Brighton: the home of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Palace Pier (and the ruined West Pier) and Brighton i360, it’s fondly known as the unofficial gay capital of the UK, and more officially the green capital of the country, too.


It’s where we’ve listened to spoken word events in pubs, danced the night away in ProudBrighton, and gotten lost in Snoopers Attic.

If you’re lucky enough to either live in Brighton or have a trip to the seaside city in the diary, you might be looking for things to do. Like Batman to the Bat Signal, the Going Out team are here to suggest some top experiences which you’ll remember for years to come.

Whether you’re looking for a London theatre show, golf gift experience, steam train experience or murder mystery experience, in big cities which host the best London experience gifts and Manchester experience gifts, the Going Out team have researched the top activities to cross off your bucket list.

We’ve selected experiences from reputable experience days retailers such as Buyagift and Indytute, which offers flexible bookings. For example, Indytute provides free exchanges — so if someone doesn’t like their experience gift, they can swap it for a preferred one — and the option to gift via email voucher or post.

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In our specially-selected Brighton gift experiences, we’ve chosen activities for couples, friends, and plenty of outdoor activities too (fingers crossed for the summer weather we all deserve!), with days out ranging from foraging and kayaking to cooking classes and crafting.

For the best UK family days out, be sure to check out our guide.

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Easter may be over but spring has just begun, so what better way to enjoy the improving weather than with an unforgettable – and more importantly, discounted – experience?

As a gift for you, we’re offering a number of exclusive discount codes on experiences at Buyagift, a reputable company which features in our Brighton experience gift guide.

The codes last from now until 30th April and secures you up to 22% off the best days out. Simply enter these codes on checkout and watch the price tumble away.


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Best Brighton experience gifts 2024

Best Brighton outdoor activities

Forage and Feast Experience

Meal at the Forage and Feast experience in Brighton.
Forage and Feast. Indytute

Take a walk on the wild side… Wild food, that is! When you walk amongst nature, do you take notice of the things around you? And do you notice how fungi, fruit and wild plants could make up your lunch? The Forage and Feast experience in Brighton will ensure you view nature through a different lens.

In this activity, you’ll walk around the city’s largest park (the Stanmer nature reserve) and learn from professional forage guides about how to forage. After the walk and talk, you’ll eat a delicious foraged lunch, all prepared by a professional chef.

Buy Forage and Feast Experience from £55 at Indytute

If you like the outdoors, be sure to check out the best London walking tours.

Coastal and Seaweed Foraging

People walking on the Coastal and Seaweed Foraging experience in Brighton
Coastal and Seaweed Foraging. Indytute

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside! When tasked with selecting unique gift experiences for Brighton, the Going Out team couldn’t resist including this quintessentially seaside activity: coastal and seaweed foraging.

This experience will see you visiting the sea and the clifftops of Brighton, and you’ll get to watch the sunset as you learn all about seaweed and sea herbs - did you know seaweeds have been used for everything from eating to paying taxes, and for salts and medicines?

Buy Coastal and Seaweed Foraging from £40 at Indytute

Yoga and Forest Bathing

Woman lying on a tree in the Yoga and Forest Bathing experience in Brighton
Yoga and Forest Bathing. Indytute

Looking to reduce stress, improve your memory, and regain clarity? Aren’t we all! This Yoga and Forest Bathing experience promises to do just that. You’ll head to the South Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty, to experience the Japanese exercise called Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing). In the exercise, you’ll learn to connect with nature and practice calmness.

Buy Yoga and Forest Bathing from £35 at Indytute

Looking to book in some well-deserved R&R? Take a look at the more conventional best London spa days.

Kayaking Experience

People kayaking in Brighton.
Kayaking. Buyagift

It may be April (the month notoriously known for showers), but we’re already noticing signs of a long, hot summer, and what better activity to do to soak up the sun than a kayaking experience on the Brighton seafront?

No prior experience is necessary with this kayaking experience — the experts at Hatt Adventures will kit you out and run through how to use each piece of equipment before you head out onto the water. In the next two hours, you’ll practise various kayaking skills, such as rescue techniques and capsize drills.

