BREAK AWAY – Our first trip of the year – Brighton on 20 October and IT IS FREE!
Brighton is brimming with culture, with numerous theatres (including one of the oldest in the country) a royal palace and fabulous year-round festivals. You’ll be hard pushed to decide what to see first.
Brighton boasts a royal palace unlike any other – The Royal Pavilion is the only royal palace not owned by the crown and is at the heart of Brighton’s history. The spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) was transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1823 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles.
Visit the famous Grand Hotel an iconic Victorian hotel that is steeped in British history and their afternoon tea is legendary.
Alternatively, enjoy a traditional afternoon tea or a spot of lunch at the Royal Pavilion Tearoom. There is so much detail in this stunning building and you could also spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the beautiful gardens, taking photos and imagining the splendour of Regency Brighton.
BrightonWalks runs a number of Sight Seeing tours including a Seaside Saunter, Legends of the Lanes and Skanky to Swanky, a history of North Laine and the very popular Street Art Tour. Try their website before you go or telephone: 44 (0)1273 302100 or : +44 (0)1273 302100.
Head to the North Laine area for unusual boutiques selling everything from handmade glassware to rare books. Why not take a stroll around the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery including dynamic and innovative galleries including fashion and style, 20th century art and design, and fine art. The museum café is the perfect spot for some lunch and the shop sells exquisite items linked to the exhibitions.
After lunch explore some more art galleries around the city; there are plenty to choose from. Top galleries to browse are: ART5 Corridor. Crane Kalman Gallery, ONCA Gallery , Hidden Gallery, Enter Gallery, Kellie Miller Arts, Paxton + Glew and Brighton Photography.
Prepare to be transported back in time to Brighton in the Regency period, get your comfy walking shoes on and take a short stroll along the seafront to the Regency Town House, a slice of history preserved and being lovingly and accurately renovated by a team of volunteers. Built in the 1820’s, this Grade I listed building gives a real insight into Regency Brighton.
Continue your tour of the Regency architecture and take in the Regency Restaurant serving fresh seafood and classic fish and chips whilst looking out over the sea.
See the city from a different height. Enjoy a flight on the British Airways i360 to look over all the wonderful places you’ve visited.
Booking list will be available at the September meeting together with details of pick-up points.