The Best things to do on a Brighton day trip

The Best things to do on a Brighton day trip

Brighton in East Sussex is vibrant, hip and the most happening of British seaside cities. For historical hot spots, cool eateries and traditional seaside fun read on for a local’s guide on how to have the best day trip to Brighton.

 

Brighton Beach Deckchairs

A Brighton day trip makes the perfect day out from London. Tucked between the South Downs and the English Channel, the city is just over an hour from London by train. Many of the best things to do in Brighton are just a short walk from the station.

Lucky for you I’ve lived near Brighton for decades so I know it inside out. Here’s how to spend a day in Brighton, the British seaside town that really rocks. My Brighton…

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Foxhills Golf  Club and a Girls’ Weekend Getaway

Foxhills Golf Club and a Girls’ Weekend Getaway

Foxhills Country House in Surrey

 

As I drove through the beautiful woodland lined driveway of Foxhills Golf and Country Club I caught glimpses of lush green fairways and pristine greens. I suspected I was in for a treat. When I rounded the bend and came face to face with Foxhills Manor House I knew for sure. Foxhills golf club in Surrey is the perfect venue for a winter weekend getaway and I spent a fabulous couple of days there with the girls last month.

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Alta Badia Ski Resort Italy – A Guide

Alta Badia Ski Resort Italy – A Guide

Alta Badia ski – 130 km of pistes, 6 villages,  UNESCO world heritage status and a gourmet food festival in the mountains. Read on for why Alta Badia in Italy should be your next ski holiday destination…

Ski slope in Alta Badia

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A ski holiday in Alta Badia in Italy means 130 km of well-groomed pistes, an altitude that ensures good snow conditions and a variety of terrain. It’s also on the sunny side of the Alps with access to 500 kilometres of connected slopes in the Dolomites. You’ll find excellent food, world-class local wines and endless views of the Italian Dolomites. There’s also a large offering of Ladin culture and the best of hospitality. A stay in any of Alta Badia’s villages will put you in pole position to explore the area.

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Gourmet Skiing in Alta Badia

Gourmet Skiing in Alta Badia

Alta Badia in Italy presents skiers with a delicious dilemma. Each season the culinary festival ‘A Taste for Skiing’ dishes up 130 km of beautifully groomed pistes paired with first class chefs, gourmet food and excellent Tyrolean wines. With ten mountain huts taking part and activities like ‘Breakfast with Powder Snow’ and ‘Sommeliers on the Slopes’, snow-goers are spoilt for choice. After a few days of eat, ski, repeat bigger ski pants may be required.

 

plate of food on the snowAlta Badia Org | Photo: Freddy Planinschek

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Carmen at the Royal Opera House London

Carmen at the Royal Opera House London

I recently spent an evening of total captivation immersed in Carmen at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. It was the Barrie Kosky production and it’s an opera I’ve always wanted to see performed professionally.

A bit of background, because I have a guilty little secret that relates. I used to be a thespian and tread the boards at our local amateur drama group. There was also an operatic group based at the theatre and I used to go and see their productions. It was there I saw Carmen for the first time and fell in love with the music and passion of Bizet’s best-known opera.

Since then it’s been a dream to see Carmen performed professionally. The dream came true at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. I really don’t know why I left it so long…

Barrie Kosky's Carmen at the Royal Opera House, London©2018-2019 ROH | Photographer: Bill Cooper

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A Festive Day Out – Christmas in London

A Festive Day Out – Christmas in London

Tis the season and London at Christmas lights up and sparkles like nowhere else. Towering Christmas trees twinkle with a million lights, streets are strung with the prettiest of illuminations and London Christmas markets pop up in the squares, parks and along the banks of the Thames. In London at Christmas there’s a definite sprinkling of magic in the air.

Christmas in London Covent Garden

It’s become a tradition that me and Mr Jones take a day trip to London to put us nicely in the mood for the festive season. We spent the day soaking up the Christmas atmosphere, checking out the trees, ice rinks, Christmas markets and lights. Here are some of my favourite festive London spots which’ll get you feeling Christmassy.

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