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ADULT EDUCATION COURSES, TOMORROWORKSHOPS, TALKS, TOURS, EVENTS 2018 

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JULY-AUGUST:                                                              
PRESTON MANOR
 (End of Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6SD -entry off Preston Drove) 
Free parking, buses stop nearby, Preston Park railway station nearby 
BEHIND THE SCENES
Friday 24 August
11.15a.m-12.45pm 
Explore parts of Preston Manor not on the public route. From cosy private rooms inhabited by the first curator and family, in 1930s, to a secret wartime operations room in the cellar, this tour reveals hidden spaces and shows Preston Manor in a fascinating new light.
Guided by Sarah Tobias and Paula Wrightson 
£15 book in advance (starts with tea/coffee & biscuits)
Early booking advised as places are limited Tel: 03000 290902


      International Summer School
For students 18-24 years from non-UK countries

COOL BRITANNIA: HOW FASHION SHAPED BRITISH CULTURE  (1800-2018)


Session 2: 4 weeks 23 July-16 August
Tutor Sarah Tobias 

Field trips include: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of London, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum (London) 


http://www.sussex.ac.uk/iss/modules/directory/2016/63449
(2017 fee £1,558 for 15 credit module plus housing £158 per week & field trips fee £65) 
                                                 
SEPTEMBER 2018: 
6-9 & 13-16 September Heritage Open Days - 
free events, talks, tours open houses.    
Brighton Open Doors: http://www.rth.org.uk/whats-on/open-door  

The Grand Cemetery Tour 
(Woodvale and Extra-Mural, Brighton)
Saturday 8 September 11am Guide Sarah Tobias
Only 20 places available which have to be pre-booked.
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The Feibusch Mural at St Wilfrid's 
(corner Elm Grove/Whippingham Road, Brighton)  
        Friday 14 September 11am-1pm  Guides Stephen Lansley & Sarah Tobias
No pre-booking required

Preston Manor, Brighton 
(free parking buses stop nearby)
AROMATIC EDWARDIANS
An unusual house tour with smells!
What did the past smell like? This intriguing house tour lifts the lid on the scents of yesteryear from backstairs and bucket to bathroom and boudoir.

Friday 28 September 11.15am-12.30pm 
Tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival.
Guided by Paula Wrightson (venue manager) & Sarah Tobias

Admission £15 Booking opens August Tel: 03000 290902
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2018-19

ADULT EDUCATION COURSES
Book early to ensure a place, some courses fill up quickly
Sessions are leisurely and friendly - no homework!

1A Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA
All courses taught on Pelham Street campus unless otherwise stated e.g. Preston Manor (historic house)
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AUTUMN 2018

Elegance and Enlightenment: English Society in the Eighteenth Century

A course for lovers of the arts and social history, looking at elegant Georgian life and the many innovations and developments in a time of enlightenment and advances in all aspects of eighteenth century life for rich and poor. 
Course aims and information
We study an age of elegant living, enlightenment, the arts, culture, literature, the Grand Tour, scientific experiment, observance of nature and new ideas. There were many innovators, inventors and original thinkers spawned in this era and we see the Industrial Revolution and all that it inspired, including the use of mass-produced goods, textiles, machinery and technology. 
  Science, anatomy and the study of the human form were of great interest. This was also the age of travel with improvements to roads and carriages which led to coaching inns. The era saw the beginnings of consumerism and shopping and was a period of ideas and advancement in every form and the beginnings of our modern society.  
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, prints and paintings.

10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm start 17 September
Pelham Street campus. Ref no:  COM142                  Fee: A £119 B £90 C £69 
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767 
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-elegance-enlightenment-english-society-in-the-eighteenth-century
ONLY THREE PLACES LEFT!

Conflict and Revolution: The Stuart Age 1603-1702

This interesting, exciting period of history witnessed the commercial development and importance of overseas trade, as well as agriculture, industry, technology and science – all having an impact on our modern society.
Course aims and information
We study themes of population, agriculture, social and domestic life and women’s role in this period.  After the 1688 Glorious Revolution came a time of restoration and rebuilding including Christopher Wren’s St Pauls Cathedral and other large-scale building
This fascinating period witnessed the foundation of the Bank of England (1694) and the growth of London.  Social activities and pastimes include food and dining (and a few recipes), manners etiquette, clubs and coffee houses. We also study how men and women’s fashions were changing, cultural and intellectual pursuits and how Christmas was spent.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, prints and paintings.

