Over the last couple of months more and more joggers are out and about along Brighton seafront, which apart from burning off the excess Xmas calories points to the fact that Marathon time is on the way.
At 9am on February the 28th, athletics star Sally Gunnell OBE will be sounding the starting klaxon and sending Brighton’s Half Marathon 13,000 runners on their 13.1 mile route around Brighton and Hove. Sally will also present the the winners trophies at the Elite Race Presentations at 11am.
Next up on the Brighton running calendar is the Brighton Marathon. Starting with The Cancer Research UK mini mile races for kids and teens (16th April). Then on the 17th April, the day kicks off with the BM10K race at 8.30 and then the marathon starts. It will wind it’s way through the streets of our city, finishing up on Brighton seafront.
It’s an amazing thing to watch, with a buzzing atmosphere and knowing so much money is being raised for various charities makes this day an incredibly special one.
EASTER EGG HUNTS – hop to it!
Daily from Friday 25 March to Sunday 3 April, 10.30am-4.30pm Alfriston Clergy House – hidden bunnies Easter hunt
Search for the bunnies hidden around the garden on this fun Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Find all the bunnies and receive a Cadbury chocolate prize.
Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £1.50 per bunny hunter
Daily from Thursday 24 March to Sunday 10 April, 10am-5pm Bateman’s – Kipling Easter hunt
The hens have been busy laying eggs all over Rudyard Kipling’s garden. Follow the Kipling clues and find the eggs then match them up with the correct hen and there’s a Cadbury chocolate treat at the end. In the tea room, indulge yourself with a special Easter sweat treat.
Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £2.50 per person
Daily from Friday 25 March to Monday 28 April, 11am-4pm Birling Gap – countryside Easter egg hunt
Join an Easter egg hunt around the countryside. Follow the clues, answer the questions, complete the challenges and win a Cadbury chocolate prize. The Easter hunt starts at the visitor centre at Birling Gap and takes hunters to find hidden clues on Belle Tout and Lookout Hill
Egg hunt £3 per person
Daily from Saturday 26 March to Monday 28 March, 11am – 3pm Devil’s Dyke – Easter egg hunt
Go along to collect your quiz sheet and map, find all the hidden plastic eggs to solve the clues and answer the questions. All participants will win a Cadbury chocolate prize
Egg hunt £3 per person
Monday 28 March, 10.45am-12noon Devil’s Dyke – egg rolling competition
Bring your own hand decorated hardboiled egg and try your luck at this Easter egg rolling custom – the egg that gets furthest down the Dyke valley wins, plus there are prizes for the best decorated egg
£1 per competition entrant
Daily from Friday 25 March to Monday 28 March, 11am-3.30pm Standen – Easter egg hunt
If you go down to Standen today, you’ll find the Easter bunny has been this way! Bunny has hidden his chocolate treasures around different parts of the garden and we need you to help us find them. Once you have found everything take a gander over to Goose Green to collect your prize.
Normal admission charges apply, egg hunt £2.50 per person
A TASTY AFFAIR
After starting in London last year ‘The Whiskey Affair’ is making it’s debut in Brighton on the 20th February. Described as a lively and fun night out for any fans of whiskey. There will be music, whiskey cocktail making and plenty of tasting of scotch, bourbon and whiskey. There is something for all levels of whiskey knowledge catering for beginners right through to the aficionado.
The event takes place at Otherplace, Brighton at 24 Kensington Street, BN1 4AJ at 7pm. Tickets are £10 each and available online now.
Imagine saying “I do” at 450 feet, high above the beach, as a breath-taking panorama of 26 miles of Sussex coastline gently unfolds around you. From September, happy couples will be able to do just that on British Airways i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower opening this summer on Brighton beach and one of the world’s most unique wedding venues.
The futuristic pod will hold 198 people for wedding ceremonies, with a Sky Bar on board where guests can toast the bride and groom before descending gently to the beach building where celebrations can continue.
Couples can also take their vows in the heritage 1866 West Pier Toll Booth or choose the beachside event space, each with their own private terraces offering stunning views of the West Pier, Brighton beach and out to sea. The spaces can cater for more intimate groups of 38 people to larger ceremonies of up to 202 people, including the bride and groom.
Wedding reception menus will use the finest local ingredients from the South Downs and Sussex region. For those wanting a more informal style celebration, British Airways i360 wedding packages include a BBQ and bowl food option or for a very special touch, couples can book the talented duo of Josh Stanzl and Steven Edwards, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013.
