A Hippy Day Out In Brighton
Well as you may or may not know, Brighton is one of the most accepting and versatile cities in the UK. This is exactly why we would highly recommend a hippy day out in Brighton. Here body cares if you are a hippy, goth or emo. No one cares what your sexual preference is and nobody cares about your gender either. Male, female, trans, gay or straight it’s ok, you will fit right in. Sounds like the perfect hippie place to me – love and acceptance for everyone! A place to be yourself and wear what you like. For us here at Mystical Mayhem it would be our hippy clothing of course.
Brighton has become such a popular tourist destination over the past years as it is so well renowned for its diverse cultures and communities. It is known for its huge cultural arts and music scene and it’s wonderfully quirky shopping areas. It has also been called the happiest city in the UK more than once. Not bad eh! So, other than the above mentioned, what is it that makes Brighton the happiest, hippiest city and such a great place? Here we will tell you about some wonderful places to visit and great things to do as this is our hippy guide to a hippy day out in Brighton. I doubt you would be able to fit all of the below in one day but hey, why not give it a go. And if not, why not may a weekend break out of it
With so many different shopping areas in Brighton you really will need a full day! Make sure that you are wearing comfortable hippy shoes and your brightest clothing – show yourself off!
North Laine – right next to the train station, this would be a great to start your shopping as it epitomises the Brighton shopping experience (especially for hippy’s). There are so many treasures to be found here from vintage clothing to niche boutiques. You can find pretty much anything in North Laine.
To be honest even if you aren’t out shopping there are some awesome coffee houses which are a wonderful place to just sit and watch the world go by. I have found some great outfit ideas just by sitting and having a nice cuppa. As well as shops and cafes’ there are some lovely pubs. From artisan pubs with craft beers and oldy world pubs. There really is such a blend here.
Churchill Square Shopping Centre – Churchill square is home to Brighton’s mainstream shops and high street favourites. Although hippy’s tend to stay away from high street stores when they can, it is not always possible. There are some occasions where the hippy within us needs to be toned down a little. With over 80 different shops, restaurants and cafes it really is a great place for shopping. Churchill Square Shopping Centre is where you will find all the high street favourites. Oh and Millies Cookies – Mmmmmm cookies!
Last but not least we have The Lanes – This labyrinth of narrow streets is super quaint and so full of character. A little hippy heaven. There is all sorts to see here and is an absolute must see. Stuffed full of shops of all different varieties
Night Out in Brighton
After all of the shopping and investigating that gets done in Brighton you need to make sure that you stay well fuelled with food. Before during and after your busy day.
The Ginger Pig – This infamous gastro pub is a one Michelin star pub well known locally for its excellent European menu. Although the portions are a little small, word is that the food is rather phenomenal. They boast a large selection of beers to choose from too compliment.
Bagel Man – Does exactly what the name suggests – bagels. This little eatery is the great place to pick up a spot of lunch to keep you going until dinner. You can create your own or go with something from the menu. As well as great tasting bagels they also serve lovely coffee.
Food for Friends – this little gem of a restaurant is a veggie restaurant. The food tastes great and the options are huge. The food looks They encourage you to share your food with your Friends (hence the name) and to be honest you will want to. Once you taste one dish you will want to taste them all.
Now, if it is bars that you are after I have been told that Kemptown is the place to be of an evening. Know as the LGBT area of the town it is a wonderfully diverse, bright and colourful place to be. With so many bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from you really must pay Kemptown a visit. From gay bars, to karaoke bars, you sure will have a great time. Here you can get dressed up or dressed down and no-one will judge. Perfect place to be your hippie self and show off your wonderful hippie clothing.
Everyone knows that hippies love music and Brighton is known for having a great music scene and it is true. From places where you can go to support your favourite local band to open mic nights in local pubs and bars. Brighton even has a festival which comes around once a year and not only features music but has comedy and arts similar to Edinburgh fringe. There are even buskers which have got themselves quite a following.. You really need to go and experience these things for yourselves.
Parks, Nature Reserves and Walks
We all know that the great outdoors and fresh air is good for us. I just love grass, trees and green spaces to relax in.
There are so many green spaces in Brighton so I would highly recommend doing some research if you are limited for time.
St Ann’s Well Gardens – now this places looks lovely and the reviews are great – situated not far from Hove seafront, these gardens have a lot to offer. As well as a lovely walk, these gardens have a huge range of exotic and native trees which give the gardens their unique edge. This place offers shelter for a whole host of wildlife.
They also have a fish pond, a great smelling sensory garden and a specific conservation area. A great place to take the kids as they have a nice play area and sports area. This really does sound like the place for a perfect and relaxed afternoon. An absolute must see!
Oh and don’t forget a nice drink in the cafe!
Devils Dyke – an area of outstanding natural beauty. Situated on the South Downs, Devils Dyke is a wonderful place for all of the family with it’s amazing views and stunning walks (there are quite a few and some of them nice and long). There is even a nice pub where you can get a good meal after your day out. This place really is a dream. Just imagine, sitting with a bunch of good friends enjoying the beautiful views and the wonderful crisp air. Also a great spot for meditating! Why not take a picnic or, if you are feeling adventurous why not try a spot of hang-gliding which is available.
Other things to see and do around Brighton
The bits that I have mentioned above are some of the main reasons that people visit Brighton. I thought I that I would add this section just to let you know about a few other things that you can do and see.
Antiques and Art – for those of you that like and appreciate art there is actually a place called Artists Quarter which is on the seafront. Here you can see so many different types of art and antique on display. There are even a few workshops that you can visit so that you can try your own hand at making art.
The beach – Brighton is of course know for its lovely pebbly beaches and for the Brighton pier. Everyone loves the beach and a walk along the pier!
So there you have it – our wee guide to a hippy day out in Brighton. To be honest there is so much more to see and do than what I can pop in this article for you so really all you folk need to take yourself for the weekend and experience the wonders for yourself!