A Guide to Weekend Breaks in Brighton
If you’re planning a weekend break in Brighton this summer, let our guide inspire you with some top tips on things to do, whether the sun shines or there's a little rain!
Drink at The Fortune of War
Brighton comes alive as soon as the skies turn blue, with locals and tourists spilling out into beer gardens on a summer weekend in Brighton. No sunny Brighton weekend breaks are complete without a visit to popular local haunt The Fortune of War. Set right on the seafront with a beer garden that is basically Brighton beach, this 19th century bar has bags of character and offers a prime spot for sundowners.
Get active on the beach
Brighton Beach @ Troy David Johnston
If you’re spending a summer weekend in Brighton, you must spend at least half a day on the beach! If lounging around isn’t your style, head over to Yellowave where you’ll find something to keep you active and occupied. Yellowave brings a touch of West Coast American beach culture to Brighton with beach volleyball courts for hire, frisbee tournaments and more.
Make a splash
If you’d prefer to spend your Brighton weekend breaks in the water rather than next to it, at Lagoon Watersports you can give wakeboarding a try, partake in a yacht sailing course, get to grips with windsurfing and more.
Enjoy the seafront
Brighton Pier @ Troy David Johnston
Iconic Brighton Pier makes a great day out during your Brighton weekend. The summer months see many fun events taking place at the pier and both the young and the young at heart will adore the rides and other attractions, such as the old-fashioned carousel. Of course, fish and chips on the seafront is mandatory for any weekend breaks in Brighton.
Time for tea
Summer blooms never fail to raise a smile, so spend a cheery afternoon at the Royal Pavillion during your weekend in Brighton. The tearoom balcony overlooks the beautiful floral filled gardens, so enjoy the view while you indulge in a very British cream tea or a refreshing glass of cider.
Embrace the rain
Brighton in the rain @ Elsie esq.
The seaside isn’t a wholly unpleasant place to be if the weather turns - grey skies and rough seas can make for some good photo opportunities. Going Digital run one-day photography workshops in the town for budding photographers and those who want to brush up on their skills. Create some memories of your Brighton weekend to brighten up your home.
The rainy weather is an excuse to stay indoors without feeling guilty about wasting a nice day. Most associate weekend breaks in Brighton with the beach and party nights out, but it is also a city rich in culture. Spend your rainy day exploring the Fabrica art gallery or the Brighton Museum, or even partaking in a vintage-themed arts and craft workshop at Cascade.
Browse the markets
Sunshine makes wandering around markets and car boot sales much more pleasant and Brighton is a great spot to pick up a few bargains. The flea market in funky Kemp Town first began in 1900 and is still the go-to spot for second hand furniture and vintage treasures. On the weekends in Brighton if you’re after some fresh fare, head to the FARM Market on Saturday where you can dine al fresco on the finest of local produce.
Situated just metres from the beach, The Beach Pad offers a great range of fresh, contemporary rooms at affordable prices. The location is second to none for both exploring the town and hitting the seaside. The staff are also happy to arrange recreational activities such as sailing or climbing for interested guests. Breakfast is served in the cafe next door which is a nice touch. The Beach Pad is a great choice for any Brighton weekend breaks.
Cover image by Troy David Johnston on Flickr