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Eastbourne Launches New Coast & Country Guide
Eastbourne Borough Council will be launching a brand new Coast & Country Guide at the British Travel Trade Fair at Birmingham’s NEC this week, celebrating the best of the South Downs and chalk cliff coastline around the Sussex resort.

The new guide includes ideas for exploring the countryside with information on walking trails, cycle routes, horse riding, wildlife spotting, historical attractions and award winning gardens.

Visitors are also encouraged to make the most of the heritage coastline from unique lifeboat experience cruises aboard a restored RNLI lifeboat to exploring marine life in the rock pools around Falling Sands, sheltered by the magnificent chalk cliffs of Beachy Head.

The new publication complements the 2005 Holiday Guide which includes the resort’s three other key themes of sports and activities, cultural pursuits and traditional seaside holiday.

The new guide includes over 100 accommodation establishments ranging from small and friendly to the 5* Grand Hotel, making Eastbourne the ideal gateway to explore the Sussex Downs. The South Downs Way itself begins in Eastbourne, and as plans for National Park status are currently under discussion, Eastbourne Borough Council are repositioning their product to meet the future needs of National Park visitors.

Eastbourne Borough Council spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “As well as being blessed with stunning scenery right on our doorstep, Eastbourne also holds the biggest accommodation stock in East Sussex with 7,500 bed spaces. As interest in the South Downs continues to grow, we are ensuring that Eastbourne is well placed to serve this emerging market, as a natural gateway to the National Park.”
The infamous Wideboy deckchair will also be putting in an appearance at the Eastbourne stand, following special appearances on ITV’s Des & Mel show and in a range of national newspapers.

Made for “the loving couple - when two chairs are just too far apart” it is double the width of a traditional deckchair and will be available from Easter for couples looking to enjoy a romantic cuddle on the beach.

Also from Easter, visitors will be able to enjoy a relaxing drink or evening meal while they watch the sun go down, as work begins on new seafront restaurants, offering al fresco dining on a decked beach. Utilising existing Victorian built seafront shelters, visitors will be able to enjoy quality food and drink throughout the day and into the evening amongst a vibrant café style culture.
07 March, 2005

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