10 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm. Start Tue 18 September 2018 (end 27 Nov) 
Pelham Street campus.  Ref no: COM569      Fee: A £119  B £90 C £69
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-conflict-and-revolution-the-stuart-age-1603-1702

at Whitehawk Inn Community Centre Whitehawk Rd BN2 5NS
                                                             The Stuarts 1603-1702
We study themes of population, agriculture, social and domestic life and women’s role.  This fascinating period witnessed the foundation of the Bank of England (1694) and the growth of London.  Social activities and pastimes include food and dining manners etiquette, clubs and coffee houses. We also study how men and women’s fashions were changing, cultural and intellectual pursuits and how Christmas was spent.
Wednesday 1-3pm 10 weeks 
starting 19 September  Tel: 01273 682222
(enrolment opens August)


Fortnightly Saturdays Autumn 2018:
The Novel as Social History: London
Unique course comprising literature, social and cultural history and book club – and lively discussion!  Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story. We study the social and cultural history by exploring background information we are absorbing unwittingly and which is not the main theme, but which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of period and general minutiae of everyday life. 
Course aims and information
We study the social and cultural history of the novel by exploring the background information we are absorbing unwittingly and which is not the main theme, but which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of period and general minutiae of everyday life.
Within every piece of fiction is a wealth of information on culture and social life which can lead us into a deeper understanding of a subject, time or place, period in history, genre, working conditions, habits, style or social trend that we might pursue further, or deepen our knowledge and intensify our interest. 

THIS TERM: writers include George Gissing, Arthur Morrison, Arthur Ransome, E.F. Benson, George Orwell, Patrick Hamilton, Elizabeth Bowen, Gerald Kersh, Monica Dickens and Michael Moorcock Full reading list is available from tutor and you are expected to participate in group discussion.

5 weeks fortnightly Saturday 11am-1pm start 22 September   
Pelham Street campus.  Ref no: COM076    Fee: A £62 B £47 £31
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-the-novel-as-social-history-london

  
ALL MET COURSES TAUGHT AT HISTORIC PRESTON MANOR ARE HELD IN THE FABULOUS PANELLED MACQUOID ROOM 
Preston Manor (Preston Drove, Brighton)
Free parking, buses stop almost outside and trains nearby

The Edwardians- A Golden Age (1900-1910)
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If you would like to study in the unique setting of a fabulous historic house and you like history this course is definitely for you. Lessons take place in the panelled Macquoid Room.
Course aims and information
We study the short ‘Golden Age’ before ‘the black pit of war’ (J.B. Priestley’s description) that was to change the idyll of elegant living for the wealthy socialising on a grand scale, but was also a tarnished age for the poor living in slums. 
We compare domestic, social and cultural life, including how paintings and literature depicted society. Includes house and garden tours above and below stairs by the tutor who is also a Preston Manor guide and lecturer. The house is on four floors.
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, books, prints, paintings and texts. 

8 weeks Tuesday 1-3pm Start 02 October 2018 (end 27 Nov)  
Ref no: COM565      Fee: A £96 B £72 £24
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-edwardians-1900-1910


Varndean College at Woodingdean Library .
Making Waves: Brighton – Fishing Town to Fashionable Resort
We study themes of population, agriculture, social and domestic life and women’s role in this period.  This fascinating period witnessed the foundation of the Bank of England (1694) and the growth of London.  Social activities and pastimes include food and dining manners etiquette, clubs and coffee houses. We also study how men and women’s fashions were changing, cultural and intellectual pursuits and how Christmas was spent.
Monday 10am-12pm 6 weeks starting 08 October  Tel: 01273 546604  
ONLY FEW PLACES LEFT!

SATURDAY ALL DAY:

Preston Manor (Preston Drove, Brighton)
Free parking, buses stop almost outside and trains nearby


A House in Mourning


If you would like to study in the unique setting of a fabulous historic house and you are interested in the Victorian rituals of death and mourning -this course is definitely for you!
Course aims and information
We study how death and mourning were part of everyday life in Victorian England. Death played an intricate and symbolic role. Mourning was filled with ritual and lasted a long time - two years for a widow - and spawned much industry in the way of clothing, jewellery, teapots, stationery and everything associated with undertaking.

