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Lichfield is a cathedral city in Staffordshire and is located roughly 15 miles to the north of Birmingham and lies between the high ground of Cannock Chase on the west and the valleys of the Rivers Trent and Tame on the east. The city is known for its three spired medieval cathedral and also for being the birthplace of Samuel Johnson, the writer of the first Dictionary of the English Language. Modern day Lichfield retains its importance as an ecclesiastical centre and its city centre has many listed buildings and fine Georgian architecture.
Lichfield has many cultural events which includes the Lichfield Greenhil Bower which is a festival that dates back to the Middle Ages. The festival these days includes a procession from the Guildhall of marching bands, morris men and carnival floats. There is also usually a fun fair in the city centre and another and jamboree in Beacon Park. Also, there is the Lichfield Festival which is an international arts festival celebrating dance, classical music, drama, film, jazz, literature, visual arts, poetry and world music.
Lichfield is served by two railway stations, Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley. These stations are now on the Cross-City Line to Redditch via Birmingham. Additionally, Trent Valley station is on the West Coast Main Line with hourly direct semi-fast services to London Euston, and also to Stafford, Stoke and Crewe and many other local and regional destinations.
Located in East Sussex, the coastal town and resort of Brighton is around 50 miles to the south of London. The city is known for its oriental architecture and large gay community. Due to its close proximity to London it has become popular with media and music types who choose not to live in London. This is led to the city sometimes called "London-by-the-Sea".
In the summer, the pebble beach in Brighton is full of tourists and Brightonians alike. Poi twirlers strike a beautiful image against the sunsets, and flaming lanterns are launched into the air on summer evenings. To the east of Brighton there is a designated nudist beach. The pebble beach gives way to a flat sandy seabed just below mid tide line so time your swimming to the low tide and avoid the painful feet. Just beyond the Marina is an area for surfers and local fishermen cast their rods from the Marina or by the giant doughnut.
The Brighton Festival, featuring music, arts exhibitions, book debates and much more is the second biggest arts festival in the UK after the Edinburgh Festival. The Brighton Festival Fringe runs at the same time as the main Arts Festival and usually comprises over 600 events including comedy, theatre, music and 'open houses'.