What to do in Sussex this autumn

There’s no avoiding it – summer’s over and it’s time to welcome autumn and its colourful leaves, shorter days and cooler temperatures. But there’s lots to do right on my doorstep in Sussex this autumn, so I thought I’d share a few things you can get up to if you’re planning a day out from…

England’s Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle

England’s Medieval Festival takes place over the August bank holiday weekend at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, which is about an hour and a half from London or 45 minutes from Brighton. It claims to be the best medieval festival in England – a bold statement when it takes place not so far from the famous Loxwood Joust in West Sussex

Sampling local food and drink on the Brighton Food Tour

Brighton has a vibrant local food and drink scene with new venues opening all the time, but with so much choice it can be easy to miss places, especially those that are tucked away off the beaten track. I’ve had my eye on Brighton Food Tours, a small local company who are passionate about promoting…

Join the colourful snail trail for charity – Snailspace Brighton and Hove

If you take a wander through the streets of Brighton and Hove this month, you might spot something unusual. The city has been taken over by giant, human-size snails, painted in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns. But don’t worry, you’re not imagining things. You’ve discovered the Snailspace trail, 50 snails painted by a range…

In other news…I’m writing a book!

It’s been a little quiet around here this summer but just in time for that ‘back to school’ feeling, I can finally reveal that I will be writing a travel guidebook. It will be a regional travel guide, but a bit different to your usual Rough Guides/Lonely Planets. The focus will be on what makes…

Bison Beer Crafthouse – a great place for drinks in Brighton

I keep meaning to add more Brighton content here but always forget. But I had to share a great new bar we visited last weekend, the Bison Beer Crafthouse. You’ll find this place on North Road (not North Street!) right in the heart of the North Laine. It’s really easy to spot due to the…

What to see at Brighton Fringe this May

It’s Brighton Festival and Fringe time again – for me the best time of the year to be in town. You can’t walk down New Road without tripping over people handing out flyers for their alternative cabaret/theatre/comedy shows, many of them in eye-catching outfits. But with so much on, from the Warren to the Spiegeltent…

See London from the river with City Cruises

Just leaving Westminster Pier, this is the northern side of the Thames I love being on the water and always try to take a boat trip when I’m in a new city, either along the river or around the bay, if it’s on the coast. I like the different perspectives a river view offers you,…

A night on a Dutch navy ship

It’s not often I spend a Friday night surrounded by tall Dutch sailors, but who am I to turn down a golden opportunity to spend some time on a visiting Dutch naval ship? (Don’t worry, my Dutch husband was the reason for the invite, so I kind of had to take him along which limited…

All aboard – behind the scenes on the Emerald Princess

A few weeks ago, before my Indonesian trip (more on that soon), I was invited on a tour of a cruise ship by Princess Cruises. This was quite exciting as a) it’s the only blog-related thing I’ve ever been invited to and b) I love boats and the sea generally (this site is named Saltwater…