Not just about Ferris wheels, fish and chips and flamboyance - though that does sound like an excellent combination for a party - Brighton is a hub of creativity, perfect for those looking for a getaway that's high on experience but relatively low budget. Take advantage of the roster of classes put on by local artists - be it pottery, terrarium making or painting (we particularly like The Paint Club) - before checking out the cosmopolitan restaurant scene, with eateries like Silo and Plateau giving London a run for its money. Drinks should be slurped at The Mesmerist (helpfully over the road from Plateau), and if you can't resist hitting the strip afterwards, so be it.
To stay? It's got to be the Artist Residence, a boutique hotel (there are also branches in London and Bristol) that got its eccentric style when the owner published an advertisement offering artists free board in return for their creations. Needless to say, each room is a riot of quirky artwork and local character. Finish your weekend with some shopping at the Lanes - bonus points for tracking down a vintage "something blue".