It’s time to rev up your motorhome engine and head for Brighton, the city by the sea, for bracing walks and a bit of culture.
Bus services run at weekends and most public holidays from the pier or Old Steine to South Downs Beauty spots like Devil’s Dyke, Ditchling Beacon and Stanmer Park. Don’t forget to use your national concessionary travel pass issued by your Council. You can even “Take the Bus for a Walk”; and explore the countryside with a series of walks beginning and ending at bus stops; there are eighteen walks across The Downs from Beachy Head to Worthing.
The Quaker Tapestry is a celebration of over 350 years of Quaker insights and experiences embroidered in narrative crewel work on 77 panels of specially woven wool cloth. Each panel measures 25″ (635mm) wide by 21″ (533mm) deep and 39 of the 77 panels will be on display at the Friends Meeting House this month. The exhibition includes personal audio guides, an introductory film, children’s activities, the Quaker Tapestry Gift Shop and when possible, embroiderers working on the stitches. Entry is free. Visit: www.brightonquakers.co.uk
Brighton is the perfect solution for gastronomes as many of the eateries are offering 2for1 main courses or other discounts; you need to check this out online and print off the necessary vouchers, but what a nice way of having a nice meal out and yet keeping costs down.
Royal Pavilion, Brighton
The Royal Pavilion was revered by Regency society. Built for the Prince Regent at the turn of the nineteenth century it remains a landmark today and is famous for its exotic oriental appearance. There’s an exhibition in February with a bit of a twist; you can take a fresh look at the Chinese-style interiors of the Royal Pavilion through the eyes of young people. A group of 15 local school children took up a challenge to create an exhibition by taking a fresh look at the Royal Pavilion. They visited and explored, met curators to find out how the palace is a great example of Chinoiserie – a European style that copied and adapted Chinese designs and motifs. The palace is within walking distance of several bus stops. Visit: www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk
Brighton’s shopping experience
Retail therapy abounds in Brighton with over 350 independent shops, bars and restaurants in the North Laine, North Street and The Lanes area. It is the largest selection of independent retailers on the south coast and you can shop till you drop and then drop in for a relaxing drink before continuing with your quest to shop. Ladies, you could of course suggest that your man sits and has another drink and reads the paper whilst you pop out again; shopping is such good exercise!
Brighton Railway Station has good links to the south east so you don’t have to stay in Brighton to enjoy the city by the sea.
For more information visit: www.brighton.com
Images courtesy of VisitBrighton