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Brighton & Hove

The cosmopolitan English coastal town of Brighton & Hove will be hosting the 9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium 2016.

Located just an hour by train from London, on the edge of the South Downs National Park, Brighton is renowned for its culture, restaurants, independent shopping and nightlife. Offering energetic city living alongside a laid-back beach culture, Brighton is regularly rated one of the happiest places in the UK.

Brighton came to prominence at the end of the Georgian period, at the beginning of the 18th century, when the Prince Regent chose to base himself here. Overnight he turned a sleepy fishing town into one of the most fashionable places to be seen in Europe. George built his fantastical Royal Pavilion – a pastiche of oriental styles that still amazes visitors today – and hosted extravagant parties and dinners for kings, queens and ambassadors, prepared by the famous chef Antonin Carême. The Brighton seafront quickly developed as the rich and famous moved down from London, and today the grand Regency crescents and terraces that line the seafront maintain a sense of grandeur.

As well as attending the ICCWS, there are plenty of things to do and see in the city within walking distance, including Brighton’s iconic Pier and the SEALIFE centre, the world’s oldest operating aquarium and host to one of our evening networking events.  Or if you want to venture further a field, take a trip into the surrounding areas to discover some of the famous Sussex countryside, home to historic castles, including Arundel, Battle Abbey and Bodium, dating back to the Norman Conquest of 1066, visit a neighbouring vineyard or two or just take a stroll along the famous South Downs.

Before or after the Symposium, for an idea of which of Brighton’s many tasty restaurants, bars or pubs to visit, check out the winners of Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival’s annual Food & Drink Awards, and look up the places in the restaurants/cafés Tab

Brighton is the jewel in the crown of the England’s south coast, download your map here to explore the city, we look forward to warmly welcoming you!

For further information, head to the official Brighton tourism guide, www.visitbrighton.com