If you’re thinking about taking a furniture making course, of course you’ll want to make sure you’ve picked the best course for you. But make sure you don’t overlook location! It’s not just about the course, it’s also about the lifestyle surrounding that course – where you’ll be living, and how you’ll spend your time outside of the workshop. Chances are you’re taking a course that lasts at least a few months, and you don’t want to put your life on hold for that time. So we wanted to let you know a little about why studying Sussex in a fantastic idea, and will help you enjoy your time with us even more!
First up, we’ve got to talk about it: Brighton’s on our doorstep. You could easily stay right in the centre of Brighton for the duration your course and enjoy all the benefits of the city while you spend your days here at the workshop. To give you a little taste of what life in Brighton might be like, we’ve picked out a few spots and events favoured by both tourists and locals!
When you first get here, you might want to get acquainted with the city by checking out some of the tourist traps. There’s the Pavilion, a beautiful Indian-style palace built in the 1700s, as well as Brighton Pier, a 1700ft long pier with an arcade, rides, and lots and lots of sugary doughnuts. It’s also compulsory to get yourself some fish and chips on the beach – just watch out for the seagulls!
Next, you might want to explore Brighton and its unique shopping areas, The Lanes and The North Laine – a continual source of confusion, even for locals. Snoopers Paradise is exactly what it sounds like, a paradise for anyone who loves snooping around in other people’s things, as the huge store is one big jumble of secondhand belongings and treasures waiting to be found. There’s also Choccywoccydoodah (pronounced exactly as spelled!), the chocolate store famous for its amazing creations. Then there’s the Open Market, which is always worth checking out. There are regular stallholders, artists’ studios, and the venue puts on regular community events.
After all that, you’ll need a good restaurant. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, Brighton is the place to eat out, with Terre A Terre’s world-inspired vegetarian dishes right in the heart of The Lanes. Some of the locals’ favourite places include Pom Poko, a relaxed, BYOB-style Japanese spot, and Carlito Burrito, a Mexican street food restaurant that regularly pops up at festivals up and down the country.
Brighton nights out are pretty well-loved, and on a Friday afternoon you’ll see groups of people pulling suitcases away from the station, coming to Brighton for the weekend for just that. Shuffle Bar is a great hidden gem, a little cocktail bar with a heated outdoor area that lets customers choose the music via their website. There’s also Casablanca, a great jazz club with live bands performing jazz, funk, and motown, or there’s Green Door Store, a live music venue and club in a railway yard right underneath the station.
There are plenty of places to have a great night out, see some live music or watch a show. There’s Concorde 2 (Concorde 1 has since closed but the name remains), which is host to a huge range of artists as well as club nights. If comedy is more your thing, head to the Komedia, which has a comedy night once a month along with other comedy shows throughout the year, with a huge variety of other shows as well as an indie cinema. There’s also the Brighton Dome, a Grade I listed building that’s a venue for stand up shows, live music, theatre, and lots of other events.
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As well as all the regular goings-on in Brighton, there’s also a lot of events that take place every year. Let’s discuss the elephant in the room…the naked bike ride. Every year, hundreds of people take to the streets on their bikes – completely naked. It’s a bit of a shock if you’re shopping in town and had no idea it was the day of the bike ride! Every summer, there’s the Brighton Big Screen, a – you guessed it- big screen that plays movies right on the beach! And last but not least, we can’t get through this without mentioning Brighton Pride, the UK’s biggest pride celebration that turns the streets of Brighton into a festival!
And if all else fails, and you just want a quiet place to read a book…you can visit one of the (probably) hundreds of coffee shops dotted all over the city!