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Brighton in July, so much to do!

Brighton in July by Sophie

I am lucky enough to have been invited down to Brighton for a few days in July, one of my favourite places and I can’t wait. I’ll take a few books for a lazy afternoon relaxing on the beach, listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shingles. Such a lovely atmosphere – but will there be time for relaxing?



The beach, the shopping, and the fish and chips on the Pier, but there is so much more … here’s what you need to know for your visit to Brighton in July.

Paddle Round the Pier – “Paddle”, as its known, is held on Hove Lawns on July 6/7th, and is the world’s biggest free beach and watersports festival. There’s something for the whole family. Ever heard of tarp surfing???

Paddle Round the Pier  photo by artistresidencebrighton.blogspot.co.uk

Paddle Round the Pier
photo by artistresidencebrighton.blogspot.co.uk

The Stanmer House Beer and Music Festival is being held July 5th-7th and the music is free. There’s an excellent line up of music, beer and cider. Also in Stanmer Park is one of the UK’s longest running Kite Festivals on the 13th and 14th of July.

And it’s an English summer after all, so when it rains, head to the Hove Museum for the family friendly Into the Blue exhibition which runs from July 6th and admission is free.


Butterfly into the Blue photo by Royal Pavilion, Museums & Libraries

Butterfly into the Blue
photo by Royal Pavilion, Museums & Libraries

Another great attraction for the whole family is the Giant Maze at the Royal Pavilion inspired by Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant” about a giant who doesn’t want to share the garden he loves with children. There are sound effects, giant gardening tools, riddles and traditional games … will there be a giant at the centre of the maze? It’s just £4 per person.

Speaking of the Royal Pavilion, there are so many exhibitions, but one that I would love to see is Regency Colour and Beyond, 1785-1835, which runs until October 13th, and explores understandings of colour and the interior decor of the Royal Pavilion.

The Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival 2013 runs till the end of September and will involve more than 2000 tonnes of sand skilfully carved into a magical village of giant sand sculptures by twenty international world-class sand artists. The theme this year is Music in Sand. Sounds amazing.

The Beatles in the sand photo by welovebrighton.com

The Beatles in the sand
photo by welovebrighton.com

Check out Visit Brighton for even more options.

If you need a place to stay in Brighton and Hove so you have time to soak up the atmosphere and all the events, here are some gorgeous options:

The Marine Parade apartment in Brighton is like walking onto a film set with influences from the 60s through to the modern industrial. This self-catering holiday accommodation has a huge glass dome ceiling as the centrepiece to the master bedroom. There’s room for 6. Of course, there’s loads to do in Brighton, but dont’ forget to leave time to put your feet up and enjoy the stunning interior.

Marine Parade | Brighton | Sleeps 6

Marine Parade | Brighton | Sleeps 6

The Royal Rose apartment was designed by Thomas kemp with beautiful architecture, large windows and striking interior features. The living room is a lovely, large space for relaxing.  The Royal Rose sleeps 4 and is an upper ground floor self-catering apartment located in Lewes Crescent.

Royal Rose in Brighton | Sleeps 4

Royal Rose in Brighton | Sleeps 4

Vallance Lodge is just minutes from the sea with spacious gardens and absolutely stunning  dining and living spaces.

Dining at Vallance Lodge, Brighton | Sleeps 16+5

Dining at Vallance Lodge, Brighton | Sleeps 16+5

For more information about a perfect self-catering holiday cottage, please call the Mulberry Cottage booking staff on 01227 464958 or email us on info@mulberrycottages.com

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