The summer holidays have arrived, and we’re excited to dive into the next six weeks. There’s a lot of time to enjoy all that the summer holidays have to offer. Luckily we had the added bonus of my brother and his family coming to visit the UK for three weeks. We decided that it would be a good idea to Brighton for the weekend. There are lots of things to see and do there, and it is perfect for families.
Brighton is a beautiful seaside town in the south of England and has a stunning coastline. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, bringing in people from all over the south and the midlands. Brighton has a vibrant and family-friendly town centre so we were lucky enough to find plenty of places to eat and visit. We set about packing our buckets and spades into the car to set-off for a fun-filled weekend away.
Along with our little one, my brother was visiting with his wife and two daughters. We began our journey early on Friday morning and made sure to pack lots of activities for the car. There were sing-a-longs and guessing games galore; the trip was already off to a roaring success.
Once we arrived at our hotel, we checked in and unpacked. We arrived around lunch time, and my brother had already found a place for us to eat. We changed and headed out to Big Beach Café at the Hove Lagoon. Not only did this place have outside seating, it also featured stunning views of the Lagoon, and had a playground next to it. Brighton is very socially and environmentally aware and Big Beach Café had a delicious selection of coffees, hot dogs and vegetarian food. The kids were spoilt for choice with their menu, so we opted for some hot dogs and fries before heading off to the neighbouring playground.
The day was warm enough for us to walk around without getting too hot. The sea breeze guided us along the promenade as well perused the shops and arcades. We visited Boho Gelato and headed to the beach to dip our toes in the water. With the day winding down, we headed back to the hotel for a quick power nap (the kids) and got ourselves dressed and ready for dinner. We looked for somewhere relaxed and welcoming to kids, and discovered Blenio Bistro. We had a wonderful time and felt tired and full. We headed back to the hotel to get a good nights’ sleep.
With a full day of activities planned for our only full day in Brighton. We grabbed a continental breakfast at the hotel and headed out well-rested and ready for the day ahead. The first thing we had planned was to head to the Brighton Sea Life Centre. We spent the morning wandering around the fifty-seven exhibits and saw penguins, whales and lots of ‘Nemos’. For lunch we had fish and chips and sat along the sea front. We then walked over to Brighton Pier and spent the rest of the afternoon taking in all the excitement of the fairground rides and arcades. There was plenty to do for children and adults, and I managed to steal half an hour to look at the stalls to pick up some souvenirs from our trip.
With the excitement of the afternoon beginning to fade, we returned to the hotel for a nap and to relax on for a couple of hours. After re-grouping in the foyer we headed out for our evening meal. We went into town to the Courtyard Restaurant and Bar. The menu was very decent for the price, and we spent a relaxing evening discussing the fun adventures of the day. The kids were ecstatic at the marine life they encountered at the Sea Life Centre, and would tell anyone who would listen (including the server) about what they saw. The staff and other patrons didn’t seem to mind, which made us feel even more welcome. After stuffing ourselves silly we took a slow walk back to the hotel, taking in the sites of the seaside as we walked. Once the kids were down for the night the adults enjoyed a relaxing chat on the balcony – a perfect end to the day.
As we were leaving late Sunday afternoon, we were up early to pack and shower ready for our last day in Brighton. We took our time to make sure we hadn’t missed anything and headed down to eat the hotel breakfast one last time. A lot of places in Brighton don’t open until 10 or 11am on Sundays, so we walked over to the beach to dig some sandcastles and play in the water. We then headed over to the marina for a boat trip that cruised around the pier. We learned some interesting facts about the pier and the sea that surrounds it. We were taught about the different types of marine life that inhabit the waters. After our boat trip ended we went for lunch at Café Rouge on the marina. Once lunch was over we went to the King’s Road Playground to tire the kids out before our journey home. There were lots of things to do and we managed to hire a few deck chairs while we watch the kids run around and enjoy the last few moments of the trip.
By the time 4pm rolled around, we were ready to hit the road and wave goodbye to Brighton. We packed a lot into a few short days and would love to return again. There is so much to see and do that we wished we had more time to see it all. The weather provided us with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor activities on offer, which isn’t always the case with the British weather.
We had such a fantastic time in Brighton. The town embraces family-friendly activities and services. We would all gladly return again next summer to enjoy a stress-free weekend that is perfect for adults and children.