Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Win A Short Break With Visit Eastbourne Ends 26/04

The UK has some beautiful areas so it is not surprising that staycations are becoming increasingly popular. As the pound weakens you don't have to worry about the exchange rate, the hassle of taking a flight, and concerns about security overseas. One of those up and coming tourist destinations that may not be on your radar is Eastbourne - a secret gem on the south coast of England.

A seaside town with culture

 

Eastbourne pier


Eastbourne is a large seaside town and borough with a vibrant cultural scene. As well as the lovely beaches recommended in the Good Beach Guide it has lots to see and do for people of all ages. 

The town itself has no less than 5 theatres showing everything from West End shows to local comedians and the award-winning Towner art gallery has a range of events for all the family. Kids are looked after with the Eastbourne miniature steam railway, the Redoubt fortress military museum and the Treasure Island adventure park, which has indoor and outdoor adventure areas as well as pirate-themed mini golf. Aha me hearties!

Superb places to eat
The Beach Deck

If you are like me and always look for great places to eat on holiday you will be spoilt for choice as Eastbourne has some wonderful restaurants. From casual beachside dining with a touch of class at The Beach Deck on the picturesque seafront to fine dining in the Mirabelle restaurant at the Grand Hotel, recently voted one of the 50 best restaurants in the UK by the Independent newspaper. 

One of my favourite places is Season's brasserie, a restaurant, deli and wine bar. Check out their wine tastings throughout the year and their live music events for a great evening of entertainment.  Of course, you also have the option to get a tasty bag of fish and chips from the many fish bars and restaurants along the prom too or a delicious ice-cream from one of the many vendors.

Great places to drink

Visit Eastbourne and enjoy a glass of wine on the waterfront


Did you know Eastbourne has some great food and drink events throughout the year as well? The Beer and Cider By The Sea festival is on the 26th to the 28th of May this year and the Eastbourne Beer Festival is on the 5th to the 7th of October. At both of these events, you can try lots of delicious hearty real ales as well as listen to live music and be thoroughly entertained.

If you love a glass of wine only a few miles from Eastbourne town is Rathfinny Wine Estate in Alfriston where they produce the outstanding Sussex sparkling wine. You can visit Rathfinny for a wine tour or tasting or visit the historic Flint 
Barns on the estate to enjoy coffee and cake, brunch or Sunday lunch. Cheers!

Around the Eastbourne area

Beachy Head

If you want to venture further afield, only a short drive from Eastbourne town is Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, and the South Downs National Park with beautiful countryside and pretty little villages like Alfriston, only seven miles away.

The Eastbourne holiday guide

Eastbourne prom

So as you can see Eastbourne is a great place to visit. I hope I have whetted your appetite with this guide to Eastbourne and if you would like more information about the area, check out the online Eastbourne Holiday Guide. The guide is extra special as it is full of great attractions, brilliant places to stay and superb places to eat as well as exclusive offers. Go on, have a peek!

Win a stay in Eastbourne



Lansdowne hotel Eastbourne

Today on my blog I am giving you the chance to win a lovely prize - a 2-night stay with breakfast and vintage afternoon tea at the Lansdowne Hotel Eastbourne! Entry is easy through the Rafflecopter application below, for full terms and conditions check out the information on the Rafflecopter app. Good luck and I hope you get the chance to visit Eastbourne soon.

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350 comments

  1. I'd love to have a look around the Redoubt fortress, looks fascinating! And a visit to Beachy Head would be a must.

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  2. I am amazed at how many interesting places there are to visit. I think first I would go to the Observatory Science Centre
    Jeremy Andrews

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  3. Stargaze at the Redoubt Fortress on a Stargazing event evening or at Birling Gap on any clear night of the year.

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  4. I'd most like to visit Eastbourne for its August bank holiday Airbourne Show! With its spectacular air show, firework display and it's vibrant market stools, it sounds amazing!!

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  5. A PICNIC ON THE TOP OF BEACHY HEAD

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  6. How lovely it would be to walk on the beach, that would be my top priority

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  7. Treasure Island adventure park would be the first place we'd visit :-)

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  8. I would love to do canoeing on the Cuckmere River!That looks great!

