The M23 motorway off Jct7 of the M25 is a direct route to Brighton. Head through the rolling Sussex downs and keep going south. If your car starts filling up with water or everyone outside is speaking French you've gone too far.
From London's Victoria Station there are direct trains to Brighton including the Gatwick Express service with trains running every 15 minutes at peak times. Approx 1hr.
Gatwick Airport is a mere 30 minutes by car, or there is nearby Shoreham Airport for private charters.
Brighton Centre - Brighton's largest live venue, infamously home to political party conferences but when the laughs subside other great recent and forthcoming acts include; Russell Brand, Mickey Flanagan, Stereophonics, Lee Evans as well as one of the largest vinyl & CD fairs in the UK.
Brighton Dome - One of Brighton's most celebrated landmarks and set within the grounds of the Royal Pavilion the Dome plays host to contemporary dance, theatre, bands and comedians including the likes of; Lee Nelson, Jason Byrne, Herbie Flowers, Editors, KT Tunstall.
Duke of Yorks Cinema - Opened in 1910 it lays claim to being Britain's longest running picture house, showing arthouse and world cinema alongside modern movie fayre.
Theatre Royal - Built under the Royal charter of the Prince Regent who originally brought Brighton to prominence it opened its doors in 1807 and retains much of its original architecture and charm. It's considered a "No. 1" theatre so sees many of the best theatrical acts and touring productions passing through its stage door.
Brighton & Hove Albion FC - The mighty seagulls lost their home and their way for a number of years. Losing an FA Cup final and being demoted from the top tier of English football in the same season only to have their ground sold from under them the next. Left homeless for a decade they now have a state of the art new ground at the Amex Stadium and under Manager Gus Poyet narrowly missed out on bringing Premier League football to Brighton for the first time. For the full B&HA FC fixture list…
Sussex County Cricket Club - The Sussex CCC and Sussex Sharks. Based in Hove the club was founded in 1839 but enjoyed one of its most successful periods in recent times becoming by far the most successful club of the decade 2000-10
If you’ve got a ball with you and are feeling energetic then you can sweat out those hangovers on Brighton beach or Hove Lawns with a game of volley ball or keepie uppie.
Beware that Brighton has a shingle beach, if you want some softer stuff there are volleyball nets for hire on specially constructed sand courts.
Brighton has long been a lure for the rich and shameless with many starts making their homes in Brighton & Hove, hang around any one places long enough and you're almost guaranteed to see a musician, big screen star or someone "off the telly".
No we're not suggesting you fight seagulls over scraps to get a free meal or anything but time your visit wisely and you could take advantage of the Foodie Festival which takes place in early May.
Some Like It Hot
If you’re still hungry for more and prefer your foods to have more of a kick then you can get hot in the city at the Fiery Food Festival which takes place at Victoria Gardens in September.
If you and the guys are in need of a quick fix to the system then the restorative powers of Brighton's see air have been hailed as a cure for all manner of ailments (including hangovers) since Georgian times. You and the guys can enjoy a bracing stroll along the prom or if you're feeling particularly active do the undercliff walk from the Marina to Saltdean past an area of special scientific and geological interest. In among the rock pools it has been known to discover the fossils of mammoths, woolly rhinos and fossilized remains of the first stag dos from Neolithic times.
Along with the food festivals Brighton play's host to a number of notable events. It has its' own Marathon as well as the annual Superheroes run which sees hundreds of charity runners donning capes and masks and running along the prom dressed as their favourite or made up superheroes. It is also the finishing spot of both the London to Brighton bike ride and vintage car rally. As well as its own Brighton Festival and Fringe Festival the city has a growing Comedy festival every September. Renowned for its vibrant gay community the city gets a colourful makeover for Gay Pride with dozens of events and a Pride March through the city centre and seafront. Worthy of note to any thirsty chap is the Sussex Beer Festival or the Burning of the Clocks in December where hundreds of paper lanterns are set alight on the beach to float into the air in an amazing visual spectacle.
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