Do you have those early January blues? Christmas and New Year celebrations have flashed by and gloomy January often leaves us with a general lack of optimism with Spring and Summer seeming a lifetime away. So, why not push those negative feelings to the back of the mind because there is still some excitement to be gained with various events taking place throughout the coming weeks here in East Sussex?
Staying with us at Beechwood B&B gives you the perfectly central base from which to explore, with Brighton, Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells all within 30 minutes drive from us.
You could visit the Jane Austin exhibition taking place at the Brighton Pavilion until January 8th. This is to mark the bicentennial of her death and examines her relationship with high-profile fan George V, who, as Prince Regent, was responsible for the construction of the Pavilion and spent long periods staying there. It also looks at her relationship with the seaside and in particular with Brighton as a town of high fashion during the early 1800’s, which ultimately influenced works such as Pride and Prejudice. The exhibition shows original Regency costumes and accessories and letters from Jane Austin herself.
The Brighton Pavilion, in itself, is a venue with so much to wonder at, both inside and out. Witness Prince Regent George’s fascination with the exotic and mystical, and his need to show his opulence and status by housing many rare artefacts and pieces of furniture from the Far East, all adorned in what would be considered his playhouse. The Pavilion offers audio tours in a multitude of languages. Entry tickets for the Pavilion are £12.30 for adults and £6.90 for children aged 5-15 and also cover the Jane Austin exhibition.
You could combine the Pavilion tour with ice skating on the rink directly alongside the Pavilion. The skating rink is open until January 15th and is considered the most beautiful rink in the South East. It really couldn’t get better with the beautifully lit Pavilion as an atmospheric backdrop. The Pavilion Rink has an 880-square metre main rink for the more confident skaters (that’s not us!) and a separate 130-square metre rink for beginners with penguin skate aids for little beginners. Admission prices are £10 for adults and £7 for children. After the skating exertions, you could enjoy hot and cold alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, a full meal or just snacks at the rink-side Bar and Kitchen to replenish your spent energy!
Of course, if you’re still wanting more after visiting the Pavilion and skating rink, then you are already centrally located for the unique shopping experience and setting of the Brighton Laines. You could simply meander along the narrow cobbled lanes lined with many individual shops, bars and restaurants to cater for every need. There is so much to see and to take in but it really is well worth the trip.
Then, to round off you visit, and to escape the hustle and bustle of Brighton, come and stay at Beechwood, where our aim is to provide pure luxury and relaxation in one of our beautiful bedrooms. They are all fully-equipped with every need catered for and we pride ourselves upon providing luxury mattresses for the perfect sleep. Then enjoy the setting of our conservatory overlooking our extensive back garden to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, where we try to provide for every taste and dietary requirement.