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The following morning, it’s out with the traditional and in with the new, as I head off to Create Studios, a modern photography centre which relaunched last year.

There are various courses on offer, from specialist portrait tuition to general brush-up lessons. I learn some advanced DSLR techniques, before spending some time trying them out in the studio. 

Then, with my newly acquired flash skills, I head back to the beach to do some shooting.

There is a huge group of bikers who roar into Brighton most weekends.

They line the seafront as far as the eye can see and I take the chance to snap as many pictures of the gruff, leather-clad gang as I can.The day is disappearing fast so I hit the winding Brighton Lanes for some shopping.

The area is a mixture of organic cafes, off-beat boutiques and improvised car boot sales selling anything from DVDs to vintage knick-knacks.

It certainly is a feast for the eyes and senses, even if it’s tough on my wallet. 

Eventually I collapse with my bags at the fashionable new Lanes restaurant Yum Yum Ninja, which serves pan Asian tapas – so innovative, the dishes would have Heston Blumenthal gourmet-foaming at the mouth. 

I chomp what I can only describe as a posh scotch egg which looks like a deep-fried puffer fish  – a fittingly surreal end to what has been a genuinely quirky weekend beside the seaside.


Eat, Drink, Sleep

Pan Asian tapas delights await you at Yum Yum Ninja on Meeting House Lane. Dishes range from £1.50 for snacks to £60 for a Ninja House sharing platter.  

Moshimo (formerly Moshi Moshi) in Bartholomew Square offers up famously authentic Japanese dishes.

Small plates from £2.20 and mains from £8.50.  

Popular with locals and tourists alike, classic boozer The Bath Arms in the heart of the Lanes has a lively yet cosy atmosphere. Pints from £3.80.

Chill out with a cocktail or two at speakeasy-inspired Under The Tap (103 North Road, tel. 01273 933 484). With drinks starting at £5.95 you are sure to have plenty of change left for your taxi home.

Rest up at boutique guesthouse Snooze and have an amazing slap-up breakfast in the morning. Rooms from £55 per night.  

The Grapevine hostels are the perfect base for backpackers – one venue is near the beach and the other near the Lanes. Dorm beds from £8pppn.  


Getting there

Take the train from London Victoria, Blackfriars, St Pancras or London Bridge to Brighton with Southern Railways. Tickets start at £15.50 return.


Photos: TNT; Thinkstock


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