Once upon a time I fell in love. It was a bit unexpected and unintentional – exactly how most of big love stories start.
Today’s post is a tribute to Eastbourne.
I came here in 2013 and not having the slightest idea about it. Apologies – I knew how to get from the train station to the place I was supposed to rent a room at. From that day on my exploring began. The beach, the pier, the seafront, the cliffs, the harbour. I can’t forget how surprised I was to discover that I live in ‘the sunniest place in the UK’. Nobody ever mentioned it’s so pretty either! It wasn’t all roses, though – we had our ups and downs, as all relationships do. Lots of tears but also a fair amount of great laughs. Here are a few pictures I managed to take during our moments together – just me and Eastbourne.
Eastbourne is seaside resort developed in 1859 thanks to the Duke of Devonshire (William Cavendish), whose statue stands right opposite the Bandstand. Tourism is what Eastbourne thrives on. It mostly is generated by seafront hotels which are built in Victorian style.
Eastbourne Seafront consists of several beaches and of course Eastbourne Pier (you can read more about this one here: Eastbourne Pier). The promenade it very long. It takes you from the Holywell (at the bottom of the hill leading to Beachy Head) up to Eastbourne Harbour. That’s about 1,5 hour walk – a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Great Britain, is situated right on the outskirts of Eastbourne. Sadly, this is the third (!) most famous suicide spot in the United Kingdom. People are coming here to make a jump even from the other side of the country.
Meads Village is a place situated between Eastbourne town centre and Beachy Head. There are a few caffes and shops here but the most important part lies at the heart of it – 19th century cottages forming a square and surrounding a set of tiny gardens with colourful flowers and rustic arches.
Eastbourne Harbour, or as some prefer Sovereign Harbour, is the largest northern Europe’s composite marina complex consisting of four linked harbours. There are several restaurants and pubs as well as a shopping mall nearby. I’ll recommend doing two things: taking a bike ride and taking a boat tour. It will only cost you a few pounds but you will see all the surroundings of this poshest area of Eastbourne.
There are several colourful beach huts you can rent annually and two newly built casual huts, which are the subjects to a daily or weekly rental. There are also 69 (;P) chalets close the Holywell. Interested in the pricing? Check out the leaflet.
A little question for the end:
Guess where the current UK prime minister, Theresa May was born 😉?