Take time out to enjoy the towns, Downs and coastlines in and around Brighton & Hove

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 13 August 2015

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This October, the P.E.A. Awards will celebrate its fifth birthday in Brighton & Hove, following a four-year run in London.

Why? Well, because as well as being home to the UK’s only Green constituency, Brighton Pavilion, the city is at the forefront of the eco-tourism movement – and we want to give you an opportunity to experience it.

With streets bursting with circus performers, magicians and musicians playing everything from bikes to bongos, you won’t need to worry about entertaining the family – the chances are the entertainment will find you.

Potter through the interconnected ‘city villages’, each of which has its own unique character and style, to find local produce, one-off works of art and great bargains. The Lanes and North Laine have an incredible range of independent shops, market stalls and cafés, selling everything from vintage clothes to ice cream.

The city is pretty compact and easy to walk around, but there’s a great bus service if you need help with all your bags. It’s also easy to hire a bike and take in the sights on two wheels.

Here’s just a taste of some of the things that have put Brighton on the map for conscious travellers and eco-shoppers from all over the world, and that we think you’ll enjoy as well.

Food

You’ll find a great place to eat on every corner in Brighton – and the competition has kept standards very high. There are restaurants and cafés that cater to all dietary requirements and culinary preferences – from juiced ginger to curried goat – so you won’t be stuck if you decide against fish and chips on the beach.

Silo delivers ‘quality through purity’. All food is created on site using ancient and modern techniques that deliver real food and real tastes.

Silo trades directly with farmers, and chooses local ingredients that themselves generated no waste. The restaurant’s compost machine turns all scraps and trimmings directly into a compost that’s used to produce more food.

The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership also deserves a mention; it’s a not-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of community projects, such as cookery courses, community food growing and all sorts of great events and workshops.

The Downs

Brighton & Hove is surrounded by the South Downs National Park: 1,600 square kilometres of England’s most valued lowland landscapes in one of the busiest parts of the UK.

It’s the UK’s newest National Park, and it truly has it all: rolling hills, glorious heathland, river valleys, ancient woodland, thriving villages and market towns and the iconic white cliffs of the Heritage Coast.

Head out into the South Downs for a Woodland Session with So Sussex; during a day in the woods you’ll learn how to design and construct your own camp, create a fire pit and start a fire. Other So Sussex activities include guided hikes and bike rides, mushroom walks and tree climbing.

The ‘Breeze’ bus service will whizz you up to the Downs for £4.50 return (up to two children under 16 can travel free with every adult).

Biosphere

Brighton & Hove is one of the UK’s five ‘biospheres’, which are part of an international family of ‘Biosphere Reserves’. These reserves span over 100 countries and are recognised by the United Nations body UNESCO as international sites of excellence for meeting our needs and improving our environment.

The Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere covers almost 400 square kilometres of land and sea between the River Adur and the River Ouse, bringing together the three environments of countryside, coast and city and towns.

Events

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – on loan from the Natural History Museum, London – will be at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery until 06 September 2015.

This world-renowned exhibition is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, showcasing the natural world’s 100 most astonishing and challenging pictures. It’s definitely one for your diary.

On 15-16 August, the 34th Brunswick Festival will take place in Brunswick Town, Hove. Organised by a group of volunteers and local residents every August, the festival presents a programme of free and fun activities for locals and their families and friends.

For more things to see and do around Brighton & Hove, click here and here.

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