Brighton Activities

  • A quintessential seaside destination, full of Victorian charm
  • Beautiful Regency architecture, and the world famous Royal Pavilion
  • Destination for watersports fans
  • Surrounded by the South Downs National Park
  • Home to the original Go Ape experience

Once the Prince Regent’s playground, Brighton has long been renowned as a city in which to relax and let your hair down. If it’s leisure you’re after, you’re in the right place.

A seaside destination just off the English Channel, known as ‘London by the sea’, Brighton is surrounded by the South Downs to the north and east – walkers will be spoilt for choice, but the chalky white cliffs of the Seven Sisters to the east are a real local favourite. You can also try out the original Go Ape experience just outside of Brighton, and really test your limits. If water is more your thing, then down at the marina you can hire a boat, or head to Hove Lagoon to take part in a wide range of watersports and activities.

Back in town, there is no end of fun to be had by the seaside – take a stroll along the promenade and try your luck in the old Victorian Penny Arcade, before making your way to the funfair at the end of the pier. There are rides for everyone, from tea cups for the more wary, to rollercoasters and big drops for the brave. Just metres from the pier is the world’s oldest operating aquarium, the Sea Life Centre, where you can get up close and personal with all manner of sea-dwelling creatures. If you wander along into Hove, you can take a trip up the recently installed i360, the tallest moving observation tower in the world, and be treated to a panoramic view of the city, the famous pebbled beach, and surrounding national park.

Brighton is a bit of a foodie destination, with more restaurants per capita than any other UK city outside of London, and a number of food festivals throughout the year. At night the seafront turns into a hub of vibrant nightlife, as the historic arches open out to reveal bars and nightclubs that will satisfy even the wildest of hen and stag parties.

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Yellow Wave Beach Sports
Beach Sports Venue 299 Madeira Drive
Brighton, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 1.23 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Beach Games...
Lagoon Watersports
Kingsway Hove Lagoon
Hove, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 2.80 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Canoeing, Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Keelboat Sailing, Powerboating, Raft Building, Skippered Yacht...
Apex Paragliding
7 Thornhill Close
Hove, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 3.05 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding...
Adventure Unlimited
64 Edward Street
Brighton, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 4.57 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Bouldering, Bushcraft Course, Canoeing, Climbing, Kayaking, Raft Building...
The Southern Hang Gliding Club
21 Montford Close
Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex
DISTANCE: 4.90 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Hang Gliding...
Air Adventure Paragliding
277A South Coast Road
Peacehaven, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 6.09 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding...
Adur Outdoor Activities Centre
Brighton Road
Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex
DISTANCE: 6.33 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Climbing Wall, Canoeing...
Shoreham Helicopters
Highdown House Shoreham Airport
Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex
DISTANCE: 6.68 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Helicopter Lesson, Helicopter Flight...
QLeisure
London Road Albourne
Hassocks, West Sussex
DISTANCE: 6.98 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Go Karting, Off Road Driving, Quad Racing, Quad Trekking...
Discover Tandeming
20 Crabtree Lane
Lancing, West Sussex
DISTANCE: 8.03 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Tandem Biking...
Airworks Paragliding Centre
Old Station Glynde
Lewes, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 9.40 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding, Paramotoring...
Fly Sussex Paragliding
Tollgate Beddingham
Lewes, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 9.59 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding...
Mountain Activities
Quince Tree Cottage Green Lane
Lewes, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 10.00 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Climbing, Gorge Walking, Hiking, Mountaineering, Navigation Courses, Sea Cliff Climbing...
South Downs Hang Gliding
The Office Gibraltar Farm Firle
Lewes, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 10.13 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Hang Gliding...
Flybubble Paragliding
1 Manor Close Ringmer
Lewes, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 10.71 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding...

