Brighton & Hove is a vibrant and bustling city all year round, but there’s something truly special about our seaside town in the winter. Strolling in the crisp air, grabbing a cuppa in a cosy cafe, and the warrens of beautifully decorated lanes and independent shops, all come together to create a magical atmosphere that’s perfect for exploring.
If you’re looking for some fun and unique things to do in Brighton & Hove this winter, here are some ideas to get you started!
1. Watching the starling murmuration on Brighton Palace Pier at sunset:
One of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena that you can witness in Brighton & Hove is the starling murmurations. Thousands of starlings flock together in mesmerizing patterns as they dance and swirl above the sea. You can see them in action most evenings from anywhere on the beach, but there’s something particularly special about watching from the pier against the sunset. It’s a truly incredible sight that’s not to be missed.
2. Visiting the Brighton Museum’s new exhibits:
With so many fantastic museums in Brighton & Hove, there’s always something new and exciting to explore. One of our favourites is the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, with its ever-changing exhibitions showcasing the best of local and national art and history. Check out what’s on here.
3. Get artistic with a pottery workshop at the Painting Pottery Cafe:
If you’re feeling creative, why not try your hand at pottery at the Painting Pottery Cafe? This cosy Brighton cafe offers workshops where you can learn how to make your own pottery creations, from painting mugs to wheel-throwing. It’s a great way to spend a chilly winter afternoon. Find out more here.
4. Frequenting a cosy cafe:
There’s nothing quite like curling up with a warm drink and a good book in a warm coffee shop, and Brighton & Hove has plenty to choose from. T@Hove is one of our team’s favorite hang-outs, with its inviting atmosphere, beautiful plants and delicious vegan menu. It stays open until 10pm, so whether you’re after a simple cup of tea or an evening meal, they’ll have you covered.
5. Getting lost in the Laines:
The Laines are a maze of charming streets that are perfect for exploring. One of the most unique shops to visit is undoubtedly Snoopers Paradise, which sells everything you can think of from clothes to books to art, and so much more. It’s a treasure trove of vintage treasures and unique one-of-a-kind items, plus a photobooth to snap a memento of your visit! The perfect place to spend an afternoon hunting for hidden gems.
6. Catching a film:
For movie lovers, the independent Picturehouse cinemas are a must-visit. There are two locations, one in the Komedia in the North Laines, and the other, Duke of York is just off London Road. The latter is the oldest cinema in Britain still in continuous use. With its charming atmosphere and carefully curated selection of films, from new releases to classics, it’s the perfect place to catch a film. They even offer sofa-style cinema seats for maximum comfort! You can see their selection of movies here.
Brighton & Hove is a city that offers a wide variety of activities to do, whether you’re looking for culture, art, or just a warm place to relax. There’s always something new and exciting to discover here so, if you aren’t a local, why not come and visit this winter and see for yourself what this city has to offer?