Your posts about WordCamp Brighton

It’s great to hear about everyone’s time at WordCamp Brighton 2016.

We’ve pulled together posts from across the community about the weekend. Pull up your (deck) chair and have a read…

How developers and designers can work better together – Martine Warburton

WordCamp Brighton 2016 summary – 34SP

You are creative (Speaker Deck) – Ross Wintle

Our takeaways from WordCamp Brighton 2016 – Sarah Harman

WordCamp Brighton 2016: Why and how you should put your audience at the heart of your WordPress site’s content – Lana Burgess

Internationalisation for WordPress Developers (Speaker Deck) – John Blackbourn

WordCamp Brighton 2016 – Keith (aka Mr Badger)

James shares the lessons he’s learnt about WordPress Multisite at WordCamp Brighton 2016! – James Morrison

My experience of WordCamp Brighton 2016 – Alice Still

WordCamp Brighton sets an eco-friendly example – Tom Greenwood

Bucket list – WordCamp Brighton: 23-24 July 2016 (#wcbtn) – Herb Miller

Have you written about your WordCamp Brighton 2016 experience? Please let us know in the comments below, via our contact form or on Twitter and we’ll share it with everyone here.

WordCamp Brighton 2016 official photos

Here are the first official photos from the first ever WordCamp Brighton! Thanks Gemma Garner for these fantastic pictures – you’ve really captured the fun of the day.

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Do you have photos from WordCamp Brighton to share? Head over to our Flickr group.
Please only upload photos to our Flickr group if you’re happy for them to be open source. All images need to be under CC BY-SA.

Call for WordCamp Brighton blog posts and photos

WordCamp Brighton has ended, but we now get to reflect on how awesome it was.

If you’ve written about your experience, please let us know. If you’ve taken photos of it – that’s awesome too.

We’re going to bring all the posts and photos about WordCamp Brighton together in one place so they’re easy to find.

Send us your blog links in the comments below, on Twitter, or via the contact form. Or if you have photos to share: head to our Flickr group.

Please only upload photos to our Flickr group if you’re happy for them to be open source. All images need to be under CC BY-SA.

Looking forward to finding out everyone’s different takes on the weekend.

WordCamp Brighton is a safe and positive conference for everyone. Learn more in our code of conduct.

Break time

There’ll be unlimited tea, coffee and water throughout WordCamp Brighton. Plus everyone gets some fancy (and important) swag. Read on to find out more…

As well as a super tasty lunch and dinner, there’ll be refreshments available throughout the day. Here’s everything you need to know:

Reusable cups and water bottles

Everyone will get their very own free reusable cup and water bottle. Yay!

Please don’t throw these away

To cut down on waste, we’re keeping paper and plastic to a minimum. So we won’t be using disposable cups.

And don’t forget to bring your cup and bottle along to Contribution Day on Sunday!


So…what will be available?

There’ll be tea, coffee and water available all day.

You can rinse out your cups at the water stations around the venue.


There will be cake! This is kindly sponsored by Timpani. Yum!

Bluebird Tea

There’s going to be and awesome selection of teas during WordCamp. These are all provided by the fabulous local tea company, Bluebird Tea Co. Thank you to Bluebird Tea for giving us 10% off too!


Don’t worry, there will also be an endless supply of coffee. Remember to use your awesome reusable cup!

Dietary requirements

There’ll be a selection of different milks available to cater for all dietary requirements.

We hope you’ll love your swag and hold onto your cups and water bottles. Let’s keep Brighton green!

Things to do in Brighton during your spare time

If you’re planning on staying in Brighton for a few days after WordCamp Brighton, you might be wondering what to do with your spare time.

Luckily, there are loads of fun things to do in and near Brighton. To help with your exploring, we’ve pulled together a small fraction of our favourites.

If you’re looking for somewhere to work during your stay, check out our post about remote work spaces too.

In a hurry to find something fun? Skip ahead using these links:

Also, don’t forget we’re having a Contribution Day on Sunday – you can find out all the details and sign up to attend here. You don’t need any previous contributor experience.

It’s going to be a fun day of contributing to the WordPress project, plus we’ve lined up some informative workshops.

Brighton experiences

Brighton Beach – Brighton is well known for its traditional seaside (and seagulls!). Ideal for cooling off on a hot day, sunbathing, and lined with shops. You can follow the beach right through to Hove and beyond.

Graffiti – Strolling around Brighton, you’re sure to come across local graffiti art. Visit Brighton lists maps of some of the top graffiti locations.

Brighton Toy Museum – Right by Brighton Train Station and very close to the WordCamp venue. Spend a few hours browsing their extensive collection of model trains, puppets and vintage soft toys.

Pavilion – The Royal Pavilion is a big palace right in the centre of Brighton. Built by King George IV, the Pavilion is absolutely stunning and a must-see.

i360 – It’s the brand new addition to Brighton’s seafront. Check it out from the ground, or take a ride up 450 feet for 360° views over Brighton.

Brighton Pier – If you’re wandering along the seafront, you can’t help but notice Brighton Pier. It’s dotted with seaside activities, including a roller coaster and arcades – plus fish and chips of course.

Duke of York’s Picturehouse – If you’re looking for a relaxed evening in watching arthouse films, head to Duke of York’s. Built in 1910, it’s thought to be the oldest cinema in the UK.

Brighton seaside
Scenes from Brighton’s seaside. Photos by Tammie Lister.

Interesting shops

Dave’s Comics – Located in Sydney Street among a whole host of independent shops, stop by Dave’s comics – a graphic novel shop filled with action figures, board games and a load of comics.

