The Church Street, Brighton Christmas gift guide

The Church Street, Brighton Christmas gift guide 2017

Stay festivus to the maximus with our annual Brighton gift guide to cover all your Christmas gift buying needs.

As Christmas rapidly approaches, you might be stuck for some gift ideas in among all your end-of-year functions, Christmas get-togethers and work parties.

So, stick close to Church Street, Brighton and take your pick from our selection of ideas for where to shop and what to gift your loved ones this holiday season.

For mum

If your mum loves a handcrafted piece of jewellery, head to Autumn Gallery Jewellery to choose something sparkly from their latest selection.

Husk is another option for beautiful jewellery, candles, teas, hand-made bowls and cups and unique fashion pieces.

For a spot of pampering, you could give your mum a voucher for a facial, massage or mani-pedi from Brighton Beauty Therapy.

And lastly, if your mum likes a nice glass of bubbles, why not wrap her a bottle of French champagne from Vintage Cellars Brighton?

For dad

Brighton Theatre Company has a new season showing in 2018 which we think is worth checking out, so perhaps a season pass or double pass might be just the ticket.

Top Titles has a great selection of award-winning paperbacks that could get dad through the summer holidays of reading.

Another gift that dad might appreciate is some new threads from Gazman.

For your (grown up) siblings

For all the hard-to-buy-for brothers out there, perhaps a pair of runners from The Sneaker Store could appease. They’ve got big brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma and Brooks and offer a range of styles for sport as well as more relaxed lifestyle designs.

Sisters seem a bit easier to buy for – check out Mecca Cosmetica for one of their limited-edition Christmas cosmetic sets, a new lipstick or something from their premium skincare range. If your sister is an avid yogi or gym junkie, Lululemon has a beautiful selection of active wear, too.

For the kids

Smiggle is a popular choice for some fun and colourful stationery that adds the element of playfulness to pen and paper.

Seed Heritage has a great range of clothes and accessories for young kids, as well those who are bordering on their tweens.

If you have children in your family that love to go to the movies, treat them to a flick at Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton. There’s a few great children’s films coming out in time for Christmas including Ferdinand, Paddington 2 and Coco.

For friends and co-workers

With Kris Kringles a popular way to do Christmas gifts among friends and colleagues, you’re sure to find something suitable in Church Street, Brighton.

Kikki K has a beautiful selection of gifts stationery and organising products, including diaries, meal planners and inspiration journals.

Wrapt Gift Co offers a stunning assortment of jewellery and accessories to suit a range of budgets, while Minimax has some great homewares such as vases, carafes and picnic bags – all perfect for summer entertaining.

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Brighton buildings winners at Bayside Built Environment Awards

Brighton buildings winners at Bayside Built Environment Awards

Several Brighton buildings have received recognition at the recent Bayside Built Environment Awards.

Five Brighton sites took out the majority of the awards, which recognise excellence in design, landscape and heritage restoration.

The coveted 2017 Best of the Best Award went to Rodney Eggleston’s March Studio, for his unique and conceptual design at 24 Victoria St, Brighton (pictured above and below).

The building also claimed the Most Creative Design award and the Best New Building Design award.

Judges described the building as “visually exciting, highly unusual” and “as much a sculpture as habitation”.

Bayside mayor Alex del Porto said the innovative work was an exemplary addition to Bayside’s built environment.

“Twenty-four Victoria St is a stand-out winner among a diverse and exceptional field of finalists,” he said.

The unusual design, which features wave-like cladding and an invitational feel, plays with the open seaside aspect and maximizes space and light.

Judges praised the sculptural form, and said: “Few new buildings provide intrigue and invoke query in the way that this building does, and it does it with skill, craftsmanship and confidence.”

Brighton buildings winners at Bayside Built Environment Awards

Cr Del Porto said the awards were an important aspect for fostering excellence in design of the built environment in Bayside and surrounds.

“In addition to celebrating architecture, these awards are about respecting, encouraging and enhancing these qualities in Bayside and providing a stronger connection for the community to its city,” he said.

Other Brighton award-winners included:

  • Best Renovation/Extension: High Commendation for 10 Collins St, Brighton – Dale Crowhurst, Crowhurst Building Design
  • Best Medium Density Housing: Joint winners were 115 – 117 Dendy St, Brighton by David Doyle and Maria Catalano of 4d Architects and 2 Well St, Brighton by Kim Lowman of RotheLowman.
  • Best Heritage Renovation or Restoration: 27 Wilson St, Brighton by Sarah Crowley Crowley Projects.

Guide to shoe stores in Church Street, Brighton

Guide to shoe stores in Church Street, Brighton

Whether you’re a heel addict, sneaker fan, or your kids are starting school and need new uniform shoes, Church Street in Brighton has enough shoe shops to cover every possible trend. And all stores are within walking distance!

Here’s where you can find shoes in Church Street, Brighton:

The Athlete’s Foot

If it’s a new pair of kicks you’re after, The Athlete’s Foot is your place to shop.

The known specialist in sneakers for every sport, you’ll be measured and fitted with a pair sure to up your performance and give you extra bounce.


Cinori is a shoe shop to visit if you’re in need of some European elegance.

Sticking the latest styles from brands including Mollini, and Django and Juliette, take your pick from the latest women’s fashion styles made in Italy or Spain.


Known for their exquisite matching of both comfort and style, head to Ecco in Church Street if you’d like some quality sneakers.

Although the shoes are technically casual wear, their style means you can get away with wearing them out and about (not just to the gym).

Ecco caters to men, women and children and also sells a variety of shoe-care goods.

