Brighton is just magical in the wintertime – with Halloween out the way and the summer a long past memory. Don’t be disheartened though, as there is plenty of reasons to come to Brighton over the next few months. Here’s just a few of my favourites…
History and entertainment in one
Any visit to Brighton over the next few months wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the amazing Duke of York Picture House, an art house cinema in central Brighton. Still in use since 1910, it is said to be Britain’s oldest continuous use cinema, and shows both current films (currently Bohemian Rhapsody) as well as Film Festival specials, art house one off showings, as well as being a private hire venue and hosting corporate events. The Grade 2 Listed Building itself is worth the visit, but get the full experience taking in a show whilst sitting within its great cinematic auditorium.
Shop till you drop
It definitely is a shopper’s delight in the winter – with the big Christmas build-up and the Boxing Day and January sales. I’ve always found that you can shop all day long, but your weary feet are begging to rest and stop… so take a couple of days to explore, take it slowly and find the hidden little gems we have to offer. For the mainstream, head up to Churchill Square Shopping Centre and Western Road, where all your branded stores can be found with floor upon floor of deals. For those looking for a little glittering trinket, definitely check out The Lanes, with an abundance of Jewellery stores nestled among a great range of cafes. Or head across North Street to the North Laines, for those eclectic art stores, one off designer clothes stores and brick-a-brac shops to find a hidden treasure.
Ice skating among the stars
I know I’ve mentioned this in other blog posts, but I would be remise if I excluded the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink from this list. You can check out a whole load of links and information on our website here but let me just say that there is nothing better than a night time skate, in the open air, in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Pavilion gardens, and with the stars looking down on you. Enough said!
Burning the clocks
The event of the winter for me is not Christmas or the New Year celebrations (though don’t get me wrong I love those too) but I never miss the community event ‘the Burning of the Clocks’. Used to mark the shortest day of the year (21st December) this outdoor event sees hundreds take to the street with home-made lanterns that are paraded down to the beachfront where they are lit up in a huge bonfire. A great coming together of Brighton people and a spectacle to be seen.
Whatever your reason for your winter stop over, make sure you pop in and say hi. We offer warming drinks to our guests on arrival that will make you feel all toasty in the cold night sky. See you soon.