Friday, 16 September 2016

Art lovers weekend as Brighton Art Fair & MADE Brighton unite!

Today it's time for a guest post and so I'll hand you over to Anne-Marie to give us her insider's tips for this year's Brighton Art Fair & MADE Brighton.... 

This year, we are thrilled to be presenting a joint Brighton Art Fair / MADE BRIGHTON extravaganza, featuring fifty each of the best contemporary artists and designer / makers across all media. The show will be varied, exciting and full of original and unique work.

Some of the best contemporary artists from the UK and abroad; painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers and mixed media artists along with fifty of the best contemporary designer makers in the country will show and sell their diverse work direct to the public. Expect craft and design work ranging from cutting edge ceramics and contemporary jewellery to blown and kiln formed glass as well as wood and textiles. The fair promotes a good balance in established and emerging artists and makers, and insists that all work is of the highest quality

Photo by Alan Powdrill
Photographer, Alan Powdrill will be unveiling a new photo story at the Brighton Art Fair. Fun Fair was inspired by the classic fairs Alan used to visit as a child, places that seemed like vast pop palaces, so much larger than life. He always remembered them as very surreal so it got him thinking how would they look when seen alone in peaceful landscapes away from their usual venues. The results were shot in Great Yarmouth, Blackpool, and all over the UK. 
Porcelain pieces by Jill Ford

We’re looking forward to seeing and feeling Jill Ford’s porcelain bowls, vases and standing forms, thrown on the wheel. Jill’s simple forms are decorated by boring through masses of holes and impressing marks to recreate the textures found on barnacle shells and patterning of marine life on coastal cliffs. 

Textile art by Emily Jo Gibbs
To highlight this marriage between art and craft, Emily Jo Gibbs exquisite stitched work will be presented in the foyer at the show. Emily Jo is a British artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her textile pieces. Emily Jo’s current practice focuses on hand stitched textile portraits, and she has been working on a project called ‘Kids Today’ which features children from Emily Jo’s neighbourhood who would come and sit at her kitchen table; most eager to take part in the project, some less sure but keen not to miss out.

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September 10am - 5pm
Tickets: £7.50 on the door
Brighton Dome The Corn Exchange
Church Street Brighton

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A great afternoon at Jurassic Globalls!

Last week the VisitBrighton team went up to Brighton Marina to try out the new indoor attraction Jurassic Globalls.

Jurassic Globalls is a permanent 12 hole indoor mini golf course, filled with fluorescent life size dinosaurs and played under Ultra Violet lighting.

At reception we were met by really friendly staff and the entrance fee is only £5 per person, there are even small lockers to store your belongings. You can also buy ultra violet bendy head bands and glasses.

You may think this is just for kids or families but any age would have a great time, and we certainly did; we were like a bunch of excited school children!

The course is well laid out and took about an hour to get round with each hole getting progressively trickier.  The atmosphere is great fun and quite different to a normal mini golf course; a great way to spend some of your time at Brighton Marina.

Group and corporate bookings also welcome and it is open daytime and evenings.  There will also be special themed nights at Halloween and Christmas.

VisitBrighton thoroughly recommend Jurassic Globalls as a great addition to the range of attractions in the city.


Monday, 25 July 2016

Happy Birthday Skyfall

As Skyfall is approaching their first birthday, we thought it was time to try out the restaurant located on the busy Church Road. Having just appointed a new head chef Brian (who has been there since the opening but is now running the kitchen himself) we were lucky enough to try a new set menu which is a taster of what will be launched this summer.


We had an amuse- bouche to start which whetted our appetites for the delicious 3 course meal that followed. This was a lovely touch and impressed us. The starter was a Crab and Courgette Cannelloni which was a fresh taste of the sea - very handy as the restaurant is located only a few minutes from the beach!

The main was a combination of melt in your mouth succulent lamb noisette and a crispy, rich, lamb croquette placed on potato puree and summer vegetables.

Our dessert was white chocolate cheese cake with cherry sorbet with a delicious surprise of meringue underneath. All the dishes were beautifully presented and all the produce is locally sourced.


Skyfall is not only a restaurant serving elegant modern cuisine but also a live music lounge showcasing local talent. What better way to spend your weekend than ordering a cocktail, sitting back and listening to some acoustic, soul or jazz music in a stylish and relaxed setting. 

We particularly liked the interior. They have gone for a rustic understated but colourful style. We sat next to contemporary tiled wall art and opposite an amazing wine rack feature on the wall.

Skyfall is a refreshing addition to Hove, bringing with it the a creative and passionate chef, a stripped back bright and funky interior and an exciting new summer menu which we cannot wait to experience again. 






Wednesday, 20 July 2016

British Airways i360 opening soon! #bai360

The city, and the country's, newest attraction has today announced their official opening date.... *drumroll*

British Airways i360 will open on Thursday 4th August 

We are uber excited and cannot wait to take flight!

