We are big fans of the the Jurassic Skyline observation tower situated on Weymouth Pier, which offers brilliant views over the Jurassic coastline, so when I found out that Brighton had their very own version, I was keen to visit.
Although the Brighton skyline is very different to Dorset, I was brought up locally in Worthing and spent many a weekend enjoying everything that Brighton had to offer.
The first thing that strikes you about the BA i360 is just how high it is – a staggering 450ft above Brighton and Hove seafront and directly opposite the old pier.
The entrance is just off the beach and takes you through a security check and then into a waiting area with displays telling you how the tower was built as well as activity areas to keep the kids occupied whilst you wait for your flight.
From the waiting area, we were then ushered into the futuristic glass viewing pod, which has been transformed with eco-friendly decorations.
The pod offers 360-degree views across Brighton & Hove, the South Downs National Park, the UNESCO Biosphere and, on the clearest days, all the way along the coast to the Isle of Wight.
The glass POD glides up the tower so slowly that you don’t feel any motion from it at all and the kids loved staring out the window to see what they could spot.
The pod was full of excited children waiting to see Father Christmas, but we chose not to join the queue and waited until later in the flight to see him, so we could make the most of the views.
In the pod is also the Nyetimber Sky Bar which offers a range of locally produced food and drink which you can enjoy during your experience – the Gingerbread shapes were delicious!
It was then time for the kids to meet Father Christmas and pose for a photo with the i360 official photographer and get a small gift.
As each flight is only 30 minutes, there wasn’t much time to chat to Santa but the kids both liked their activity book gifts.
We also got to pose with the elf helpers who both admired Sebby’s elf hoodie.
If you are after a full day of fun, then I would not recommend this Santa Experience experience, however, it is perfect for a treat on a festive trip to Brighton, or for local children as they can see if their can point out their chimney so Father Christmas knows where they live.
Santa Flights are available at 4pm and 5pm on Fridays after school and 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday 30th November to Tuesday 24th December 2019. Book online, in advance for the best deals – £9.90 for children aged 4-15, £4.95 for children aged 0-3 and Adults are £14.85.
We rounded our visit to Brighton off with a visit to the upside down house, which is situated next to the i360 and the arcades on the pier.
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Disclaimer: We were offered tickets to the Santa Flight aboard the BA I360 for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own