Many vinyl stores – As you explore Brighton, you’re bound to stumble on some of the many vinyl record stores. Each of these caters to different music tastes. Try Resident for new indie music, Across the Tracks for second hand amazingness, and the tiny Punker Bunker for punk.

Snooper’s Paradise – Filled with independent designers and bric a brac, Snooper’s Paradise makes for an eclectic shopping experience.

The Lanes – One of the things Brighton is most famous for – it’s packed with independent shops and boutiques, including Choccywoccydoodah.

Churchill Square – This is Brighton’s largest indoor shopping centre, where you can find all the usual high street shops and food.

Pubs, bars and clubs

North Laine Brewhouse – They brew their own beer on site and have an extensive selection of other drinks and food.

Shuffle Bar – A cocktail bar where you get to choose the music.

New Road – Right next to Brighton Dome, you can while away an afternoon on New Road and stay on well into the evening. Pop for a local craft beer at the newly renovated Mrs Fitzherbert’s, grab pizza at Pinocchio’s, head to the theatre-themed Colonnade Bar for a gin and follow up with a cocktail on the balcony at Bar Valentino.

The Black Lion – Right in the middle of the Lanes and near the seafront, The Black Lion is a place to hang out day or night. If the weather’s fine, you can sit outside in the courtyard where there’s a DJ every weekend.

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Colourful scenes from in and near Brighton. Llamas, North Laine, Choccywoccydoodah and graffiti cat. Cat/graffiti photo by Susie Cox, others by me.

Places to eat

Iydea – Delicious veggie food.

Pelican – A child friendly cafe and great place to work.

The Foundry – An awesome “proper pub” not far away from the venue.

Foodilic – Fantastic fresh food and excellent value for money.

Food for Friends – Ethical, award winning and delicious vegetarian restaurant.

Terre à terre – Another award winning ethical, vegetarian restaurant. Based in the Lanes since 1993 their amazing menu is packed with tasty, indulgent dishes.

Wai kika moo kau – Amazing brunch (and good value too).

Kensington Cafe – This place is all about the balcony and has a real 90s cafeteria vibe. Sit outside overlooking North Laine and choose from a yummy selection of all-day breakfasts and toasted sandwiches.

Short trips out of the city

Lewes (pronounced “Lewis”) – Just 15 minutes by train from Brighton Station. Lewes is a great place to visit for a few hours or a day. It’s a pretty town, the home of the Harvey’s Brewery, and is packed full of independent shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés.

Devil’s Dyke – On the South Downs, you can catch a bus or drive to Devil’s Dyke. You can even cycle or walk if you’re keen. A stunning place to wander through – and the longest, deepest and widest dry valley in the UK.

Ditchling Beacon – And some more amazing views from the highest point in Sussex.


Do you have any suggestions of things to do in Brighton? We’d love you to share them in the comments below or over on Twitter using the hashtag #WCBTN.

Introducing After Party Sponsor, Timpani

Timpani are kindly sponsoring the WordCamp Brighton after party! Nick Mailer, Founder and CTO, introduces us to Timpani.


We’re excited to introduce you to Timpani: the UK’s new WordPress platform. Built by a team with over two decades of experience in the technologies that power WordPress, Timpani has created a coherent platform that prioritises simplicity, security, and elegance.

We ensure you can get your WordPress instances up and running at the press of a button, make sure they’re kept up to date and backed up, and then get out of your way.

Want SSL? No problem: just paste in your certificate and you have SSL. Want to synchronise your live sites to a free Timpani UAT staging area? One click. Git-push with your ssh keys to that staging site? Easy! Timpani comes with a blazingly fast cache. Want to clear it? Just press a button and it’s done.

In the mood for some database surgery? Access phpmyadmin securely and directly from your Timpani panel, without having to remember your database password. Restore from yesterday’s backup? Or last week? Done, in seconds.

Invite your favourite devs, colleagues, and clients to your Timpani instances, add them to your teams and give them permissions to do exactly what you want them to do.

And talking about permissions: our platform doesn’t require that your WordPress files have a set of lax generic web-server permissions, nor be open up to the world just to allow uploads!

Timpani. No gimmicks. No fragile pseudo-features designed to look good in a brochure but compromise the live service. Just elegant, robust, clean managed WordPress, hosted in the UK by a team selected for not just their expertise but their humanity.

We’re so proud of our new baby. We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to it at WordCamp Brighton: say hello to Timpani!

The WordCamp Brighton afterparty will be at The Synergy Centre: 78 West St, 7 Middle St, Brighton BN1 2RA. It’s on 23rd July 2016, from 6pm-midnight. See you there!

Tesla Amazing’s statically charged notes, whiteboards and pads

Thanks Tesla Amazing for being…well..really amazing.

The wonderful people at Tesla Amazing have gifted us an awesome selection of products to use at WordCamp Brighton.

Their Magnetic range is reusable, environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable. Products include notes, A4 pads and big boards. And they’ve sent us lots!

Tesla Amazing logo

These are kind of like sticky notes and whiteboards – except way better. They’re actually statically charged polypropylene film. It sticks to any smooth surface without using glue.

You can write on the paper-like material with almost anything – including whiteboard markers (which you can dry erase) and ballpoint pens.

Tesla Amazing ran a successful Kickstarter project last year to get their Magnetic range into production. Check out their video to see Magnetic in action:

So look out for the Tesla Amazing products at WordCamp and get ready to take lots of great notes. Or just doodle your heart out.

Let’s hear a big thanks for our Brighton Pier sponsors

A very big thank you to our amazing Brighton Pier sponsors. They’re helping make WordCamp Brighton memorable!


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