*Beach Huts, Deck Chairs & A Palace in Brighton*

Posted in: Heavenly Hens, Honeymoon & Mini Moon Heaven, Seaside Charm, United Kingdom On: July 2, 2015

Today’s *Mini Moon* inspiration features a lovely British seaside destination, Brighton. The charming seaside town of Brighton in East Sussex is vibrant, quirky and has an overwhelmingly eclectic feel.

There are a whole array of things to explore in Brighton, making it a great little weekend mini break, particularly in the warmer months. It is a fantastic place to explore but has always been associated with and somewhat tainted by hen and stag parties, however this is most definitely changing! The new Brighton hen party is much more appealing – lots of activities perfect for a creative and crafty feel and for a vintage-loving bride. *Sparkle Pearls and Lace* will be featuring Brighton as a hen party location soon.

The Brighton spots well worth a visit:

*Beach*

The iconic pebbled beach is the perfect spot for an ice cream or fish and chips.

Vintage style deckchairs are dotted around and offer a wonderful view of the infamous Victorian pier.

There are a range of beach sports on offer also, including kayaking, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.

*Beachfront*

The beachfront is lovely to have a stroll along, with numerous little cafes, shops and even art galleries giving it a real cosmopolitan feel.

Bike hire is available if you fancy cycling rather than walking. Shopping opportunities are plentiful, including shabby chic home decor inspiration.

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The Artists Quarter’ on the lower promenade is vibrant and colourful and well worth a browse. This is also a hub for nightlife, as there are also many bars and nightclubs.

*Brighton Wheel*

The ferris wheel stands on Brighton Beach and gives great views out to see and over the Brighton skyline.

*Pier*

The pleasure pier is a British seaside staple. It is filled with all of the usual amenities: fairground rides, arcade machines, photo cut outs and snack booths.

*Royal Pavilion*

The former royal residence is so impressive. It’s beautifully ornate and decadent interior and iconic exterior architecture is a fusion of Asian and Arabian influences.

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You can even have lunch or afternoon tea out on the terrace overlooking the splendid Pavilion gardens.

*The Lanes*

These narrow, cobbled lanes are filled with charm and character. There are a wonderful array of shops, featuring beautiful jewellery, antiques, arts and crafts, perfumes and lovely boutiques.

The infamous Choccywoccydoodah also has its home here with its decadent cakes and its witches kitchen serving lots of tasty treats.

*North Laine*

This boho area is quirky, fashionable part of town with antique markets, weekend streets sales, colourful houses and pretty alleyways.

The North Laine Antique and Flea Market is a treasure trove of goodies – a wonderful place to visit if you are sourcing vintage wedding decor or props. They have everything from vintage picnic hampers to art deco dresses.

Diplock Yard is a hidden gem well worth exploring. A long narrow yard filled with antique furniture and a huge selection of books leading to a farm kitchen cafe, selling deliciously fresh and wholesome snacks and drinks.

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*Brighton Street Market*

This vintage market is held every Saturday on Upper Gardner Street. It’s simplistic charm is clear – stall holders lining either side of the street let their products showcase themselves with a table or even just a rug on the floor. Lots of vintage gems to be found here, including a wonderful array of second hand books.

*Marina*

The working harbour hosts a wonderful selection of craft. The gleaming yachts provide a beautiful backdrop as you gaze out to sea from one of the waterside restaurants or cafes.

*Toy & Model Museum*

The little museum is situated in the arches under the railway station and features a marvellous array of toys from across the ages. Model railways, dolls, miniature cars and meccano are just some of the toys to enjoy. My husband was a big fan of the model railways and the intricate detail in each set was just amazing!

*Brighton Museum and Art Gallery*

This dynamic museum showcases a diverse assortment of fashion, art and design products with lots of opportunity for interaction. Well worth a stroll round.

*Brighton Open Market*

The vibrant London Road market is a fabulous place to pick up delicious fresh treats and local handcrafted products, including crafts, jewellery and artwork.

*Hove*

The neighbouring town of Hove is well worth a visit to see the colourful beach huts lining the promenade.

*Kipling Gardens*

These lovely gardens were once part of the property where Rudyard Kipling lived and wrote many of his much-loved stories. The gardens have been restored to their former glory, including a walled rose garden and a herb garden. The wild garden is a perfect spot for a summery picnic and to watch a game of croquet.

*Sussex Downs*

The Sussex Downs hold a commanding position just inland from Brighton.

They are some fantastic lookout spots such as Ditchling Beacon which gives lovely views inland or out to Brighton and the sea.

There is often an ice cream van at at the top serving a range of frozen treats, including the traditional ’99 to reward the long uphill walk/cycle.

If you have a car you can easily go for a scenic drive or you can walk part of the famous South Downs Way.

Brighton is a real British gem and well worth a visit for a day trip or a weekend away, as there are so many pretty little streets to explore. I would also really recommend it as a location for sourcing vintage, quirky or pretty wedding decor with the plethora of vintage shops and flea markets.

Next Week | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sparkles,

Klee x

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