Couples will benefit from the help of a dedicated wedding planner and the happy couple can even return to celebrate their first anniversary with a complimentary Champagne flight, courtesy of British Airways i360.
Wedding reception packages start at £70 per person. EMAIL: email@example.com TEL: 44 (0)333 772 0360 www.BritishAirwaysi360.com
FOOD FABULOUS FOOD
On April 30th and May1st and 2nd the Foodies Festival comes to Hove Lawns.
Shop and sample from over 120 award-winning producers in the Artisan Market, and feast on flavours from around the world in the Street Food Avenue. There’s a special focus on Brazilian food this year in celebration of the Olympic host’s cuisine, with traditional Brazilian BBQ, cocktails and coffees.
Watch Michelin star chefs and famous faces cooking live in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, and pick up tips and recipes from healthy living experts as they prepare their favourite superfood and feel good food dishes that will have your taste buds tingling.
Head to the Drinks Theatre and relax with rum, champagne, gin and craft beer masterclasses, or challenge your taste buds with a blindfolded whisky tasting.
Visit the Cake & Bake Theatre and watch Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain and top local bakers bake delicious summer cakes that will inspire you to reach for your whips and spatulas at home. There’s a Children’s Cookery School to keep the little foodies busy.
After a day of feasting and fun, relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Ship. And if you are still hungry, there’s always the Bug-Eating and Chill-Eating Competitions to take part in.
Brighton Modelworld returns to The Brighton Centre for it’s 38th year
Running from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February 2016, the show will celebrate in style with a revised programme of entertainment, exhibitors and for the first time ever, an interactive activity zone for children where they can drive a tank, build an aircraft and much more!
The show will also be welcoming the world-renowned Titan – an 8ft futuristic robot – to the show, to wow the crowds with his insanely impressive entertainment skills.
The exhibition will still feature over 150 society and trade stands, a huge collection of model railway layouts, scores of marine scale models on the pool, doll’s houses, circuses and fairgrounds, radio controlled trucks, aircrafts and much more.
Tickets – £9.50 Adult, £5.50 Child, £7.50 for Seniors and £26 for a Family ticket (2 adults 2 children). Children under 4 go free. Box office: 0844 8471515 Website: www.brightoncentre.co.uk
Three Little Birds is a new restaurant on Church Road. Run by Lauren, who is surprisingly young for a restauranteur but with years of experience, it’s by the beach looking affair, white walls, seaside pictures and lots of vintage wood. Pop in for drinks, coffees or a perfectly formed menu of tapas and a selection of entrees. They even cater for the Vegan and Veggies in the house.
Eleven young performers from Brighton and Hove will appear in the opera Nothing at the world famous Glyndebourne opera house on the 25th – 27th February 2016.
The teenagers are part of the world premiere of a new opera adapted from an award-winning book for young adults called Nothing.
Seven of the group are members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera and will sing in the chorus and the remaining four are instrumentalists who will play with the orchestra.
Nothing, often described as a modern day Lord of the Flies, was written by Danish author Janne Teller and has been adapted as an opera by composer David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell. It tells the haunting story of a group of teenagers who are trying to convince their classmate that life has meaning. Things quickly escalate as the children go to ever more extreme lengths to try and persuade their friend that there are things worth caring about.
Fashion blogger, writer, stylist and queen of all things vintage has set up store in Brighton’s North Laines.
Courtois Concept Store mixes a little bit of Shoreditch with Brighton, packaged up in a minimal and industrial space. What lies within is anything but plain…the clothes which are all sourced and chosen by Natalie, are pure luxury including stunning designer vintage pieces (current pieces current pieces include a 1970s linen skirt by Burberry, a 1970s Hardy Aimes dress and a handmade day dress from the 1920s with stunning embroidered flowers).
Not only will you find on trend fashion forward vintage. the store will be a space where new and old come together……“ I want to embrace the current trend for social shopping and will be offering the space up to artists for exhibitions, stylists for talks, book signings, hosting blogger events and so on. As it’s got my name above the door it’s a real personal statement as to the things I love and know others will love too. Some of the brands they might know, others will be new. Each vintage item has a handwritten label by myself offering either a styling advice or a piece of fashion history on the designer its by”.
Open 7 days a week:10.30-6 weekdays, 10-6.30 Saturday Sundays 11.30-5.30