Here we have a run-down of the must-do things of Summer 2021!
1. Swim in the sea:
Once the weather starts to get warmer and the sea begins to look a bit more appealing, maybe have a little dip after a long day at the beach! If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous there is the opportunity to rent out surf boards for paddle boarding or kayaks to have trips further out to sea!
2. Have a browse in Snooper’s Paradise:
A hidden gem in the North Laines where you can find anything from vintage record players to old copies of Playboy Magazine. There is also a spot where you can make memories in a photo booth and lots of random bits and bobs to explore whilst supporting local businesses and shopping sustainably.
3. Have fish and chips on the beach:
After a long day of sunbathing, visit one of the huts on the beach for a nice meal, although be wary of seagulls! One of my favourite spots is The Little Fish and Chip Shop, with vegan options and exciting specials, it is a great place to get a bite to eat.
4. Hike on Devil’s Dyke and take in the beautiful views:
If you fancy a bit of an adventure, take a hike across the beautiful National Trust site on the South Downs. On the website they have a selection of walks to suit every ability, with some focusing on enjoying the archaeology, burial grounds, scenic views o even the pubs!
5. Visit the cows in Stanmer Park:
Just in case you don’t fancy straying too far away from campus, there are quite a few little walks to go on. The whole of Sussex University is surrounded by the South Downs, with the little village of Stanmer being situated just past Northfield accommodation offering little Tea rooms and quaint vibes, or you can explore the surrounding fields and watch the sunset with the company of the local cows.
6. Go to Boundary Brighton Festival in September:
See your favourite dance and drum & Bass artists live at the annual fresher’s event in Stanmer Park. Situated minutes away from campus, this festival is the ultimate end to summer and an epic start to your year at University.
7. Visit the theme park on the pier:
If you are fancying a bit of an adrenaline rush, head to the Pier and ride the theme park attractions. However, if you don’t fancy these, you can also try your luck on the slot and penny machines in the arcade.
8. Watch the sun set from Brighton Beach:
For a more chilled night, bring a picnic and your friends to enjoy the beautiful views of the sunset on Brighton beach. Or if you are feeling a bit fancy, head to one of the beachfront bars such as Shoosh to enjoy a cocktail as well as the idyllic views!
9. Take the 700 bus along the coast for a lovely scenic trip:
The perfect thing to do with your family for a little seaside day trip. The 700 bus departs from Churchill Square and goes all the way to Littlehampton, stopping off at Goring by Sea and Worthing. This is a great thing to do if you watch to see the coast on a budget!
10. Visit some of the tattoo shops in the Laines:
If you are looking to make some of your memories a little bit more permanent… head to one of the amazing tattoo parlours in the laines. Some of my favourites include Heartbreaker and Alright tattoo. Supporting local businesses, specifically artists, after the tumultuous time the industry has had since last March is so important at the moment!
11. Have a pub crawl:
To make the most of pubs being open, why don’t you have a night out visiting your favourite pubs and bars in the area? To name a few, you could start at Hobgoblin, make your way to The King and Queen and end up at Shooshh.
12. Go up in the i360:
If you are a fan of heights and cocktails, head to the i360 to appreciate the views of the South Downs, the sea and the entire Brighton landscape from 162 metres in the air!
13. Go thrifting:
For sustainable and cheap shopping options, head to some of the second-hand shops in the Laines. With some favourites including To Be Worn Again, Beyond Retro and Preloved of Brighton, there are plenty of options of places to spend your student loan!
14. Visit some of the amazing clubs on the sea front:
Lastly and definitely not least, visit some of the amazing clubs we have here in Brighton. From the 21st of June, we will hopefully be able to enjoy Brighton nightlife once again. Some of my favourites include Chalk on a Monday, The Arch on a Tuesday for C U Next Tuesday, Pryzm on a Wednesday and Shooshh on a Friday for Runway Fridays.
We hope with this guidance, you have a fun and safe summer!