I started working at VisitBrighton almost 11 years ago (gasp!) and I remember that it was not long after I started that the idea of an observation tower on the seafront was first discussed. To be honest there were times when I thought it wasn't going to happen so it's fantastic to hear that in just over two weeks visitors will get to experience this brand new attraction right here in Brighton.

For those of you who are wondering what I'm talking about I should explain that the i360 will be the world's tallest moving observation tower. It will be a vertical cable car, with a pod that can hold up to 200 people. The pod will glide 450 feet into the air for 360 degree views across Brighton & Hove, showcasing the sea, the city and the countryside with views of up to 26 miles.

Tickets are now available to buy from the British Airways i360 website.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Meet the Maker: The Emperor's Old Clothes @FlockBrighton

The beautiful vintage & handmade boutique Flock in the North Laine has been running a Meet the Maker series on their blog recently, introducing us to the talented people behind the stunning creations. 

Read on to learn more about Cecily Blondel of The Emperor's Old Clothes and to see more from the Meet the Makers series visit the Flock blog... 

Where are you from?
I’m originally from Bristol but have been living in Brighton for nearly 8 years now.

How long have you been running your label?
We have been going since November 2012; the team has changed over the years but The Emperor’s Old Clothes has always been my project and I’m really excited to have such a great little team now including Charlotte, Louisa & Ella!

What materials do you use?
We use beautiful mainly vintage and end-of-roll fabrics. It’s important to the ethos of our brand not only in terms of sustainability but also because the history of these often antique pieces really add to the personality of each new item of clothing. I’m always on the hunt for ‘new’ vintage fabrics whether I’m away in Paris or closer to home – I’m often pouncing on the newest stock from Pick Up Sticks Vintage in Flock – meaning there’s generally lots to choose from at the Emperor’s Studio.

What is your making process?
It depends on the type of piece I’m making: if its a bespoke or custom piece its very much customer-led. I work really closely with each individual from helping them to develop their garment idea – whether it be mens tailoring, bridal, formal or casual-wear – to designing the item and advising or sourcing their perfect fabric. If it is a ready-to-wear piece that we sell at Flock or online then often the look and feel of the fabric dictates what type of garment it will eventually become. We have four main dress designs the Amy, Catherine, Susa & Lottie (below), as well as other seasonal pieces like our high-waisted shorts and men’s waistcoats which we create in different fabrics. I design and pattern-cut all the Emperor’s pieces and then I or one of my team cut, sew and hand-finish the piece ready to hit the shop floor/our online stores.

Do you offer customised pieces?
Yes our dresses can be ordered in different sizes, fabrics and styles in store. With a whole studio of amazing fabrics customers have a hard time choosing but its always really interesting to see which combinations they go for and how similar or different they are to something we might have done! It’s great because people often order these pieces for special occasions like weddings or parties so you know you’re helping them feel confident for their important moments with a piece that no-one else will be wearing.

What is your favourite material to work with?
Probably cotton as its so malleable and easy to sew although we recently had a bridal customer who choose the most beautiful silk dupion which was gorgeous to work with!

Where do you work?
We have a studio downstairs at Flock where we hand-make all our clothing and accessories as well as run customer appointments and fittings.

Photo by Light Trick Photography

What’s your best seller at Flock?
Recently its definitely been our high-waisted shorts & braces! Our little purses are also always popular and make great gifts.

What’s inspiring you right now?

Although it feels like the summer is only just beginning I’m starting to get excited about jackets and coats for this winter! Having sourced some gorgeous wools recently I can’t wait to get stuck in. Also looking forward to creating some more mens’ smoking jackets this autumn/winter. Plus we have our next themed A/W collection in the pipeline which we’ll be releasing more details about in the next couple of months…

Where do you sell online?
Via our website & our Etsy shop

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Go, Go, Go Joseph

Way way back many centuries ago I went to see the premier of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Actually it was 25 years ago and I was only 8. Jason Donavon was starring and I was mesmerised!

Fast forward to 2016 and today I went to Brighton’s Theatre Royal with my mother and daughter and watched as my daughter experienced the same biblical, family friendly musical as I had done.

This time it starred the lovely Joe McElderry, winner of 2009’s X Factor, in the lead role. The narrator, with a spine-tingling voice, was played by Lucy Kay. Between the two of them they delivered an absolute joy of a show.

The songs, the costumes, the comedy and every detail of this production were epic. My daughter was excited from the moment the curtain lifted

Joseph is the story of Jacob’s favourite son. He has vivid dreams that one day his brothers will bow down to him. As a sign of his love Jacob gives Joseph a technicoloured coat. This angers his brothers and they successfully conspire to get rid of Joseph by selling him to a rich Egyptian called Potiphah. Joseph eventually ends up as the Pharaoh’s (or shall we say Elvis') right hand man and we hear this story through brilliant, catchy and well written songs.

Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s musical is a timeless British favourite, but this production takes it to another level of talent.

Highlights for us included the hilarious cowboy inspired ‘There’s One More Angel in Heaven’, McElderry’s haunting and powerful ‘Close Every door to Me’ and the Big Numbers sing-a-long for the audience at the end which of course included ‘Any Dream Will Do’. It was really cute to see a class of school children standing up cheering and belting the songs out at the finale.

In the end everyone was up on their feet dancing, singing along and clapping. Joseph captured everyone’s enthusiasm and we all left on a complete high.

This production is only on until Saturday 18th June so you must get your tickets to see it before it goes. It was one of the best performances I have seen so I urge you not to miss out on this sensational, highly entertaining musical.

You can get tickets at Theatre Royal box office in New Road, Brighton or from

Five Reasons to have a stag weekend in Brighton

Today we hand over to a guest blogger - Adam from Adventure Connections gives us his top tips for planning a stag weekend in Brighton.... 

A stag weekend in Brighton is a no brainer!

Picking the ideal location for a legendary stag do is one of the biggest decisions you’re going to have to make as a best mate. You need to plan who is getting an invite, what the group can realistically afford, and most importantly where this weekend is going to take place and why. If you’re after some inspiration, you’re in the right place! I’m going to give you five reasons why Brighton is the perfect location for a stag weekend…

#1 – Pubs, Pubs and More Pubs

A successful stag do isn’t going down in history without a lot of alcohol, and Brighton isn’t short on pubs. In fact, there are over 400 pubs in Brighton – you could go on a ten bar pub crawl every night for two weeks and you’d still not have visited them all! If it’s a lesson in fine ales and craft beers you’re after, I’d recommend an essential visit to Craft Beer Co or The North Laine. For a more traditional pub environment you should head down to the Fiddler’s Elbow or The Great Eastern. Though the price of a pint can be pretty steep, the cost of a stag weekend in Brighton is made up for with the energetic and vibrant atmosphere!

#2 – Live Events

This is perhaps my favourite thing about Brighton. It’s absolutely full to the brim with live event opportunities! If you’re a fan of the arts then you should definitely consider organising a stag do during Brighton Fringe. It’s held over four weeks and is England’s largest arts festival. Want to attend outside of Fringe? No problem! Brighton is home to a huge variety of exciting premier entertainment venues. If you want to laugh your socks off, book yourselves in to a comedy night. Cheap and hilarious! Just don’t get too close to the front if you don’t want to be part of the act! For an authentic live music experience and intense electrifying atmosphere, you’ll want to head to Concorde 2. Every time I head to Concorde for a gig, I leave feeling that gig has completely outdone the last!

#3 – City Attractions

Your stag weekend in Brighton is going to be jam packed, but there’s always a bit of time for city sightseeing! If it’s your first time visiting, I’d recommend the following course of action… Take in the fresh sea air and walk around The Brighton Pier. Head west to see the developing i360 tower that will soon offer a breath-taking 360 degree view of up to 26 miles! Pretty terrifying if you ask me! Next, you’ll want to head in to the heart of the city towards the North Laine to explore some of the quirkier stores like Snoopers Paradise. Lastly, walk on down to admire the Royal Pavilion (former exotic royal residence of King George IV) situated in the heart of the city. When your feet can’t take any more, it’s time for a bit of people watching in the Pavilion Gardens. You’re bound to spot a few curious figures…

#4 – Brighton Brunches and Fine Food

I love food. If you’ve had a heavy night in the pubs, you’ll want a hearty brunch to put you right. The Breakfast Club has all of the bacon, sausages and pancakes to see you back to your regular self. I can’t emphasise enough just how good the food from traditional pubs are. Gourmet burgers galore! If you need a change of scenery (because you’ve already hit those pubs hard) you only need to go for a short wander around the next corner to find restaurants serving Chinese, Indian, oriental buffets, Italian, classic fish and chips, and everything else you could possibly think of eating! Check out the most highly rated restaurants on Trip Advisor.

#5 – Activities in and around Brighton

Hire some bikes for a sunny seafront cycle. I cycle along the coast to and from work and more often than not, there’s a beautiful Instagram worthy sunset! Put those bikes to good use because just along the seafront is Brighton Marina, ideal for fine dining, water action and a cheeky game of bowling. If you want to take a dip in the water, head to our watersports centre for wakeboarding, windsurfing and paddle boarding! A short drive outside of the city provides countless of enduring and adrenaline rushing activities. Karting, It’s a Knockout, paintballing, quad biking… take your pick! I recently tried an activity that is unbelievable fun! Have you heard of Zorb Football? You’ll definitely want to check this out if you’re a footie fan!

That’s it! Five reasons to have a stag weekend in Brighton. Plenty of quality drinking and eating, action and excitement – what more could you ask for on a stag do?

If you need a little help organising your stag weekend in Brighton, check out Adventure Connections!