Now that the clocks have gone back, it’s officially time to say ‘so long’ to summer – in October, no less. As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, you might find the idea of hibernating indoors considerably more appealing than leaving the house. But while it’s tempting to spend the colder months catching up on boxsets in your pyjamas, there’s still plenty to do in Brighton & Hove.

So, stop reminiscing about your flip-flops, put on a more sensible pair of shoes and start getting excited about all the activities you can enjoy.

Stay warm with a winter workout

Photo of someone cycling along brighton seafront - using the cycle path

Don’t let the chillier weather prevent you from exercising outdoors. Whether it’s a morning run, a brisk walk in the park or an afternoon bike ride with friends, exercising outdoors in the cold is invigorating – and it gets easier the more you do it. It might feel frosty when you first head out, but you’ll soon warm up once you get moving.

Outdoor exercise can also help you to combat winter blues. By spending more time outside in daylight, you’ll soak up some much-needed vitamin D. You’ll also experience the mood-boosting, stress-relieving benefits of being in nature. Get your trainers on and get jogging or hop on a bike to explore the scenic Sussex countryside.

BTN BikeShare is a great option if you fancy a casual cycle, and it’s a bargain at just 3p per minute. Remember to dress in layers and keep your extremities warm. And if you’re feeling extra brave, you could ride down to the beach and go for a dip in the sea…

Become a city culture vulture

Photo of the recently restored Saloon Room at the Royal Pavilion - photo courtesy of Royal Pavilion & Museums

Once you’ve earned your exercise and vitamin D doses, how about rewarding yourself with a visit to one of the museums, galleries and arts venues that occupy the city? Perhaps you walk past the Royal Pavilion daily, but have you ever been inside? Resplendent with influences from China and the east, its vibrant interiors are as colourful as the palace’s history – perfect for an afternoon of dreamlike escapism. You can also visit The Saloon which was recently restored to the dazzling splendour of its original interior design.

Meanwhile, if you’re after some quality entertainment head to The Old Market Theatre, where local and independent artists are championed, taking centre stage alongside international acts and renowned performers. The programme is diverse, the staff are a delight and the bar is a great spot for a pre- or post-show tipple.

Cosy up with coffee and cake

Photo of a cup of coffee being poured at Trading Post

Brighton has developed a reputation for its coffee culture. Spend a chilly afternoon happily nestled away in one of the city’s inviting cafés (or use them as a pitstop in between gallery hopping and bicycle touring!).

Tempted to stay in and make your own coffee, rather than venturing out into the cool air? We think you’d be crazy not to at least make an occasional café visit – it’s social, the coffee is likely much better and you’ll be supporting local and independent businesses – like Café Domenica.

This friendly eatery is run by Team Domenica, a social enterprise charity that supports young adults with learning disabilities, helping them find employment. The café provides a space for candidates to gain practical work experience by serving customers and preparing food. The team is convinced that tea and Victoria sponge can solve all the world’s problems and we’re certainly not going to disagree with that. Either way, it’s delicious and offers a chance to give back to the community.

We hope you’re feeling a little more prepared to embrace the colder weather – now get out there and enjoy it!

Liz

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