Brighton’s absolutely jam packed with things to do for all the family and best of all its small but perfectly formed size means you can do it all in a day and be home in time for bed. For a truly Great British day out then head south to Brighton & Hove this summer, the UK’s most popular seaside destination*.
With trains taking a mere 50 minutes from central London, Brighton is quick and easy to get to from all around the UK. From the station head down for the first stop of the morning, the Brighton Sea Life Centre. The oldest working aquarium in the world, the Sea Life Centre has a brand new Rain Forest Adventure for 2014 including a Green Anaconda, mystical ruined temples, Water Dragons, Poison Dart Frogs and Piranhas. www.visitsealife.com/brighton
Head across the road towards Brighton Pier to go from the oldest working aquarium in the world to the oldest electric railway in the world: the Volks Railway was built in 1883 and has been ferrying customers up and down Brighton seafront in its miniature trains ever since. For summer 2014 you can buy your Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival tickets at the Volks Railway ticket office, and ride train for free! The Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival is located on the last stop of the Volks Railway. This year’s theme will take you on a magical journey ‘Around the World…in Sand’ – with new sculptures to enjoy made only from sand and water. From the Sphinx to the Tower of Pisa the Festival will cover it all, allowing visitors to take a walk through all 7 continents, photograph some of the most famous landmarks in the world and enjoy the vast array of our planets creatures… all through the medium of sand. Where else can you do that? www.brightonsandsculpture.co.uk
It’s time for lunch! Brighton has tonnes of amazing restaurants and one of the top picks for the whole family is Scoop and Crumb. Brighton’s premier ice cream café also does an amazing selection of open sandwiches and hot dogs www.scoopandcrumb.com. For New York loft style cool that also offers a kids menu during the day, go to The New Club on the seafront for fantastic burgers and a huge cocktail list. www.thenewclubbrighton.com
Work off that lunch by booking a session at Hove Lagoon, with something for everyone including dinghies, windsurfing, Paddle Boards, wakeboarding and powerboats, available either for hire or for a lesson with an instructor. There’s plenty of time for the kids to play as well on ‘Pirate Island’! www.lagoon.co.uk
It’s coming to the end of a long day, so what better to do than head to the beach to chill out and watch a movie on Brighton’s Big Screen? The free outdoor beach cinema is back for summer 2014 and will showcase a mixture of movie classics and recent box office hits on the gigantic 40sqm screen including: The Hunger Games Catching Fire, The Lego Movie, Dirty Dancing and Jaws, plus top live sporting events including the World Cup, Wimbledon & the British Grand Prix. There will be a fully licenced cantina style bar as well as frozen margarita machines, popcorn and a selection of great food www.brightonsbigscreen.com.
After a brilliant, busy day out for the whole family it’s time to head home, but Brighton has a whole host of events on all summer, so two trips never need to be the same!
For more information, please go to www.visitbrighton.com
Southern has offers for all the family to get to Brighton, including
Kids for £2 (and under 5 = free) when accompanied by an Adult with an Off-Peak ticket
Family and Friends Railcard – It’s just £30 for a Family & Friends Railcard – adults save 1/3 and kids 60% for a whole year. Up to 4 adults and 4 children can travel on one card
2FOR1 entry to many Brighton attractions
Advance fares for £10 or less each way
Go to www.southernrailway.com