It’s in an ideal location. Brighton is between the sea and the beautiful countryside of the North and South Downs. It has great transport links. You can get to London in under an hour. You can also reach other interesting places by train or bus like Oxford, Cambridge and Portsmouth.
Brighton is a big city, but with smaller areas within it, like Portslade. You can study at Loxdale Centre in the peace and quiet of the countryside. But, in your free time you can explore all that Brighton has to offer.
When you come to learn English it’s not only about classroom exercises. Understanding English culture, it’s people and traditions is also important. You will improve your language skills and gain a valuable insight into the English way of life when you pay us a visit.
So, what does this city offer a student coming to an English school in Brighton? What can you see and do while you’re staying in the best city in the UK?
Things To Do
During the day and even in bad weather you’ll find things to keep you occupied. Indoor activities include swimming and ten pin bowling. You can spend time in the gym or a visit to the cinema (watching a film is an enjoyable way to brush up your language skills).
If the weather’s fine then you can go for a walk along Brighton’s seafront. If you feel like keeping fit, the walk from Brighton’s Palace pier to Hove lagoon is 5 kilometres each way. You can explore under the arches on Brighton seafront or take some photos for Facebook of the pretty beach huts by Hove lagoon.
During the summer you can enjoy time on the beach. Brighton doesn’t have a sandy beach. It’s made up of small pebbles which are comfortable to lie on. You can treat yourself to an ice cream cornet, which is a wafer filled with delicious ice cream. If you ask for a ‘99’ you’ll get a piece of chocolate with it too. Take a stroll along Brighton Pier and have a ride on the Turbo Coaster if you’re brave enough!
If you don’t want to spend much money you don’t have to. Brighton is the kind of place you can spend the day or the evening wandering around. The city has a great atmosphere, especially during the summer months.
If you prefer to watch sporting events then you’re in luck. Brighton is home to Brighton And Hove football club and Brighton and Hove cricket club. It’s also the destination for the London to Brighton cycle race which takes place in June. It’s a charity event organised by the British Heart Foundation. It’s not only for adults, you’ll see children taking part too.
During The Winter
If you’re with us during the winter months of November to January you can go ice skating. The rink is outside the Royal Pavilion, on the Old Steine. It’s the perfect place to get some gorgeous photos for Instagram.
You can also spend hours walking through the narrow streets of the Lanes. Or you can shop in the chain stores in Churchill Square and Western Road. If you’re into vintage clothes then head over to the North Laines. Here there are plenty of small independent shops to explore.
When The Family Visit
If your parents come to visit and you want to show them the sights, your first stop should be the Royal Pavilion. It’s on the Old Steine, about 5 minutes inland from the pier. It’s an outstanding piece of architecture. It has been used as a pleasure palace and a hospital for Indian soldiers in the First World War. Now it houses a museum. There are exhibits of the furnishings and decor in each of the rooms as it was in the Georgian period.
Next you can take them to the Brighton eye (officially known as the British Airways i360). You’ll see views right over Brighton and Hove and the Downs. After that you can walk along the promenade towards Rottingdean. Or, take a trip on Volk’s electric railway to admire the regency properties that line the seafront. Then of course take them around the alleyways and narrow streets that make up the Lanes.
The other thing about Brighton is that you’ll never go hungry. No matter which country you come from you’re bound to find a restaurant with food from where you live. There are Indian, Chinese, Lebanese and Mexican restaurants; as well as Japanese, Korean, Greek and Spanish. Brighton is a truly international city.
In the evening Brighton is just as busy. The Brighton Centre has famous people appearing in various shows. There’s the Theatre Royal and events which take place at the Pavilion Theatre.
Live music is very, very popular here in Brighton. On almost every street in the centre of Brighton you can visit a pub with live music. If it’s clubs you prefer you can have a night out at the Funky Fish Club, Concorde 2 or Audio.
Don’t forget to explore close to home too. The Loxdale English School is situated in Portslade, which is a quieter part of Brighton. Our school is in a beautiful Victorian building surrounded by tranquil countryside.
Portslade village is definitely worth a visit. Go into St Nicholas Church and then have a look at the Norman ruins of Portslade Old Manor. You can also see the former Southdown Brewery, which was built in 1988, you will recognise it from its tall chimneys.
If you want something to eat, Portslade has a good selection of restaurants. You can try a typical English meal like Fish and Chips or Steak and Kidney Pie. You can read more about Portslade in our here.
This is why we’re proud to be located in the best city in the UK. It’s got something for everyone and it’s an ideal place for students to learn and relax.
And, just to remind you Loxdale English school in Brighton is open for summer and winter courses. We welcome children, teenagers and adults.