After a month away, it’s safe to say that funds were going to be pretty low for the rest of the summer. In a moment of madness, Joel and I decided to buy a tent and go camping…
Brighton was rated one of the best places in the UK to visit during the British summer, however, hotels and apartments were pricey. When researching well-reviewed campsites, Brighton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site hit top of the list and we were just a short walk from the Pier and town centre – and at the fraction of the price!
Thankfully my family used to go camping so we still had a load of the equipment that we could take with us. We crammed everything into Joel’s car and, shock horror, he told me that I’d “overpacked” for us but, when I say we turned up to the campsite – WE TURNED UP. From solar-powered fairy-lights, to a BBQ, to sun-loungers, to a fully kitted-out double bed. We set everything up pretty quickly, with *minimal* arguments, and the sun was beaming – so we were off to a good start.
Brighton screams traditional British seaside but seems a lot cleaner and slicker than other British seasides. We dropped on with amazing weather and the beaches and bars were packed with live music blasting – the atmosphere was buzzing. They also host an open-air cinema on the beach throughout the summer evenings that’s geared up with sun-loungers and beds to watch the films – it’s ace!
The pier is really traditional with its arcades, fish and chip stands, ice cream shops and gives you a cracking view of Brighton seafront. If you didn’t already know, Joel and I have a stupid addiction to 2p machines, so the Brighton Pier Arcade was definitely at the top of our ‘things to do’. One night we even spent the money that we set aside for a taxi back to the campsite on 2p machines, ha. This meant a 2 mile walk in the pitch-black after a few bevs… I suppose it’s healthier than losing thousands in the casino though, hey?
A great and inexpensive place for fresh seafood is Regency Restaurant on the seafront. It gets jam-packed but the food fresh and delicious…
Brighton is such a photo-opportunity place with its multicoloured town houses and pretty beaches but one place that is really beautiful and quirky is ‘The Lanes’. It’s a maze of small and windy streets filled with cafes, bars, restaurants, quaint one-off shops and designer stores – not to mention, Choccywoccydoodah. It’s brimming with chocolate designs and cakes that are so detailed and realistic that they look too good to eat! If you don’t know about it, get to know about it!
I didn’t expect our first camping trip to be as successful as it was and it’s mad to remind yourself how much you can actually enjoy yourself without electricity! We’re already ready to go again and explore somewhere new in the UK.
“I feel more comfortable in a place like Brighton – a town, with one centre, one bus station, one train station. And there are so many arty, creative people, and things are less rushed, less stressed.” – Gabrielle Aplin
Do you have any recommendations for places to camp in the UK?
Brighton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site