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9 Best Places to Play In Brighton

It’s all fun and games in Brighton this July, with the return of annual games conference Develop:Brighton, and PLATF9RM’s very first sports day taking place at the end of the month. You don’t have to be a professional gamer or an amateur athlete to get stuck into some organised fun this month, though. Here are 9 of our favourite places to play in Brighton.

Lose yourself to VR at the World's End

If you’re on a pub crawl, don’t stop at the World’s End. Once you’re in, you’ll never want to leave. Grab your craft beer and take over one of the four player virtual reality booths or the remote control racetrack downstairs, then head upstairs to get lost in the fully equipped retro gaming arcade or go head to head in a 10-seater group racing experience. The World’s End is a mighty landmark of the Brighton game scene.

*Top tip – enjoy unlimited VR on Wednesdays!

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Picture Credit: Instagram worldsend_btn

Gear up for the Toad championships at the Hand in Hand

Toad in the Hole, or ‘Toad’ as it’s affectionately known amongst players, is the most loved pub game you’ve never heard of. The idea of repeatedly chucking a brass coin at a hole in the centre of a lead topped table might not sound very appealing right now – but a few beer-fuelled games in at the Hand in Hand in Kemptown and you’ll be hooked. Perhaps you’ll even decide to get a team together to enter the UK league that competes at the world championships in Lewes each year. There are three divisions in the league involving around 21 teams, so it’s time to get practicing!

Try your hand at TRIBE Urban Axe Throwing

Ever met a dedicated axe thrower? In Brighton, you might have! The Brighton-based pros at TRIBE are currently building their first indoor axe throwing venue, where you’ll be able to satisfy your inner warrior on the regular. In the meantime, you can sink some bullseyes at one of the team’s pop up events across the UK, or even bring TRIBE into your office for a team building day! SLING. SINK. REPEAT.

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Picture Credit: Instagram tribeaxethrowing

Mess around on the beach at LoadingBrighton

When the sun’s out and you’re feeling playful, get yourself down to LoadingBrighton. Located on the seafront close to the pier, with a huge selection of new and retro board and video games to choose from and a menu of Vietnamese treats for when you get peckish, this is an ideal place to while away an afternoon.

Get your adrenaline pumping at Pier Pressure

There are a whole range of great escape rooms to choose from in Brighton, but being right around the corner from us at PLATF9RM, Pier Pressure is the perfect place to let off some steam after work. In just 60 minutes, you and your team must solve a series of puzzles that will lead you to your big escape.

Choose your teammates carefully. You’ll need logical thinkers; eagle-eyed observers; lightening fast reactors; wordsmiths; mathematicians; expert communicators; and even someone with a keen eye for colour! Are you ready?

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Photo Credit: PLATF9RM

Perfect your throw at Brighton and Hove Petanque Club

Is there a more onomatopoeic word than ‘Petanque’? If you don’t know what we mean, head down to the Peace Statue on Brighton seafront (near the Meeting Place café) to hear the sound of the metal balls as they gently collide on the perfectly maintained Petanque (aka Boules) terrain.

The rules of Petanque are easy to learn. The challenge is in mastering your throw. Give this friendly game a go and you’ll find it’s surprisingly addictive!

The club plays on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm all year round and Wednesdays from 6pm in the summer. It welcomes members of all ages and experience.

Putt alongside a neon T-Rex at GLOBALLS

GLOBALLS is the indoor crazy golf metropolis bringing a new level of crazy to Brighton’s fun loving community. Glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs and jungle animals watch on as you putt your way through the Jurassic or tropical jungle themed courses, lit by neon lights. If you visit at Christmas or Halloween, expect some special neon guests!

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Image Credit: DayOutWithTheKids

Get silly at home with friends

If you play games at home, you’ve got to check out Gamely’s range of hilarious family friendly card games. Set up in a sunshiney spot in the garden and get stuck into Randomise, ‘a mash-up of classic games like Charades, Articulate and Pictionary with a huge dollop of randomness’; Soundiculous, ‘the game of ridiculous sounds that asks you to beep, cheep, grunt, howl and laugh your way to glory!’; or the Pretender, ‘a hilarious social deduction game of mini-charades, bluffing and suspicion that will make you laugh and get you thinking creatively’! Best of all, Gamely’s office is right here in PLATF9RM, so you’re supporting your community every time you buy a game.

You can get your hands on a Gamely card game here:

Kick back with a coffee and a board game at the Grounds

We’re so excited to announce that the Grounds will soon be opening at weekends! While we’ll be welcoming weekend workers, we understand the importance of taking the time to switch off, too. Please get in touch with your best board game recommendations so that we can stock up!

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Photo Credit: PLATF9RM

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9 Choices PLATF9RM Has Made in the Name of Our Planet

The welfare of our world is high on the agenda right now, with protest groups rising up to demand an end to the actions and behaviours that are destroying our climate. A huge responsibility for cleaning up the mess lies with global government powers – but the changes we make on a community level can have a real impact, too.

PLATF9RM's members are connected and engaged with our society’s greatest challenges, and the choices we make reflect that. Here are 9 ways we’re working towards a cleaner, greener planet.

