Photographed by Emma Croman

How to spend 24 hours in Eastbourne

Eastbourne town centre is saturated with brands and high street stores all the way down Terminus Road and Cornfield Road. However, it also has a plethora of charity shops. There is nowhere else I have ever seen four charity shops next to each other. There is only a William Hill separating the fourth from the fifth in a row. Start your visit to Eastbourne by wandering around these stores, and pop into The Beacon shopping centre for even more retail options. 

Photographed by Emma Croman

Stay at Port Hotel

Make your way to Port Hotel via the beach. Stop at The Beach Cafe for a hot drink beside the pier. The beach path is much more quiet than that in Brighton allowing you to really be in touch with the landscape on your stroll. Port Hotel takes pride in being so close to Gelato Famoso serving delicious Italian ice cream for you to enjoy before you check in, check out, or both. 

Where to dine

For dinner, the hotel has a list of recommendations. I ventured to Bistro Pierre on the beach which boasts lovely views of Beachy Head and delicious food. Their menu is bloated with the finest French cuisine and a long list of wines and cocktails. For something a little more humble, the Italian restaurant Gianni’s seemed most appealing with its authentic, homemade dishes. Imagine gingham tablecloths and images of Italian landscapes decorated across the walls. The vines and fairy lights complete the decor to create a relaxing and homely atmsophere. Skylark is situated in Little Chelsea, not too far from the train station, open for dinner service Thurs-Sat. 

Towner gallery Photographed by Emma Croman

What to explore

Little Chelsea is the perfect place to grab brunch the morning after your night at Port Hotel. With cobblestone pathing and more independent businesses taking up the streets, explore pastel homes and spots such as Beanzz Coffee, Hyde Corner, and Cafe 32 for that morning caffeine fix. 

Finally, before you head home, make sure you explore Towner Gallery. It is free to enter with the Living Collection exhibition currently taking up the first floor of the building. All artwork is inspired by the Sussex landscape so spy etched waves and the Downs in watercolour.

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