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 on incoming Chairman elect, 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 and we are now planning our full weekend activities. Please note these are embryonic at this stage and are subject to confirmation and/or change.
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, (and courtesy of the ever grateful Greg), we will take the coach to Herstmonceuax Castle Estate with its beautiful Elizabethan Gardens and Castle for a tour round. We’ll move onto Alfriston Village for lunch, with time to enjoy this quintessentially English Village before resuming our tour back along the coast to Birling Gap, a fabulous National Trust site and lovely walks across the cliff tops. The views are outstanding and remind of the tremendous heritage and iconic nature of the White Cliffs that straddle the South East Coast. We then head back to Eastbourne.
Surely not the BBC??
Subject to timings, there is a plan being hatched to welcome the Bumble Bee Club onto the sea front later on Saturday afternoon where BBC members can indulge in the cool waters of the English Channel whilst sampling some suitable fizz. (Better than a hotel pool! – just as well cos there isn’t one!!)
Saturday evening will be a Black tie gala dinner with pre-dinner drinks and a chance to glam up for the evening. And we’re also considering how to spice up 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 sea view rooms.
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 more formally before Christmas 2021 to secure rooms. 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.
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