We’re powered by green energy

We’re currently powered by Opus Energy, because we like the way it does business. Last year, 100% of its electricity came from renewable sources including wind power, solar, hydropower and biomass or landfill gas. It also buys renewable power from businesses at market leading rates, encouraging the rapidly growing production of clean energy.

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Picture Credit: opusenergyblog.com

We’re greening the Grounds

Our recently opened cafe-bar has been a game-changer at PLATF9RM Hove, with a steady stream of members and the public keeping the team busy behind the counter. But between orders, we’re continually thinking about how we can minimise the environmental impact of our new venture.

The team is whizzing up hot drinks using organic milk, locally roasted coffee and loose leaf or cotton bag teas, and serving them in biodegradable cups. Our cold drinks are locally sourced and our kombucha is organic, and all served with biodegradable straws. The majority of our delicious menu is delivered fresh each day by Flint Owl bakery in Lewes. Right now we’re looking into new, more radical ways we can change things for the better, including introducing some extra special reusable coffee cups, and turning our ground coffee deposits into insulation pallets!

We’re spreading the planetary love

You might’ve noticed that we’re pretty into hosting events – and our line up just gets stronger and stronger. Last month we were proud to introduce the Corcovado project, which is on a mission to connect global hearts and creative minds with the beauty of the natural world. This month, don’t miss PLATF9RM Presents: The Circular Economy, where we’ll be exploring a planet-friendly ecosystem approach we can all get on board with.

We facilitate a clean commute

Travel is an unavoidable part of every day, but there are lots of ways we can get about without harming the environment. There are Brighton Bikeshare hubs close to both of our locations, and we’ve installed showers at Hove Town Hall so that our members can freshen up for the day after a brisk stroll along the seafront or a ride in the sunshine.

We say no to plastic packaging

There are so many alternatives to plastic packaging, yet it’s still rife in our supermarkets and beyond. The best way to make a stand against the clear stuff is to reject it, so wherever possible we choose suppliers that use sustainable alternatives to bring us our goods.

Our coffee, lovingly roasted by local coffee artisan Pharmacie, is delivered in paper bags by the brilliant bike courier company Zedify. Our used bags are later collected to be reused for another batch of beans.

We’re always pleased to see the friendly faces of Office Drop bringing us cardboard boxes laden with colourful fruit. As well as choosing cardboard over plastic, Office Drop has partnered with food redistribution charity FareShare to deliver 40 boxes of fresh fruit per week to people that need it most.

Our food waste becomes fertilizer

Our kitchens are always a hive of activity as we fuel up on coffee and tea and dig into brimful plates of deliciousness. When we’re full and there are no dogs around to slip a cheeky snack to, we scrape our plates into our food waste bins. Paper Round collects the bins and take them to an anaerobic digestion plant, where they process our food waste into fertilizer.

We’re only as ethical as our members

We’re so proud of the diversity of businesses and freelancers that make up our community, and amongst them are some amazing ideas and initiatives that directly benefit the environment.

One member organisation doing great things for the earth is PALA eyewear. When Founder John Pritchard saw a clear need for better access to eye-care in certain parts of Africa, PALA was born. As well as giving back to eye-care programmes in Africa with every pair of sunglasses sold and creating jobs in weaving communities in Ghana, the brand uses bio-based designs and sustainable materials to make its specs.

We promote sustainable lifestyles

We’ve negotiated some great PLATF9RM perks with local businesses to add a special something to our members’ lifestyles. We’re especially excited to have partnered with some forward-thinking businesses that make a real difference to our city and beyond.

One of these is Eco-Gym, which offers PLATF9RM members an amazing £10 off per month. This is a gym on a mission to convert human energy to utility grade energy. Eco-Gym wants to encourage people to take the same care of the environment as they do of their own bodies.

Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is another eco-minded local organisation, offering our members their cooking classes at 20% off. This not-for-profit is tackling food waste by encouraging people to intercept food waste, cut their supermarket spend, giving to others in need and join community composting schemes.

A small taste of the many perks PLATF9RM members receive.

A small taste of the many perks PLATF9RM members receive.

We respect the trees

You’ve probably heard by now that trees are our greatest environmental warriors. With levels of CO2 sky high and rising, it’s vital that we act now to protect our forests across the world.

As an office space, one small way we can prevent more trees being cut down is to think before we print. There are signs up by all of our printers to encourage people to print less, and an easy scan-and-send function helps eliminate print waste. We’ve also placed recycling bins right by all of our print stations, so that any unclaimed print-outs or waste can be easily recycled.

Yes, we’re saving these wonderful things. Photo Credit: Emma Croman

Yes, we’re saving these wonderful things. Photo Credit: Emma Croman

Whether you’re already part of the climate movement or eager to learn more, join us on Wednesday 19 June for PLATF9RM Presents: the Circular Economy. A selection of inspiring speakers will demonstrate the ecosystem approach that will facilitate a true circular economy, while meeting the economic needs of our society. It’s time to start respecting the limits of our planet.

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