Looking for some outdoor activities to do this spring? Look no further! Here’s our round-up on some of the best ways to spend your time now we’re officially in spring.
It’s very easy to spend a day wandering around North Laine and The Lanes, with its seemingly endless coffee houses and shops. Snoopers Paradise is the best place for… well, anything, from old records and cameras to vintage clothing and books. There are dozens of market stalls selling jewellery, and To Be Worn Again has a wide range of vintage clothing at very reasonable prices. Plants for sale spill out onto the streets, and in the sun coffee shops will have outdoor seating for people to sit and take it all in. For quirky gifts, visit This Is Not A Butchers, and for the biggest selection of tea you will ever see, go to Bird & Blend Tea.
Opening in 1899, Brighton Palace Pier has been popular with locals and tourists ever since and continues to attract millions of visitors every year. It has fairground rides at the end and an arcade in the middle where you can play games, penny machines and coin-slots. Thinking of trying something more entertaining when it comes to trying your luck, you can visit the best uk casino online and see a lot on offer.
One of the best ways to see Brighton is by bike, and you can rent them across the city for just 3p a minute. Brighton has a lot of parks and walks too, like Stanmer Park which is full of plants and wildlife, and St Ann’s Wells by Hove seafront which has native and exotic trees and features a scented garden for the visually impaired. Venturing a bit further out, National Trust site Devils Dyke on the South Downs could be the perfect country walk, with an Iron Age hill fort and incredible panoramic views of Sussex.
Just 20 miles outside of Brighton is the village of Arundel, which is full of quirky independent shops, art galleries, and historic walking tours. There’s also Arundel Castle, which still has some of its eleventh century features, and which underwent a huge restoration project completed in 1900. Also worth a visit is Lewes, which has one of the largest Bonfire Night celebrations in the country. It’s also home to Lewes Castle and The Fifteenth Century Bookshop, and it’s worth taking a wander around the streets to take in the historic buildings, and the 19th century tower brewery.
For something more historical, the Royal Pavilion is worth a visit. You can’t miss its historic Indian style, or its gardens situated right in the middle of the city. The grade I listed building was built for King George IV between 1787 and 1823, and in its lifetime has been a civic building, hospital during World War One, and a holiday home for royals including Queen Victoria. The gardens are the only fully restored regency gardens in the UK too!