27th May 2022 - 29th May 2022
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Do you like to be beside the seaside? Do you like to be by the sea? Do you like to walk along the prom prom prom where the big bands play tiddley om pom pom.
We do, and on behalf of Chairman Jonathan, Sarah and I are delighted to invite you to the Eastbourne Senate weekend “by the seaside” in Eastbourne.
It’s a beautiful part of the world boasting some great attractions and some outstanding scenery. The first thing to note about this particular weekend, is that it is NOT the Bank Holiday weekend, that privilege having been moved to the following weekend due to the Queens Platinum jubilee celebrations. In short, it doesn’t clash with HM’s celebrations!!
Our base for the weekend is The View Hotel right on the seafront promenade.
Our Friday evening will be an informal relaxed evening acknowledging that as a south coast town, it will be a bit of a trek for some. The main hotel restaurant will be open for Senators and their partners to dine at their convenience, meet up with friends old and new and simply relax together. The iconic Bandstand is a short walk from the hotel and there may be a good tribute act on.
Saturday day time
On the Saturday, our coach tour will take in a number of key Eastbourne visitor attractions including a visit to Herstmonceux Castle Estate with its beautiful Elizabethan Gardens and Castle for a tour round. We’re planning a stop in Alfriston, a quintessentially English Village in the heart of East Sussex, with it’s National Trust Clergy House. We will also take in the Birling Gap, a fabulous National Trust site with lovely walks across the cliff tops. The views are outstanding and remind us of the tremendous heritage and iconic nature of the White Cliffs that straddle the South East Coast. We’ll be stopping off for lunch (and doubtless a few bubbles) during the day.
NB. Detailed timings will be finalised in due course but we are still in the hands of organisations who are navigating their way through the latest Covid restrictions that impact large visitor groups. The organisers are optimistic though that Saturday will show case Eastbourne and it’s surrounding areas to great effect.
Saturday evening will be a Black tie gala dinner with pre-dinner drinks and a chance to glam up for the evening.
We do have thoughts as to what we might do on the Sunday for those that wish to extend their stay which could involve a visit to the marina in Eastbourne and lunch at one of the water side restaurants before delegates start their journey home. (Note this would not be included in the costs)
Costs for the weekend will be in the order of £225/£240 per person (tbc) for the weekend (with the exception of Sunday) for dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 nights in the hotel along with Saturday day time activities and coach travel.
Delegates will have the option of upgrading their rooms (more details to follow) for larger more spacious rooms. Please note that upgraded rooms will be subject to final confirmation from the hotel, but will be allocated on a first come first served basis if you request one on the online booking form below.
We quickly want to get a sense of numbers as we have reserved 30 rooms, a mixture of twin and double rooms with upgraded rooms on standby (and sold on a first come first served basis) and will be calling for deposits. Eastbourne is an incredibly popular visitor area with hotel rooms at a premium and the hotel have advised us this will look to release any unreserved rooms sharpish.
Eastbourne is well connected with regular direct train services from London Bridge. Ashford International is also well connected to Eastbourne offering opportunities to take the High Speed Link from London St Pancras to Ashford and changing for Ashford.
Anyone choosing to fly will see that Gatwick Airport rail station is connected directly to Eastbourne Station. Heathrow is a little more challenging with several changes required depending on which terminal you land in.
The View Hotel is around 1 mile from Eastbourne station taking around 5-7 mins in a taxi or around a 15 minute walk.
Those choosing to drive will find Eastbourne at the end of the A22 which links to the M25 at Godstone. Depending on where you travel from, the A22 joins up with the A26 through Royal Tunbridge Wells and up to the M25 further east. Please note that the Hotel has no private car park and parking is restricted to on street parking. The hotel does offer parking vouchers payable on arrival.