Two rooms of the house will be dressed for mourning as it would have been in Edwardian times. There will be illustrated lectures in the panelled Macquoid room, plus a rare opportunity to view short b&w film on Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning”, which was partly shot at Preston Manor in 2014.
There is nothing macabre and the customs are fascinating and very interesting

Bring a packed lunch to eat in the servants quarters Tea and coffee will be supplied.
Illustrated with powerpoint and film.

Saturday 13 October 2018 11am-3pm  Ref: COM523 Fee: £25
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-a-house-in-mourning-day-course

Keep the Homefires Burning – Women in the First World War
For those who are interested in domestic, working and social life on the Homefront during World War One; the impact it had during this period and its life-changing effects post-war. (Life on the Homefront WWII follows in March 2019)

We study how when men went to war women went to work. They took on what had been seen as hard and heavy work in factories, on farms, driving buses, even working as cinema projectionists. When the men returned from war the women returned to the home – which they had not really left. Their stories are fascinating. 

We also see what life was like on the home-front. Women displayed their ingenuity and inventiveness.  Nurses writing home from overseas or who were stationed in Britain give us a touching insight into the lives of men and women during this period.

The course will be illustrated with PowerPoint slides, video & film clips, books & print
Session is relaxed and friendly.

Saturday 10 November 2018 11am-3pm      
Pelham Street campus Ref: COM522   Fee: £25
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767      
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-keep-the-homefires-burning-women-in-the-first-world-war


A Sussex Christmas: customs, myths and legends of winter 
in the festive season 
We study origins, meanings and significance of fascinating winter and Christmas customs from Pagan to mid-twentieth century; learn how traditions evolved, discover who Saint Nicholas was, the godforms that became Father Christmas and Santa Claus, and discover some of the myths and legends surrounding Christmas in Sussex from Winchelsea to Rye.
We discover lots of interesting and entertaining information including reminiscences of a family Christmas in a tiny cottage in Rottingdean. 
Illustrated with powerpoint slidesows, books and documentary.
Session is relaxed and friendly.

Saturday 25 November 2017 11am-3pm  
Pelham Street campus.  Ref no: COM173   Fee: £25
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767/667788


Preston Manor, Preston Drove
(free parking, buses stop almost outside, train station nearby).

An Edwardian Christmas
If you would like the unique opportunity to study how the Edwardians celebrated Christms as you are seted round the fabulous fireside of the panelled Macquoid room of an historic manor, this course is definitely for you!

We go back in time to study how Edwardian families celebrated the festive season and how their servants prepared for it.

We look at some of the customs, traditions, food and entertainments of the period and discover the origins of Father Christmas, Christmas crackers, tree and cards – lots more, including house tour by the tutor who is a Manor guide and lecturer.

Bring a packed lunch to eat in the servant’s quarters. Tea and coffee will be supplied. 
Illustrated with powerpoint.

Saturday 8 December 11am-3pm  
Ref No: COM568  Fee: £25
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767/667788
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-an-edwardian-christmas-at-preston-manor
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2019
SPRING 
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Gorgeous Georgians: Life in eighteenth century England
Gorgeous, grand, ghastly, grotesque, greedy, gin-drinking, gluttonous, gamblers – the colourful, inventive, fabulously wealthy, devastatingly poor Georgians. We look at high and low society, including some interesting personalities of the period.
Course aims and information:
We study the elegant magnificence of the buildings and stunningly lavish life of a small handful of society contrasted with the devastatingly poor members of the lower class who lived in abject poverty and the grim goings-on of the underworld of pickpockets, prostitutes, thieves, gamblers and gin-drinkers – of all classes.

Not only a time of intrigue, debt and excess but also many interesting and colourful personalities – men and women who wrote, painted, sculpted, made beautiful gold, silver glass or pottery, dressed in the extremes of fashion, were witty or worthless, talented, intellectual but never dull. A hugely fascinating period.

Illustrated with books, period newspapers, guide books and maps, slides, video and prints.

