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Weekend in Brighton! Something for everyone

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Recently a friend of mine moved to Brighton and we decided to take a train from London for the weekend to see him. I was so surprised to find that there’s so many things along the shore front for kids to enjoy.

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The first thing we came across was the upside down house, at £8 a go, the entertainment seemed worth the price so I let my daughter go in with some other older kids – she loved it.

After that we wandered into a huge play area where we could have been stuck for hours had I not literally bargained my daughter out with an ice-cream. Loads of ice-cream shops in Brighton!

We passed the 360 bar, again it was a bit pricey at £30 a pop, so we headed to the beach bars instead. Next time I go I will book the 360 Super Saver where you can get access to Brighton’s best views for £16.50 when you book 48 hours in advance.
The glass viewing pod may only be hired by persons aged 18 years or over but younger kids are allowed in the rest of the observation tower. It was built on the seafront by the same team behind the London Eye, offering 360-degree views of Brighton. Apparently on a clear day you can even see the Isle of Wight!). It takes around 25 minutes to reach the top (138m) and back again, and you can enjoy an ‘in flight’ drink at the bar while you take in the best views of Brighton.

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Instead we enjoyed a pint and some fish and chips at a local restaurant on the stony beach. My daughter went on the numerous beachfront rides. And very conveniently the ticket stall is right in front of the pub so it was easy to pay for some rides and keep her entertained while having some adult conversation.

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Later that day we headed to Brighton Pier. It used to be free but now it’s £15 for a day. There’s a smorgasbord of rides and entertainment for kids on the pier.

After the pier we walked up to the lanes, a most popular place for restaurants and culture. One passed a very fun looking restaurant Mowgli, where you can sit on swings hut basically all types of food are on offer but we ended up in Pho for a superb Thai meal. It was Saturday night and the venue was packed.

Lots of large groups of men and women in hen and stag parties wandered the streets, bar hopping. It was refreshing to be surrounded by the jovial party going atmosphere even if I was headed to bed with my four year old!

The next day we had fun watching a volleyball game on the beach at the Yellow Beach Cafe in the morning and heading to Preston park in the afternoon.

The park was super with large play areas, a lake and a cafe on the green by the entrance. Our weekend was ended off by a pint and early dinner at the pun, Hare and Hound. Huge portions and decent outside space, before catching our evening train back to London.

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