Edward Meller

A more high-end fashion shoe store for the female shopper, Edward Meller specialises in Italian designs including boots, pumps, flats and sandals.

The quality is impeccable and the designs will have you decked out like you’ve just returned from a European vacation.

Frances Nolan Men’s Shoes

Despite the name, Church Street stalwart Frances Nolan Men’s Shoes also caters to women.

The Brighton shoe store specialises in fitting the ‘mature’ foot, and stocks brands like   Clarks, Beautifeel Shoes, Asics, Arche and Bopy.

Sports Conscious

If you’re after the latest in sports and hiking shoes, look no further than Sports Conscious.

The store has been in the Church Street shopping precinct for 37 years and is a true specialist when it comes to sports and outdoor gear. Be sure to visit them if you’re after something specific.


This ladies shoe store can fit you out with the latest styles to suit any mood.

From pumps to mules to brogues, sandals or flats, the Wittner brand is fashionable and high quality – perfect for a shoe purchase pick-me-up.

Other stores

If you’re a die-hard shoe fan and the specialist stores above don’t cater to your needs, you may want to take your pick from the other fashion stores on Church Street which aren’t specifically shoe shops but stock the latest trends in footwear.

Try Sportsgirl, Trenery, Witchery, Country Road, Decjuba, Nike Women’s and Seed Heritage. Happy shopping!

Brighton’s Dendy Park Pavilion gets $3.5 million upgrade

Bayside mayor Alex del Porto at Brighton’s Dendy Park Pavilion

Brighton locals are enjoying the results of a huge upgrade to facilities at Dendy Park, one of the most popular outdoor sports facilities in Bayside.

The Dendy Park Pavilion, home to numerous sports clubs including Brighton Soccer Club and Brighton District Cricket Club, now has female-friendly change rooms, making it easier for women and girls to participate in local sports and outdoor activities.

Bayside mayor Alex del Porto (pictured, above) said the new pavilion will benefit the large number of sportswomen who use the area.

“The wonderful new pavilion is equipped with female-friendly, accessible facilities to accommodate the growing number of young sportspeople and girls in particular,” he said.

“Bayside City Council has been very active in promoting better sports facilities for women and girls at all levels of government. As the largest multi-sport pavilion in Bayside, Dendy Park Pavilion is the embodiment of that campaign.”

Brighton’s Dendy Park Pavilion gets $3.5 million upgrade

The new pavilion at Brighton’s Dendy Park.

Other improvements to the Dendy Park Pavilion include new referee/umpire rooms, a first aid room, more storage, administration and social areas, and accessible public toilets for casual park users and school groups.

The upgrade has involved replacing the two old pavilions on the site with one modern building, completed in August 2017.

The new design, by Dale Cohen Architects, is environmentally sustainable with a lowered carbon footprint.

The upgrade is part of a $10 million upgrade at Dendy Park, which will include new fitness equipment, public toilets, a playground and BBQ facilities, and better public parking facilities.

A 1.8km exercise circuit with exercise stations was installed at Dendy Park in 2016.

Cr Alex Del Porto said the recent improvements to the facilities at Dendy Park Pavilion is part of the council’s commitment to providing community sporting infrastructure for residents of Brighton and surrounds.


All images thanks to Bayside Council.

An artist's impression of the new pavilion at Dendy Park, Brighton.

An artist's impression of the new pavilion at Dendy Park, Brighton.

Guide to winter 2017 school holiday activities in Brighton

Guide to winter 2017 school holiday activities in Brighton

The winter school holidays are upon us, and the cold weather often poses a challenge when looking for ways to keep the kids entertained.

But there’s no need to go driving for miles – Church Street in Brighton has got you covered.

There are a range of activities to keep the children amused including seeing a movie, joining a library event, attending a gallery workshop or doing a walking trail.

See a movie

Head to Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton, a stunning 1940s-built cinema in Church Street, to catch a flick. It’s the perfect option for a rainy day and will be sure to keep the kids amused.

Looking for some child and teenage-friendly options? Choose from Cars 3, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul or Despicable Me 3.

Check out Brighton Library events

Brighton Library has some great school holiday activities for children and teenagers during the winter holidays.

Kids aged 3 to 6 can snuggle in for Winter Storytime (free) from 10.30am – 11.15am on Tuesday, July 4.

Mosaic Marvels, another free school holiday activity, is on July 11 from 10.30am -11.30am and is perfect for 5 to 9-year-olds to create an artwork filled with secret clues.

Older kids might like to check out the Professor Bunsen Science Shows ($6) on Thursday, July 13. There are two sessions, one at 10.30am and the other at 2.30pm. Professor Bunsen will demonstrate a number of fun experiments like a sugar teaspoon explosion and more!

Try an art workshop

The Gallery@BACC is a great cultural space in Brighton and has a number of school holiday activities for creative kids.

With interactive sculpture workshops and drawing classes on offer, there are different options for different ages. Each workshop costs $20 (including materials) and runs for two hours.

Check out the different workshops on offer and register here.

Explore Brighton on a walking trail

Brighton is a great place to explore by foot, with lovely parks and gardens, the beach and Middle Brighton Pier on offer. It’s the perfect option if you’re looking to keep the kids active over the holidays.

There are a few great walking trails in Brighton – choose from one of the neighbourhood walks, the architectural trail or the Bayside Coastal Trail.

Head to a park or playground

Keep the kids entertained and make the most of any dry days at one of Brighton’s many parks and reserves.

Kick the footy, have a picnic or let the kids enjoy some playground time. Dendy Park, at the corner of Dendy St and Nepean Highway, is one of the area’s biggest green spaces, and perfect if the kids have energy to burn.

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