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Allchorn Pleasure Cruises Set to Operate All Year Round
Eastbourne business, Allchorn Pleasure Boats, are set to run their operations all year round, thanks to the success of their new service on ex-RNLI Lifeboat ‘The Robert’.
Since launching in May, ‘The Robert’ has proved a popular attraction at Sovereign Harbour, and following some time out for essential maintenance, she is now back in the water and ready to start a new winter programme.

Visitors to Sovereign Harbour will be able to enjoy the popular Lifeboat Experience Cruises throughout the winter season to both Beachy Head and the Royal Sovereign Light Tower.

Plans are also underway for special Christmas Cruises throughout December with complimentary coffee and mince pies, plus private charter trips as an added attraction for office parties. The cruises will also operate throughout the Christmas period, with the exception of Christmas Day, providing a bracing day out at sea following the usual indulgences of Christmas Dinner and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Christopher Laycock, Co-Director of Allchorn Pleasure Boats said ”The summer season this year has denied many visitors and residents the opportunity to relax and take one of our traditional cruises from the beach to Beachy Head. We are looking forward to operating this new dimension in seaborne leisure over the winter months, and we are confident that it will prove to be popular with our passengers”

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “Eastbourne is not just a summer resort, we are beginning to offer so much more to visitors and residents all year round, particularly at Sovereign Harbour. I am delighted that Allchorn Pleasure Boats have decided to run their spectacular Lifeboat Experience Cruises all year round, adding to the growing provision of water based activities throughout the year.”

Visitors to the seafront can still join cruises on the ‘William Allchorn’, which operates from the Allchorn beach jetty by the Pier through to 30th September. Both ‘William Allchorn’ and ‘Southern Queen’ will then follow their own maintenance programmes until the new summer season starts on 1st May 2005.

Two hour cruises aboard ‘The Robert’ to Beachy Head cost £13.50 per person, and a 2½ hour cruise to the Royal Sovereign Light Tower and the Channel shipping lane costs £18.50 per person. Weather permitting and dependant on demand, cruises will leave at 10.15am and 2.15pm each day from Sovereign Harbour, seven days a week, except Christmas Day.

For more information on cruises visit or telephone 01323 410606.
21 September, 2004

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