Things to See & Do

Llama Park’s Animal Collection

In Wych Cross, Forest Row,  stretches the famed Llama Park: 33 acres of woodland in the heart of the beautiful Ashdown Forest, home to a truly magnificent collection of rare wildlife and species, including llamas, alpacas and reindeer, along with imposing Spanish horses, lovely donkeys, serene sheep and noisy pigs. The park is more of a vast family haven, with several picnic areas, a great playground and a specially designed adventure land.

Bracing Walks in Stanmer Park

With its wonderful surroundings and spacious open lands, Stanmer Park is considered ideal for family picnics and bracing walks over the Downs. Just near Sussex University, Stanmer is perfect for those who love open countryside, enriched with an array of beautiful flora and wildlife, including buzzards, kestrels, foxes, badgers and deer.

Sea Life Brighton – Exploring the Oceans Without Getting Wet!

Fancy a fascinating journey through the oldest operating aquarium in the world? Just opposite Brighton’s emblematic Pier, SEA LIFE Brighton was built in 1872 and is now home to more than features 3,500 sea creatures, from lazy yet curious sea turtles to awe inspiring sharks, offering you, your friends and family a chance to marvel some of Earth’s most wonderful sea – living gems without ever getting wet.

Visitors are given the chance to feed and learn more about some of the animals, including turtles, sharks and rays, or even take a tour “behind the scenes” and check up – close how these wonderful creatures are taken care of.

Wakehurst Botanic Garden

A serene botanic garden in West Sussex, Wakehurst is indeed a 535 acre area of outstanding beauty, with hills and shady gullies, sandstone outcrops and lichens, as well as sunny meadowland that have something new to offer each time of the year.

Featuring a rich plant collection of rare plants and wild flowers, it offers the chance of a relaxed day out with family and friends, enjoying a nice meal in the nearby restaurants, letting the kids run wild in nature and experience local wildlife at its best.

Walking the Famed Brighton Pier

No need for long introductions here: Brighton’s Pier remains ideal for seaside fun afternoons, slot playing, dodgem rides and lots of candy floss. But these are mere the classic options. The recent addition of a fierce Air Racer has stirred the waters with its crazy curves, while kids (and less brave) should opt for the milder “Leonardo” race.

The Pier is also one of the most popular and idyllic marriage spots in the area. So, “Will you marry me?”

Majestic Views From the British Airways i360 Tower

Offering a chance to marvel Brighton and the surrounding countryside as never before, the British Airways i360 Tower allows visitors to glide up to 450ft and feast their eyes in breathtaking 360° views. Reigning as the world’s tallest moving observation tower and first vertical cable car, the Tower features an advanced glass viewing pod, with views of the Regency Brighton, the South Downs and a stretch of over 66 miles of coastline, east to Beachy Head and west as long as the Isle of Wight!

The site is romanticism’s cradle: On board the pod, just picture yourself enjoying a glass of Nyetimber, the celebrated award winning sparkling wine and emblem of the homonymous Sky Bar – a simply unique experience. Then taste the exceptional cuisine of the stylish Belle Vue restaurant, down near the beach, while marveling the sea view. So, “Will you marry me – again?”

The Royal Pavilion 

Somewhere in Brighton’s picturesque seashore we find probably the most multifaceted and emblematic building of Britain’s past glory: the Royal Pavilion was built during the 18th century and features a captivating Indo – Saracenic style, housing spoils from Britain’s conquests from the 4 corners of the earth. Each of the Pavilion’s rooms is dedicated to a different era and style, while the exterior is modeled on the Taj Mahal. Domes, spires, and complex geometric lattices, all together form a genuinely unique amalgam that can only be valued when seen up-close.

Foredown Tower’s Camera Obscura

Actually, a nicely converted Edwardian water tower, the Foredown Tower is home to the largest operational camera obscura in the South East. Camera obscura, the precursor of modern cameras, is actually a room designed to offer views of the surrounding landscape using just the sunlight and nature’s laws. Bear also in mind that Foredown Tower is the perfect starting point for exploring the Downs.

How About Brighton’s Toy and Model Museum?

A children’s favorite, the Brighton Toy and Model Museum houses one of the greatest collections of toys and models around the world.

