Progressive and artsy, Hove is an East Sussex coastal township that is a more inexpensive and chilled out version of the neighbouring busy Brighton, who when combined, form the city of Brighton & Hove.
Frequently named among the top locations to live, Hove is a safe locality with magnificent outdoor space and easy accessibility to London and the entire South East region. The township is filled with cafes, pubs, and hosts various activities that are sure to interest any age group, and even has restaurants that can satisfy toddlers with picky palates. It’s also within distance of the South Downs National Park, which is among the UK’s latest national parks providing scenic views and has a spectacular countryside.
During the summer months, the striking Regency seafront establishments and amazing beaches in Hove offers quite the allure and are just perfect for picture postcards. You should note that the Brighton and Hove region has been named among the top locations to start a business in the United Kingdom, hence it isn’t on holiday mode all the time, with several successful enterprises and ambitious entrepreneurs setting up shop in the area.
Preservation of the environment in Hove is a top priority for locals and the city council has set aside funds to help support green initiatives and projects. Local schools in Hove have an eco-friendly awareness programme referred to as BHee that assists in educating pupils concerning the environment.
Compared to nearby Brighton, Hove’s average housing price is considerably lower with an estimated cost of £469,535. There are various housing alternatives available from period townhouses and flats to more reasonably priced family houses located in the Portslade region. We recommend Century21 who are one of the most reputable estate agents in Hove.
The transport network in Hove is just incredible given how well connected it is. Via train, you can arrive in London Gatwick in 30 minutes and London Victoria in 70 minutes. Both these services are available after every half-hour. Additionally, there are about 6 trains each hour that go to Bristol, Southampton, Portsmouth, and Worthing (in 15-29 minutes).
By motor vehicle, Hove is 15 minutes from A23 and A27. It will take you 90 minutes using the A23/ M23 south from London to Hove, but you can expect to get traffic during school holidays and the weekends. It will take you 2 hours to reach the Dover Ferry Port and the Eurotunnel is a 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive.
There are also great public transport connections in and around Hove, which includes a ride service and a popular park though Hove by itself is small, hence relatively stress-free to explore the area on foot. Another popular transport medium is cycling. There are several cycle paths and beautiful coastal pathways to look at on the Brighton and Hove Cycle Map.
Most families with kids move to Hove because of the highly recognized schools in the area. There are a total of 27 secondary schools and 68 primary schools, 10 of which have been labelled exceptional by Ofsted.
In the case of primary schools, the ‘exceptional’ West Hove Infant school (hosts children from ages 5-7) imparts a love of education at a young age. Another ‘exceptionally’ rated school by Ofsted, The Montessori Place (hosts from ages 1-16) provides a more independent and holistic manner of learning. In nearby Brighton, St Lukes Primary School (from ages 4-11) has also been labelled ‘exceptional’ and is still in Hove’s catchment area.
In the case of secondary schools, Ofsted has rated Blatchington Mill and Hove Park as ‘good’. In neighbouring Brighton, Varndean School has also been given a ‘good’ rating and provides a more diversified and contemporary curriculum.
Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College opens its doors to all persons above the age of 16. Ofsted has given it an exceptional rating and provides a range of different courses.
And then at your doorstep, there’s the multi-campus University of Brighton and top-ranked Sussex University, both with various postgraduate and undergraduate courses.
Hove also provides the ideal environment for networking parents and their toddlers and babies with a host of kid’s groups.
Leisure and Amenities
The best part of Hove is basking in the sun along the sandy beaches. Hove Lawns Beach is more lowkey compared to Brighton beach. The shingle beach borders the town and is evidently among the sunniest spots in the United Kingdom. The beach features a cycle path, and a long walkway, plus you can’t fail to find the usual amusement parks, cafes, tennis club, and crazy golf nearby.
If you’re more into water sports, Hove Lagoon is the place to be with windsurfing being the top activity. It also has an outdoor swimming pool, a skate park, and a kid’s play spot. If you want some refreshments in Hove Lagoon, head to the Big Beach Café. Hove has an unofficial communal garden behind the main beach called Hove Lawns. Other activities that can be on your agenda include early morning boot camps, BBQs, and Festivals. Another must visit place is the miniature steam railway.
With regard to shopping, Hove is an oasis for eccentric shoppers with several independents combined with your usual high street proponents.
Foodies can also indulge in various Hove dishes. Places that stand out include The Ginger Pig for its fabulous interior and delicious food (ranked among the best 10 pubs in the United Kingdom by GQ), and over Hove Lagoon is
You can tour the various galleries and museums to take in the culture of Hove.
Hove Museum and Art Gallery feature a wide selection of collections that concentrate on fine art and modern crafts. The Purple Playhouse also hosts several community activities, with all proceeds going to persons with learning disabilities.
There’s obviously what Brighton brings to the table like The Pride Parade, Brighton Fringe and Brighton Festival, but what’s going on closer to home in Hove?
The brightly coloured and awe-inspiring beach huts are part and parcel of the annual Christmas event. These renowned landmarks go from the Kings Walkway up to Hove Lagoon and the Christmas decorations just go wild all through the festive season.
Another place with several live events is The Brunswick pub and arts venue, and this includes jazz nights, comedy nights and even pantomimes. The venue is available for parties and private hire, not mentioning an intense Sunday Roast!
In the neighbouring South Downs lies Devils Dyke, an iconic National Trust beauty place with beautiful walking trails and rolling landscape. For those who love that adrenaline rush, there’s also paragliding and hand gliding depending on the weather conditions. You can get hereby taking a ride on the number 77 open bus.
Hove also features some markets in and around its surroundings. Hove Farmers Market is hosted at Stoneham Park and operates each 3rd Saturday every month and sells plants, gifts, bread, cheese, tasty organic produce and so on.
Hove is more of Brighton’s chilled little sibling and among the top places to reside in Sussex.
Brighton and Hove city consistently ranks high when it comes to safety metrics and was actually voted the most secure city in the South East area and the 3rd most secure overall in the United Kingdom according to a 2018 study, with only Bristol and Edinburgh ranking higher. The inter-agency Brighton & Hove Safe in the City Partnership is the one responsible for overseeing Hove.
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