Echoing the green of Hove Lawns, the Regency homes of Brunswick Town were built encircling beautiful gardens which were intended for private use of the residents only. Thankfully the gardens within Adelaide Crescent, Palmeira Square and Brunswick Square are now open to the public; bringing a touch of the countryside to the coast. Picnics can be enjoyed during the spring and summer months when they are often more peaceful than the beach. Brunswick Square hosts a two-weekend community festival during August with live music, food stalls and a children’s parade, and is one of the longest running festivals in the city enjoying its 40th year in 2021.
A hidden gem, just a few minutes north from Hove Station is Hove Park covering 40 acres with immaculate lawns, mature trees and a 2km running path on its perimeter. Popular with families, dog walkers and fitness fans alike, there are tennis courts, a well-equipped children’s play area, a community café offering delicious bites, and there are several outdoor fitness classes running every day of the week. Acknowledging the Engineerium which stands overlooking the park, there is also a miniature railway which runs for 2000ft along the park’s edge and is open from March-October for children to ride.
Hove is abundant with boutique and independent retailers looking to put some creative flair into your shopping experience. At the western end of Western Road and throughout Church Road, you’ll find gorgeous fashions, bespoke interiors and designers tempting you inside with evocative window displays.
George Street also offers a wide variety of independent shops and is pedestrianised so you can potter in peace and sit outside at one of the many cafes for refreshments.
Music and Entertainment
Brighton & Hove has long been heralded as the city of arts and culture, with its showcase in the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe which have been running throughout May since 1967. It is the largest and most established multi-arts festival in England, and is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events, which takes place in both familiar and unusual venues throughout the city including The Old Market Theatre in Brunswick Town. Hove Lawns also host circus acts, Foodie Festivals and theatre performances, while the Artist’s Open Houses have several trails throughout Hove.
In its wake, many more festivals were born to celebrate Brighton & Hove’s unique culture and character, including Brighton Digital Festival and The Great Escape for music, and Brighton Pride – whose colourful parade starts on the Hove Lawns, to celebrate diversity and equality.
For big name music events look no further than Hove Country Cricket Ground which has been host to Lionel Ritchie and Elton John in recent years and has the biggest and best firework display on November 5th each year.