When you live in a city, it’s easy to ignore most of what the place has to offer.
In somewhere as big, bright, and busy as Brighton, it can become second nature just to dash about on your day to day routine and forget to enjoy all the exciting, interesting things the city is home to.
Make it your New Year’s promise to yourself to enjoy everything Brighton throws at you in 2016, and check out our list of 10 resolutions for every Brighton local.
1. Get musical
Why not learn how to play a tune on the old Joanna, and entertain the crowds at Brighton train station’s resident piano? It’s always fun to hear someone tinkling the ivories, whether it’s Chopsticks or Beethoven’s Hammerklavier.
2. Try something new
There’s always something new and exciting to try out in Brighton. Why not eat something you’ve never had before from one of the street food vendors outside the train station? Or maybe try your hand at pottery painting at Paint Pots, the pottery café on Trafalgar Road?
Planning to lose weight after all those Christmas chocolates? Want to get healthy in the New Year? Hoping to get more active in 2016? Why not transform these yearly January promises to get super fit into a resolution to take part in the Brighton Marathon? If you’re feeling ready to run on April 15-17 in 2016, then you can still apply to run with a charity place. Alternatively, why not get your running shoes on and get training for next year?
4. Get creative
Get inspired by going along to one of the art exhibitions being hosted in Brighton in 2016. Although closed for the first couple of months, the Phoenix Gallery reopens on February 20 for the launch of ‘The New Immortals’ exhibition, and then from April 30 until June 12, the gallery will be hosting ‘Press & Release 2016: Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book’.
Brighton Museum has several visual exhibitions coming up, including Pierdom: Photographs of Britain’s piers by internationally renowned photographer Simon Roberts, which runs until February 21, and then Exotic Creatures, which runs until February 28, followed by Views of Brighton & Hove in the early 19th century, which runs until March 6. Fabrica will also be reopening with an exciting new programme in April 2016.
Right now, they’re making some major changes to the Fabrica building, which is being documented on a blog that you can check out at fabricaworks.wordpress.com. Brighton Art Fair will also be returning to the city in 2016, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on the website for when the event dates are released.
Duke Street, BN1 1AG, 01273 778646, fabrica.org.uk
12A Pavilion Buildings, BN1 1EE, 01273 700747, brightonartfair.co.uk
Royal Pavilion Gardens, BN1 1EE, 0300 0290900, brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton
10-14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB, 01273 603700, phoenixbrighton.org
5. Support local businesses
One of the things that gives Brighton so much character is how unique the city is. Make sure the community retains this local character by supporting the local businesses, so visit local cafés and restaurants, support local galleries, and shop at independent stores in the Lanes.
All About Aud, 27 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4ED, 07888 739820
6. Take up a class
Learn a new skill or get a new qualification by taking up a class at the city college. City College Brighton & Hove offers part time adult courses in photography, sport, hairdressing, accountancy, computing, art, history, filmmaking, business, sign language, fashion, and many more.
7. See more of the area around Brighton
Although there’s plenty to see and do in the city, make the time to head outside the city and visit the surrounding area. Rottingdean is particularly nice during the summer, with an amazing seashore and quaint cottages in the village.
8. Get outside the house
There’s so much happening in Brighton in 2016, so be sure to do something sociable in the New Year. Visit a club, go see a band, or get your hands on some festival tickets.
9. Think environment
Get environmentally friendly in 2016. Keep it wheel by cycling a bike or using public transport, and pick your litter up instead of ditching it on the beach. Brighton & Hove is actually the world’s first designated One Planet City, which is an initiative which aims to boost the local economy, become more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and foster a more equal and healthy city. Sounds like something worth getting behind.
10. Go see a landmark
If you live in Brighton, chances are you’ve walked past the Royal Pavilion, and never actually gone in. It’s so easy to grow complacent with the city when you have to live and work in it, so make a point of going to see all the local landmarks next year. The Chattri Memorial, Brighton Museum, Preston Manor, the Booth Museum – there’s so much to see and do, so promise yourself you’ll make some time for it in 2016.