Eastbourne Summer Seniors Congress

5th - 7th July 2019, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne

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.

To enter

The easiest way to enter is online through My EBU. Log-in and select 'Book Events' from the Utilities menu.

You can also call 01296 317203/19, email comps@ebu.co.uk, or post the above booking form.


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





Friday 5th

2.00pm - 5.30pm

Championship Pairs qualifier, session 1 (24 boards)

7.30pm - 10.45pm

Championship Pairs qualifier, session 2 (24 boards)

Saturday 6th

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)

Sunday 7th

11.00am - 6.45pm

Swiss Teams (7 x 7-board matches)

with a break after the third match.

Entry Fees


Full Congress



Championship Pairs



Swiss Pairs



Swiss Teams



Both Swiss events


Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance.

Closing date for entries is 1st July 2019.

Master Points

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.

Car Parking

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.

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