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  9. I would love to see the pier and bandstand

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  10. a walk along the sunny beach

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  11. not been to Eastbourne since i was little love to see it all again

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  12. would like to visit the Helen Gardens

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  13. the science centre looks amazing!

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  14. Beaches and the bandstand

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  15. I would so love to walk along the pier and the beach and just enjoy the views

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  16. I would love to take my partner to Beachy Head Brewery.

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  17. The Eastbourne food festival and Beachy Head

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  18. It has to be a walk around Beachy Head :)

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  19. The Redoubt Fortress Military Museum

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  20. I'd like to soak along the beach and paddle in the sea

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  21. Beachy Head, I never been there.

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  22. I would like to walk along the pier and beach and paddle in the sea.

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  23. Rathfinny Wine Estate!

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  24. the Observatory Science Centre sounds brilliant xxx

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  25. The Eastbourne Beer and Cider Festival by the Sea http://www.eastbournebeerfestival.co.uk/ sounds good,and a visit to Beachy Head and The Pier would add to a good weekend

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  26. Pam Francis Gregory12 April 2017 at 18:23

    I'd love to visit Beachy Head

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  27. I am on a mission to visit every Model Village in the UK; alas the example at Eastbourne was vandalised in the 1970's, but part was saved, and is now housed at Redoubt Fortress.

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  28. I'm a tennis fanatic so I would love to experience the Aegon international tennis Events. Would be a dream come true!!

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  29. I'd love to experience fish and chips on the sea front!

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  30. Would love to visit Beachy head

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  31. I would love to see Beachy Head

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  32. Eastbourne miniature steam railway as I love steam trains .

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  33. The pier

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  34. I would love to have a long walk on the beach

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  35. This would be an amazing short break to win

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  36. I would love to go to Beachy Head ☺

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  37. I'd like to visit the Pier and the Beer and Cider Festival :)

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  38. It would be the Marine Parade Beaches

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  39. I'd love to visit Beachy Head. Seen it on TV and in films many times, looks like a lovely place to visit.

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  40. The beach, the pier, a lovely swim at the Sovereign centre & maybe even a spot of shopping.

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  41. My husband and I have friends in this area of England. I would love to write a blog post about it!

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  42. Id like to visit the Redoubt fortress military museum.

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  43. the beachey head marathon would be great and eastborne is also awesome

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  44. I would love to go stand-up paddle boarding on Cuckmere lake! Thats one for the bucket list
    Laura x

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  45. Would love to visit the South Downs National Park, including a visit to Beachy Head.

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  46. I would love to see Beachy Head and walk part of the Seven Sisters

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  47. I'd like to watch the tennis

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  48. I would love to have a stroll along the beach. Ive never been there before

    Amanda

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  49. I've never visited Beachy Head before - I think that would be top of my list when visiting Eastbourne!

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  50. I would love to stargaze at the Redoubt Fortress

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  51. I would have liked to have seen the museum shop but sadly it has closed down. I would also love to see the galleries.

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  52. I would love to walk along the prom and have a picnic on that beautiful beach - it looks amazing! :)

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  53. Eastbourne is on my UK 'Bucket List' as I have never been - sounds like I should be planning my next UK road trip there!

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  54. I would love to watch a show at the Banstand on the seafront, they have some great music coming up.

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  55. I would like to visit Rathfinny Wine Estate

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  56. id really love to have an afternoon tea, then a long walk ont he beah with my daughter we love to collect shells

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  57. I would love to visit the local Museum of Art

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  58. I would love to take a stroll along the pier, then enjoy a fish and chip supper.

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  59. the Airbourne show would be good to see

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  60. I've never been to Beachy Head - would love to do a walk there!

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  61. I think a glass of fizz at Rathfinny is called for! ��

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  62. I've never been, so I would love to see the beaches!

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  63. I don't live that far away but I've never been

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  64. Everything but particularly the steam railway.
    I have a passion for trains.

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  65. I would take a lovely walk along the seafront and pier followed by afternoon tea ☕.

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  66. It has to be Beachy Head

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  67. I would love to go to the pier and bandstand :)

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  68. The science centre looks fun & also a bus tour to take in more sights would be on our list

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  69. Being a northerner, I have not been south of London! I've always wanted to go to the beautiful beach head lighthouse. This would be an amazing trip! ☺

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  70. The award-winning Towner art gallery sounds very much in need of a visit.

