Days Out: Brighton Sealife Centre

Yesterday we had an underwater adventure at Brighton’s Sealife Centre. If you’ve never been before it’s easy to find: head to the pier and you can’t miss it! You can access is from the street or from the beach and there is plenty of parking on Madeira Drive (though it’s not free so publish transport is probably cheaper!) Brighton Sealife Centre is the oldest aquarium in the world still operating, and there is a lot to do and something to suit all ages. For my two children (at 3 and 5) years old they really just wanted to look at fish and sea creatures, with their questions answered. As they get older they’ll be more interested in the talks and in the info boards I think, but there is enough…

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Oskar’s Amazing Adventure (Book & Theatre Show)

This coming Saturday we will be going into Brighton to see a showing of Oskar’s Amazing Adventure at the Komedia in Brighton. We’ve been sent the book in advance so we could get used to the story and find out what Oscars adventure is all about. Both my kids absolutely love live performances but they also love reading so it’s really nice to be able to introduce them to the story before we go and see the stage show. Oskar’s Amazing Adventure is a story by Colin Granger and Lisa Smith; it follows the story of Oskar the puppy as he’s looking for some friendly animals to play with in the snow. The thing is he can’t find any!  The story shares the tale of why he has to wait until…

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Brighton: Independent Homeware Stores

As I’m away on holiday my friend and fellow Brighton-deweller Dakota has offered to write a post for me! Over to her… I’ll make no bones about it; I love living in Brighton. Not because of the beach, although it’s still my favourite spot for a BBQ in summer, and not because of the people, although I maintain that they are some of the friendliest and most accepting folk you’ll find in the whole country. The real reason I love living in Brighton? I’m a complete shopaholic, and I love the huge number of unique shops, independent cafes and businesses that have been built up from scratch by the passionate hands of their staff. When the time came recently to refresh our kitchen-dining-living area (gotta love city living), I decided…

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Travel: Two days in Brighton with Jurys Inn

Brighton is amazing, I love it as a city so much; it’s vibrant, unique, there is so much to do and I’ll never get bored of it. It’s just a shame that having kids meant we were priced out of the market when it came to buying in the city! I lived right in the city centre for most of my 20’s; opposite the train station and on Gardner Street opposite the Komedia and I adored the hustle and bustle. I think now that I have two small people in tow living in a smaller town is a lot less stressful that dragging them through the city to and from school would be! When Jurys Inn asked if we’d like to be Brightonians again for a couple of days this…

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Hippo on the Moon at Brighton Theatre Royal

On Tuesday the kids and I headed to the Theatre Royal in New Road, Brighton. We’d been invited to see the stage adaptation of The First Hippo on the Moon, the book by David Walliams. If you’ve read the book you’ll know it doesn’t take long to read, so I was wondering how it would translate to a stage show. We had seats in the circle so had a great view of the stage. I’m always in awe of how clever stage sets are though spend a lot of time watching how things work instead of concentrating on the show itself, but thankfully my two are still so little that they just see the performance and not all the mechanics of it!

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Restaurants: The Sportsman Brighton

Last week we were invited for a meal at The Sportsman in Withdean, North Brighton as they’ve recently had a refurb and rebrand – they’re now a Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery restaurant. The Sportsman is at Withdean Stadium and has a large dining room, a spacious bar area and outside tables, though sadly it was raining so we stayed inside! The menu is really varied, covering everything you’d expect to find on a pub menu, but many dishes have got twists, like the Mac n Cheese balls and the skinny pizzas (30% fewer calories than the regular ones). You can choose from a variety of Burgers, Pizzas and carvery meals. You can help yourself to vegetables, chips, and salad, and the burgers and carvery meals have a go large option for…

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Restaurants: Prezzo Brighton Marina #LaFamigliana

It’s no secret that I love to eat, and though both kids love to eat they don’t always love to eat the right things! Thankfully pasta is one of the things they do really enjoy, so a big bowl of pasta to dig into is right up their street. Prezzo have introduced family sharing dishes called ‘La Famigliana’ and we headed to Brighton Marina’s Prezzo to fill our bellies on Monday lunchtime. My kids have a strange relationship with food; something that has previously been a favourite they will turn their noses up, or call something by the wrong name to fool them and they’ll dig right in! For example call Cottage Pie ‘chilli with mash potato’ and they’ll eat it! What I have found out is that given the…

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