Many languages other than English are spoken in Brighton and Hove, by permanent residents who have moved here from abroad, by children who have learned a second language at home, and by tourists or foreign language students. The city’s nearness to London, and its reputation as a tourist spot by the sea, attracts many visitors.Brighton and Hove is one of the most popular places to study English in the UK. There are over 50 language schools in or near the city.The main community languages spoken in Brighton & Hove are Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Polish and Turkish.

Names on Brighton Buses

Many buses in Brighton and Hove are named after famous  people who had a particular connection to the city. Since 1999, every new Brighton and Hove bus has been named. Examples include John Nash (the architect who designed the Pavilion), Edward Booth (the taxidermist who founded the Booth Museum in Dyke Road) and the author Virginia Woolf who often visited and later lived in the Sussex area.

A full list of names along with the history and contribution of each person can be found here.

Radio Stations

Brighton has several local radio stations run especially for residents of the city. Heart FM and BBC Radio Sussex are local branches of bigger nationwide radio stations, whereas Juice 107.2 , for example, is an individual radio station that is made in  Brighton and broadcasts to the city and surrounding areas.Other stations, such as Brighton and Hove Community Radio, Radio Free Brighton, and RadioReverb, are smaller and community run.

Radio Reverb is run entirely by volunteers, and does not have any adverts.

Juice 107.2 was first on air in 1997. It currently broadcasts live from North Street in Brighton.

Radio Free Brighton broadcasts music alongside news and discussions about local, national and international issues. It is certainly diverse: for example on Thursdays lunchtimes the programme is broadcast entirely in Spanish to represent the Spanish speaking community of Brighton and Hove.


Brighton Marathon

Seafront during Marathon

People take part in  The Brighton Marathon  to raise money by running 26.2 miles around the city in the quickest time possible.The first Brighton Marathon took place in April 2010.The event involves not just runners but support teams, sponsors, organisers,  locals, visitors and volunteers.The Brighton Marathon Weekend includes The Mini Mile Races, the BM10k and the Brighton Marathon Exhibition.