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  71. christine shelley13 April 2017 at 16:13

    Peter would love to see the miniature steam railway

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  72. I would love to take an adventure boat ride!

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  73. So much to see but I would start with the Redoubt fortress military museum

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  74. I'd love a stroll along the eastbourne prom! it looks so pretty!

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  75. I'd love to walk along the beach and paddle in the sea

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  76. I would love to go fossil hunting on the beaches

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  77. when I was a little girl I use to visit my nan and grandad who lived in Eastbourne, we had many a holiday when we stayed with them visiting loads of Places my favourite was Treasure island and paddling in the sea, treat time would be an ice cream and a walk on the pier putting our pennies in the slot machines, I would love to do this all again and bring back the beautiful memories of yesteryear

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  78. I'd like to go on the Eastbourne Sightseeing Open Top Bus (preferably is warm sunny weather!)

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  79. Want to walk to the end of Eastbourne Pier

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  80. I grew up by the sea and I miss it now I live further away so I would head for the beach and listen to the waves!

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  81. I would love to walk along the pier

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  82. The beach and pier and maybe a theatre, all would be lovely

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  83. I'd love to go to Arundel Castle and Gardens

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  84. I'd have to take hubby to the brewery but then force him to see a show in return

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  85. I would love to visit Beachy Head just because it is so iconic and I've never been there.

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  86. Never been to Eastbourne so would like to visit to see the sights

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  87. A walk around Beachy Head and a trip to the brewery.

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  88. I would love to visit the Redoubt Fortress.

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  89. l'd be fascinated by the Observatory Science Centre

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  90. I love Eastbourne but not been for a while, would love to visit the pier again

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  91. I would love to see Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters

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  92. 1 would love to walk the south downs

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  93. I'd love to go on the adventure boat ride! :)

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  94. I'd like to try the adventure boat trip ride.

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  95. The Beach Deck looks beautiful! So adding that to my pinned places to visit! :)

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  96. Beachy Head is on my bucket list!

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  97. I would like to visit Beachy Head - have heard so much about it.

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  98. the 999 Display sounds exciting as does the Beach Life Festival and I'd love to have a meal on the seafront, doing a spot of people-watching

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  99. I would love to visit South Downs National Park!

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  100. have never visited eastbourne pier so would like to do that

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  101. I would love to visit Beachy Head.

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  102. On the few occasions we have been to Eastbourne we have really enjoyed walking along beachy head. My other half has a go Pro so makes for some great footage!

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  103. This looks lush! X

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  104. Eastbourne airshow with the all the sideshows and atmosphere.

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  105. I would love to see BeachyHead ! x

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  106. Stargaze at the Redoubt Fortress

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  107. Always wanted to visit beachy head

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  108. i would love to go to arundel castle

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  109. I would like to go rock pooling & hunting for fossils at Holywell beach.

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  110. A visit to the Rathfinny Wine Estate sounds lovley!

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  111. I'd love to visit Rathwinny wine estate

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  112. Samantha Woodlock15 April 2017 at 21:14

    i would like to go to the science centre

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  113. i would love to experience it all as never been to Eastbourne :)

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  114. We went when the kids were little and would love to go back and explore a bit more now they are a bit bigger :)

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  115. I love history so it would have to be Redoubt Fortress for me, might also take the opportunity to drive over to Hastings for a little visit too!

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  116. I'd love to visit Beachy Head!

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  117. Oh wow! This looks absolutely amazing. I have been asking my boyfriend ( british ) to show me his country but he hasn't haha. This looks so beautiful!

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  118. I'd love to watch the Aegon Tennis

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  119. I'd love to see the tennis as well as visit the galleries :)

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  120. I'd like to visit the Wish Tower - we all need one of those - like me right now hoping I'll win this prize ;-)

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  121. The cider festival sounds amazing! As does a quick jaunt to alfriston.

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  122. I would spend a day at the seaside and finish it off with a theatre show.

