Friday, 21 December 2012

Twixtmas in Brighton

One of the disadvantages of working in Marketing is having to deal with some of the terrible puns and buzzwords that people in the press and PR seem to love. In recent years we've had the Staycation (holidays in your home country), Set Jetting (holidays to film locations) and also Twixtmas (the time inbetween Christmas and New Year).

While the phrase Twixtmas does make me cringe, it is true that those days in between Christmas and New Year can feel like you are simply counting down the hours to the next event. So why not escape the leftovers and enjoy a break by the sea?

And here are a few suggestions of things to do:

  • Get your skates on at the magical Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, or if you prefer spectating you'll be pleased to hear there's a Jamie Oliver's pop-up restaurant onsite as well. 
  • Visit the Painting Pottery Cafe, simply select your pot, plate or dish; pick up a brush and get creative.
  • Get a bird's eye view of the city with a ride on the Brighton Wheel which includes a commentary by local comedian Steve Coogan. 
  • Breeze up to the Downs on a number 77 bus and work off the turkey and chocolates with a bracing walk or cycle ride in the countryside. Buses run on weekends plus Boxing Day & New Year's Day, learn more about the bus ride by downloading the podcast.

Plus there are still lots of great shows and events taking place that week including:

And don't forget you can book your Brighton Twixtmas (sorry!) Break through our site at: and to make it even more tempting we have a range of Winter Offers available including 3 nights for the price of 2.

Whatever you end up doing, I hope you all enjoy a lovely festive break :)


Monday, 17 December 2012

The Winner of November’s LoveBrighton Flickr Competition


It’s only one week ‘til Christmas – one week! Bonkers. I’m feeling festive, as are all the LoveBrighton team (well, apart from Charlotte :P) and we’re loving the beautiful colours and frosty landscapes being captured and shared in our Flickr group. The theme for December is Love Lights, LoveBrighton, so make sure you gahn doown the toown and get snapping those funky decorations! Also keep an eye out for the Coca Cola truck which will arrive on Brighton seafront’s Madeira Drive on Sunday 23rd December between 1pm and 9pm – a fantastic photo opportunity. *Holidays are coming, holidays are coming…*

But back to the matter at hand; the winner of November’s competition! The theme for November was Love Twilight, LoveBrighton and we had some fantastic entries – the sunset snaps were, like, totes amaze. Check out some of our favourite runner’s up on our LoveBrighton Flickr page. But the all-important winner was Big Grin :) (AKA Josephine), with this eerie shot of Hove seafront in the orange sunset:

We loved the colours and silhouettes of the promenade and bench, and the lights twinkling along the coastline. Josephine won 2 unlimited ride passes on Brighton Pier, as well as dinner in the ‘spiritual home of fish & chips’, the Palm Court restaurant. She’s also been lovely and written about herself and the image as well as her undying love for Brighton & Hove!  

Hi my name is Josephine,
I was surprised to find out that I had won the November Flickr Lover Brighton Competition. The photograph that won was taken on Hove seafront walk; I was taking my young daughter who is eight out for some night-time photography practice having only recently relocated to Brighton, we have been keen to soak up the sights – and what sights they are! This particular scene drew me as the light was so golden and full of feeling also a beautiful view with several people taking an early evening stroll. Needless to say I feel quite addicted to Brighton already – you’ve sucked me in and I never want to leave! I am inspired to become a professional photographer, which I will endeavour to do.
Josephine (Lover of Brighton) x 

Our followers really do make good lovers ;)

Remember to keep uploading your fabulous festive photos to our Flickr group, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Siobhan :)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Brighton Christmas Lights

Brighton Christmas Lights
Come & check out Brighton's Christmas lights!:)

The final run up to Christmas is fast approaching, so here's our roundup of all Brighton & Hove has to offer the festive reveller...

Whether you're looking for a Christmas break, fantastic shopping & gift ideas, festive events or some mouth watering festive food ideas, Brighton & Hove offers something for every walk of life.

From ice skating at the Royal Pavilion to Christmas Artists' Open Houses and Burning the Clocks, Brighton & Hove is bursting with Christmas & winter events. Check out our festive fun page for loads of ideas for all the family.

Brighton Christmas Shopping
Or if you're looking for that special gift (or just love shopping!) The Lanes & North Laine shopping areas are crammed with independent shops & boutiques, with quirky gift ideas from home ware to vintage items & even vegetarian shoes! Or check out Hove for an array of funky interior design shops, fashion boutiques and specialist shops.

Brighton Christmas Lights
The Christmas lights in Brighton are pretty spectacular too - the perfect backdrop for a spot of late night shopping on a Thursday at Churchill Square during December.

And if you've got kids, why not drop into Brighton Marina & see Santa for FREE.

Winter in Brighton video
Check out our Winter in Brighton video below to check out the sights of Brighton & Hove over Christmas & the winter period.

Facebook Christmas Hamper Competition
And don't forget to check out our 'Christmas Hamper' Facebook competition for the chance to win great prizes in the run up to Christmas!

