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5 Things I Love About Brighton

I moved to Brighton just over a year ago, after 5 years of being an honorary weekend resident. It scared me moving to a city where I didn’t know anyone at all. Yet equally, it was exciting as we turned the page into a new chapter in our lives. I was worried that I would miss London, that I would miss living a stones throw away from my best friends, and having everything on my doorstep. I shouldn’t have worried at all, because Brighton ROCKS and I have loved every moment.

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The sea is totally calming

Ever since I first clapped my eyes on Dawson’s Creek, I wanted to live by the sea. Actually I very much wanted to live by a creek specifically but they’re harder to come by in this neck of the woods. Being a first time mum is the ultimate test of how calming the sea can be. Some days I have had 2 hours sleep and am a walking zombie, and yet seeing the sun glistening on the sea makes me take a deep breath and feel very lucky that I live here.

The people are friendly

My big worry when moving to a city where I didn’t know anyone, was meeting other mums, or just other humans that I can converse and interact with. We are lucky to live sandwiched between 2 lovely parks and every time I venture out, people always give a friendly smile. This might seem like a small thing, but when you have an uncontrollably screaming baby, you appreciate that kind of thing! I was also pleasantly surprised to meet people at baby groups, as I had dreaded going to them. It was the people around me that made me feel a little less isolated with a small baby.

The independent shops

I love the Laines and their quirky shops. I’m all for supporting these shops and in particular love Lavender Room for gorgeous jewellery and hand-painted crockery. My second favourite is Snooper’s Paradise which is a flea market style shop and is just wonderful. I could spend hours getting lost in there and have a beautiful lamp from there, which my other half bought me years ago. I’ll never get tired of spending the afternoon walking round the Laines and having a mooch around – in fact I bought Emma a lightweight buggy especially for this purpose as our pram was too wide for the narrow pavements!

Beautiful parks

We don’t have a garden so I’ll always be grateful for the amazing parks Brighton has to offer. The one pictured is my favourite, Queen’s Park, which has a pond with ducks and swans. Emma loves going here and I do too. We are also lucky that we live right round the corner from another that has a view all the way down to the sea…impressive as we are a 25 minute walk to the seafront! It’s not taken long to realise that these parks are like a lifeline for me, it’s now become a morning ritual to go to the park and Emma loves it.

The sunny days

I’ll be the first to admit that on the rainy days, Brighton becomes a scene out of an Armageddon movie, with crazy winds all the stones off the beach mysteriously jump onto the boardwalk. But when it’s sunny, it is glorious! You know when this has happened because there is a big mob of people sunbathing on the beach and the traffic goes a bit mental. Thankfully we have back-up plans for quieter places to go in this event 🙂 Sunshine makes everything quite lovely!

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image1So there you have it, my 5 things that I love about Brighton and living by the seaside. Hope you enjoyed it – let me know what you think in the comments below and have a wonderful day!


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  1. May 26, 2016 / 9:13 am

    I’d love to live by the sea. I have never visited Brighton but would like to. I hear good things about it often. Maybe someday when I come over to the UK again! #TribalLove

    • May 26, 2016 / 9:14 am

      Aw yes definitely! Thank you for commenting lovely xx

  2. May 26, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Like you I am lucky enough to live by the sea and it really is so calming I love walking with Josh along the prom! I love Brighton and the hidden shops down the back lanes – such a lovely place to bring up your gorgeous little one xx #triballove

  3. May 26, 2016 / 10:12 am

    I miss the sea. It’s the main thing I miss from growing up on the Isle of Wight – the sea! I could spend hours on the beach 🙂 #tribe

  4. May 26, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I’v never visited Brighton but would love to. Those beach huts are amazing. I love living near to the beach too and I love little independent shops. How great that you made the right move! TY for linking up to #FamilyFun

  5. May 26, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Oh I love Brighton, infact there are plans for us to move there soon. Clems uncle lives there and we love it when we go and visit him. My partner is in the process of looking for jobs and we’ve been looking at property. I love wandering around the laines and going to the beach when we visit. x #triballove

  6. May 26, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Oh I love Brighton, and think your five things are wonderful. The shops, the sea, the sunshine, the green spaces i can relate to and vouch for but I’ve never lived there so I’m very pleased the people are working out well too!! Thank you for sharing with #familyfun

  7. May 26, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    You lucky thing! I would love to live by the sea. We are right in the City (London) so although there is always something to see and do, I crave the peace and a 25 min walk to the seafront is my idea of heaven. #FamilyFun

  8. May 26, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Big love for Brighton, Himself and I recently escaped there for a whole (sunny!) day/night without the kids recently!! Such an awesome place to live. You lucky thing 🙂 #familyfun

  9. May 26, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    I love living by the sea and when I lived in London I missed it terribly. Like you I love the calmness and freshness of the sea and love going for walk on the beach with the kids.

    #triballove #familyfun

  10. May 26, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Oh that really sounds lovely. I really want to go to Brighton and you have just made me want to go even more. I love the sea and the sun and all the greenery! I think we may be planning a little mid week getaway to Brighton later in year (yaaaay) so this was a perfect read. #triballove #familyfun

  11. May 27, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Gorgeous post. I haven’t been to Brighton but it’s on my list of places I want to visit! I would LOVE to live by the sea, we are only a 20 minute drive to a beach but I’d love to be able to walk down to the seafront. Love your list – we live near a big park too and I love walking round it and can’t wait for TM to be old enough to actually play on things. Glad you’ve enjoyed the move and met such lovely people. #FamilyFun

  12. May 27, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    I’ve never been there but I am starting to fall in love with it now. 🙂
    Happy weekend!

  13. May 29, 2016 / 7:32 am

    Thank you so much – hope you get to visit Brighton soon! x

  14. June 1, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    It sounds absolutely beautiful. And I know what you mean about wanting to live by the water. Who didn’t want to live on a creek like Dawson’s family! I also love places with lots of wonderful local shops. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your first year. #thelist #triballove

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