10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm starting 14 January
Pelham Street campus.  Ref no: COM265     Fee: A £119  B £90 C £69
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-gorgeous-georgians-life-in-eighteenth-century-england


ALL MET COURSES TAUGHT AT HISTORIC PRESTON MANOR ARE HELD IN THE FABULOUS PANELLED MACQUOID ROOM

Preston Manor, Preston Drove
(free parking, buses stop almost outside, train station nearby)

Culture and Society Between the Wars 1918-1939


If you would like to study in the unique setting of a fabulous historic house and you like history and literature of the 1920s and 30s this course is definitely for you. Lessons take place in the panelled Macquoid Room.
Course aims and information:
We study how life changed after the First World War – high living for the wealthy declined with lack of servants, but cultural life took on a particular aspect reflected in architecture, design, fashion, music, literature, cinema and distinctive style of Art Deco and Modernism.
Further changes altered everyday living and perceptions, especially how women viewed their role, although little was being done to change their status even though they had contributed so greatly to the war effort and workforce.
Various events had an impact on people’s lives, including the launch of Penguin paperbacks in 1935, which enabled the working-class to purchase books cheaply, thus opening up a whole new world to them; as did cinema-going which reached its height of popularity in the 1930’s and influenced the way people lived
Illustrated with slides, books, texts and film clips including documentary

8 weeks Tuesday 1-3pm Start 22 January  
Pelham Street campus.  Ref no: COM451     Fee: A £96 B £72 C £24  
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-culture-and-society-between-the-wars-1918-1939   

    Fortnightly Saturdays:
The Novel as Social History: London-second impressions
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Unique course comprising literature, social and cultural history and book club – and lively discussion!  Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story. We study the social and cultural history by exploring background information we are absorbing unwittingly and which is not the main theme, but which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of period and general minutiae of everyday life.
Course aims and information
We study the social and cultural history of the novel by exploring the background information we are absorbing unwittingly and which is not the main theme, but which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of period and general minutiae of everyday life.
Within every piece of fiction is a wealth of information on culture and social life which can lead us into a deeper understanding of a subject, time or place, period in history, genre, working conditions, habits, style or social trend that we might pursue further, or deepen our knowledge and intensify our interest.

THIS TERM: We take a further look at London as our theme and writers include Charles Dickens, Henry James, Agatha Christie, Julian Barnes, Muriel Spark and P.G. Wodehouse.  Full reading list is available from tutor and you are expected to participate in group discussion.

5 weeks fortnightly Saturday 11am-1pm starting 26 January
Pelham Street campus.  Ref no: COM174     Fee: A £62  B £47 C £31
                            Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767                                   

Spring SATURDAY
Women, Wartime and the Homefront (WWII)
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For those who are interested in women’s studies and what life was like for them at work and in the home during wartime. Follows on from the autumn Saturday on women in WWI.
Course aims and information:
We study life for women during Wartime and how they coped during the later 1940’s after war ended when life had changed completely. We look at women at war – their occupations in the armed services, as pilots, nurses, typists, working in the Land Army, in factories, in the WRVS and other voluntary organisations, as well as being housewives and mothers. Some women worked as spies or at Bletchley Park tapping out codes on the Enigma machine.
At home during war and after, women had to cope with rationing and learning to ‘make do and mend’ while attempting to remain glamorous keeping up with fashion and cosmetics. Then, when war ended women found it difficult to give up their new independence. Llife in the family changed and so did relationships. Illustrated with slides,and documentary film.

Saturday 16 March 11am-3pm   Ref: COM524   Fee: £25
Pelham Street campus. 

Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-women-wartime-and-the-homefront-wwii
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SUMMER 2019

Short Weekday Evening Course:
Space Light and Speed: Art Deco and Modernism 1918-1939
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For those of you who love the iconic style of Art Deco and clean lines of Modernism, this is the course which will explain the difference between the two and discover the influences that made these innovative forms.   
Course aims and information:
The Decorative Movement, Modernism or ‘moderne’, later described as ‘Art Deco’ was based on classical and other influences, including Egyptian - after the 1922 opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The distinctive iconic style of space, light and speed, utilised modern technology and innovations such as plastic, chrome, aluminium and electricity. Smooth lines and geometric patterns featured on architecture, advertising, fashion, jewellery, furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, metalware, technology and cinema.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, books and paintings. and texts.         

5 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm. Start Tue 23 April   
Pelham Street campus Ref:  COM452    Fee: A £62 B £47 C £31  
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-space-light-speed-art-deco-and-modernism-1918-1939-1-day-course

Short Weekday Course:
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A Grand Tour of Georgian and Regency Indulgence
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For those of you who are interested in the late Georgian and Regency period and of Brighton and its development. We look at high and low society, including some interesting personalities of the time.
Course aims and information:
We study different influences in architecture and fashion: neo-classicism, Gothick, Egyptian Revival and Chinoiserie style, including town and country gardens, grounds, public buildings, fashion and manners.
           
