Our top things to do on an active city break in Brighton

Booking a staycation to Brighton & Hove and looking for activity ideas?

Brighton is famous for many things and one thing is for sure, it is #NeverNormal.  From the famous pebble beaches, beautiful regency buildings, vibrant nightlife to its boho vibes, there is so much to see and do.  But if you are looking to add some adrenaline to your staycation in our wonderful city then Brighton will not disappoint.

Here are our top suggestions for an active city break in Brighton.

Paddle Boarding in the Sea

SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) has exploded in popularity and is the fastest growing water sport in the World.  As such, it’s a popular activity with both locals and tourists and there are plenty of places in the city to get your SUP fix. Whether you’re a beginner and in need of lessons, or a paddleboarding pro, get down to Brighton beach and give paddleboarding a go – it’s a great way to view the city from the water.

Check out these paddleboarding companies here:

Paddleboarding Brighton

Brighton Watersports

Lagoon Watersports Hove

We’re a city by the sea – making it the perfect place to dabble in water sports! Whether you are a watersport aficionado or just want to give wakeboarding or waterskiing a go for the first time, Hove Lagoon Watersports is one of the best watersports centres in the country and a great place to visit on a trip to the city.

Find out more about Hove Lagoon Watersports here.

Cycling tour of the city

For those of you who prefer to explore a city on dry land, why not hire a bike and enjoy a cycling tour of the city? Whether you are looking for a coastal tour along the undercliff, a rural countryside tour across the South Downs National Park, or a tour through the lanes in the centre of the city – there’s a cycle path for everyone!

Check out these great cycle tours:

Cycle Brighton

Brighton and Hove cycle map

Jolly Explorer Tours 

Brighton Beach Bikes

iDrop Experience at British Airways i360 Viewing Tower

If you’re looking for an activity that really gets the blood pumping, then our iDrop experience is the perfect activity for you! Step out of the BA i360 pod, 450ft above Brighton beach and take in the sweeping coastal and city views as you glide down from the viewing tower.  It’s the highest descent in the UK and the views are out of this world.

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Brighton Zip

One of the latest attractions to Brighton is Brighton Zip, specially designed for our seaside city. Soar over Brighton beach on this high-speed 300-metre dual zip line, the only one of its size in the south. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, take a ride on the drop zone for a 24-meter freefall experience.

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Yellowave Beach Sports

Brighton’s very own sandy beach. Yes, we do have some sand!  This is the perfect place for sports enthusiasts wanting to play beach volleyball, footvolley, beach football and more. Set on Brighton beach, Yellowave is the first centre of its kind in the UK with a dedicated team passionate about beach volleyball and sand-based sports.

You can hire a court by the hour, or if you need some lessons, they also offer beginner and intermediate coaching classes too!

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Paragliding

Brighton skies are often seen dotted with multicolour paragliders. This daredevil but peaceful sport has been a popular activity in Brighton for years, building a reputation for some of the best places to launch a paraglider in the UK.  With views of the rolling South Down Hills and beautiful coastal cliffs, it’s not hard to understand why. If you’re a seasoned pro or looking to experience this magical sport for the first time, then our city is the perfect place to take part and we’re home to some of the top paragliding schools in the UK!

Click here for a guide to paragliding in Sussex

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