Trying to find things to do in Brighton this Valentine’s Day? Stumped for ideas? If you’re looking to spark up some romance, we have the low down on ten great experiences in Brighton to share with someone special.
Catch it before it’s gone (or moved)! Hop aboard the Brighton Wheel and absorb the coastline and architecture of Brighton from an air conditioned booth. Gaze across the city’s famous landmarks and coastline from 50 metres above sea level. If you’re feeling extra romantic, go a step further and fork out to book the VIP experience which includes a private booth and champagne!
The Marina offers a number of dependable date opportunities. As well as a huge eight-screen cinema and bowling alley (and even a casino), there are also a number of independent shops and a plethora of restaurants and bars. The twinkling lights of the harbour are the perfect backdrop to an evening drink or meal as you while away some time looking out to sea…or deep into each others eyes…
Duke of York’s is still one of our personal favourites for a date night at any time of year!Enjoy a range of films whilst being transported back in time by the visual appeal of Britain’s oldest cinema. Take your pick from big blockbusters to art house cinema and even live streamings of large scale theatre and opera productions, beamed in from around the world. Also, as a special treat, why not book a balcony seat which has extra comfy chairs and even double seats for a cosy experience with your date?
The North Laine (and the Lanes) are a huge draw for visitors to Brighton and residents alike! There are a huge number of independents and chains to choose from, from flea markets to designer interior outlets. Buying a significant other a gift is never a bad way to kick off Valentine’s day, and with lots of independent cafés and restaurants also situated within, breakfast, lunch or even dinner dates are also an option.
Just a short walk from the centre of Brighton, Kemptown provides an escape from the regular hustle and bustle, without stripping you of your right to do some shopping in various independent shops, including some of the best vintage clothes shops in the city. Relish some peace with your Valentine’s date by soaking up the Victorian architecture and grab a drink and bite to eat in one of the restaurants. Or why not grab a picnic takeaway and sit in one of the beautiful squares looking out to sea?
Just off the beaten track you’ll find handmade jewellery, locally sourced fashions, crafts and more at the revamped Open Market, an ideal place to dig up a truly unique gift this Valentine’s Day. Also if you’re looking to cook for two later, then you can always grab some delicious fresh produce while you’re at it as the market boasts butchers, grocers and a fishmonger.
A romantic walk along Brighton beach is one of the simpler ways to enjoy this Valentine’s Day (and it’s free!), but it’s the little things that go a long way in making our town everyone’s favourite place to be. If walking isn’t your thing, then you can always take advantage of one of the many bike hire services and ride along on a tandem bicycle (how much more romantic can you get?!)
While spending some time at Brighton Pier may seem like a somewhat cliché suggestion for this Valentine’s Day, it’s pretty fun to spend the day riding rollercoasters, spending change in the arcade and eating ice cream and freshly made doughnuts! Also if you visit the haunted house you can almost guarantee a hug from your someone special as they cling on to you in fright…
Get some culture in you at one of Brighton’s independent galleries. There are lots to choose from but central ones include Ink_d, Dynamite Gallery, Corridor Gallery and ONCA. With so many talented Brighton based artists, plus artists visiting from around the world, there’s always something new and exciting to see (or buy).
Take a trip back in time by visiting this jewel in Brighton’s crown. Spend a leisurely afternoon basking in the sheer grandeur of the Indian and Chinese inspired architecture and discover the Pavilion’s colourful 200 year past, from it’s humble beginnings as a small lodging house for George, Prince of Wales in the 1780s, to the magnificent oriental palace that we see today.