Christmas Lights Switch On 2015

Everyone in Brighton I know can’t wait until the Christmas Lights will be switched on. The event will officially kicks of the start to Brighton’s Christmas Season, with competitions, prizes and Santa himself will even be there!

Back by popular demand is the free-to-enter Christmas raffle, giving everyone in the crowd a chance to win a range of prizes ranging from Premier League football tickets, to restaurant vouchers and even a trip to see Santa in his grotto! There will also be live music courtesy of Juice FM and an opportunity to get photos with Santa. The event starts at 5pm and kicks off the Christmas Season for Brighton and Hove.

The Christmas lights switch on in Brighton is the largest seasonal display of lights on the south coast and as stated above it will be switched on at an event starting at 5pm on Thursday, November 19 on East Street. Seasonal characters in festive fancy dress, balloon modellers and stilt walkers will also be on hand, mingling with the crowd, spreading festive charm and entertaining the little ones.

Join us from 5pm on Thursday 19th November in East Street to countdown to the Brilliant Brighton Christmas Lights switch on 2015.

This year 2015 will be in partnership with local Charity Rockinghorse, and supporting this FREE event for the fourth year running will be Juice FM. This year we’ve got a packed stage, prize giveaway and some special guests to celebrate the start of the festive season in style.

Make sure you take your place at the Juice Stage on East Street to get your free raffle ticket for a chance to win one of our great prizes. If you don’t win, there’s still some stellar entertainment on offer from The Theatre Workshop, singing group Vocademy and local singer songwriter Hobbie Stuart.

This family friendly event is provided for the city by Brilliant Brighton, a collection of 517 businesses in the heart of the city.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink 2015

The ground outside the Royal Pavilion is being prepared for the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink again and we are exited to publish all the details you need to know. Yes the 2015 Christmas lights in Brighton still not being switched on and we have another reminder of Christmas being behind the corner. This time behind the corner of the Royal Pavilion.

We all know every year is Brighton’s Ice Rink in the Top 5 Ice Rinks in the whole UK and it will open the gates for its sixth year on November 7 2015 to January 17 2016 on the Royal Pavilion’s Eastern lawns in Brighton. It is the UK’s first sustainable rink, using a green energy tariff to freeze the ice and power up the attraction.

Set against the backdrop of the former Royal pleasure palace, it has space for 250 skaters per session, with a beginners’ area with penguin skate aids and skate sizes from ‘just walking’ to adult, offering seasonal fun and a unique festive experience.

In December, Father Christmas will on site on specific dates (check the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink’s Facebook & Twitter for latest updates about this).

And for adults, book a babysitter and enjoy some of their different themed nights such as Comedy evening, and live music events.

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Rink, with the ornate Regency pleasure palace as its backdrop, is open every day, and is a great way to round off a day of Christmas shopping. This year, the rink side Bar & Kitchen is serving up warming soups, mulled wine and marshmallow-topped hot chocolate.

Opening Times & Sessions

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is open 7th November 2015 – 17th January, 2016. Sessions must be booked through the on-site ticket office or via Ticketmaster and are one hour long.
Bar and restaurant open 9.30am – late. Box office open 9.45am – 9.45pm.


10:00 – 11:00
11:15 – 12:15
12:30 – 13:30
13:45 – 14:45
15:00 – 16:00
16:15 – 17:15
17:30 – 18:30
18:45 – 19:45
20:00 – 21:00
21:15 – 22:15

Peak sessions: All weekend sessions – all day All week days from 5.30pm – 10.15pm All day during Christmas period (12/12/15 – 3/1/16 inc)

Off-peak sessions:Week days (7/11/15 – 11/12/15 inc, and 4/1/16 – 17/1/16 inc) 10am – 5.15pm.Last off-peak session on a weekday is 4.15pm – 5.15pm.


Tickets can be bought on the door for skating sessions on the day or in advance. There’s no entry charge to spectate or visit the bar and restaurant. Skaters should aim to arrive 20 mins before their chosen session, especially if you have children. If you are late, you will be allowed on the ice but you may not have your full hour of skating. The largest skate boot is shoe size UK15 / European 49. The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is outdoor and skating continues whatever the weather so please dress appropriately.

Long coats, skirts and scarves should not be worn for visitor’s own safety. Please bear in mind, tickets are non refundable – if it’s raining, you will get wet! Once a ticket has been sold, the quota for that session is reduced – refunds will not be payable if visitors decide to cut short their session.

Children and families are given a warm welcome at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink. The smallest skate boot size available for children is 25 (age approx 3-4 years old), however a limited number of dual blades (‘bob skates’) are available for younger skaters. These are issued on a first come, first served basis. Parents must judge whether their children can skate safely.

