Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England that is part of the city of Brighton and Hove, located 47 miles south of London. Brighton's location has made it a popular destination for tourists, renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, mostly cultural, music and arts scene and its large LGBT population, leading to its recognition as the "unofficial gay capital of the UK".
In November 1999, Ricky Butcher, Mark Fowler, Melanie Healy, Mick McFarlane, Janine Butcher, Sam Mitchell and Fred Fonseca all went away for a weekend in Brighton. The holiday brought turbulence and troubles, Janine got so drunk that she collapsed on the beach and could have died if Ricky hadn't saved her time. Mick discovered that Fred was gay, Steve Owen shocked Melanie with a surprise visit and the pair shared a moment. Beppe di Marco came along in order to surprise Sam though he found Ricky and Sam sleeping in a bed together, though the pair hadn't actually done anything and Beppe almost immediately rushed back to the Square and Mark found comfort to another person living with HIV.