Buy Kayaking Experience for £45 at Buyagift

Best Brighton dining experiences

Sky High Adventure with Afternoon Tea

The British Airways i360 glass pod in Brighton.
Sky High Adventure with Afternoon Tea. Indytute

This next gift is three experiences rolled into one, and is sure to spark the debate: jam or cream first on your scone? (Cream first is a hill the Going Out team would die on). First up on your agenda is the British Airways i360 glass pod, a lift and viewing platform from which, on a clear day, you can see the Isle of Wight (over 49 miles away).

After the viewing experience, head on over to the Brighton Pavilion. This iconic structure was built as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, in 1787, and in more recent popular culture history, it was recreated by Joe Black in an outfit on RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Next up, you’ll enjoy a cream tea in The Hotel Metropole; tuck into sandwiches, tarts, eclairs, fruity and plain scones, as well as various teas from an extensive tea leaf collection — we’ll take an English Breakfast then a Jasmine Pearl, please!

Buy Sky High Adventure with Afternoon Tea from £137 at Indytute

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Entry to Brighton Pavilion and Fish and Chips at Harry Ramsden's

The afternoon tea at the Entry to Brighton Pavilion and Fish and Chips at Harry Ramsden's experience
Entry to Brighton Pavilion and Fish and Chips at Harry Ramsden's. Buyagift

When you saw ‘best Brighton dining experiences’ as a category in this eclectic guide, we hope you didn’t think it meant fine dining — this is the seaside, after all, home of fish and chips!

This activity from reputable experience gift company Buyagift gives you and a loved one entry to Brighton Pavilion, then a delicious fish and chip meal at Harry Ramsden's. But this isn’t just any fish and chip meal, it’s an afternoon tea fish and chips. You’ll savour homemade fishcakes, onion rings, brioche fish butties, bread and butter pudding, and banana fritters with caramel sauce.

Buy Entry to Brighton Pavilion and Fish and Chips at Harry Ramsden's for £76 £69 (save £7 or 9%) at Buyagift

Best things to do in Brighton for couples

Brighton Coast RIB Ride and Lighthouse Tour

Beachy Head lighthouse.
Brighton Coast RIB Ride and Lighthouse Tour. Mark Jarvis via Getty Images

This journey will take you and your other half across Seaford Bay and past Seaford Head, towards Birling Gap and the Belle Tout Lighthouse along the Sussex Heritage Coast, and to the Beachy Head Lighthouse: an impressive 33-metre tall lighthouse which stands at the base of the beautiful chalk cliffs. When you reach Beachy Head, be sure to keep an eye out for harbour porpoises and harbour seals.

Buy Brighton Coast RIB Ride and Lighthouse Tour from £45 at Experience Days

Personalised Silver Ring Making Workshop

Woman making a ring.
Personalised Silver Ring Making Workshop. Arno Images via Getty Images

Usually with experiences, you’ll leave with the memory of the fantastic day you’ve had - but without a physical gift. If you’re looking for an experience which gives you a piece of memorabilia to take home with you, this ring making workshop is just the ticket.

During the Personalised Silver Ring Making Workshop, you’ll craft a beautiful ring in just two hours! You’ll start by designing your ring, with the tutor on hand to ensure your ring will be wearable, then you’ll craft the ring in blue jeweller’s wax before it’s sent to the workshop to be cast in silver to your specification.

Buy Personalised Silver Ring Making Workshop from £99 at Experience Days

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a crafter, take a look at the best pottery classes.

Best Brighton activities for groups

Plastic Up-cycling Workshop

Woman cutting recycled plastic in the Plastic Up-cycling Workshop.
Plastic Up-cycling Workshop. Indytute

If you and your friends have a passion for sustainability, this up-cycling workshop will be right up your street. In the class, you’re invited to bring your own plastic to recycle, although (as is sadly the case in most cities) there’s no lack of plastic waste in the studio already; the workshop operates a free rubbish collection service around Brighton and Hove.

In the workshop, you’ll learn the art of melting and shaping to create things such as a cheese board and coaster, which you can keep forever.

Buy Plastic Up-cycling Workshop from £150 at Indytute

Wing Surf Taster

People wing surfing in the sea.
Wing Surf Taster. Taro Hama @ e-kamakura via Getty Images

This wing surf taster session located at Hove Lagoon is perfect for groups of up to six. In the class, you’ll be tutored by RYA Wingfoiling instructors who will teach you how to keep afloat, and fly the wing ashore. You’ll also learn how to stand and kneel on the board, and perform a gybe (changing direction) and self rescue. The wing surf taster session lasts two hours and, dare we say, you and your friends will be experts by the end of it!

