Situated at the foot of the beautiful South Downs, Eastbourne is widely acclaimed as the ’Suntrap of the South’ and sits neatly between Brighton, 25 miles or so to the west and Hastings about 18 miles eastwards. The town has managed to retain much of the gentile charm long which has long since disappeared at these neighbours, but should under no account be considered out of touch or solely for the more senior visitor, for whilst both Brighton and Hastings have moved ahead more rapidly in terms of developing a more trendy identity, Eastbourne has seen a steady increase in the numbers of younger residents, and now boasts plenty to occupy visitors of all ages.

Those who seek little more than sedate walks along the Victorian promenades or Pier continue to do so in great numbers, whilst the more active can enjoy cycling or skating, kids adventure playgrounds, the miniature railway, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Shoppers too are well catered for with the covered Arndale Centre, pedestrianised outdoor shopping areas and two out of town retail parks. The Sovereign Harbour continues to expand at a pace and provides first-class walking, shopping and eating for mariners and those who prefer to stay on dry land. Several miles of mainly pebble beach offer plenty of space to soak up the sun along the seafront which is by and large unspoilt by development as retail outlets on the seafront itself are strictly controlled. Mid-August sees the town at it’s busiest as the four day ’Airbourne’ event attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the biggest free airshow of it’s type in the country. The latest fighter and bomber jets scream overhead along the seafront, thrilling spectators, with stunt displays and Battle of Britain flypasts mixed in to provide something for everybody. There are also static displays, stalls and arena events organised to provide a full day’s entertainment for all. The pre-Wimbledon ladies tennis event is also held in the town each June and consistently attracts many of the world’s top players, whilst Eastbourne’s two main theatres offer a range of plays and musical events with many international artistes visiting throughout the year.

The surrounding area also has much to offer, with scenic countryside, including the breathtaking cliffs at Beachy Head, rural Sussex villages and welcoming country inns. The region has excellent road and rail links, and is just 90minutes by train from London, and under an hour from Gatwick airport. Car ferries run daily services to France from Newhaven 15 miles or so west of the town, and Dover and the Channel Tunnel are within easy reach to the east.

Either as a holiday destination for a few days break, or as a base to explore East Sussex, Eastbourne is well worth a visit for those heading to this part of the UK.