  • Full price tickets (aged 12 and over) £13 peak session / £10 off-peak session.
  • Children (under 12) £8.50 peak session / £7 off-peak session.
  • Family £36 (2 full price tickets, 2 children or 1 full price ticket, 3 children)
  • School tickets £4 per head (students and teachers, not parents, off-peak only)
  • Students and Members of the Royal Pavilion £10 per peak session/£7 per off-peak session (Please note: We offer a student discount to customers in full time further or higher education if they hold a valid student photo ID card, and a discount to holders of a current Royal Pavilion membership card. This must be shown at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink Box Office on the day of skating, or customers will be charged the full ticket price.)
  • Groups 10% off group bookings (10 people or more, only available on full price and children’s tickets)
  • Season tickets Unlimited skating (subject to availability) Mon – Fri excluding Christmas Period (12/12/15 – 3/1/16 inc) Full price ticket £99, Juniors £69.
Please note: Booking of specific sessions in advance must be done via TM Groups Department or on-site Box Office. To skate, customers must show paper copy of their season ticket (or email confirmation) plus ID at on-site Box Office. Season tickets may not be used in combination with any other discount or concession. Club Rinkidinks Every day 10am to 11am – Children under 5 years of age skate for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price for their session.
Terms and conditions apply: Only 1 child under 5 may skate for free per paying adult. Tickets for any additional children will be charged at the standard rate for that session.
Skaters bringing own skates eligible for 50% off, from box office only, available on presentation of skates.
Phone: 0844 847 2352 (Calls cost 5p per minute. Network charges may vary)
I remember the time we went last year. Skating was great fun and the Pavilion is an amazing venue to skate in front of – particularly when it’s dark outside! You can just feel the Christmas in the air. The stewards are really helpful too, especially if you fall over as much as I did. Definitely looking forward to fall over few times again this year.

Brightona 2015 – the Brighton’s seafront bike show

Brightona is definitely my favourite bike show in Brighton with over 5.000 participants turning here year after year. Everyone is expecting this year (2015) will the numbers be even bigger. Not to mention, Brightona is already the biggest charity biking event in the south of England.

This year’s Brightona will take place on Sunday, 11 October 2015 along the Madeira Drive in Brighton. This event is organised to raise all-important funds for the Sussex Heart Charity.

Brightona displays

Thousands of people visit Brighton’s seafront each year to celebrate Brightona, which is now in its 12th year. This year, 2015, there will be a lot of competitions such as Best Bike in Show, Best Custom Bike or Best Hot Rod Display, also a massive display of bikes, scooters, trikes and quads. There will be live music taking place all day across three different stages, so please don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes, you’ll need them! You can expect to find lots of trade stalls, where you will be able to stock-up on your biking gear, bike parts, accessories, clothes and of course, memorabilia.

Brightona Charity Riders is a registered charity (Charity number: 1148200) and since 2003 it has managed to raise over £150,000 and has helped with the purchasing of life saving equipment to improve the lives of hundreds of people. Brightona organises events throughout the year, with the October Bike Show in Brighton being the largest one.

Entry to Brightona is free on foot, donations welcome of course. And £5 for bike and £10 for hot rod parking.

Some of the last year’s Brightona testimonials

“The Mayoress and I were delighted to support Brightona at their annual event in October; certainly less surprised than our neighbours when a splendid collection of trikes and bikes revved up to our house to collect us. Though the Mayoress is svelte and elegant by nature she was thrilled to jump into some jeans for the ride and doubly pleased when she realised that she would not have to wear a helmet – thereby saving her carefully coiffured hair – and enabling her to really rock her ‘biker chick’ chic!

The journey to the seafront was fun and a sight to behold for onlookers as our police escort kept us moving at a steady pace. Madeira Drive itself was thronged and the Mayoress and I shared a quick jive on arrival – only to be caught by a photographer for posterity … so much for the dignity of office!

Brightona do so much for charity and add so much to the reputation of our city; where else would a bunch of bikers be raising money for those less able? Only in Brighton & Hove; and as Mayor this year I was delighted to be given the ride of a lifetime.”

Ciir Brian Fitch, Mayor of Brighton & Hove

“Brightona 2014, one of the best ever held. The annual Brightona ride out to escort the Mayor of Brighton and Hove to open the event was led by organiser Abby Goldin assisted by 2 quick response vehicles and a Police motorcycle outrider. The Mayor Brian Fitch was accompanied by his wife Norah who rode on the back of Abby’s Harley Davidson trike leaving the Mayor to ride pillion on a my Harley Davidson motorcycle to the event. Thousands of bikers descended onto Brighton seafront to enjoy the bands on 3 stages, admire the custom bikes or make those special purchases from any one of the trade stalls up and down Madeira Drive. The event helped the Brightona Charity Riders raise a total of £26,000 this year for the Royal Sussex County Hospital’s Cardiac unit.”

Robert Every, Brightona


Don’t forget: Sunday, 11th October 2015 – Madeira Drive, Brighton

Brightona contact details:

Organiser: Abby Goldin
Tel: 01273 708151 or 07951 244079