Just under Brighton station, more than 10,000 exhibits, including a collection of model trains from the 1860s to the present day, and toys from bygone centuries, the museum takes families to a fascinating journey. A reminder: don’t miss Aladdin’s cave – an attraction that, indeed, makes childhood memories a reality.

Activities

Escape Games

Brighton is famous for its wide range of great escape games. Options are numerous: from the simplest version – you and your team being trapped inside a room and have just 1 hour to escape – to exciting versions, enriched with Agatha Christie’s scenarios and thrilling murder cases, to lunatic scientists who try to poison you and your friends and you will have to find the antidote which is hidden in his laboratory within 60 minutes. Intrigued?

Go Ape Crawley – The Original Go Ape Experience

Flying down in zip – wires, leaping off from Tarzan Swings and tackling crossings surrounded by a truly breathtaking landscape – indeed Go Ape Crawley (a little less than 30 km away from Brighton) offers energetic and adventure loving visitors and families the genuine Go Ape experience. The park includes a specially designed Tree Top Adventure for Junior “Tarzans”, with advanced safety systems allowing children to have the time of their life without getting in danger.

Brighton Marina for Watersports Lovers

How does this sound: cruising along Sussex’s coastline on a yacht or a powerboat while tasting your favorite Scotch or a chilly glass of champagne.

If this sounds a bit more tranquil than you wished for, don’t worry. Brighton Marina caters for any wish and fancy when it comes to watersports, from yacht sailing and dinghy sailing to powerboating and jet skiing. There you will find all the necessary vessels and gear in reasonable price and be able to enjoy your favorite sport or try for the first time any other, as guidance and help is offered even to the totally inexperienced.

Hove, near Brighton, offers even more choices: windsurfing, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, for both watersports veterans and newbies.

Brighton Racecourse Sports Ground

Brighton Racecourse is one of the most exciting, vibrant tracks of England and surely the one with the best surrounding scenery: its seaside course promises a great, fun – packed day out with corporate clients, friends or family.

Nightlife

One of England’s greatest cities and seat of a world renowned University; these two factors are enough to explain Brighton’s diverse nightlife.

Despite being for centuries an insignificant fishing community, since mid 18th century, when its seawater’s health benefits were made widely known and sea bathing became a trend, Brighton turned into a high-society resort and quickly flourished.

The famed West Street is crowded each weekend with hordes of teens and stags and hens, mainly for its clubs, arrayed all the way to the beach. The whole district turns into a battleground on Saturdays, so, if you are not ready for a “bloody combat”, better steer clear of there. Brighton’s character pubs and eccentric dives are a more mature and equally exciting choice.

Kemp Town, on the other hand, is a charmingly lively and cheerful neighborhood, home to a strange blend of gay bars, interior design shops, seaside cottages and wedding – cake Regency crescents.

Stags & Hens

As already mentioned, Brighton serves as a magnet for stag and hen gangs who wish to zip a lifetime’s clubbing, dancing and drinking in less than 48 hours. If, on the other hand, you wish for something more than an alcohol – packed weekend with your friends before getting married, Brighton offers an array of fascinating options. Some of the most popular include Quads, paintball, assault course, rifle shooting, archery, Bike Trek, Air Rifle Shooting, dancing courses, nude – life drawing and much more.

Summary

Brighton became first known as a great seaside resort and, even now, it hasn’t escaped this 300 years old reputation. And why should it anyway? Its legendary, romantic Pier and bewitching coastline (ideal for any type of watersport) attract thousands of sea enthusiasts each year.

Still, Brighton has much more to offer. During the day it’s a rather family friendly – city, with several spacious parks, a truly magnificent aquarium, a stunning racecourse, interactive museums and probably one of the best places for anniversaries and marriage proposals, BA’s imposing i360 Tower. It is also a great spot for escape games enthusiasts and Go Ape adventure seekers. But at night (especially during weekends) some of its districts transform into clubbing war zones, flooded by Stags & Hens who knew Brighton to be one of their best options in England.