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I simply needed a day out to Eastbourne. I was bored with staring at the computer screen and trying to work within the hustle and bustle of the coffee shops in Brighton. After I finished glaring at the indifference attitude of the man, sat opposite me, who pushed my laptop forward without asking me, I opened up Google Maps. Looking around the South East region of the UK, I saw there were plenty of places I could visit on my Grand British days out. Should I go to Hastings? How about living large at Royal Tunbridge Wells? Or sightsee Portsmouth? The possibilities were huge.
Closing my eyes, I jabbed my finger towards the scaled map of the South East on my computer screen. Opening one eye and hoping I hadn’t just invited myself to the bottom of the English Channel, I was pleased to have landed on Eastbourne.
That evening, I boarded the Southern train service direct from Brighton to Eastbourne taking 40 mins long. Checking into a waterfront hotel, I milled around the quiet town and grabbed an Italian dinner before turning myself in to bed, ready to fully explore Eastbourne in daylight.
Despite its reputation as a retirement destination for Old Age Pensioners, you can clearly see a lot of communal activity from all ages in this town. However, if you love rushing around London, I should warn you not to come. You’ll find yourself frustrated behind slow-walking rows of old people.
So what is there to do? I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Eastbourne As Seen By Rexy
Other than the waterfront and the gateway to the South Downs, I couldn’t find any inspiration within the city of Eastbourne. It’s got potential for the great British seaside day out. But to stay? I think I would pass unless a famous act performs on stage at the Eastbourne Bandstand.
Meanwhile, I finished up with a coffee on the seafront and then headed back to the station, satisfied I got my day out fix to go back to work refreshed. Thanks, Eastbourne, but I might not be back. South Downs? Definitely.