So at the start of the week, as Joe was still off work, he organised a little seaside trip away for the three of us. I had never been to Brighton before and I had gone on about going pretty much the whole three years we have been together, so it was a pretty perfect first holiday location for Ted as it made for one very happy Mummy…Daddy was smart with that one!
Two and a half hours in the car could of gone either way. We checked which stops were roughly half way so we could get out with Ted and let him have a break from the seat. He was brilliant though. Can’t fault him at all and was so patient even when our Sat Nav took us the wrong way!
We stayed right in he centre of the city, which was great as we could just park the car up and walk everywhere. Parking is expensive in the centre, but to be honest which city doesn’t have expensive parking? Walking everywhere was the perfect excuse to explore and we came across so many amazing boutique shops, independent cafes and beautiful pieces of street art! Staying in the centre meant we were a five minute walk to the beach and less than that to the Royal Pavillion. Couldn’t of had a more perfect location!
Let’s just say we didn’t pick the best days weather wise! The first full day was rather interesting but we were determined to get out and not let the weather ruin our time. “You WILL enjoy your Summer Holiday!!” We started the day off right with a GIANT breakfast at ‘The Breakfast Club’ this was exactly what we needed on such a windy and drizzly day! We might of overdone it slightly but who cares…the diet starts next week right?
After breakfast we bit the bullet and went to the pier. The rain had stopped but the wind was still going strong. Cue a load of windswept photos!
Even though we did nearly get blown away, the pier is such an iconic symbol of Brighton and it celebrates the very best of the Bristish ‘Kiss Me Quick’ seaside holiday. I loved it! I can imagine with the sun on your side, you could spend the whole day here as a family. Yes it’s all arcade games, fairground rides, sticks of rock and E numbers and not the cobbled streets, pasties and quiet harbour sides of Cornwall, but it is such a good laugh. It really is the place where you can turn into a kid again and just enjoy yourself. Even on a horrible day, we had such a good time and goofed around but that is what a family holiday is all about right?
With ‘The Lanes’ being less than a five minute walk away, they are the perfect place to take cover from the wind and the perfect excuse to shop! I’m rather proud of myself that I didn’t come back with the content of half of Brighton if I’m honest as Brighton knows how to do shopping. It doesn’t help that we are moving soon and they had some of the best home wear boutique shops I have ever come across…sorry bank account!!
The Lanes, to me, captures the quaintness of the St.Ives cobbled streets yet it’s injected with colour and quirkiness. I have never come across anything like it and I’m completely in love with that part of Brighton. It celebrates art and creativity and excludes the mundane! Their is very limited traffic in the lanes so it’s perfect to wonder around with your littles and you can come across some of the best little toy shops full of quirky and wooden toys. No Sophie the Giraffes insight…I know we all love her but aren’t you just sick of seeing that giraffe now!
The second full day was a bit brighter and, wait for it…wasn’t windy!! So we headed to the beach as we were determined that Ted would go on the beach, even if it was just for a minute! It was still layer up weather so no ice creams for us! Was just so nice to walk along the beach with the sea air and that frustrating, yet slightly comforting sound of seagulls sqwarking! There are some amazing little cafes and shops along the beach so even if the weather is grey, you can still enjoy looking at the waves crashing against those infamous pebbles! With a carousel on the beachfront and blue flag rating, Brighton beach is perfect for littles when the sun is shining! Yes it’s not sand castle friendly but it’s clean and you won’t have to worry about finding sand in your car weeks later!
It did eventually brighten up towards the end of our last day – thank goodness – so we just went exploring once more. Took the long stroll down to the famous beach huts and went a did a little bit more shopping…it would of been wrong for me not to! There is just something about Brighton that has made me desperate to go back and explore some more. I love how it celebrates expressing yourself and it’s a place where being you is the best you can be. I would love for Ted to be able to feel that he can be himself and do what he wants to do when he’s older and not be constricted by stereotypes or other people’s expectations! He was perfect on this little trip away…I was, and still am, so proud of him. Staying in hotels can often throw little ones off but he was brilliant. We made sure we took his blanket that he sleeps on with us and he still had Ewan sing him to sleep so he had some familiarity and it worked perfectly. He was one very content little boy and managed to woo half of Brighton I think.
Brighton we will definitely be back! Can’t wait until Ted is old enough to play on the beach and maybe we can all enjoy that ice cream we missed out on next time! First family holiday…a great success!!