Where to Go in Brighton

Are you planning to explore Brighton using a rental vehicle? Review the Choice Vehicle Rentals fleet, a car hire Brighton provider. Here are some places that we recommend you visit and some activities we just know you will enjoy in and around Brighton:

1. Brighton Festival

1.	Brighton Festival

With over 400 events, this annual arts festival gives the locals and tourists in Brighton something to celebrate. Held in May of each year, this 23-day festival of visual art, film, theatre, music, dance, style and fun is invariably opened with the children’s parade.

2. Brighton Toy and Model Museum

2.	Brighton Toy and Model Museum

This Museum exhibits over 10,000 toys. Featuring an extensive collection of locomotive models, railway scenes, dioramas, puppets, cars and stuffed toys, Brighton Toy and Model Museum is ideally located under Brighton Station. It is open every Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm and every Saturday, from 11am to 5pm.

3. Royal Pavilion

3.	Royal Pavilion

Exotic and imposing, this building sits at the centre of Brighton. The Royal Pavilion also accommodates special events, such as weddings. A tour of this structural will open your eyes to the extravagant life of King George IV. Including a gift shop for souvenirs, it is open every April to September, from 9:30am to 5:45pm and from 10am to 5:15pm, from October to March. Tour tickets are available at £11.50 for adults and £6.20 for children (5-15 years old).

4. Brighton Racecourse

4.	Brighton Racecourse

Hosting some of the biggest horse races in Brighton, it is also known for the spectacular view of the English Channel. Other big events are held at the racecourse including circus shows, live music, fairs, exhibitions, food and drink events and family fun day events. The racing venue is open according to each event.

5. Brighton Wheel

5.	Brighton Wheel

Brighton Wheel stands in front of the town’s port. Standing at 150 ft., the wheel is situated just a few minutes away from the Royal Pavilion. Offering a stunning panoramic view of Brighton’s seaport and landmarks, the private capsules can accommodate 8 people. VIP capsules are available that can accommodate a maximum of 4 people. Brighton Wheel is open from 10am to 9pm, every Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 11pm, every Friday to Saturday.

Tip: It is better to book your ticket online because they are discounted.

Choice Vehicle Rentals offers a wide range of vehicles that will surely fit your taste and budget. For more details about our vehicle rental service, please call 01323 520353.


Starting your Journey from Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport

If you have just arrived at Gatwick Airport, a car rental Gatwick service provider is just what you need to help you get in and around the Gatwick area. There are lots of things to see and do!

1st stop: Guildford Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, Guilford is a good place to start your journey. One of the architectural masterpieces of Sir Edward Maufe, it took 25 years to construct due to the interruption of World War II. With a height of 160 feet and of a Gothic style, the interior of the cathedral may be defined as noble and subtle. It has 12 classic bells, with the largest weighing in at about 1.5 tonnes. The cathedral has a beautiful garden named Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden.

2nd stop: Jerwood Gallery

If you want to learn more about British culture and arts, you can visit Jerwood Gallery. A contemporary museum located in Hastings, East Sussex, it was opened in March 2012.  Operated by the Jerwood Foundation, the gallery boasts an exhibition and collection from the following artists:

  • Rose Wylie – a British painter and a representative in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2010.
  • Philip Guston – a well-known abstract expressionist in 1950.
  • Marlow Moss – a British constructivist artist during the early 1900s.
  • Sir Quentin Saxby Blake – an English cartoonist, writer and illustrator that was inaugurated as Children’s Laureate in 1999-2001.

3rd stop: Chessington World of Adventure

It’s time to have fun! Chessington World of Adventure combines a zoo, a theme park and a hotel complex. Located in Central London, England, this adventure haven was opened in 1987.

  • Zoo

Featuring over 1,000 animals including sea lions, gorillas, lions, tigers, etc., the zoo is divided into different areas including Sealion Bay, Penguin Bay, Sea Life Centre, etc.

  • Theme Park

The theme park area houses the Pirates Cove, Forbidden Kingdom, Market Square and Mexicana. It offers different rides and attractions including Dragon’s Fury, Scorpion Express, Black Buccaneer, Monkey Swinger and a lot more.

  • Hotel Complex

Chessington has two on-site hotels: Safari Hotel and Azteca Hotel.

4th stop: Shopping Centre

Of course, an escapade will not be complete without shopping. There are three popular shopping centres near Gatwick airport. These are:

  • Guildford

Lined with cobbled streets, Guildford’s shops display clothes, books and home decors. There are also restaurants and bars near the area.

  • Lewes

A small yet progressive place for shoppers, all the items that you are looking for are widely available within the area.

  • Royal Tunbridge Wells

Home to high quality boutiques, antique shops, bars and cafes, you can shop til you drop for jewellery, designer clothes and different gift choices in the Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Are you ready to make the most out of Gatwick and its neighbouring towns? Check the Choice Vehicle Rentals website and book a vehicle for your trip. For enquiries, please call 01293 825 149.

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Beware: Common Rental Scams

Rental scam

Renting a vehicle is beneficial for people who are planning to travel or to go on a business trip. However, those who need to hire a vehicle have to look for a reliable Brighton van hire provider to avoid the following rental scams.


Extra-low front fares

Rental companies commonly offer almost the same price range. Do not entertain extremely low offers because they can lead to expensive and inadvertent upgrades later on. The company could also require you to pay “hidden charges” after you have signed the agreement or contract. It is best to ask for the breakdown of things included in their package or special offers before entrusting in their services.

