Fly Away . . .

View Brighton From a Whole New Level


Helifly is a pleasure flight company that this year are offering a private 20minute trip around Brighton in one of their helicopters.  The flights can be booked for any day and prices start at only £45!  This includes a selection of professional photo’s for you to show your friends and family so you don’t need to spend the flight staring down a lens!  Helifly offer other tours aswell , stopping off at Country Houses for afternoon tea and also a flight to London.  They are a friendly team who are more than happy to go the extra mile to make it as special as possible.

Check out their website for more information.

Yellow Wave Cafe

Sand , live music , beach shop and cafe , Volleyball , football , Rock climbing . . . Doesn’t sound like Brighton does it !? But is is !


The Yellow Wave Cafe is situated opposite the Conchord 2 and is the home to Brighton’s only outdoor beach-sports area. You can hire a court/pitch for you and your friends or simply book to join in one of the sessions. Before/after working up a sweat you can enjoy food and drink at their wonderful cafe. Maybe a tea and cake , or perhaps wine and crisps !

Yellow Wave’s entertainment nights will be held every Friday over the summer. For £10 you get cooked a scrummy BBQ and local musicians will perform to you ! It’s a wonderful night with stunning views of the sunset.

For more information please click here

Live and Lyrical

Brighton’s Institute of Modern Music


Once a term Brighton’s Institute of Modern Music hold a number of gigs to showcase their students. The EOT rock gigs are held at Conchord, then there is the Live and Lyrical gig held at Komedia. Live and Lyrical is the most intimate and relaxed BIMM nights , based around original and/or acoustic songs. As in all BIMM gigs students who play have had to audition to perform their one chosen song. The support for these evenings is amazing which just boasts what BIMM is all about, musicians working together, for eachother !

Come and check out this term’s gig on June 7 , downstairs at Komedia.
Tickets are £4.00.
The show is very popular so be aware that you will probably want to come down early to guarantee entry.
Doors open 7:30 pm

Brighton Festival’s Freedom Picnic

29 May , 14:00 – 18:00 at Queens Park

brighton-festival The official grand climax of this year’s Brighton Festival is being held at Queens Park tomorrow , Sunday 29 May. The past month has seen a variety of exciting events being held across the city and it has been one of the best yet ! To celebrate you are all invited to the picnic where there will also be live music from the incredible ‘Miserable Rich’.

Bring food , friends and umbrellas of all colours and let’s see the festival off with a bang.
The event is free for all and child friendly.

Bead Happy !

@ The Brighton Bead Shop

bead-jewellery-taster-session-2011-beaded-bag-charmsFancy ago and making your own jewellery ? It’s fun , personal , good value for money and creative ! The Brighton Bead Shop is in the heart of the North Laines and they are holding workshops to guide you into the DIY jewellery making. With an amazing selection of beads and stones available.  Some are funky ,  some fun , some stunning . . . you can spend as little or as much as you like and once you crack the technique you have the lovely option of making people gifts or creating your own jewellery that fits your taste.

Lessons are taught by Jane Lievens , the bubbly , resident tutor. The classes last for one hour with a maximum of 6 people per session and they are designed for all levels and are relaxed ! Although themed , you can take any queries to Jane and if you want to show her any of your hand made accessories them please do !

Children aged 12-16 require one adult to supervise, Please see below for details on the classes and click here for more info.

May 2011
Fri 27th – 10am netted jewellery – 12pm jump ring jewellery – 2pm beaded bag charms

June 2011
Fri 10th – 10am wire – 12pm memory wire – 2pm tiaras
Fri 24th – 10am using headpins – 12pm knotting – 2pm using crimps

July 2011
Fri 8th – 10am netted jewellery – 12pm jump ring jewellery – 2pm beaded bag charms

Big Band at The Band Stand

June 5th , 14:00-16:00

wwwvisitbrightoncomFilming , photo shoots , dancing . . . Brighton’s Bandstand(The Birdcage) see’s it all ! Having been neglected for about forty years , it now stands proud on the seafront and has become a regular place of entertainment. Since it’s renovation in 2009 The Bandstand has been licensed for music, performances and even weddings , and on June 5th Brighton and Hove’s Youth Big Band will be taking centre stage.

With seats on the seafront and the Bandstand cafe open to indulge you with food and drink , you are set up nicely for two hours by the ocean and (hopefully) in the sunshine to watch some of Brighton’s most talented classical musicians.

For information on the history of the bandstand please follow this link

The University of Brighton’s Graphic Design and Illustration BA Degree Show 2011

4-9 June @ Brighton Uni


Brighton is the home to thousands of creative people which is what brings it to life !
We love to brag about the talent and individuality that this City has to offer and coming up at the beginning of June is Brighton’s Graphic Design and Illustration BA degree Show.

For the past 3 years theses students ( one being our old barman James ! ) have been working very hard to improve their skills , not just for the sake of a degree but to also be able to make a career out of their creativeness – which some of them are already doing !
The exhibition promises to be extremely impressive , inspirational and of a very high standard with a huge variety of work on show.

For more info click here

Please contact The Oriental for any enquires with accommodation as we love to support our local talent ! Call 01273 205050 for more information or check our website.

Brighton Fashion Week

26 May – 5 June


Brighton Fashion week is back for 2011 and is going to be bigger and better than ever ! This week of exhibitions, workshops, product discounts and shows attracts thousands of people and not just from Brighton !

This year will be promoting the broad and eclectic fashion and arts industry. There is so much scheduled from catwalks, drinks and in-store promotions, gigs, theatre shows , photography competitions, street displays and so much more !
Click here for the official website to find out information and prices.

If you are looking for accommodation during Brighton Fashion Week then please give us a call at The Oriental ! We are a quirky, relaxed guest house just off the seafront and few minutes walk into the town centre. You can ring 01273 205050 or check our website for enquiries.

Breeze Up To The Downs !


With Brighton 100’s of pubs ,  restaurants , shops ,  entertainment from all arts and a huge beach to keep you busy ,  it is easy to forget that Brighton is also home to some stunning country side attractions !

Devils Dyke , Stammer Park and Ditchling Beacon are three of the most beautiful and picturesque places this City has to offer. Perfect for walking , a quiet afternoon out , a location for photography or just somewhere to go for a picnic or bike ride.
There are also often events held at these sites , check out our previous blog for the kite festival which is happening next weekend !!

Brighton and Hove buses are going to help us these summer by arranging extra services to take us there and back. Our hotel is a shirt 5 minute walk from one of the bus stops so please give us a call if you would like to discuss accommodation or for more information on this blog !
01273205050 – our team are happy to help !

For more information on the bus times please click here.


June 11 , Midday-Midnight


Come and take part in one if the newest Brighton events, Fotothon.

Brighton has always been a gem for photography with the weird and wonderful things that go on in the city, as well of course as its stunning landmarks.
But this event is bringing you something fresh , on June 11 people taking part will be given 10 clues in which they will interpret themselves and go capture images for !

They will not be judged on talent or equipment , but purely on the photos they take.
There are 13 prizes to be won, including one 1,000 camera and , there will be a 2012 calendar made from 12 of the best snaps !
It all sound very exciting and is already creating a buzz ! For more information and to enter please visit the website

If you would like to take part but are not from the city please give us a call at The Oriental in Brighton. We would love to accommodate you. Ring 01273 205050 to speak to one of our lovely team ! But bare in mind rooms fill quickly this time of year !

Happy Snapping