Submitted by English Bridge Union on Fri, 27/05/2022 - 13:53

76 days to go……more to tell you and another itinerary for the 3 generation family.

I had a fortunate escape from torrential rain and managed to bag a couple of photos on Saturday I wanted to share with you, taken from the Upper Promenade. I’d done the walk to the foot of Beachy Head, got my mint choc chip cornet from the Holywell Chalet and made my way up to the Crow’s Nest to eat it. Making my way back home I came across the vista on the right. An apple tree in the foreground with developing fruit. I can’t think of too many places in the UK so close to the sea where you can pick apples! 

Looking towards the coast with yellow flowers in the foreground  A gravel path lined by greenery on either side, blue sky with wispy clouds

We have had an interesting discussion about generally getting sponsorship and in particular for our Eastbourne meeting. Despite tough economic times there must be many companies who can help (which of our members has a connection with a Blue Chip company?!). That’s another little task I’ve taken on to help us deliver our Summer Meeting. Seriously, folks, if you happen to know of a company or organisation that is in a position to sponsor the whole event, a session, or even donate vouchers or “goody bag extras” please let us know. Contact Gordon Rainsford gordon@ebu.co.uk, or me roswolfarth4901@gmail.com.

14 day holiday suggested itinerary for kids, Mum & Dad, Granny & Grandpa.  I will say this only once…..to avoid disappointment PLEASE book your restaurants throughout.  This is peak season.

Friday 5th Aug: Beat the Saturday rush to the coast. Check-in, locate the beach, supper at Pizza Express.  David Walliams Gangsta Granny is on at the Congress Friday or Saturday. (Eastbourne Theatres)

Saturday 6th Aug: For younger kids up to 11/12, try Treasure Island. Indoor/outdoor play areas include an 18 hole golf challenge. The same side of town is Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway. Bridge players welcome at Eastbourne Bridge Club for a 1.30 start.

Sunday 7th Aug: For active families, take the bus to the Seven Sisters Country Park. Undercliff natural rock pools with fascinating sea-life, walk along the banks of the meandering Cuckmere. The Visitor Centre has information, a shop and catering, or bring a picnic. Important - check the tide times!

Monday 8th Aug: Take the train (40 mins) or bus (60 mins) to Brighton. Visit the Aquarium, the Lanes, the Pavilion, the North Laines. Eateries galore in this area. I love Fato a Mano pizzeria. My favourite shop is Bird & Blend Tea in Gardner Street. Make it back to Eastbourne Bridge Club for a game at 7pm, be there by 6.45pm.

Tuesday 9th Aug: Don’t forget to plan your bridge today at Soverign Harbour after lunch, or Bexhill in the evening. Why not hire some bicycles today? The Cadence Cycle Club outside the Welcome Building, right next to the Winter Garden is so handy and there’s a gentle Cuckoo Trail (an old railway line) or lots of more challenging options through Friston Forest or on the South Downs Way.

Wednesday 10th Aug: Spend a day on one of the beaches or drive out to the Sussex/Kent borders north east of Eastbourne and view the beauty of the Weald.

Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th Aug: Bridge as you wish! On Friday, there is a Stargazing Experience at Herstmonceux in the evening from 8pm at the Observatory. There is time to get there! Booking for this is essential.

Monday 15th - Friday 19th Aug: A last few days of relaxation. See the delights of Airbourne before heading home.

By Ros Wolfarth

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