Venue for 2019
Following a site visit last week we are please to confirm that the building works are coming to a close in the new, modern Welcome Building (pictured) of the Devonshire Park complex in Eastbourne.
It will be used for the Nature Valley International Tennis Tournament in June, after which we are looking forward to holding our Seniors Congress there in July. Some information on the renovations can be seen on the Conference Eastbourne website.
Please find below information on the venue, parking, and attractions to fill your weekend away from the table.
A long weekend of bridge in the seaside resort of Eastbourne.
The Saturday Swiss Pairs is open to all players eliminated from the Championship Pairs on Friday, as well as new entrants joining the event at this stage.
The Edith Kaplan Trophy and the prize is awarded to the winners of the teams on Sunday. There will be a special category prize for the winners of the teams.
Please note: The WBF - and consequently the EBL and Bridge Great Britain - have adjusted their criteria for eligibility for Seniors events. The EBU has therefore adjusted its criteria in response to this. Please note, therefore, that to be eligible players must have their 61st birthday or beyond during the calendar year (January-December) of the event - i.e. entrants must be born in 1958 or earlier. See here for further details.
Championship Pairs - Paul Littlewood & Fiona Littlewood
Championship Pairs 'B' Final - Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke
Swiss Pairs - Joan Peel & Geoffrey Peel
Swiss Teams - Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst, Peter Law & Clive Cubitt
2.00pm - 5.30pm
Championship Pairs qualifier, session 1 (24 boards)
7.30pm - 10.45pm
Championship Pairs qualifier, session 2 (24 boards)
2.00pm - 6.00pm
Pairs “A” & “B” Finals Session 1 (9 x 3-boards)
with a tea break after five rounds
2.00pm - 6.00pm
Swiss Pairs (4 x 7-board matches) with a tea-break
after two matches
7.30pm - 10.40pm
Pairs “A” & “B” finals, session 2 (8 x 3-boards)
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Swiss Pairs (3 x 7-board matches)
11.00am - 6.45pm
Swiss Teams (7 x 7-board matches)
with a break after the third match.
Both Swiss events
All events are fully Green Pointed, save for the Championship Pairs qualifying rounds (Blue Points only, but all qualifiers are guaranteed a green Point award).
Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.
Venue and Tariff
Devonshire Park, Eastbourne
There will be pay-as-you-go catering on site as well as 10% discount when showing competitor accreditation in The Stage Door Pub, adjacent to the Welcome Building. There will also be leaflets available for collection at the events to receive 10% discount from Pomodoro e Mozzarella and La Locanda del Duca, a short walk from the centre.
On street parking is available free of charge in nearby streets.
Trinity Trees NPC Car Park
A discounted rate is available at an NCP carpark ten minutes walk from the tennis centre - Trinity Trees NCP at the junction of Trinity Place and Compton Street. You can park here for £2.50 for 24 hours (price subject to change by the local council). Please note that the carpark closes at 9pm, so if you are not staying overnight you will need to move your car before the start of the evening session. On street parking is free in many places in the area around Devonshire Park after 6pm. For instructions on how to receive the discount on your parking rates, see here. The 'discount tickets' will be available via EBU staff at the congress. The tickets are valid for use throughout the congress, so we would recommend you collect a ticket on arrival at the venue, rather than when you are leaving, to avoid any delays should you need to leave unexpectedly.
College Road Car Park
College Road Car Park also offers onsite parking adjacent to the centre. There are approximately 80 spaces including wheelchair spaces. This is a pay and display car park which accepts coins only. The charges are as follows:
Up to 2 hours hours £1.40
Up to 4 hours £2.60
Up to 8 hours £4.80
Up to 12 hours £6.50
Charges apply 8am – 6pm every day. No charges apply when displaying a valid disabled badge.