How you can still enjoy Sussex delights... from the safety of your armchair

Tourism South East are highlighting the ways you can still travel around the south-east without leaving the comfort and safety of your own armchair.

Sunday, 5th April 2020, 11:13 am
Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo by Philip Vile

In coronavirus times, there are still ways to enjoy the area, as Irene Caswell, destination PR manager, points out.

“A webcam facing East at Brighton means people can still visit the beach. It features several key landmarks such as the Brighton Palace Pier; British Airways i360; the West Pier and the Brighton Bandstand. In addition to the live feed visitors can also scroll back through the last 24 hours to see dramatic sunrises: http://www.visitbrighton.com/information/weather/forecast/brighton

“artrepublic gallery is offering free virtual tours. Art lovers can book their virtual tour by calling 01273 724829 or email [email protected] and a member of the team will book in a video call to walk and talk you through the gallery.

“Located in the heart of Brighton’s iconic North Laine the gallery has one of the largest collections of framed limited edition and rare prints from internationally renowned artists and emerging talent. It has become a Brighton institution for over 27 years both as a source of art expertise and a location for art lovers to enjoy free art events from private views, to all access showcases, to a Kids Club offering free art lessons with guest appearances by the artists themselves. www.artrepublicgallery.com.”

You can also also escape to the world of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Wakehurst and learn a thing or two along the way.

“Virtual Kew offers inspiring visuals of our world-class living collections together with fun facts and activities for home, downloadable learning resources to support teachers, parents and pupils working at home. A treasure trove of botanical books among the highlights in Kew’s online shop.

“The RBG at Kew is sharing daily content on digital channels. From content generated by staff on the ground, up in the treetops and inside the glasshouses, to blogs, beautiful images and videos from both sites, they are trying to connect with a community of nature-loving individuals and renew people’s appreciation for the outdoors. Plus fun phone wallpapers that people can save to their devices, quizzes, relaxing moving images, tips for promoting wellbeing through nature and for Easter, a fun chocolate takeover week with a focus on cacao: http://www.kew.org/wakehurst/whats-on

You can also take a virtual tour of the Royal Pavilion providing 360 degree views of the Banqueting Room, Great Kitchen and Music Room. Each tour comes with a sample of the popular audio guide, available in a variety of languages.

And you can also browse the collections of Brighton & Hove Museums.

“Royal Pavilion & Museums Digital Media Bank makes its digitised collections and other assets available to download and share. These include art works, photographs and newspapers related to Brighton & Hove, and images and other media depicting its collections. https://dams-brightonmuseums.org.uk/assetbank-pavilion/action/viewHome.”

Also available is an online 360 tour at Chichester Festival Theatre: “Click on the opera glasses to explore the Festival Theatre, Minerva Theatre, our bars and restaurants and the Steven Pimlott Building. To access the virtual 360° view on a mobile device or tablet tap on: http://www.cft.org.uk/your-visit-take-a-tour

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