50 PLACES - BRIGHTON FOR THE DAY - xanthe berkeley
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Last week Ky and I went to Brighton for the day.

Every year as a family Christmas present to each other, we each choose somewhere to take a family member as a treat – It could be a dinner or an activity or a day trip. I picked Brighton for Ky because I knew there would be lots of fun things we could do… we put the date in the diary a while ago, but had no idea that the weather would be so amazing… what a bonus!

Caught the train from Kings Cross… great value tickets and a 90 minute journey, that seemed to fly by gazing out the window and signing up to BRN Bike share, ready to collect bikes once we arrived.

We walked down the main street, picked up bikes and headed straight for the beach. The cycle lanes along the promenade are such a gift on a busy day, so you can avoid all the pedestrians.

Stopped for a refreshing drink on the beach… while I researched somewhere to have gluten free fish & chips. Found Wolfies of Hove along the coast, in Hove. So we set out to our destination, making a little detour to see the colourful huts along the way.

Up the hill to Wolfies… for crispy GF cod for me and Ky had battered plaice, which the lady remarked was usually what the older clientele order!

So happy to eat outside on the benches and enjoy our fish with clips smothered in salt and vinegar. Really delicious!

Back down to the beach and more riding. Then dropped off the bikes ready for pier action. As much as he tried to persuade me, I couldn’t go on any of the rides! I’m such a chicken, so we had candy floss and hit the arcades for air hockey instead.

Wandered back through The Lanes to window shop and stumbled upon the Photomatic for some photobooth fun. I’d love to go back with all the boys.

Then finally had a cuppa while we waited for our train back home. What a brilliant day!


My long term project is “50 places before 50”.

I’d hoped to do to just “cities” but this feels too ambitious. So I’m going with the more achievable “places” as it could be anything… a city, a town, a restaurant, a country, a park, etc. Wherever or whatever – it’s about organising and making “50 experiences” happen regularly over the next 5 years.

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