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Each May, Brighton buzzes with festival fever. Activities range from theatre and art to dance and children's activities, and take place all over the city. Here are the bits we certainly won't be missing, and the places we'll be visiting to wind down after all that culture.
Over 700 events are happening at this year's Brighton Fringe. Here are a few facts:
If you want to get your hands on some original artwork and speak directly to the artists then look out for open houses every weekend in May. A few to look out for:
This year's festival is guest directed by Hofesh Shechter – the master of contemporary dance. Make sure you get to the festival opening on 3 May when his company and their brand new work, Sun, will open the three-week festival.
Our marketing manager Amy is taking her six-year-old daughter Eliza to Elderflower Fields, as we've heard it's fantastic for children.There's a jam-packed schedule for kids including kayaking and tree climbing, volleyball, rounders and Ultimate Frisbee. For parents, the Woodland Spa offers massages, aromatherapy and lots of relaxation. Oh, and a cocktail bar, serving a special elderflower mojito.
Weekend tickets cost £50 for children, £105 for adults. Under-fives get in free.
Order a few small plates and share between friends. We sat in prime position in front of the chefs, and watched in awe as they cooked up our delicious food. Every mouthful was delightful – we recommend the trumpet royale with mint and goats' cheese.
This is the city's top spot for delicious freshly roasted coffee. There's even a little stall at Brighton train station for those who can't quite squeeze in a sit-down café visit.
Cool burger place on the front – we loved the Dirty Burger with red slaw and flashed greens – and the chocolate tasting plate we shared was nothing short of superb...
This smart new seafood restaurant in the hotel's airy conservatory has a great sea view. Majors on super-fresh seafood and fish, such as this delicious saffron salted Brighton cod with bacon gnocchi.
We did - and we loved it. If there's a group of you heading to Brighton, Vine Street studios is ideally located and really spacious. The apartment itself is open plan and decorated in a chic New York loft style. There's a large dining table, big, comfy sofas and gigantic bean-bags, four bedrooms that can sleep up to 16, and it's conveniently nestled above a fantastic coffee shop - The Coffee Counter. Perfect for our morning pick-me-ups!