New initiative to boost trade in town centre

town map
town map

A new map celebrating independent Eastbourne shops and services has been published in time for Airbourne.

Compiled by High Street retailers themselves in partnership with Eastbourne Town Team, traders say it will give visitors lots of reasons to return.

“There are four trails and loads of insider tips to getting the best out of our town,” said Adam McNaught-Davis of Eastbourne Town Team.

“It’s beautifully designed and is a real celebration of the unique character of our town.”

The map, compiled by Kate Guindi from the Cookshelf in North Street, Andy Collingwood from the Hidden Cellar, Hyde Gardens, and Caroline Tradewell from the Secret Garden in Terminus Road will be distributed by another first, the Airbourne Greeters.

“Airbourne Greeters are like Olympic Games Makers – they’re here to make visitors feel welcome and be the smiling face of our wonderful town.” said Adam.

The greeters and maps will help introduce people to parts of town they wouldn’t otherwise see.

Pavement arrows are the final trick up Town Team’s sleeve.

“And once people get to the seafront there’s also a showcase of some of our best independent shops, set up in the heart of the event. We aim to make sure that when people leave this year, they’ve already resolved to return and spend money in our independent shops.

Another first for Airbourne 2013 is Eastbourne Street Market, which runs outside Debenhams on Friday and Saturday. Working with the Town Team, Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and the MP’s commission have produced a leaflet to promote the Wednesday market.