Beatnik Breaks

Family Rental

Brighton hen, stag, family, corporate and large group accommodation

Family Rental

Family stays in large luxury holiday short term rental properties and activities for kids and parents for fun visits to Brighton

"Absolutely Superb!!!"

Wow ! I am so glad we booked this . We were a group of 15 for Xmas . We always nook a huge house for our huge family but this was by far the best we’ve ever rented . Getting everyone around the huge kitchen table was just brilliant . This place was very comfortable and the jucuzzi was a big hit with everyone . Very clean and very neat . Spacious and very well situated . We all pitched in to cook xmas dinner but next time we will hire a cook although it was a lot of fun . The kitchen is well equipped . Thanks for putting up a xmas tree for all our presents to go under . My family extends their thanks too. We will be visiting again for sure . All the best for 2016 guys.
Chloe J – January 2016

"Absolutely fantastic!"

Recently stayed here with multiple families and plenty of kids! The facilities are great, the building unique and location is amazing – central Brighton with access to fantastic activities for kids including a brilliant new park literally on the doorstep.
Lizafox – March 2015

Brighton may be more associated with dirty weekends and stag and hen nights than family holidays, but this hedonistic city by the sea has plenty to offer those with kids, too, and is within such easy reach of the British capital that it’s sometimes dubbed ‘London by the Sea’ (on sunny days, it often seems that the entire capital has decamped to this part of the coast).

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Brighton’s hippyish, laidback atmosphere makes it popular with funky young families as well as making it Britain’s gay capital, and it’s the perfect city break destination for teens, who love its bohemian edge and grungey shops. Above all, Brighton is a place simply to hang out, on the beach or in the bohemian cafés, a beer or an ice cream in hand.

THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE

Brighton Beach and Palace Pier

Have some bucket and spade fun on the (pebbly) beach and some traditional tacky fun on Palace Pier with its kids’ rides and funfair (including the Super Booster thrill ride and the ghost train), sideshows and American donut and other fast-food stalls.

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Brighton Royal Pavilion

Explore the Royal Pavilion, George IV’s Oriental-inspired seaside palace. An audioguide for kids 6 and up takes them back to Regency times to meet the Prince Regent, his footman Sneppings and the famous French chef Carême, or there are special guided tours, trails and guidebooks for kids. The Pavilion grounds are home to the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, with an eclectic collection including a Performance section with puppets, masks, costumes and musical instruments, plus regular family events and children’s workshops.

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The Hove and Booth Museums

Then head for the Hove Museum & Art Gallery about 20 minutes’ walk from the centre, with a fascinating display of toys in its Wizard’s Attic, and plenty of hands-on arts and crafts activities for all ages. Also outside the city centre, the Booth Museum of Natural History is an oddball but fun little place full of stuffed birds, butterflies, bones and fossils testifying to the days when dinosaurs and woolly rhinos roamed the area, with an interactive Discovery Gallery and family events and activities.

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The Brighton Toy and Model Museum

There are more childhood treasures on display at the little Brighton Toy and Model Museum, squirreled away in the undercroft arches of the railway station, with trains, boats, planes, dolls, puppets and more.

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The North Laine and The Lanes

Shop. Start at the North Laine, where you’ll find quirky one-off stores, boutiques and market stalls selling all kinds of wares, from rare LPs, vintage dresses or fairy wings to organic beer, bongs, or fire staffs to a random assortment of folk including a fair proportion of hippies, punks and Goths. Don’t miss the fleamarket in Kensington Gardens. The Lanes themselves are more mainstream, with a smattering of antiques shops.

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The Volk’s Electric Railway

Ride Volk’s Electric Railway along about 1.5km of seafront between the Palace Pier and Brighton Marina, the latter home to upmarket shops, restaurants and cafés. Family saver tickets make it a great bargain activity, but it doesn’t run in winter.

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Peter Pan’s Playground and Beach Sports

The railway’s Halfway Station, where you can hop off, is also known as Peter Pan’s because it’s home to the wonderful Peter Pan’s adventure playground with its Grace’s Place open-air café. This is also where you’ll find Yellowave Beachsports, with beach volleyball, beach soccer, foot volley, beach rugby, ultimate frisbee and bouldering on offer for all ages and abilities, plus the Barefoot Café. From March to Sept Yellowave hosts beach sports skills classes on a drop-in basis for kids 6 and up; for younger kids there’s a sand play area.

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Brighton Sea Life Centre

Brighton Sea Life on Marine Parade is a little tired (it’s the oldest operating aquarium in the world, within a creaky Victoria building) but it’s a reliable rainy-day option (you can save up to £5pp by booking online).

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Preston Manor

Explore Preston Manor outside of the centre near Preston Park, an Edwardian house retaining much of its original décor, including a child’s nursery. It claims to be Britain’s most haunted house and offers after-dark Ghost Tours.

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Local Beauty Spots and Historic Sites

Hire bikes as part of your family holiday and go off exploring the surrounds, including the South Downs – local off-road routes include the Downs Link, the South Downs Way, and Brighton to Lewes. The latter, a lovely medieval town, is home to Lewes Castle, where kids can dress up in old costumes, fire a crossbow, use a crane to build their own arrowslit, and more. In summer, the castle’s garden hosts lots of family-friendly performances, while other seasonal events include an Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas activities.

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