The wait is officially over! Today the British Airways i360 is taking flight for the first time, with rides starting at 2pm. And that’s not all. Brighton being Brighton has promised a spectacular fireworks and lighting display at 10pm. If you know this city like we do, you’ll know it isn’t one for doing things quietly!
Better late than never
The firework display was supposed to take place last night but, right on cue, the reliable British forecast brought high winds and rough seas, preventing the fireworks boat from travelling to Brighton beach. Luckily the team arrived in one piece this morning and are ready to make some noise like never before. If you’re a local, try to get down to your nearest beach with some friends and a selfie stick. You won’t want to miss this!
Open day and night
And there’s a patriotic feel in the air. Every night, the lighting on the tower and viewing pod will emulate the traditional British colours of red, white and blue. See the city in the sunlight or under the stars – the pod is open till 9:30pm. Tickets are £15 on the door but it might be wise to pre-book in the first few weeks!
For the events world, there’s a host of surprises underneath the pod including a range of conference rooms, a Brasserie and a beachside terrace overlooking the iconic West Pier. We facilitate events at the i360 and can incorporate a flight in the pod into a conference or leisure itinerary. The venue is ideal for the MICE travel industry and a new must see. So if you want to party in the most anticipated venue of the decade, send us your event requirements and we’ll turn your vision into a reality.
A unique structure
It’s fair to say the i360 has triggered some polarising opinions. Just yesterday I overheard a group of tourists shrieking that it was leaning to one side and might blow over. Slight exaggeration, but Brighton is a windy city. Is the i360 going to be as popular during the winter months? A good friend of mine (a civil engineering graduate and fellow Brightonian), informed me that the pole was built four degrees off its axis to ensure it stands strong in the face of the British weather and glides just as smoothly in winter. So the tourists were right – technically, it isn’t actually straight!
What are your views on the i360? Are you heading down to the fireworks and light display? Perhaps you took a trip in the pod today! Send us a comment or a Tweet – we’d love to hear all about your i360 experience.