For more on all things Brighton & Hove go to

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Duke's at Komedia

As readers may or may not be aware Brighton is home to the country's oldest continuously operating cinema - the Duke of York's Picturehouse. The Duke's is a much-loved institution within the city, I love the big comfy seats, the eclectic programme and the fact that you can take a slice of home made cake into the screen with you. In fact the only downside is that they only have one screen so films are usually only on for a few days and often sell-out.

So earlier this year I was very excited to hear that the Duke's was going to be teaming up with another fabulous city centre venue - Komedia. And finally the wait is over, the Duke's at Komedia is open for business. The new cinema has two screens and has all the things we love about the original Duke's including a few sofa seats. Of course one of the things the Duke of York's is most well-known for is the stripy legs on the roof, well thanks to local artist Jamie McCartney (of Brighton Body Casting) Duke's at Komedia also has a rather splendid pair of pins.

So Monday night we decided to go and put it to the test. Having already seen Seven Psychopaths at this year's Cinecity Festival (fantastic film, a definite must-see) we decided to go and see Sightseers - another black comedy featuring a cute dog! The film features a couple on a sightseeing holiday who start killing people, trust me it's a lot funnier then it sounds although it is quite bloody so be warned.

Photo taken from the Duke's at Komedia Facebook page - photo credit Jim Stephenson.
We decided to go for the full experience so before we saw the film we popped into the bar for a drink and a bite to eat. As at the Duke of York's you can still get homemade cakes and other tasty snacks but in addition to this you can also get Hot Dogs. There are some suggested combinations or you can create your own dog, using either pork or tofu sausages or fish goujons plus lots of sauces and sides. The food was delicious and there's a good selection of drinks, plus the bar itself is very stylishly decced out with a retro feel.

So I'm relieved to say the Duke's at Komedia is just as good as it's big sister, bringing all the things we love about the Duke of York's to the North Laine and with more screens - hooray!


Monday, 10 December 2012

Dome Christmas Round-up

We've got a guest blog for you this week, as Elizabeth from Brighton Dome offers you a festive round-up of all the fantastic events coming up. Read on for news of Squonkaphones, Plumpets and Kitchen Tymps! Over to you Elizabeth...

Christmas treats for everyone at Brighton Dome
Celebrations are in full swing at Brighton Dome and there is a packed programme of events to suit everyone this December.

The Lost and Found Orchestra
At the top of the tree is a breathtaking show from the award-winning creators of STOMP – The Lost and Found OrchestraBursting with energy and creativity this is a performance which will delight the whole family and is a real alternative to a trip to a traditional pantomime.

Those inventive STOMPers have replaced all the traditional instruments found in an orchestra with strange and beautiful music makers made from flower pots, traffic cones and bits of plumbing. Across a six month period, instruments like Squonkaphones, Plumpets and Kitchen Tymps were invented from scratch and an entire score composed.

Steve McNicholas, composer and co-director said: “It’s like a Dr. Seuss orchestra and it’s a big cast – we’ve got 22 people – so it’s a much, much bigger show than STOMP. It’s a big celebration really.”

It sounds like great fun and as the show broke box office records when it played at Sydney Opera House it’s probably a good idea to book your tickets early.

The Lost and Found Orchestra will be performing their exhilarating mix of magic and music between 20 and 29 December, including several matinee shows.

Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus
Brighton Gay Men’sChorus always get great reviews and have won nationwide fame following their appearances on BBC TV’s Last Choir Standing.

You can catch the boys on Saturday 15 December when they perform Christmas classics alongside rock and pop favourites in a joyous festive evening. The concert will help raise funds for the Sussex Beacon Urgent Appeal.

Hans Christian Anderson’s 'The Nightingale'
I’ve come over all nostalgic and got tickets to see Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale The Nightingale.

The story is all about the true values of Christmas; love, friendship and the pleasure of the simple things in life. It will be performed using a mixture of puppets, masks, animation and music by Lancashire-based theatre company Horse + Bamboo.It’s suitable for children of all ages from four years up and this big kid cannot wait!

The Treason Show
If you enjoy something much more grown-up then Brighton’s legendary satirists The Treason Show might be more to your taste. Between Christmas and New Year they will be casting a critical eye over the bankers, politicians and celebrities who made the headlines in 2012 and making them the targets of their wicked wit.

Featuring songs and sketches with a topical twist, the show runs from the 27 to the 31 December it could be just the thing to brighten your post-Christmas slump with some bright and sharp humour.

New Year's Eve Viennese Concert 
If you fancy something more elegant and traditional to bid farewell to 2012 then the Viennese Concert on the afternoon of New Years Eve is a charming choice.

Featuring popular classics such as Blue Danube and the Tritsch Tratsch Polka this delightful programme by Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra will have you waltzing your way into a very happy New Year.

Book tickets
For more details and to book tickets visit or call 01273 709 709.