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25 October 2017

48 hours in Eastbourne


We recently escaped down south for a few days. Our break was inspired by a very generous gift from my mother in law, for a two day get away and we thought why not turn it into a bit of a longer trip and explore more than one place. So that's exactly what we did, our first port of call was Eastbourne, which is where our voucher got us a 2 night stay.

It was a bit of a stressful drive down from the east midlands, as the main route the sat nav wanted us to take lead to a closed road, and after 3 failed attempts of re-routing, and about an hour later we finally reached our destination. Unfortunately a lot later than what we would have liked!

We parked up our car, checked in to the hotel and headed straight off as we didn't want to waste the rest of the day.

We started by strolling across Eastbourne's seafront, it was a lot warmer than we expected, so we stopped at one of the beach shacks and grabbed ourselves a sorbet. Highly recommend as it was delicious!

We carried on walking and decided to walk/hike up to Beachy Head. Now I have to admit I did moan most of the way up as i'd made the huge mistake of wearing new boots that day, and boy did they give me some mean blisters. However, the views more than made up for my poor aching feet. You can spy the Lighthouse peeking out below the white cliffs, the sea washing around it. Such a magical view.

Beachy Head
Beachy Head

We didn't have much time to play with as it was getting dark soon, and with there being absolutely no lights on the walk we didn't want to be wandering back in the dark! We squeezed in time for a quick gin (of course) at the Beachy head pub, whose décor is so dreamy and country inspired, with fairy lights and checked cushions scattered on the seats.

As we descended back down the hill, the sun had just begun to set, and it made the sky the most beautiful pastel pink I've ever laid eyes on, that tied with the sea and plants you could easily believe you were abroad on a tropical island.

By the time we had reached the bottom we had worked up quite an appetite, and I had a yearning for Italian food, so that's what we went in search of. We came across Mo Mambo, and gorged ourselves on Bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Delicious.

The next day we had big plans to head over for a day in Brighton. We started by getting up early and having a potter along the seafront, before grabbing some breakfast at Beanzz their coffee is amazing and we had toasted tea cakes and porridge, which set us up nicely for the day.

Once we had finished our breakfast we headed over to catch the bus to Brighton, which is about a 50 minute trip. It's a hop on hop off style bus and we spotted the Seven Sisters park on the way to Brighton, which we decided we would stop off at on the way back to Eastbourne as it looked incredibly beautiful.

We did the usual tourist stops around Brighton, including the pier and Choccy Woccy Doodah, which I can confirm is incredible!

All of the walking had made us thirsty and I'd heard about the most Instagram worthy café that I needed to see so we headed their for a drink.

Redroaster did not disappoint, all the marble and gold décor, it was right up my street.

Definitely worth a visit for the décor alone! We decided not to eat here as we went in search of more restaurants, I wanted to cover as much in as little time as possible!

We ended up stumbling across Purezza. A purely Vegan restaurant, which was absolutely incredible, their food was so full of flavour and the pizza is the best, I would highly recommend!

I had the Chick Magnet pizza, that had chick peas, caramelised onions, tomatoes and spinach on it. I also had an iced coffee too,  because it was surprisingly hot outside!

We decided to catch the bus back to Eastbourne and stop off at the Seven Sister's park to walk off all that gorgeous food.

The Seven Sisters country park is made up of 280 hectares of white chalk cliffs and open grass land, it is a beautiful serene walk, that is a perfect way to end a busy day.

Seven Sisters Park

It took us just over an hour to walk there and back, and was worth the time just to take in the fresh air and the views. As it was midweek it wasn't very busy either, so it was lovely and peaceful. I would recommend taking a book if you have more time than we did, and a blanket and perching on the beach for a while just to enjoy the calm, especially if you've been packing your day full of adventures like we had!

Our next leg of our trip took us over to Hastings.

Have you been to Eastbourne?


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