Excesses and vast wealth of a small section of society make us forget the other side of the Regency. Great poverty and hardship for the poor. We consider their conditions and contrast domestic society from aristocracy to residuum, including food, dining, household management, the role of servants and daily life above and below stairs in ta Regency town house.

Jane Austen and the Regency go hand in hand. We read some of her charming and witty writings as well as those of other writers and romantic poets. 
Illustrated with images, period texts, maps, powerpoint and video.
   
 5 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm starting 29 April
Pelham Street campus Ref: COM091 Fee: A £62 B £47 C £31  
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-gorgeous-georgians-life-in-eighteenth-century-england
(Course eligible for Advanced Learner Loan – info here: https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/student-support/financial-assistance/advanced-learner-loan)        

Single Saturday:
            Summer Reading: Books, books and more books!
Unique course comprising literature and social and cultural history.

Books for summer reading - recommendations, discussion, background social history... and novels to read before class. If you like books, literature and social history – this is for you!  A different, unusual, exciting way of reading and learning in a friendly, relaxed group. We also view extracts of two of the novels that were made into films.

A reading list will be available from the tutor and you will be expected to participate in group discussion.

Saturday 27 April 10am-4pm   Ref: COM449  Fee: £25
Pelham Street campus. 
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-summer-reading-books-books-and-more-books

Short Saturday Course:
Summer in the City: exploring Brighton’s unique history
Two classroom sessions and 3 field trips in Brighton

We study the fascinating history of Brighton in two classroom sessions giving a brief historical overview and looking at early maps.

This will be followed by three field trips, getting to know our unique city, discovering lots of hidden gems and understanding how Brighton evolved from a small Georgian fishing town to the vibrant seaside resort of today.

Pelham Street campus Ref: COM081 Fee: £60 b. £44 c. £22       
5 weeks Saturday 11am-1pm starting 04 May

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/courses/history-exploring-brightons-rich-history-short-course


TEL 01273 667767/88 

Brighton Metropolitan College


Sarah Tobias MA, BA Hons, Dip Eur Hum
Entertaining lecturer in social, cultural and local (Brighton, Sussex, UK) history
Contact me for talks/guided walks/visits for groups, clubs, societies.
Current list of 30+ topics
Also contact me for poetry readings and narrations.
More information about me, my subjects, research and contact:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-tobias-0318943a?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile 
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Courses -Venue Addresses, transport and refreshments

Brighton Metroplitan College MET (formerly City College)
Pelham Street, Brighton BN1 4FA
Location:
Behind York Place & London Road, turn up Cheapside – Aldi supermarket on corner. Or, turn left in Trafalgar St walking down from Station.
Transport & Parking:
Lots of buses nearby.
Nearby car park, about 5 minutes walk.
Railway station few minutes walk
Refreshments and further information:
College canteen. Tea and coffee bar on balcony of Main Building. Vending machine. 
Coffee shops, small cafés and public houses in nearby London Road 
London Road and Trafalgar Street: many shops, some banks and supermarkets

Whitehawk Inn Community Centre
Whitehawk Road Brighton, BN2 3NS
Transport & Parking:
Buses stop nearby and some outside venue
Metered street car parking
Refreshments:
Café and garden area
Further information:
Shops, Co-op, public library in same road.
Few minutes walk to sea, beach and Marina or East Brighton Park

Woodingdean Library
Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6BA
Transport & Parking:
Car park outside Library. Bus nos 2, 22 stop nearby.
Refreshments:
Tea-making facilities in room. Small cafes nearby. Downs Hotel across the road serves tea, coffee and refreshments at bar and has outside area. 
Further information:
Shops, Co-op, dry cleaners nearby

Preston Manor
Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD
Location:
Situated at end of Preston Park.
Transport & Parking:
Buses and rail nearby
Free parking outside and in adjacent street.
Refreshments:
No cafe. Refreshments provided by staff 
Delicatessen cafe and public houses opposite and in Preston Drove. Chalet restaurant in park.


Sussex University
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH
Location:
Campus located in the South Downs National Park
Transport & Parking:
Buses and rail nearby
Car parks
Refreshments:
Cafes and restaurants on campus. 
Co-op, pharmacy, books and stationery shops

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