discover hilly hanover with the return of the street advent calendar

We’re almost ready for that other C word here at BOTI Towers. And god knows we need some festive fun to cheer up another year. And it wouldn’t be Christmas in Brighton without the wonderful Hanover Advent Street Calendar.

If you’re not familiar, participating streets in the hilly neighbourhood are each allocated a day in December, right up to Christmas Eve. Street by street, the houses decorate and light up their front windows each evening, creating a living calendar that culminates in a massive street display on 24th December when all the houses are illuminated.

With lots of artists living in the area, you can always be sure of some pretty special displays, like last year’s brilliantly topical feature image from a house on Grove Street. It’s a great opportunity to get stuck into some Christmas and community spirit and explore the neighbourhood (and its many pubs), especially as many of the streets hold friendly get-togethers on their days.

Plus, it’s all for a good cause: there will be collections for Clock Tower Sanctuary (or you can donate at this link), a Brighton-based charity that works with young homeless people to give them space, support and stability.

Speaking of those pubs, it’s the perfect opportunity to check them out. Here’s a few to get you started: there’s Village at the Coleman Street/Islingword Road junction for great mulled wine and North African food, The Greys (great beers and tasty roasts) and The Geese (sausage and mash kings) at the other end of Coleman Street, the fabulous beer selection from Brighton Bier pubs Haus on The Hill (top of Southover Street, serving up fabulous Caribbean food from Danny O’Shea, ex The Bus Stop), the Constant Service further up Islingword Road, The Independent (with We Love Falafel popping up on Thursdays), The Dover Castle and The Sir Charles Napier. Take your pick!

There are a lot of streets in the area, so if you’d like local artist and illustrator Lisa Holdcroft (you’ll probably have seen her colourful and quirky trademark illustrations around the city), has created a lovely pictorial version of what’s on when.

And here’s the run-down of the street order before the big finish on the 24th.

01/12/2021 Washington Street
02/12/2021 Queens Park Road, Queens Park Terrace, St Luke’s Road and St Luke’s Terrace
03/12/2021 Hampden Road, Carlyle Street
04/12/2021 Qubec Street, Sussex Terrace
05/12/2021 Lynton Street, Arnold Street, Milton Road
06/12/2021 Lincoln Street, Elm Grove, Bentham Road
07/12/2021 Howard Road, Ewart Street, Montreal Road
08/12/2021 Beaufort Terrace, Carisbrooke/ Ryde Road
09/12/2021 Toronto Terrace
10/12/2021 Whichelo Place, Gladstone Terrace, Baxter Street
11/12/2021 Islingword Place, Albion Hill
12/12/2021 De Montfort Road, Agnes Street, Whippingham Road, Normanton Street
13/12/2021 Coleman Street, Islingword Road
14/12/2021 Hanover Terrace, Grove Street
15/12/2021 Holland Street, Newark Place
16/12/2021 Scotland Street, Franklin Street, Hanover Street
17/12/2021 Windmill Street, Windmill Terrace, Belgrave Street
18/12/2021 Jersey Street, Richmond Street, Southover Street
19/12/2021 Southampton Street, Picton Street, Bonchurch Road
20/12/2021 Stanley Street
21/12/2021 Queens Park Rise
22/12/2021 Luther Street
23/12/2021 Islingword Street

Tuesday 1st December – Thursday 24th December 2021, windows are lit up from around dusk
Various streets in Hanover, Brighton BN2 

Photo credit: Robert Ashby