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Botanica2018 in Brighton


Brighton is a famous seaside resort and charming city (on the south coast of England, in the county of East Sussex and almost immediately due south of the capital city London (76 km/47 mi). In 2000, the two neighbouring communities of Brighton and Hove joined together to form the unitary authority of the City of Brighton and Hove. Known for its Asian architecture and large gay community.


Brighton was a sleepy little fishing village, then known as Brighthelmstone, until Dr Richard Russell of Lewes began to prescribe the use of seawater for his patients. He advocated the drinking of seawater and sea-bathing in 1750. In 1753 he erected a large house near the beach for himself and for his patients. A further factor in Brighton's growth came in the early 19th Century when the Prince of Wales built the Royal Pavilion, an extravagant Regency building designed by John Nash. But it was only with the development of the railways, around 1840, that Brighton truly started to boom.

The city is convenient to London, and increasingly popular with media and music types who don't want to live in the capital. It is sometimes called "London-by-the-Sea" for this reason. Brighton is typically referred to as the gay capital of Britain. There is a significant gay district in Kemp Town which adds to the Bohemian atmosphere of the city. Brighton has long been the capital of decadence and hedonism in Britain. It is home to two universities, the University of Sussex (situated on the edge of the city at Falmer) [13] and the University of Brighton.

Brighton Pier has all the usual seafront arcade attractions. There is also the wreck of West Pier which was derelict for some time before finally burning down recently. The pier stands at the foot of the Grand Parade, south of the Old Steine.

In the summer, the pebble beach is covered in tourists and Brightonians alike. Poi twirlers strike a beautiful image against the sunsets, and flaming lanterns are launched into the air on summer evenings. To the east of Brighton there is a designated nudist beach. The pebble beach gives way to a flat sandy seabed just below mid tide line so time your swimming to the low tide and avoid the painful feet. Just beyond the Marina is an area for surfers. Fishermen cast their rods from the Marina or by the giant doughnut.

The Lanes -an area of small shops, the tumbled street plan reflecting the layout of the original fishing village of Brighton which was located here. Almost every shop in the Lanes is a jewelery shop, although there are also cafes, bars, record shops, a shop that sells vintage weapons, and a whole host of Italian restaurants.

The Old Steine The centrepiece of Brighton's 'floral gateway', this features a rotating selection of flowerbeds, a fountain, and cafe.


Additional attractions in brighton include Theatre Royal, Pavilion Theatre, Corn Exchange Theatre, Dome Concert Hall Theatre and music venues all located in the 'Cultural Quarter' that encompasses New Road, Jubilee Street and parts of North Laine. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery showcase history, culture and art to do with Brighton and beyond. An excellent permanent collection as well as brilliant exhibitions from international artists.

As you can see there is plenty to do in Brighton! We look forward to greeting you at Botancia2018.