Buy Wing Surf Taster for £90 at Into The Blue

Drag Brunch with Bottomless Cocktails

The table at Drag Brunch with Bottomless Cocktails for Two at Proud Brighton.
Drag Brunch with Bottomless Cocktails for Two at Proud Brighton. Buyagift

If the wing surfing and wakeboarding classes aren’t your group of friends’ cup of tea, how does a drag brunch with bottomless cocktails sound? Located at Proud Brighton (a historic venue which actually first opened in 1865), you’ll enjoy a Drag Extravaganza Brunch with lip-syncing queens and fierce routines, while eating a tasty two-course meal and drinking bottomless cocktails.

Buy Drag Brunch with Bottomless Cocktails for £40 at Buyagift

Brighton Cookery Class Experience

Fancy yourself as a bit of a chef? Would you like to make bao buns, vegan Indian cuisine, Japanese food or plant-based dishes? Then step right this way into our office — we mean kitchen!

Booking this activity couldn’t be easier: simply redeem the voucher online, contact the cookery school to book your class of choice, then turn up on your chosen date. There’s no need to bring anything with you, as your chef will provide all of the equipment, ingredients and aprons.

Over the next three hours, you’ll try your hand at creating a perfectly fluffy bao bun, a delicious katsu curry, or a crowd-pleasing plant-based meal, learning tips that you can put to good use in your own kitchen as you go. Once the whole group has finished making their meal, you’ll sit down together as a class to enjoy eating your hard work!

Buy Brighton Cookery Class Experience from £65 at Experience Days

Have a sweet tooth? Then check out these chocolate making classes instead.


Woman wakeboarding on a lake
Wakeboarding. Jonas Jungblut via Getty Images

Think you have what it takes to ollie on a wakeboard? Try your hand at this one-hour wakeboarding session. Each wakeboarding class is run by experienced BWSW (British Water Ski & Wakeboard) instructors, who will talk you through a safety briefing, the basics of wakeboarding, and skills such as riding switch and ollies.

Buy Wakeboarding from £55 at Into The Blue

Best Brighton aquarium experiences

SEA LIFE Brighton

Jellyfish at SEA LIFE Brighton.
SEA LIFE Brighton. Photo by Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Did you know SEA LIFE Brighton is the world’s oldest aquarium, having opened its doors in 1872? At the SEA LIFE centre, you’ll have the chance to ride on a glass bottom boat and get up close and personal with turtles and sharks (not biting-distance close, though), come face-to-face with an anaconda and piranhas, get hands-on with starfish and sea anemones in the rockpool, and see rays, octopuses and fish.

As conservation is at the heart of everything SEA LIFE Brighton does, you’ll learn all about the threats marine life face in the Conservation Cove.

Buy SEA LIFE Brighton tickets from £24 £20.50 (save £3.50 or 15%) at

When is Brighton Pride 2024?

Pride balloon banner at Brighton Pride.
Brighton Pride. photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images

One of the most fun things to do in Brighton is to attend Brighton Pride! The Going Out team have been to Nottingham Pride, Manchester Pride and London Pride, and this summer, we've set our sights on Brighton Pride. In 2024, Brighton Pride will take place over the 2nd to 5th August weekend.

While you're in Brighton, be sure to check out our list of top experiences to make the weekend a truly memorable one.

How do I get to Brighton?

The easiest way to get to Brighton is via train. The Brighton and Hove area has eight stations, with rail connections such as Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express all operating services to and from the stations. The main station in Brighton — which will take you to the heart of the city's action — it is simply called Brighton Station.

If you're on the lookout for cheap train tickets (aren't we all!), one of the easiest ways to ensure discounted travel is to pick up a Railcard for 1/3 off the overall ticket price.

Buy a Railcard from £30 at Trainline

How far is Brighton from London?

Brighton is approximately one hour from London from Victoria and St Pancras stations, and, best of all, there's no change when you travel from these stations. Brighton is a great day trip if you're travelling from London, and gives us Londoners a much-needed dose of sea air! The Thames isn't really cutting it at the moment...


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