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What to do in Brighton when visiting The WhatHouse? Show

The WhatHouse? Show is taking place in Brighton at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on the weekend of 27 and 28 September. The exhibition will showcase a number of housebuilders promoting new- build homes in the area, estate agents, retirement specialists and companies offering UK and international holiday homes. In addition there will a varied daily programme of speakers and presentations on a huge range of topics of interest to buyers and investors.

For those travelling from further afield to the seaside town, known as ‘London-by-the-Sea’ we have put together our top 5 recommendations for things to do in Brighton after you have been to The WhatHouse? Show.

1. Venture through the North Laine

Brighton North Laine

Once you’ve left The WhatHouse? Show, why not take in Brighton’s wealth of quirky independent shops?

This vibrant part of the city is filled with independent shops and boutiques, cafés and entertainment venues. Sitting just below Brighton station, the North Laine is a great place to start and gives you a real feel for this quirky city. Pop into unique stores such as Vegetarian Shoes or artsy Pen to Paper and make sure to check out Snoopers Paradise on Kensington Gardens, a treasure trove of antiques, vintage bric-a-brac and curiosities.

2. Visit Brighton Art Fair

Taking place on the same weekend as The WhatHouse? Show is the Brighton Art Fair, so why not pick up some pictures for your property? The largest annual art exhibition on the south coast brings together buyers, artists, galleries and curators at the historical Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange. Visitors can meet the artists and learn about their inspirations, techniques and upcoming projects.

3. Get foodie

You might expect fish and chips to be the meal of the day in this seaside town, but Brighton has a foodie scene to rival London’s. For an eclectic breakfast experience, try out The Marwood on Ship Street with its green eggs and ham and excellent coffee. For Brighton’s best loved veggie cuisine, dine at Iydea for lunch – a bustling café in the North Laine with a focus on healthy vegetarian fare. Afternoon tea should be had at The Mock Turtle, a hidden gem and Brighton’s oldest café, with lovely handmade cakes served on blue and white china. With an emphasis on locally-sourced produce, The Gingerman is an intimate restaurant tucked away on Norfolk Square and definitely worth the extra walk there for dinner – food is lovingly created and the atmosphere is distinctively neighbourly.

4. Take the artist trail

The Artist Quarter Brighton

The Artist Quarter

What was once fishermen’s arches, has now become studios where more than a dozen artists produce and sell their work. The Artist Quarter is situated right along the pebbly seafront, to the west of the infamous Brighton Pier. Displays range from stained glass and oil on canvas to wrought iron work, encompassing a wide range of materials and art styles. Walk further along the trail and you’ll find yourself in the Fishing Quarter, complete with its own fishing museum and small food shacks selling cockles and jellied eels.

5. Laugh the night away

Brighton’s entertainment scene is one of the most thriving in the country, offering a selection of theatre shows, concerts and comedy gigs. The Grade II listed Theatre Royal plays host to Noel Coward’s comedy of bad manners, Hay Fever, on Friday and Saturday – for a pre-theatre dinner you could try out Fat Boy Slim’s Japanese restaurant, Oki-Nami. Or why not laugh out loud at Komedia on Gardner Street at the Krater Comedy Club? Alternatively, listen to the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the concert hall at the Brighton Dome.

Register for free tickets to The WhatHouse? Show online at

Opening times are 10.00am to 5.00pm on 27 and 28 September and the address is Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU.

Over 20 exhibitors already confirmed

Just under a month from the event, already there are 21 confirmed exhibitors at The WhatHouse? Show taking place ion 27-28 September.

The list demonstrates the diversity of the companies that are being targeted to exhibit at the event, offering house-hunters in Brighton and all over the south and southeast of England the opportunity to meet a wide variety of developers and agents first hand.

Visitors can talk to representatives selling mix of UK new-build and re-sale property, starter homes available under Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes, purpose-built retirement property and overseas homes. Specialists in legal, financial and foreign exchange matters, interior design experts and other related services will also be present at the show. There will be a full programme of free seminars offering information and advice over the whole weekend.

What’s more, Juice FM will be broadcasting from The WhatHouse? Show all day on the Saturday, so it promises to be a lively and fun event that the whole family will enjoy while they find their new home.

Here’s a list of confirmed exhibitors at The WhatHouse? Show as of today (2 September 2014):

  • Churchill Retirement Living (UK retirement)
  • Crystal Shore Properties (Spain)
  • Currencies Direct (foreign exchange specialists)
  • Egyptian Experience (Egypt)
  • Feltrim (Florida, USA)
  • Gascoignes International (Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Italy, Spain, St Lucia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos)
  • Hyde New Homes (UK)
  • Ideal Homes Portugal (Portugal)
  • Leggett Immobilier (France)
  • Lycia Properties (Turkey)
  • MASA International (Spain)
  • Mishon Mackay (UK)
  • Orient Desert Real Estate (Dubai)
  • Orka Homes (Turkey)
  • Redrow Homes (UK new homes)
  • Renaissance Villages (UK retirement)
  • Simon Conn Financial Services (overseas property finance)
  • spicerhaart (UK new homes)
  • Susan Fisher Design (interior design)
  • Taylor Wimpey España (Spain)
  • TM Real Estate (Spain)

Visit this website regularly to keep up-to-date with additional exhibitors and follow us on Twitter (@What_House) for daily news and updates.