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Travel Agenda: Brighton's annual White Night; Travel Photo of the Year competition; Ice Hotel in Romania

Today: As the clocks go back, make the most of the extra hour in Brighton and Hove. The city is staging its annual White Night tonight, so expect seminars in cafes, interactive art and late-night film screenings ( whitenightnuitblanche.com).

This week: It's your last chance to enter The Independent Traveller and Wanderlust magazine's Travel Photo of the Year competition. The top prize is a trip to Australia's Northern Territory. Entries must be submitted by Monday 1 November. See wanderlust.co.uk/awards

W opens its retreat on the Thai island of Koh Samui on Monday ( starwoodhotels.com) and from Friday, The Grove in Hertfordshire starts its Avant Ski training weekends ( thegrove.co.uk).

In the diary: Guarantee yourself a white Christmas by booking into the Ice Hotel in Romania, which reopens in the Fagaras Mountains on 25 December. Accessible only by cable car, the four ice rooms overlook Balea Lake ( icehotelromania.com), which, at an altitude of 2,034m, is the country's highest glacier lake.