Unnecessary add-ons

Some companies require clients to buy add-ons like insurance. According to research, additional insurance coverage is often unnecessary because it just duplicates the insurance that you already have. For example, you have insurances like supplemental liability protection, collision damage waiver, personal effects coverage and accident insurance. All of these have different insurance titles and payments, yet they cover the same things.

“Unlimited mileage” offer

Most rental companies offer “unlimited mileage”. This means you can use the car wherever you want to go. However, some companies use this strategy to increase your rental fees. If you want to use the vehicle for an out of town trip, you will be required to inform the company first. If they say that you have to pay extra charges, then it’s up to you if you want to continue with your use of the vehicle for your out of town trip.

Choice Vehicle Rentals is a trusted rental company in the UK, offering a wide range of vehicles for hire, with NO hidden costs. With all your enquiries, please call 01273 819 303. You can also visit their website to review the vehicles available for rent.

Places to Visit in Crawley

Crawley offers a plethora of tourist attractions including historical sites, museums, country parks and more. Availing car hire Crawley services from Choice Vehicle Rentals will allow you to visit these places with ease. Here are the some of the most visited tourist attractions in Crawley:

Tilgate Park

tilgate park

Tilgate Park is ideally located in the South East of Crawley. It is the biggest and the most famous park that has a lot of history to tell. There are lawns and gardens, woodland, beautiful lakes and other places that are ideal for long walks. Tilgate Park has Champion trees, which are known to be the oldest and the tallest of their type.  Additionally, there is a small nature centre that is a home to over 500 animals, of 95 various types. Tilgate Park is a great place to visit in all seasons.

If you wish to park your car in the main car park, you have to pay £1.00/hour or a maximum of £5.00/day. The main car park is available from 9 am to 6 pm during the summer and 9 am to 4 pm during the winter.

Crawley High Street Market

crawley high street market

Crawley High Street Market is located in the paved area from the Jubilee Oak down to Ifield Road and in Queens Square. There are around 100 shopping stalls in this area. Some of them sell clothing, fruits, vegetables and other household goods.  The Traditional market opens every Friday and Saturday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

You may park your rental vehicle at the Orchard Street car park.

The Hawth

the hawth

The Hawth is a venue for theatre, west end shows, dance, opera and many more. It offers a Curzon Cinema with 855 seats and a Sway Dance Studio with 146 seats. You will also find a woodland amphitheatre and some outdoor exhibition areas during summer. The Hawth may also be used for conferences and presentations. There are 250 free car parking spaces on site.

Arctic Jungle

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The Arctic Jungle offers a children’s indoor play centre, with over 70 various play elements, a 7-metre high climbing wall and a large space for parties. There is 3 hours of free parking outside the premises.

Crawley Museum Centre

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The Crawley Museum Centre exhibits life during the Bronze Age until the modern day. Additionally, there are artifacts that came from the Iron Age and the Romano-British sites at Goff’s Park and Broadfields. There is free parking available within the vicinity.

Hire a car at Choice Vehicle Rentals and visit these beautiful places in Crawley! Call us on 01273 819303 to learn more.

Different Events to Attend in Eastbourne

Locals and tourists alike can enjoy many events in Eastbourne. Choice Vehicle Rentals, a car hire Eastbourne provider, has the perfect vehicle for you to travel the district in style and be part of the varied activities.

1. Eastbourne’s Annual Beer Festival

Eastbourne’s Annual Beer Festival

Eastbourne’s Annual Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in East Sussex. This 3-day event is usually held on the 1st or 2nd Thursday, Friday and Saturday of October. The festival starts at 6:00 pm and ends at around 11:00 pm. The price of the ticket varies depending on the day of the event and on the participant’s membership. Members of the event will pay lower rates compared to non-members. Thousands of ales, wines, international beers, ciders and perries will be overflowing throughout the festival. This event also includes live music, food and traditional pub games such as bar skittles, toad in a hole and more! This beer festival is usually held in the Winter Garden in Eastbourne.

2. Magnificent Motors

Magnificent Motors

Magnificent Motors is the biggest motoring event in Eastbourne. Hundreds of motorbikes, buses, classic cars, scooters, stream traction engines and both commercial and military vehicles are featured in this festival. Usually held on Eastbourne’s Victorian seafront, this two-day motor cavalcade includes fairground rides, live entertainment and a classic night, drive-in movie showing. You can be part of this event for free.

3. Eastbourne Lammas Festival

Eastbourne Lammas Festival

Featuring carnival giants, morris dancing and live music, such as folk-rock, traditional and modern jazz, the Eastbourne Lammas Festival is a two-day event (Saturday and Sunday) that traditionally starts with a parade at 12:00 noon. Herne and Andred, the Eastbourne Giants, usually lead the performance of dancers and drummers. Everyone is invited to join the parade at the Pier entrance. This exciting event is held annually in July.

4. AEGON International Tennis Eastbourne

AEGON International Tennis Eastbourne

The Devonshire Park in Eastbourne hosts some of the major world tennis tournaments every year. Some of these tournaments include AEGON Internationals, ATP World Tours, WTA Premier Tournament, Wimbledon Grand Slam event and other international cups. The green grass court tournament is usually held every June. It lasts for 6-7 days, including the awards ceremony.

Call your car hire Eastbourne provider to experience these fun-filled events. Choice Vehicle Rentals offers a wide range of cars and vans for hire in Eastbourne. Please call 01273 819303 or visit our website for more information.