Discover the best of Brighton this summer!

Brighton is one of the south's best-loved hot spots for day trips and weekend breaks, and it's not hard to see why. The beautiful beaches, quirky independent shops and countless restaurants and bars give it a holiday feel all year round, but it’s during the summer that the city truly comes alive.

Throughout the school holidays, the city’s transport links with the capital encourage millions of families to travel down for a day or two in the sun. The streets fill with eager tourists, keen to catch the countless festivals, gigs and events held in and outside of Brighton’s many venues. With so many events on throughout the coming months, how can you possibly plan the perfect trip to the nation’s happiest city?

Luckily, the VisitBrighton team have done all the hard work for you. Meticulously planning your weekend away can be a bit of a chore, but a quick stop there will save hours of arduous googling. With accommodation, restaurants, bars and events all listed through their site, it's easy to organise your whole weekend without scrolling through pages of outdated information and annoying ads. Their well-crafted itineraries and tourist tips will ensure you won’t miss anything out on your visit, and it’s updated every day with a new selection of handy suggestions and ideas.

Unsurprisingly, we’re keen to get you down to The Warren on the Beach for our fantastic family events, all of which can be found through VisitBrighton. Our new festival site is free to enter and boasts live music, bars and street food vendors throughout the day, so there’s always plenty to do and see, even if you don’t have a ticket. For those keen to sorely missed the experience of live theatre, we’ve got plenty of exciting shows to keep you entertained throughout your trip.

First up this week is the Under The Bed Theatre Company, which aim to answer one of life’s great philosophical mysteries. Where The Lost Socks Go follows Milo, a young boy embarrassed by his remaining mismatched socks, as he undergoes an exciting adventure to track down the missing items.

The show combines live music, catchy original songs and a host of crazy characters for an hour of unmissable family fun. It’s a wonderful new story with an important moral message (which isn’t sock related, I promise), and well worth a visit.

Fringe favourites The Snail and the Whale played a string of successful shows with us earlier this year, and are now back due to popular demand. The cast brings Julia Donaldson’s much-loved picture book to life with gorgeously vibrant costumes and a set design to match.

The show tells the story of a tiny sea snail who longs to see the world hitches a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale to achieve his dreams of seeing the world. Together they go on an amazing journey, brought vividly to life through live music, storytelling and lots of laughs. The show is a genuinely magical spectacle, and will certainly be enjoyed by parents as well as children.“Faultless family fare... One of the best examples of children’s theatre” ★★★★★ (WhatsOnStage). “This production has real charm.” ★★★★★ (The Scotsman).

When discussing family shows with a message, it’d be impossible not to mention Turtles Don’t Like Plastic. Many shows routed in life lessons and moral issues can run the risk of feeling a bit preachy, but this inspiring tale from Todos Teatro is anything but. Physical theatre, puppetry and clowning combine in this magical under the sea eco-adventure that’s an absolute blast from start to finish. “Will bring joy to children and parents alike. Its imagination is charming” (★★★★ Voice Mag) A brilliant way to spark interest in environmental issues (The Family Stage).

Check out all these and more at the VisitBrighton website.

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