It’s true that there’s something very special about Brighton & Hove over the summer months but as we settle into autumn, there’s plenty about this season to get excited about too. Below is a list of our favourite ways to spend an autumn day in the city and surrounding countryside...

A Sunday Roast
Cold, crisp autumn days call for delicious, warming food and a roast hits the spot every time! If you don’t fancy cooking, take your pick of places in Brighton that serve them – we recommend Lion & Lobster and The Cricketers (who serve roasts all week long!).

Photo of The Cricketers pub in Brighton taken by Adam Bronkhorst

Take a walk in the countryside.
One of the best things about Brighton & Hove is that not only is it right on the coast; it’s surrounded by countryside too. Take a bus to Stanmer Park, Devil’s Dyke or Seven Sisters Country Park or book a place on a Brighton & Beyond tour and go and admire the spectacular autumn colours.

Photo of people taking a walk across the South Downs

The Pumpkin Picking Patch at Sompting offers a fun pick-your-own experience that’s perfect for Halloween or some autumnal baking. There are 18 different varieties of pumpkin, winter squash and ornamental gourds to choose from and don’t worry, there are wheelbarrows on hand if you pick too many!

Photo of some pumpkins

Fireworks!
Surely one of the best nights of the year, there are normally one or two firework displays taking place in Brighton on and around bonfire night. 
Photo of fireworks

Treat yourself to a spa day or a massage. For us, autumn is all about embracing a slower, cosier pace of life before the festive season kicks in. And what better way to do that than with a massage or an afternoon at the spa? Whether you visit Little Jasmine Therapies & Spa or book yourself into The Grand or Harbour Hotel, you’re guaranteed an hour or so of pure relaxation.

For something different why not book a Yoga in the Sky experience on board the pod of the i360 or perhaps a guided sauna with a Sauna Master at Beach Box Spa?

Photo of two ladies in a sauna

Catch a sunset flight on the British Airways i360 and watch the seafront light up in gorgeous gold and orange hues whilst enjoying a sundowner on board.

Photo of people enjoying a sundowner on BA i360

Summer is all about barbecues, sea swims and catching the last of the sun’s rays on the beach. Autumn is a great time to make the most of the rest of the city: catch some comedy at Komedia or see what’s on at Brighton Dome. As we get closer to Christmas, there’s nothing more festive than a trip to the theatre, so check out the listings at Theatre Royal too.

Photo of Theatre Royal Brighton

Stroll along the seafront and keep an eye on the skies for the spectacular sight of starling murmurations over the West Pier: truly magical to behold. Afterwards, warm up at Murmur or West Beach Bar & Kitchen.

Photo of starling murmuration around BA i360

Soak up some culture on a rainy afternoon. As much as we love autumn, there will almost certainly be some damp and grey days – but rather than stay cooped up inside, use them as an opportunity to explore Brighton & Hove’s cultural quarter and visit the Royal Pavilion to see 'A Prince's Treasure' featuring over 120 items from the Royal Collection, or Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to see Floating Worlds exhibition of Japanese woodcuts.

Photo of the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery taken by Adam Bronkhorst

Escape the cold at Sea Life Brighton. A day at the country’s oldest aquarium is a great way to spend some time. Not only will you be wowed by 3500 mesmerising creatures, you can admire the original Victorian architecture too.

Photo of Sea Life Brighton taken by Adam Bronkhorst

Find a cosy café to hunker down in with a cup of tea and a generous slice of cake – a must on a chilly autumn day! Luckily we’re spoilt for choice in Brighton & Hove: from Lost in the Lanes and Trading Post Coffee in The Lanes (both great for vegan and gluten free treats) to The Flour Pot, found in several different locations; Julien Plumart Café by the station; Metrodeco and A Cup of Joe in Kemptown and Big Beach Café in Hove. Wherever you are, a hot drink is not far away!

Photo of cakes at Flour Pot Brighton

Visit a vineyard. Sussex is a great place for English wine and on an autumn visit you may be lucky enough to see the harvest taking place (some even offer tours specifically for this). It’s also another great way to get out into the countryside and enjoy the fresh air, with the added bonus of wine!

Photo of RAthfinney vineyard near Brighton

Katie F

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