On the first glorious Saturday afternoon of Spring, I was over the moon to have an excuse to jump on my bike and head down to the Marina to enjoy an all together new experience.

Having lived in Brighton over ten years, I must admit I often find on a sunny Saturday afternoon it is hard to find anything more enjoyable than a good pub garden or the beach to wile away the afternoon hours.

Having never attended a 1940’s tea dance before, I was a little unsure of exactly what to expect but as ever, excited by the prospect of having a good boogie.


As we entered the large, sunny room at Hotel Seattle, the first thing to take your breath away (before the dancing kicked off) was the incredibly beautiful view over the Marina. Helped by the radiant sunshine, my guest and I happily discussed how much it felt like we were on a cruise ship with all the friendly faces, boats and sea surrounding us.

A member of staff greeted us as we arrived and introduced us to the two dance instructors; Stuart Barrett and Lizzie Abrahams, who would be taking the dance class.

We were offered a drink before the dance began and then asked to hit the dance floor with our partners.

The class was absolutely fantastic, from being a complete novice when I entered, within the hour I felt as if I could happily spend the rest of the afternoon lindy hoping and swing dancing.

After the lesson, we were shown to beautifully laid tables and invited sit down to a well-earned afternoon tea.  We were offered the choice of joining our fellow dancers or having our own little table for two, which I felt was rather a nice touch.

All in all, we had a fantastic afternoon and will definitely be back next month.

The 1940’s Tea Dance is held on Saturday afternoons between 2-4pm in the Seattle’s restaurant

Dates for 2014:

19th April, 17th May, 21st June, 19th July, 16th August, 20th September, 18th October & 15th November.

For more information go to http://www.hotelseattlebrighton.com/our-events
Seattle Hotel
Brighton Marina
Brighton
BN2 5WA