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  123. Amazing getaway giveaway and I'd love to visit this summer with my new born baby girl and my hubby :))

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  124. I'd love to see Beachy Head and the Pier again. Was there when I was a nipper and probably didn't appreciate the sights!!!

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  125. a walk along the pier

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  126. I would love to see Beachy Head as I have never been there.

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  127. This would be a great place to visit nd try their food and explore the pier :)

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  128. The Royal Hippodrome!!

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  129. paddle boarding please

    princess_smithee@hotmail.co.uk
    Isabelle smith

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  130. I'd have a walk along the pier. I don't live far from Eastbourne and I remember it from childhood :) xxx

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  131. I would love to have a walk and picnic on the South Downs.

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  132. I would love to walk on the beach and visit Beachy Head

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  133. The Mirabelle Restaurant as a bit of a foodie I would love to go there

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  134. There sounds like so much to see and do. I'd definately like to visit the The Beach Deck for some quality beachside dining.

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  135. I'd love to visit Rathfinny Wine Estate in Alfriston

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  136. the observatory science centre looks good, I love hiking so Beachy head is a must too.

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  137. I'd love a walk along the beach

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  138. i would definitaly go to the theatre, i love the theatre x

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  139. Eastbourne Hot Air Balloon Festival sounds amazing!

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  140. I'd love to take the Adventure Boat trip ride from Sovereign Harbour to Beachy Head

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  141. Eastbourne's Magnificent Motors show looks good. I like looking at the old cars

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  142. I would like to see beachy head . debra barratt

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  143. I'd like to visit the Rathfinny Wine Estate.

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  144. would love to visit Redoubt fortress and the pier

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  145. Beachy head on the cycle path would please me

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  146. The military museum would be a must see for my husband and me

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  147. Helen gardens I love gardens I'm a keen gardener

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  148. I love Battle if that counts, as I love Battle Abbey. I also like the bandstand on the front

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  149. I would just love to stroll along the seafront and eat delicious seafood in one of the excellent restaurants. And maybe visit the winery in Alfriston. And I would love to be there for the balloon festival.

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  150. Wow what a place. We have been talking of visiting Eastbourne this year, firstly a cousin of mine has moved here from South Africa, so he is my first attraction. But there is so much to see and do; Beachy Head looks amazing. The bandstand would be awesome especially for my music loving husband and then all those wonderful places to eat in. Wow!

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  151. I'd love to walk around the beach :) Ray x

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  152. Redoubt Fortress Military Museum

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  153. I have always wanted to go to Beachy Head, we love walking with our lab and discovering new delights and Ive heard such great things about Eastbourne!!!

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  154. I'd love to visit the Observatory Science Centre even though I have been to Eastbourne before I have never been there!

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  155. I would love to visit the Towner Art Gallery

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  156. I went on holiday to eastbourne with my mum and grandmother when i was very young. i had a great time. i'd like to go back and visit drusillas park and enjoy a nice weekend away for a change. fingers crossed

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  157. I would like to go to Beachy Head

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  158. I would like to visit Beachy Head

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  159. lynsey Buchanan21 April 2017 at 02:12

    I would like to visit Treasure Island adventure park

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  160. I'd love to see Beachey Head. Those clifs look gorgeous.

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  161. id love to Take in the sights of Beachy Head on the City Sightseeing Bus :) My Children would absolutely love this! Perfect first little holiday x

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  162. I would like to visit Beachy Head and see the lovely cliffs!

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  163. I've never been to Beachy Head - looks beautiful

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  164. Oh wow, two lines in and I was hooked! Just go!

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  165. I would love to climb up to the Camera Obscura on the pier and watch the seafront reflected back.... fascinating.

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  166. I'd love to spend some lovely quality time with my daughter who's expecting her first baby in October. Would be lovely to take in the sites & maybe do a bit of baby clothes shopping!!!

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  167. Hubby and I love to walk/hike and we love to see Beachy Head along this beautiful coast line as we explore on our travels.

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  168. Never been to Eastbourne, would love to, it looks great.

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  169. never been there, but this is a great chance to go for a lucky winner!

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  170. Drusillas Park to see the zoo!

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  171. to the beach to paddle in the sea

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  172. I'd love to go to the Towner Art Gallery! I love wandering around things like that :D

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