Apologies to fans who were waiting for a Snowdogs post last week however our trails were hampered by a cold but this week we are back pounding the streets. For today's trail we decided to explore the North Laine and Cultural Quarter...

For my walk I used Brighton Station as my starting point, this can be reached by train (obviously!) from London, Gatwick and across the coast or if you are staying elsewhere in the city then there are plenty of buses to the station, the main ones are numbers: 6, 7 and 12.

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From the Station turn right and then almost immediately left to go down Trafalgar Street (running under the station) wander down this street and then turn right onto Sydney Street. Both Trafalgar and Syndey Street are great places for shopping & cafés. At the end of Sydney Street turn right and you'll see Frank. This cute fellow has embraced the seaside city with images of Brighton Pier and the bandstand. Frank has been sponsored by Bills and make sure you scan the app to unlock a free cocktail (with main meal) at Bill's. Cheers!

Photo of a snowdog

Say goodbye to Frank and wander down Kensington Gardens, this may take a while as there are even more shops & cafés to be explored! At the end of the street turn left and then right down Jubilee Street. Just in front of Jubilee Library you will find Snowman's Nightmare. Not as friendly looking as some of the sculptures this chap as been designed by street artist Pure Evil and features some of his trademark tags. Take time out to pop into the library to see some of the SnowPups. Speaking of Snowpups there are a couple more in this area so we'll make a slight detour before we move on to the next Snowdog.

From the bottom of Jubilee Street turn right into Church Street and you'll see the Martlets Shop. In the window is a very dapper Snow pup! Do pop in to the shop to see the Snowdogs by the Sea merchandise or to explore the vintage clothes. From the shop turn left onto Bond Street and head to ArtRepublic. The art shop sponsored Snowman's Nightmare and they are also home to snow puppy Laika. Named after the first dog to go into space, Laika features a spacescape design.

Photo of a snowdog

Carry on walking down Bond Street then turn left on to North Street and then right onto New Road. This marks the start of the Cultural Quarter so named as this is where you will find cultural venues including Theatre Royal Brighton; Brighton Dome; Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and of course the Royal Pavilion. Walk up New Road and you can't miss the bright yellow Snowdog outside Theatre Royal Brighton. This ray of sunshine will bring a smile to your face and once you see that her name is Lola you are bound to have the Kinks song stuck in your head, which is no bad thing! This year the theatre's big Christmas show will be The Kinks' musical 'Sunny Afternoon' so why not pop into the box office and book your tickets while you're here?

Photo of a snowdog

You won't have to go far to find the next Snowdog as further along New Road by the Unitarian Church is Splash Hound. This black dog has been given a burst of colour with a splash of rainbow colours along his back. From New Road turn right onto Church Street and go inside the Brighton Dome. In the Dome's café bar you will find Roodle, this may be one of the simplest designs but I have to confess he is one of my favourites. He is basically a big bundle of fluff! Also as Roodle is in the café you may well be tempted to treat yourself to a reviving coffee & cake.

Photo of a snowdog

From the Dome carry on down Church Street until you reach the Pavilion's North Gate for our final Snowdog on this trail. Just inside the gate and at the start of the Pavilion Gardens you will find Merry-Go-Hound who has a retro kitsch feel with his gold design. Before leaving the Gardens pop into the Brighton Museum to see some more more of the Snow Pups.

Photo of a snowdog

Phew that was a busy one! As we missed last week we'll be back later this week for another Snowdogs trail. Don't forget to download the app to keep track of which Snowdogs you have found and to unlock lots of awards including special offers.

Places to look out for in the North Laine / Cultural Quarter trail area:

For more North Laine shops visit: www.visitbrighton.com/shopping/north-laine

To download the full trail map head to our website or pick one up from one of our Visitor Information Points. Don't forget the Snowdogs are art sculptures so please respect them and do not climb on or graffiti them. The Snowdogs are supporting the Martlets so if you would like to donate text SDOG16 £3 to 70070.

Charlotte

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