Christmas lights ’11

Switching of Christmas lights

This year Christmas Lights were switched on at 17:30 on Wednesday 16th of November in East Street.  Brand new christmas lights are extended to near city centre and are absolutely gorgeous. They are colourful, new and very pretty and you can feel Christmas spirit coming.

They were unveiled by Guy and Andrea from Juice FM, the cast of Spamalot, the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus and stars os the West End. Kids were dressed in fancy dresses with Christmas theme.

There were as well special Christmas guests such as Tatty Teddy dressed as a Santa which was happy to take pictures with lots of children. The kids fun kicked off at 17:30 a there was a lot of surprises and funny magic evening.

You can enjoy magic Christmas Brighton lights for next couple of months.

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Brighton and Hove football stadium

The Amex

New Brighton and Hove football stadium also called American Express Community Stadium, or The Amex, is a football stadium near the village of Falmer in Brighton. The stadium was designed by London-based Architects, KSS. It is £92 million purpose built home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

American Express Community Stadium in Brighton.

The stadium is set three storeys down into the ground. 138,000 cubic metres of chalk was excavated for stadiums construction. Construction officially started on 17 December 2008 and finished in May 2011. The West Stand is the largest three-tiered stand, which holds 11,833 fans, including 14 luxury boxes and the premium fans’ 1901 Club. The East Stand also known as The Family Stand holds 5,404 fans, with 10% reserved for away

fans during cup games. The North Stand has 2,688 seats and is occupied by many of the club’s more passionate fans. The South Stand, is for visiting away supporters which contains 2,575 seats.
The stadium is close to the A27 Brighton by-pass connecting it northbound to the A23 and M23 motorway towards London and southbound to the A270 and the city centre. There is pre-paid parking available for 2000 cars on the University of Sussex and the Falmer Academy sites. The club runs several park and ride services to the stadium. First one is at Mill Road situated at the A23/A27 intersection, which holds 500 cars. Second one is at Brighton Racecourse, holding approximately 700 cars. The third site is at Mithras House at Brighton University on the Lewes Road, holding approximately 300 cars. Match tickets come with travel vouchers valid for train, bus, and park and ride. The stadium is close to Falmer railway station.

Albion fans can now get an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of the club’s new home by booking on a guided tour of the Amex. The tours will run on Thursdays and are taking about two hours. Tour starts in  the West Stand reception and incorporate the hospitality lounges, art displays in the North, East, West Upper and West Lower concourses, the changing complex and dug outs.
Prices are £10 for adults, £5 for over 65s and under 18s. For community groups, schools or sports clubs there are cheaper tickets available and tour is every Thursday at 10:00, 14:00 and 18:00. Disabled customers are entitled to a free carers pass . Large group tours can be arranged at a day and time to suit, subject to tour guides’ availability.  Because of popular demand from Thursday 1st December the club will be introducing an additional public tour on Thursdays at 10.00, 13:00, 15:00 and 18:00.

There is about 5 football matches in a month. The AMEX aims to be licensed to host weddings from July and wedding fairs. Couple of weeks ago there was Move or Improve event and Baby Expo. There will be a lot of coming events, concerts and Christmas parties. On 1st and 2nd of July 2012 will AMEX turn into big music venue as Fatboy Slim is coming to perform. The Stadium is the most exciting new venue on the South Coast.

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Royal Pavilion Ice rink

Winter wonderland is coming back to Brighton. Royal Pavilion Ice rink will be open daily from 12th of November 2011 right through the Christmas, the New year, until 22nd of January 2012. It will be located in front of Royal Pavilion – Eastern Lawns, Royal Pavilion, 4-5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE. Building works have already started. This year they want to enlarge it to 800sqm rink with a capacity of 250 people a time. Around 700 visitors a day visited the attraction last year with more than 110 jobs temporarily created.

You will be able to find there as well:

  • a beautiful rinkside restaurant/café, open from 9:00-1:00
  • heated Regency inspired bar, open from 10:00-00:30
  • toilets, including a disabled toilet and baby change facilities
  • on skate hire booth – the smallest skate boot is shoe size European 25 (age approx 3 to 4 years old and the largest skate boot is shoe size UK15 / European 49
  • cloakroom facility which charges £1 for up to 2 items
  • bicycle parking

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Ice rink will be running in hourly sessions starting at 10:00, 11:15, 12:30, 13:45, 15:00, 16:15, 17:30, 18:45, 20:00 and finishing at 21:15. Skaters should aim to arrive 20 minutes before their chosen session. Tickets are only valid for the date and session time booked and are strictly non transferable or refundable – it does not matter if is going to rain or snow.

Tickets are available online from Ticketmaster or from Box Office which will be located near the rink. Price depends on session you are going to and is £10 and £13 for Adults and £7 and £8.50 for Child. There are also tickets available for students and members of the Pavilion which is £8.50 and Family Ticket for 2 Adults and 2 Children under 12 years old for £8.50.

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