During the first bank holiday weekend in May, Stuart and I spontaneously decided to head to Brighton for the day. Brighton is around 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Canterbury, so we set off early in the morning so that we could reach the coast before the bank holiday traffic arrived. Parking is expensive in Brighton, but if you can visit in under 4 hours, you can park in the centre without double figure parking prices. Unintentionally we kept our visit to under 4 hours, but this was more than enough time to explore Brighton, given that we weren’t interested in sitting on the beach and spending time in the Brighton Palace Pier Arcade.
The first place we visited was the beach and we spent some time looking at all of the pop up galleries and stalls, that have built up along the seafront. Brighton is a really ‘arty’ place and it was here where I first noticed the city’s creative spirit, as lots of the galleries on the seafront feature the work of local artists. Crowds of people were gathering on the beach at 10am, which was unsurprising as it was a bank holiday and one of the hottest days of the year so far.
Brighton Palace Pier
We headed for the famous Brighton Pier next, which was bustling with families waiting to go on the rides. We walked along the pier which has spectacular views of the beach and the sea, but we didn’t actually go on any of the rides. Brighton Palace Pier opened over 100 years ago and it’s a big landmark in the city, so we made sure that we visited the pier early in the day.
We stopped for lunch at the Royal Pavilion Gardens, which were only a short walk from the pier. We’d brought a picnic with us and as it was so warm, we ate it on the grass in the gardens. The view of the Pavilion was fantastic!
After lunch we visited The Lanes, which has some adorable independent cafés and shops. There was lots of bunting lining The Lanes too, which instantly made the streets even more colourful! I really enjoyed popping in and out of the shops, which were full of artwork and gifts.
When you visit Brighton, you absolutely must have ice cream on the beach. Before we left the city, I had a strawberry milkshake ice cream in the sunshine. It was a fab way to end our day out to the seaside!
Have you ever been to Brighton? What areas of the city did you visit?
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