Ultimate Guide to 48 Hours in Brighton

Last weekend me, Theo and Arabella jumped in the car early doors and drove down to Brighton for the weekend, and my we picked a corker of a weekend to visit. The sun was out, it was around 26 degrees and we even managed a quick dip in the sea!

We headed down to Brighton for a relaxed weekend to explore one of my favourite cities, spend time outdoors and head to the outdoor cinema on the beach with Ibis hotels. We picked our film for the Sunday, and opted for Beauty and the Beast (the new one!).

We starred out to the sea, wondering why we don’t live anywhere near to the sea back at home, in awe of it’s beauty and calming atmosphere. And if you need ideas of things to do during a trip to Brighton I love this list of quirky things to do in Brighton.

Then we headed on down the beach, taking a stroll down the Brighton Pier. Arabella was in awe of all the slot machines, and we had a go on some of the slots, before Theo attempted to win a minion toy on the pick up machines, like in Toy Story. Brighton Pier is amazing, with lots of do, places to eat and such a wonderful British tradition. There were lots of tourists but you’ve got to expect that in mid-summer on a scorcher of a day.

After we’d spent all of Arabella’s pocket money in the arcades we headed across to Brighton Royal Pavilion for a wander around the garden, and that famous shot out the back of the building. The building is beautiful, and you can see why 1000’s flock to see it’s incredible architecture every year.

We then headed back to the room, before heading out for dinner at the The Coal Shed where we dined on steak, prosecco and squash for the little one. After a busy day of driving and walking around Brighton we headed back to our room for a good night’s sleep.

As Sunday rolled around, we had a slow morning, having breakfast downstairs before checking out and dumping our bags in the car. Once we’d done this, we headed towards The Lanes to check out an array of boutique shops, and cute cafes. We stopped off at Choccywoccydoodah and a few other shops selling cute homeware and clothes. My favourites included Pretty Eccentric and Little Beach Boutique. 

We then headed back down to the sea front, and kicked off our sandals to dip our toes into the water. Arabella even stripped down to her swimming costume and jumped right in. Brave – as the water was NOT warm!

After spending more time getting dry, than in the water, we then headed over to the Brighton’s Big Screen. Ibis had teamed up with Brighton’s Big Screen, to offer cinema goers the ultimate outdoor cinema experience on their VIP sweet beds. You get the best seat in the house within the VIP tent, where you can sit back, relax and we delivered popcorn, drinks and hot food.

It was such a great way to watch a film, and you really did feel like a VIP! Once the film had finished we decided to head back home, feeling relaxed and having had such a fun 48 hours.


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  • Zascha
    08/23/2017 at 16:46

    Brighton pier looks definitely amazing! I love the photos and I’m glad you had such a good time!

  • Agness of Fit Travelling
    08/29/2017 at 15:57

    Brighton seems like a great travel destination. I loved your tips, Sophie! Are 48 hours enough for exploring Brighton?