Horse-drawn seaside special for Eastbourne

CENTRAL Park eat your heart out – Eastbourne could soon be having a permanent horse-drawn carriage ferrying people up and down the seafront stretch.

It may be something more readily associated with the Big Apple, but visitors to the Sunshine Coast will soon be able to enjoy a scenic tour by the sea after Eastbourne Borough Council gave the attraction the green light.

The local authority’s cabinet heard that a short-term trial back November of last year had proved an overwhelming success and is hopeful that the horse and cart will return to Eastbourne throughout the busy summer months.

They are pencilled in to run from May until October – subject to rubber stamping – and carry out rides between the hours of 11am and 7pm every day.

It will start and finish opposite the Cumberland Hotel on Grand Parade, heading out west along the seafront into Wilmington Square, down Terminus Road and Burlington, before arriving back at its starting point.

And, although prices are yet to be finalised, the expectation is that the ride will costs around £6 per adult, £5 per child or £20 for a family.

Speaking shortly after the local authority gave the plans the thumbs up, the council’s head of tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley, told the Herald, “We are very excited by proposals for horse drawn carriage rides in Eastbourne offering another way for visitors to enjoy our beautiful seafront.

“With our Dotto Train already offering a great way to travel the whole of the seafront and quadricycles offering a fun way to explore the eastern promenade into the harbour, the horse drawn carriage rides will extend the options available to visitors when it comes to making the most of our seafront.

“We are always looking for new ways to improve our tourism offer in Eastbourne and boost the wide range of attractions and events already available.

“I hope this latest addition will be welcomed by our millions of visitors each year.”