An afternoon at Brighton Pier


On a sunny but also very windy day not too long ago, we ventured to Brighton on the south coast of England to check out this beach and pier combo we’ve heard so much about. It was windy. Did I mention it was windy? ‘Cos it was windy. Beach-umbrellas-being-blown-down, hair-getting-stuck-in-lip-gloss, small-children/skinny-people-being-flung-several-metres-across-the-pavement kind of windy. We were determined to enjoy ourselves regardless, so enjoy ourselves we did. …Kind of!

I’m sure there are plenty of great things to do and see in Brighton, I have several trusted friends who love going there and do so regularly. They spoke of gorgeous little alleyways, vintage shops and other cute things, but we didn’t experience any of that in our few hours spent traversing the windy, windy streets. Now either everyone is lying to me, or we just didn’t do Brighton correctly, and I’m going to go with the latter.

We spent the first hour or so walking along the shore and I was immediately struck by the beach experience being very different to the beach experience I’m accustomed to!

I’m not a beach person by any means. Give me a swimming pool or still water and I’m the happiest lady on the planet, I could swim for hours and hours and not get sick of it, but the beach is a whole other thing. And that thing is not my thing. Regardless, I do love a good shoes off walk along the beach, dipping toes in the water and other stereotypes. This isn’t super possible in Brighton, partly because the beach is made of big rocks which are kind of painful to walk along barefoot, and partly because the water there is generally always freezing cold. In fact, the whole time we were there, we didn’t see a single person swimming. Let me remind you that it was the middle of summer! Madness.


^^ See? No one in the water! Bizarre! ^^

We wandered along the pebbles, had a soft serve ice cream, chatted and looked for the perfect lunch spot whilst shielding ourselves from the slightly terrifying force of the wind…


We settled on a great little fish and chips shop for lunch and overate, in the style of Blake-Courtney-And-Jemima, then waddled back over to the pier to experience what we were expecting to be the highlight of the day…

Brighton PierBrighton Pier

The pier was a bit of a strange experience for us. You can enter via what seems like a soul sucking, time sucking arcade casino that was a pretty unpleasant way to be introduced to the situation. Maybe it was our moods that day, maybe it was the treacherous wind, who knows, but we weren’t really feeling Brighton Pier. I can imagine it’s lots of fun for kids, but the magic seemed to have been somewhat lost on us.

Brighton Pier
Sorry Brighton, I feel like you were wasted on us! I’m sure you’re way cooler than we thought at the time, if you go about it the right way! I’d like to go back some day and spend more time there. Perhaps find the little alleyways we heard about, some markets, who knows what Brighton has in store. But I’ve gotta say… Australia, your beaches are looking pretty good right now…

Brighton, we will be back! In better moods next time I promise!


  1. says

    cool! is that some sort of churro in the ice cream? whatever it is, it looks delicious! you always go on such cool adventures 🙂

    • says

      Hahaha.. I WISH IT WAS A CHURRO! Yum. It is a Flake! Wait… do you guys not have flakes in the states?! Oh my gosh is my mind about to be blown?! Flakes are basically an institution here and in Australia too. Soft serve cone and a cadbury flake is a standard ice cream choice!

  2. adelaide says

    yeah it aint palm beach/bondi but still looks like fun another english adventure to tick off your list!

    • says

      Thanks for your sweetness (see what I did there?? 😛 ) Jessica! Seriously, it was dangerous out there! Hehe. Thanks for checking out the blog, I love yours! Can’t wait for more updates! x

    • says

      Ahh thanks Chelsea! I LOVE your blog… Your family is gorgeous and everything you write/do is so real. Makes me jealous of your little fam I have to say! Hehe. Glad you enjoy the travel adventures. We are pretty lucky I’ve gotta say. xa

  3. says

    Aw, boo, what a bummer! What good is a beach without warm water and soft sand? It’s beautiful in it’s own way, but I don’t think Brighton would be my thing, either. Chin up because you don’t have to like what every one else does to be fabulous!

    • says

      Exactly! I guess that’s why the British refer to it as ‘seaside’ rather than ‘beach’ a lot of the time. It’s a whoooole different thing. Definitely beautiful in it’s own way, you’re right about that. Hopefully our NEXT British adventure is fab 🙂

    • says

      You got it Jessica! Definitely one of my favourite things about the UK is the almost constant long-sleeve weather.. Although I do always welcome a few weeks of heat in Summer, but I’m over it pretty quickly 😉 Give me jeans and a jumper anyday! x

    • says

      Let me know how you find it if you do make it there!!! I love Norwich.. We spent a wonderful weekend there when we first moved to the UK… What a fantastic town. I really want to go back, I had such a great time. You’re lucky to live there!

  4. says

    I kind of love how this is such a real post and you told it as it was, instead of saying it was the perfect day. I have heard those Brit beaches can be a bit funny, being full of rocks instead of sand and what have you ;). But hey…sounds like lunch was good! ; )

    • says

      Haha… Glad you liked the realness! I hate to offend any Brightoners out there but I really didn’t love it too much at all. And yes, lunch was excellent. One thing the Brits do very well is fish and chips… !

  5. says

    Beautiful pictures! And looks like you had amazing weather, too. Lived in England my whole 28 years and still not been to Brighton Pier. Definitely on my to-do list.

    • says

      We definitely lucked out on the weather, after days of grey skies before and after. You should check Brighton out, and make sure to do it properly rather than just the tourist route we took as I’m sure there is plenty more to offer! 🙂

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