2018 marks the fourth year of travelling to Brighton for the day with my two best friends, Anna and Grace. It has become a tradition for us to visit together at least once each summer in order to visit the beach and soak in the sea air. Without even realising we were doing so, we have set a structure to our visits of places to visit during our trip.
Stop 1: The Beach
We normally aim to get to Brighton via train for between 10 and 11am. From the train station, we normally head straight to the beach as it does not tend to get busy until lunch-time and since no one is usually eating as of yet, the sea gulls tend to leave us alone. We tend to spend a couple of hours here, paddling in the sea if it is warm enough, sun-bathing and generally catching up as we no longer see each other 5 days a week as we once did.
Stop 2: The Pier
For lunch, we prefer to buy fish and/or chips from one of the shops along the seafront. I do not recommend eating on the beach as the sea gulls are very aggressive and will steal your lunch straight from your hand. We will then head to the Pier where there is an Arcade and Fairground Rides for those feeling more adventurous.
Stop 3: Choccywoccydoodah & The Lanes
Once our lunch has settled down, we will head to the Lanes where Choccywoccydoodah is located. This is a dessert shop and café that sells beautifully decorated, intricately designed cakes as well as a mixture of desserts from brownies, tiffins, sundaes and chocolate fondant. If you are travelling with a group, I would recommend ordering the chocolate fondant sharing platter which comes with fruit, honeycomb and marshmallows to dunk.
Stop 4: Photomatic
Photomatic is a shop which has two photobooths where, for a small fee, you can take a series of photographs with various props including signs, hats and glasses. The perfect way to document your trip.
Stop 5: The Shopping Centre
As the day comes to a close, we will start to head back up the hill towards the station. Along the way we will visit various shops including New Look, Lush and Waterstone’s. It has become another tradition to visit Waterstone’s every year and choose the books we would like to read over the summer from their Young Adult section.
Have you ever visited Brighton?