Wednesday, 9 November 2016

#BrightonSnowdogs - Kemptown


Well hello everyone, it's time for another Snowdogs by the Sea trail guide. It's sad to think we are now over halfway through as the dogs are only here until 27th November. But they will be back for one big festive farewell on the weekend of the 4th & 5th December when the whole pawsome pack - including the Snowpups - will all be together at the Corn Exchange.

Of course it's great to see them while they are still in situ so today we will head off to Kemptown for our next trail. We're actually going to start our walk on the southern most corner of the Old Steine. The Old Steine is easy to get to as it just off the seafront by the Brighton Pier, if you are travelling by train it is about a 15 minute walk and there are Brighton & Hove buses that stop either on the seafront or at the bottom of North Street.

25. Southdowns Dog - Artist: Kellie Miller / Sponsor: Burt Brill & Cardens Solicitors 
At the Old Steine you'll meet Southdowns Dog who has been beautifully designed by Kellie Miller & if you've done The Lanes trail then you'll have seen her gallery. Brighton & Hove is well-known for being a city by the sea but a lot of people don't realise that the city is actually sandwiched between the sea and the countryside. The stunning South Downs National Park is easily accessible from Brighton with regular buses going to Stanmer Park, Devil's Dyke and Ditchling Beacon. Clearly this beautiful countryside inspired Kellie :)

31. Patch The Unfinished Quilt - Artist: Judith Berrill / Sponsor: B&H Hotel Association
From the Old Steine head towards the Sea Life but make sure you stay on the upper seafront road (Marine Parade rather than Madeira Drive). This is now part of Kemptown where you will find a fantastic array of boutique hotels plus independent shops & caf├ęs. Our next dog is on Marine Parade at the bottom of the New Steine square. This is Patch and as the name implies she has a patchwork quilt on her back as well as patchwork booties and ear warmers, which I think she'll be grateful off as it can get pretty breezy along the seafront!

From Patch we'll carry on walking along Marine Parade and as you'll see this is a great spot for admiring the sea view including the Brighton Marina. If you peer down onto Madeira Drive you'll see the Yellowave Beach Sports venue as well. On the left you'll walk past the striking Royal Crescent where the houses feature black mathematical tiles and former residents include Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright.

A little bit further along you'll find our next dog 'Seagulls of the South'. I may have made this confession before but I am actually not a fan of seagulls but I still like this dog as I know none of these birds are about to fly into me! In fact the brighton blue and yellow make it a very cheery sight. We're now going to head inland so use the pelican crossing and then turn into Paston Place. At the top of this road is Proud Cabaret Brighton which hosts regular cabaret nights, perfect for a group night out.

35. Seagulls of the South - Artist: Kathleen Smith / Sponsor: Eleanor Hunnisett
From Proud Cabaret turn left onto St George's Road and then the next Snowdog is in the driveway for St George's Church. Although be warned the church is not a traditional building with a spire so don't be confused. If you are standing with Proud behind you then the church is on your right and you'll see a driveway, walk up here and you'll find Smiley. This dog features a balloon design and some words of wisdom: "Smile a smile and pass it on" well The Snowdogs are definitely helping us to smile more :)

34. Smiley - Artist: Sophy Henn / Sponsor: Wild in Art
Say goodbye to Smiley and carry on walking along St George's Road until you reach College Road. Turn right up this road and then left onto Eastern Road, keep walking along this road until you reach Egremont Place. Turn right up Egremont Place and this will take you to the entrance to Queen's Park and our final dog of the day. Winter Lily has a Cath Kidston feel with a pale blue background and pretty flower pattern. After all that walking why not take some time to explore the park which is home to some of Brighton's finest Elm Trees.

33. Winter Lily - Artist: Sarah Jane Richards / Sponsor: Wild in Art
Please note the walk up to Queens Park is quite steep so if you would prefer to get a bus then routes 18 & 23 go by the park.

Other places to look out for in Kemptown:

To download the full trail map head to our website or pick one up from one of our Visitor Information Points. Don't forget the Snowdogs are art sculptures so please respect them and do not climb on or graffiti them. The Snowdogs are supporting the Martlets so if you would like to donate text SDOG16 £3 to 70070.

Charlotte

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