The seaside city of Brighton and Hove on the south coast is a great holiday destination for the whole family, with some of the finest coastline in the UK, hotel accommodation within Brighton to suit all budgets and plenty of child-friendly things to do without spending a fortune. Here are five places to take the children for under £10.
Brighton’s famous pebble beach has plenty to keep children amused. To the right of the pier, on a jetty jutting out to sea, is the large green circular sculpture with a hole in the middle, known locally as the doughnut.
Alongside the beach are the arches which house artists’ studios and art galleries exhibiting local artists’ work. The Brighton Fishing Museum is worth a visit to see fishing artefacts and reconstructed boats and it’s free to get in.
There’s a carousel and other rides for smaller children, but for bigger rides, the pier is better, although more expensive. For treats for the kids, there are lots of places to buy traditional seaside paraphernalia, such as Brighton rock and seaside windmills.
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Throwing pebbles into the sea on Brighton beach will keep children entertained for hours. If the weather permits, a paddle in the sea is good fun, if you can bear the water temperature of the English Channel.
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is located in the centre of the city’s cultural quarter in the Royal Pavilion Gardens. The museum has a fine permanent collection that includes displays about ancient Egypt and the Performance Gallery exhibits puppets and costumes from around the world.
The Gallery Caff overlooks the 20th Century Art and Design Gallery and is a lovely place for lunch or afternoon tea. There are often activities and workshops for children at weekends and during the school holidays. Entrance to the museum is free.
Rock climbing at Yellowave Beach Sports Venue
Located between Brighton Pier and Brighton Marina, Yellowave Beach Sports Venue offers Brighton’s only sand for beach sports and there is a climbing wall for kids aged five and over. The climbing wall costs £2.50 for all day access.
Barefoot Caff is conveniently placed next to the climbing wall, so parents can relax while keeping an eye on their children. There is also a sandy play area with buckets and spades for younger children and this is free.
If the children get bored of the sand, then Peter Pan playground is next door. The playground has lovely views along the seafront, some great apparatus and in the summer, there are water jets for children to have fun in.
Play areas in Brighton’s parks
Many of the children’s play areas in Brighton’s parks have been restored over the last few years. They are free and offer hours of fun in great surroundings for children to swing, climb, jump and run about in.
Queens Park, in the Hanover area of Brighton, is particularly charming, with views of the sea and a large pond with ducks and geese. The play area has a large boat with a slide as well as a climb-on train, zip wire and climbing frames.
Preston Park offers with a wide variety of equipment for all ages. The park itself has two cafes, a newt pond, a rose garden and plenty of room to run around. There are also BBQ stands and a cycle track.
St Anne’s Wells Gardens is the most central of Brighton’s play areas. The park boasts a wide range of native and exotic trees and is a world away from Brighton’s busy city centre. The Garden Caff offers home-made food in delightful surroundings and is well worth a visit.
Rock pooling at Ovingdean, to the East of Brighton, is great way to spend the day. You can walk or cycle along the scenic Undercliff Walk to get there. The walk is about two miles from Brighton Marina and takes you along the bottom of the chalk cliffs.
The tide doesn’t need to go out far before you can start to explore the rock pools and look for sea life, such as crabs and limpets. The beach has the added attraction of a few sandy patches for making sand castles, so don’t forget your bucket and spade.