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Brighton on a Budget

22nd August 2019

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With its thriving music scene, and a beach – there’s really not much to not love about living in Brighton. Sometimes though, the purse strings are tight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy this incredible city!

Okay we know the Pier is free and the beach is an obvious – but that’s not it! Trust us you can have an amazing time in Brighton without spending all your cash.

Street Art

The side of the Prince Albert just by Brighton station is iconic – the mural of music legends who have passed away is a must see and there’s also the ‘Kissing Coppers’ by Banksy on the same wall. Not far from there is Trafalgar Lane, a great stretch of street art and then just wandering North Laine!

The Undercliff Walk

Whether you walk or cycle, the undercliff walk is beautiful (when the weather is good!). The 5k stretch runs from Brighton Marina to the city boundary at Saltdean. Take a picnic and make a day of it!

South Downs National Park

Again, weather permitting, but not only do we have the stunning Sussex Coast on our doorstep, but we also have the South Downs. Go see the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters, walk the South Downs Way, or head to Devil’s Dyke. There are some great highlights like the Chattri War Memorial and the Jack and Jill Windmills. There are bus routes to help get to a starting point if you don’t have a car. But go and explore!

Have a snoop

You can lose hours in Snoopers Paradise on Kensington Gardens, this vintage emporium is full of trinkets. But that’s not the only place you can hunt out vintage goods – Brighton Flea Market on Upper St James Street in Kemptown and North Laine Antiques and Fleamarket are also great! The best thing is, you can have a great time looking but never really end up buying!

Festivals and Events

There are a fair few events in Brighton which come with some free/low cost elements! Every May the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe Festival take over the city – pick up a guide and discover what’s happening. There’s Paddle Around the Pier in July and Burning of the Clocks to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Early August sees Brighton Pride, and though it costs to get into Preston Park and the Street Party on St James Street, the Parade is free for all and always great fun to watch!
And don’t miss the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, London to Brighton Mini Run, Artists Open Houses and there’s always the Naked Bike Ride!

Author

Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.