is an adventure park which offers fun-filled rides through their woodland site aboard a zip wire or a treetop bounce, ideal for family fun and group activities. The bustling Brighten & Hove Seafront is perfect for a leisurely stroll, with its lovely spread of cafes, bars and restaurants, beach relaxation and a plethora of activities on offer. The Sky High Trampoline Park is the city’s largest & brightest indoor park with trampoline, with over 11,000 sq.ft of wall-to-wall trampolines that are interconnected filled with adventurous, thrilling and exhilarating activities. The Brighton Marina Watersports will have you have a joy ride on its varied offerings of dingy, powerboats or cruises on the Sussex coast aboard a yacht.
If you’re a party reveler then Brighton sure hits the right notes with its liveliest club scene on the South Coast. Having earned its repute as a musical city, Brighton & Hove’s nightlife spans a variety of venues, right from the Brighton Centre and Dome to close gigs in pubs and churches. With live music events happening most nights of the week, Brighton’s also a top spot for the culture vultures with a calendar full of big production and pre-west end shows, contemporary dance, witty comedy shows, fringe theatre, classical music and magnificent cabarets.
The Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts is a state of the art hub for all kinds of cultural activities under the aegis of the University of Sussex encompassing local communities and the wider arts and organize screenings, discussions, regular acts and exhibitions together; while, the Brighton Open Air Theatre is one of the most diverse and biggest entertainment spots in the city with a capacity to hold over 475 people outdoors for live entertainment events.
Walk of Terror – Jack The Ripper
Then, there’s the Walk of Terror (Jack The Ripper) which is one of the city’s most terrifying crowd-pullers, with authentic, incredibly eerie and realistic detailing. From getting the real feel of Victorian Streets from the 1900s to feeling the bone-chilling fear the victims of Jack the Ripper must have felt, this site represents an accurate depiction of the historic past as well as the scary reality behind the murders.
Just a few minutes from Brighton Station is one of the city’s premier live entertainment venues called Komedia, in the heart of the lively North Lane, where you will find a large variety of arts & entertainment programs in the UK all under one roof. With over 700 performances every year that include cabaret, comedy, music or kids’ shows, Komedia hosts an assortment of most popular comedy shows in Brighton and regular features of the Brighton Fringe Festival & The Great Escape. Komedia incorporates two unique spaces with adaptable setups and a kitchenette with fresh food through most of the seated shows.
A visual arts organization and a registered charity, Fabrica’s a located under a former Regency church in the heart of Brighton and represents contemporary visual art installations that are specific to the building on a commission, with a varied range of activities that support its program, inclusive of screening, drawing events, workshops, in-house artists and artists discussions.
If you’re a sea buff, then you’d love taking to the waves and sail in Brighton. Whether it is at the Lagoon Watersports where you can learn taking lessons on a dinghy/yacht sailing or opt for celebration sail, a ½ day cruise or a sunset cruise at the Brighton Marina, each one gives you an opportunity to experience life aboard a yacht, pull up the sails, sit back and relax, or take a dip; all under the watchful eyes of the skippers!
Brighton’s Casinos aren’t just about gambling but also double up as entertainment venues, like the Rendezvous at Brighton Marina’s home to the Waterside Bar & Brasserie that offers a la carte dining through the week with live entertainment evening over the weekend, while the Grosvenor G Casino on the seafront has free gaming lessons to help improve players’ skills with classic games like the Roulette, 3 card poker and blackjack.