Best of Brighton: A Brightonians Guide to The Must-Do's in The City

Best of Brighton: A Brightonians Guide to The Must-Do's in The City

Best of Brighton: A Brightonian’s Guide to The ‘Must-Do’s” when in The City

Develop conference is always a team favourite at Skillsearch and largely the reason behind this is that it takes place in the city that we know and love. As our offices are based in the heart of the Lanes, I thought it would be nice to pass on some of our local knowledge of some of the activities you can’t miss whilst in our seaside city. 

Don’t forget this year Play@Develop is back! After two years off due to Covid, our beachside event in aid of SpecialEffect is once again taking place on the second day of Develop (Wednesday 13th July), down at Loading Bar! Expect drinks in the sun, raffles, competitions and more, with some of the best company the games industry has to offer. Click here to reserve your FREE ticket now

Without further ado, let’s get into my top activity recommendations! 

Psst... Keep an eye on our socials for our raffle prizes announcement as some of the below venues might just have some vouchers on offer...


British Airways i360

This is one you literally cannot miss. If you’re standing outside of the Develop venue, look just to your right and the giant pole sticking out of the beach? That’s the i360. It’s undeniable that it really does offer Brighton’s best view – a 360 panoramic experience with both the sea and the city sprawled out below you, it’s truly a unique experience!

The British Airways i360

Image source: Visit Brighton


Brighton Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is also a must-see. The historic house and it’s beautiful gardens built for King George IV really does stand out among the hustle and bustle of the city centre. A stroll around the gardens and a peek inside at the stunning interior is well worth a visit!

The Royal Pavilion in Brighton

Image source: Britannica


Brighton Palace Pier

The Palace Pier is another one you simply can't miss! With free admission where you can enjoy rides, bars, restaurants, a classic arcade and plenty more, this one has to be on the bucket list for a sunny afternoon in Brighton!

Brighton Palace PierImage source: My Hotels



If you’re looking for some evening entertainment, Komedia is here for you as both the cultural and geographical heart of the city! With a diverse programme of arts and entertainment from comedy to cabaret and everything in between, you’re always in for a great night here!

KOMEDIA - a comedy club in Brighton

Image source: Sussex Visitor


Brighton Zip

Fancy an adrenaline rush as a break from the conference? Take a stroll down to Brighton Zip – the longest and fastest zip wire along the south coast. Running along the beach and offering a stunning sea view, you can take a solo ride or race alongside a friend thanks to their dual lines! Perfect for a breath of fresh air after a day at Develop.

Someone zip lining at Brighton Zip

Image source: Brighton Zip


Pier Pressure

Another great opportunity to let your hair down after a busy conference day, Pier Pressure escape rooms offer fun and unique puzzles, racing against time to your goal: escaping the room! Based in the city centre, this one’s definitely worth some time out of your trip!

Pier Pressure Escape Rooms

Image source: The Logic Escapes Me


Lucky Voice

Our last recommendation is perfect for letting your hair down post-conference! The Lucky Voice karaoke bar gives you the chance to sing and dance the night away in your own private roomy, whilst enjoying cocktails and snacks, delivered to your booth!

A karaoke booth at Lucky Voice

Image source: Lucky Voice



Play@Develop - a charity event on the beach for SpecialEffect

Finally, we couldn’t get together a list of must-do's without plugging our charity event for SpecialEffect! Every year Skillsearch hosts a beachside event called Play@Develop on the second day of Develop Conference where we try to raise as much money as possible for SpecialEffect! Get all the details including your FREE ticket here! And stay in the loop with updates and announcements by following us on Twitter @Play_At_Develop

Tweet us with the hashtag #PlayAtDevelop to let us know you’re coming!

We can’t wait to see you there...

Quick Directory

  • Taxi number: 01273 20 20 20  
  • Closest place to buy toothpaste, sun cream or anything you may have forgotten – Boots   
  • Closest Electronic shop – Currys PC World.   


Hopefully those tips have given you some inspiration of where to head to take a break from the conference! If you are going to be at Develop this year and want any other local tips feel free to contact me at 

Look out for the Skillsearch team at the conference, wearing their Skillsearch t-shirts, with Pyxel on the back, and let us know on Twitter if you’re coming along to join us at Play@Develop this year!

Giles Fenwick

Director of Games and Interactive

Giles runs our Gaming & Interactive division and specialises in forming tight knit teams, whether that’s for a studio or in our office. He represented his county at rugby for every age group from 12 onwards which no doubt helped him to cultivate his excellent understanding of team dynamics. Giles is known for his warmth and willingness to take time to work through any issues that may arise, although make sure you don’t try and share his food as then you won’t be getting a warm welcome – Giles doesn’t share food!

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