Summer holidays are the thing everyone craves. The vast expanse of time to soak in the sun, catch up on a few books (which aren’t academic for once) and visit as many beer gardens as possible. But what else is there to do besides the obvious? This could be the year to ditch your annual routine and try something different.

Volunteering

It’s typical to spend as many moments as you can on Brighton’s glorious beach, but it’s still important we keep it as amazing as it should be. Every month, Pier2Pier host a beach clean up to try to give back to mother nature for giving us this long, pebbled treasure. To make it more interesting, they even organise Community Silent Disco Beach Cleans where all you have to do is turn up, tune in and enjoy the tunes while picking the litter. To reward yourself for your hard efforts there are free goodies and workshops on the promenade for once you’ve finished. Fancy dress is always encouraged. What a wholesome hangover cure.

Saltdean Lido

Dubbed the finest modernist lido in the UK, Saltdean is criminally underrated. It’s quite the pretty structure as well. It serves as the only Grade II listed seaside lido in the country. A ticket will include access to the 40m long heated pool and to all the facilities such as the food vendors and landscaped grass banks to catch some rays. Only a 20-minute bus journey from Old Steine, it’s perfect for when the sea is deceptively cold, but the sun is still shining.

Patterns

The incredibly popular club just off the Old Steine is serving up some great events all summer. Day or night, Patterns will be holding something of interest. Every Saturday they include a bottomless brunch as well as £5 cocktails from 5-9 every Friday-Saturday. Perfect to have on their terrace looking over the Channel. Don’t forget their club nights as well, Donuts every Tuesday and Midnight Funk Association on the Thursday.

Take a day trip

As great as Brighton is, there’s no harm in exploring further than the city limits. Luckily, we are not only surrounded by exceptional wildlife and scenery in the form of the South Downs but by quaint and picturesque villages and towns. A short bus ride away in Lewes. Cobbled streets, a Harvey’s brewery, artisan coffee shops and endless charity shops are worth a visit. Day- tripping on a budget.

Slightly further afield, Arundel serves up one of the most striking buildings in southern England. Arundel Castle stands tall overlooking the fairy-tale town, which has a large selection of restaurants, cafés, drinking spots and lots of culture to immerse yourself with.

Quirky Brighton Tours

It’s only apt that the quirkiness of Brighton is reflected in the tours given around the city. Why not join the Ghost Walk of the Lanes to get your spook on? It’s led by an eclectic guide, dressed in their very best Victorian finery. They will be telling the tales of ghosts who haunt our beloved Lanes to this very day.

One of the most popular tours if you fancy a break from the sun is Brighton’s Victorian Sewer Tours which leads you through the labyrinth of sewers which are still regarded as an engineering and architectural triumph. Don’t worry, there won’t actually be any ‘mess’.

If you fancy a bit of interactive history, why not visit Brighton and Hove’s only World War 2 air raid shelter open to the public. ‘Take Shelter’ are non-profit and organise tours to take you down into the depths of the shelter and experience what it was like to live in one of those shelters. Still, probably better than most student housing.

Rent a bike

Brighton is littered with those bike dockets so you’re never far from one. To rent one, simply download the app to make the payment. You get 35 minutes of cycle time for £1 and then 3p for each minute over. Not a bad deal at all! The gym is usually windowless, hot and away from sunlight, so may be worth going for the more scenic exercise option. Take the bikes up and down the promenade or stretch yourself and go as far as Seven Sisters to get some incredible cliff-side views. Good for the environment and your health? Perfect.