Top travel mag gives town a glowing review

Easter on Eastbourne Seafront. March 30th 2013 E14087P
Easter on Eastbourne Seafront. March 30th 2013 E14087P

Eastbourne has been given a glowing review in an upmarket travel magazine.

The town is featured in Conde Nast Traveller by reviewer Harriet O’Brien who spent a weekend in the town.

She said, “Its pier presents a chimerical silhouette above the water; its seafront promenade is punctuated by a much-loved bandstand; its streets are lined with grand, Victorian buildings. Eastbourne in East Sussex is the quintessential, old-fashioned seaside resort; and aside from its first-class art gallery, it has limited contemporary appeal. But it provides easy access to the glorious new South Downs National Park, and to intriguing and little-known art trails.”

As well as mentioning some of the town’s hotels and eateries, Miss O’Brien describes the beaches as stunning and attractive.

She also suggests what visitors can do.

“Stroll the seafront promenade, which is lined with beds of bright flowers,” she said. “For great views back over the town’s Italianate architecture, walk the 1,000ft-long pier. Visit Towner Gallery (www.townereastbourne.org.uk) for its contemporary art exhibitions and wonderful permanent collection including works by Alfred Wallis, Walter Sickert and Iván Navarro.

“Browse the town’s commercial galleries: post-war prints at Emma Mason on Cornfield Terrace; modern art at Nigel Greaves Gallery in Grand Hotel Buildings. Eastbourne’s hinterland has informal art routes that are also well worth following. About 10 miles away is Charleston, which was the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and retains their murals and art collection including works by Picasso and Renoir.

“Nearby Berwick Church is adorned with more Bell and Grant murals. Another ‘trail’ leads to Farley Farm House, near Chiddingly, the former home of the surrealists Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, which is filled with contemporary art treasures, open on the first and third Sundays of the month during April-October. The picturesque deli Frith & Little is good for picnic food.”