Day trip to Brighton Burn Up

Sunday the 9th September was the Ace Café Burn Up Event for motorcycles and my brother and family decided to visit. He has a motorcycle and wanted to go to see all the other bikes.

We parked at the Marina, where car parking is free for the whole day. When we got there, level 9 is used for a car boot sale on Sunday’s so we had a little walk around and bought a couple of lego bits. They have quite a nice collection of sellers selling some quirky items and antiques. Quite a different vibe to our local car boot sale in Slough.

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After a short while at the car boot, we headed to the Harvester for an all you can eat breakfast! Its a good deal for about £8 including continental and drinks. Beware the cold beans though. The chef seemed to struggle with providing hot beans!

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We then started the long walk from the Marina to the town centre past the nudist beach and the motorcycles already doing some stunts.

Once we got to town we headed to our favourite art shop, Cloud Gallery. I saw three prints I liked from my favourite pop culture artist, JJ Adams, although Debbie was not so impressed:

I cant believe I managed to resist buying one on the spot. Maybe a Christmas present?

We did some window shopping in the lanes and bought one more item ready for our annual Halloween party. It’s a hand made chest we thought might look good:

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After some brief rest, we headed for our 2.30 appointment on the British Airways i360 experience. A 450 foot tall ride in a doughnut shaped metal/glass 360 degree panoramic view elevator. I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. But once inside and its climbing slowly, its very smooth and spacious and you have the choice of sitting down on seats, buying a drink at the bar or walking to the glass windows and taking in the views over Brighton on a glorious sunny afternoon.

Once at the bottom, you exit through the shop and we purchased the souvenir photo book with keyring. An eye watering £20!.

Outside there was a colourful and somewhat noisy Hare Krishna procession and we just caught the end of this including some of the crowd pulling a large wooden contraption.

 

On the way back to the Marina and the car we used the Volks Electric railway to save our feet and had an ice cream by the beach. I’m disappointed that the staff at the station were very unhelpful with my Mum who wanted to take her mobility scooter ono the train. They made no effort at all even though when folded it takes up no more room than a pushchair that they did put with the driver. She had to drive it back to the Marina as they wouldn’t help her get it on the train – Bad staff!

Looking for somewhere to have lunch/dinner

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We ended up in a Weatherspoons. Here’s mum and Michael looking happy?IMG_1358

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Next time I must try out this Mexican restaurant we saw on the road leaving Brighton for the A23/M23. Brilliant weather, brilliant day with the family  and as always we love Brighton. Cant wait to get back next weekend for the Chilli festival!IMG_1360

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Brighton Bank Holiday Monday

Last Bank holiday Monday Anita, Debbie and myself went to Brighton for the day. We parked at the Marina where the car park is free although you have to walk the mile or so along the beach to get back to the Pier and the town centre.

We arrived early and made our way to the Post & Telegraph Weatherspoons for a full English breakfast.

IMG_0088The Marina car park at Brighton

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Brighton Beach in the glorious sunshine. A long walk ahead.

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Anita and Debbie walking ahead. The Pier is in the distance.

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Debbie trying our Hula Hooping in the Tiger store.

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Cloud Gallery. One of our favourite art gallery’s in Brighton. We usually buy JJ Adams prints from here. Anita decided to sit down and eat the free sweets whilst Debbie and I browsed.

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This is a print we bought from JJ Adams. Love it or Hate it?

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We would never visit Brighton without a quick stop at Choccywoccydoodah

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So much for our diets. Milkshakes. Mine was peanut butter flavoured. Yum!

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We like to visit this Mexican restaurant for lunch. They do a fantastic chocolate Chile brownie. Dos Sombreros.

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