If you’re looking for a great day out, head towards the coastal city of Brighton for shopping, eating and fun next to the sea.
Brighton is one of the shopper’s paradise. In addition to all the usual high street shops and a large shopping centre, is one of its biggest attractions: the North Laine. Here, you will find hundreds of small, independent shops alongside each other in narrow streets. You won’t find the big chain stores in these walkways but rather traders selling handmade or organic products from the kitsch to the retro; trendy to the ethnic: furniture, jewellery, ceramics and a host of fashion retailers to kit you out.
Eating & Drinking
Luckily for the shopper, tucked away between the retailers in the lanes are the many bars, cafes and restaurants serving up wide ranging menus to suit anyone’s taste buds and purse. You’ll find a host of eateries from vegetarian to meat feasts in restaurants from all over the world for a daytime snack or a full dinner. Many of the restaurants have been honoured with big food awards over the years. Brighton also has a vast array of local bars and pubs offering real ales and gastro food and whether it is a traditional pub or a trendy bar, you can be sure of fish and chips on the menu!
Things to Do
The most obvious attraction in Brighton is the sea: on hot, summer days the pebbled beaches are packed full of locals, day trippers and tourists. From lounging around in the sun, taking a walk along the beach or taking part in the many activities such as skate boarding and kite flying, and of course, there are plenty of water sports. You can quite easily spend a day here without even going into the centre. The Pier is a big attraction with its fun fair and amusements and is great fun even without having kids. Once it gets dark the seafront comes to life with many of the night time bars and clubs opening up for business.
For those who prefer cultural attractions there’s much on offer including the beautiful, yet unusual building that is The Royal Pavilion and its gardens. Nearby is the Sea Life Centre which is great for both kids and adults. Brighton also has many museums and galleries to visit so there’s plenty to choose from whatever you feel like doing on your day trip.