East Park Brighton and Sheepcote Valley

East park Brighton is the perfect spot to escape the buzzing city centre.  It sits just behind the marina and is literally a stones throwaway from Lidl supermarket.  The park covers an impressive 60 acres. As well as wide open spaces, East park has a children’s playground, 2 tennis courts, 2 cricket fields , 2 football pitches and a pavilion cafe.

The shared road through East park provides access to the south downs national park, the Brighton caravan club, Brighton college sports facility as well as Whitehawk FC which is a semi-professional football club in the Sussex county league division one. The park is also used by South East coast ambulance service to land air ambulance emergencies for deliveries to the Royal Sussex hospital.

In the summer, take a picnic and do a spot of sunbathing. East Brighton park is the perfect getaway if you can’t afford to get away.

Continue walking through East Brighton Park and you will come to some steps and pathways that lead up to Sheepcote valley. Sheepcote Valley is a popular public open space covering 220 acres mostly in the South downs national park where it extends in to the city, including chalk downland, scrub and woodland.  Grazing has been re-introduced to the slopes and you will see plenty of sheep going about their daily business.

Camping is not permitted but you can use  Sheepcote valley caravan park

Sheepcote Valley is rich in plant life and attracts year round resident birds as well as seasonal visitors.  Keep a look out for birds of prey ­such as kestrels and sparrowhawks. In all seasons you will see green woodpeckers, meadow pipits, stonechats, blackbirds and all variety of common garden birds

Interested in the history of Sheepcote valley?  You can find out more right here

Bizarre weather!

What bizarre weather we are having.  Last week it was hitting 23 degrees and there were guys sunbathing on Black Rock beach.  Today we have Hailstones and rain and more rain…

Hailstones

At least the weather didn’t deter my baby gull  who spent the day pooping on my balcony.

Warmest October on record

Such a warm summer evening. Getting carried away there because It’s actually the 31st October 2014 and the warmest Halloween on record with temperatures reaching as high as 23.5C in parts of the UK.  The perfect opportunity to take a stroll along the front and have a look at whats happening on Brighton pier.

Window display of a kiosk selling skulls and dragons on Brighton pier

Window display of a kiosk selling skulls and dragons on Brighton pier

Ghost train ride on Brighton pier

Ghost train ride on Brighton pier

Brighton wheel

Brighton wheel

I took this shot as I walked  past Concorde 2 under the Madeira Drive arches

I took this shot as I walked past Concorde 2 under the Madeira Drive arches

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Under the Madeira Drive arches

Brighton is well-known for its Victorian seafront and It is a shining example of the Victorians and the vision they had for the town.. The cast iron arches and promenade terraces that line the seafront were a feat of extraordinary engineering.  The most notable arches are probably those along Madeira Drive. To find out more about the history of Madeira Drive and it’s development click here

Brighton in October

I took advantage of the lovely weather that we have been having in October and took a  pleasant stroll round town and took a few photographs along the way.

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Graffiti art in the North Laines

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The Royal Pavillion

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Taken from St James street, Kemptown with the Brighton wheel in the background

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The Brighton wheel taken from Marine Parade

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Haunted Brighton

Did you know that , second only to York, Brighton is the second most haunted city in England?

As well as a good number of haunted bars and restaurants in the city, Brighton’s shingle beach doesn’t escape from ghostly apparitions.  The beach is supposedly haunted by an enormous dog, which when confronted simply disappears into thin air.

Want to know which places to visit or possibly avoid after dark!?  Then here is a pretty comprehensive list of haunted places in Brighton

Do you feel brave enough to spend the night in the old police cells on a ghost hunt? If you do, then as luck would have it,  the TruthSearchers UK team  host  regular overnight Paranormal investigations at the Old Police Cells & Museum, Deep in the bowels of Brighton Town Hall. The group have full access to all of the Old town Gaol  and Police Station for the night. The cells were used from the early 19th century until its closure in 1967 so I am sure there are plenty of secrets to be discovered!

The Old police cells museum underneath Brighton town hall

If ghost hunting over night is not your cup of tea, how about a ghostly evening of fun  with one of Brighton’s very own ghost walkers.  You will be taken through some pf the most haunted parts of the city which include the Brighton old town hall, the old Steine, Dr Brighton’s and the Lanes.  The Ghost Walk  runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings and lasts approximately 70 minutes.  Go if you dare!

Another comprehensive list of haunted places in Brighton along with photographs can be found here.