25 Sep Brighton – the happiest place in the UK
YES! It’s official. The secret’s out. Following a recent survey commissioned by 9NINE Super Seed, Brighton has been named the happiest place in the UK. Marketing Director Kerry Collinge, said “Brighton residents have found themselves topping our happiest city chart. Maybe it’s the sea air and sunny weather that keeps them smiling!” As a very happy seaside resident, let me tell you just a few reasons why you should visit Brighton and be happy too.
A FULL UP CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Never a dull moment. Into running? Then there’s the February Brighton half marathon and April Brighton Marathon. Culture vulture? Check out Brighton Fringe England’s largest arts festival, which for 2018 takes place between 04 May – 03 June. For music lovers there’s The Great Escape music festival which will be on 17 May – 19 May 2018. If you like to be as nature intended, as well as the Nudist Beach, you can also take part in the nudie bike ride. It takes place in June so shouldn’t be too nippy. For water enthusiasts, July brings Paddle around the Pier.
Marching into August it’s the Pride LGBT parade and party weekend celebrations. Vibrant events awash with rainbow flags, where everyone gathers together to celebrate Brighton and Hove’s diverse community. August is also a time for foodies with the food and drink festival showcasing Sussex and around the world.
Maybe cycling is your thing? Head on over to the London to Brighton bike ride – there are two events for this in June and September. Bit of a petrol head, be that bike or car, then it’s the September Brighton Speed Trials for you. If colourful foot power is more your thing, September is also the month for the Color Run.
As for the remainder of this year, if football is your sport of choice, Brighton and Hove Albion celebrated their arrival in the Premier League. Come on down to cheer them on and watch a game or three. You’ve also still got time (excuse the pun) for the Burning of the Clocks shortest day of the year event which takes place on 21 December. Grab yourself one of their kits, create your paper and willow lantern, join the parade and pop your lanterns on the blazing bonfire on Brighton Beach.
BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE
It’s not unusual to see people wandering about shopping in their onesies or to see 70 year olds with pink hair, short skirts and DM’s. That’s Dr. Martens as opposed to ‘direct message’ by the way. Good on them I say. I recently saw someone cycling on a Penny Farthing. No mean feat. Oh and there was also that time that someone was taking their bunnies for a walk on the beach. We are an eclectic friendly bunch.
PUBS AND NIGHTLIFE
There are lots and LOTS of pubs and bars in Brighton. Yes. Popular also for the stag and hen party brigade but you can always give the feather boas, superheroes and alike a miss.
OLDEST PUB – The Cricketers, established in 1547, lays claim to that title.
HIGHEST DRINK – head to the Nyetimber Skybar aboard the British Airways i360. A 162 metre observation tower on the seafront. Also known locally as the doughnut – or maybe that’s just me. Ticket prices include unsurpassed views of Brighton and Hove and beyond – drinks are extra. You don’t have to rush your champers (journey time 20 mins) as you can take your drinks into the restaurant area when you’re back on the ground. Heads up that drinks are local, award winning and Sussex produced.
LOCAL BREW – for craft beers and local in house brews head on over to the Brighton Beer Dispensary, Hand in Hand, or The Watchmakers Arms. Gin lover? We’ve even got our own multi award winning gin – Brighton Gin.
QUIRKY – with a couple of outside terraces and many nooks and crannies The Lion and Lobster is a firm favourite. For a cave dwelling feel, make for The Tempest Inn. For a nautical look, head next door to The Fortune of War.
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
Well it is the seaside so let’s shout out some great places for fish and chips. Eating in or takeaway the following tick all the boxes. The Regency Restaurant, Bankers and Palm Court, the latter of which is on Brighton Pier.
WALKS TO BREATHE IN THAT THERE SEA AIR
Aside from eating and drinking, another happiness indicator is fresh air and if I may paraphrase Kerry’s quote, perhaps it is the sea air? Whether you prefer to do your walking pre or post eats, here are some walks which also include a sea view. The Signed Seafront Healthwalk Route covers 4 miles (6 km) from Hove Lagoon to Brighton Marina. Of course, you can jump in and pick up the route at any point in-between.
Another goodie is the Undercliff Walk which you can pick up at Brighton Marina. This is a 3 mile (5 km) stretch along the white cliffs and sea wall from Brighton to Saltdean. You pass through and can stop at Ovingdean Gap and Rottingdean for refreshments along the way.
So if you want to up your happiness factor come along for a visit. We’ll do our best to provide the sunshine!
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