Introducing Eastbourne

A classic golden-oldie seaside resort that has long brought to mind images of octogenarians dozing in deck chairs or tapping their feet to brassy tunes on the 1930s bandstand, elegant Eastbourne nonetheless likes to promote its many charms to sprightlier generations. There’s certainly no doubting the appeal of its pebbly beaches, scrupulously snipped seaside gardens and picturesque arcade-free promenade, but if you’re looking for cosmopolitan buzz, grab your chocolate-flake ice cream and head for Brighton.

The tourist office (0906 7112212; www.visiteastbourne.com; Cornfield Rd; 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, to 5pm Sat Apr-Sep) can fix you up with accommodation for £3. Email can be found at Coffee Republic (438576; 69 Terminus Rd; per 20 min/hr £1/3; 7am-6pm), near the tourist office.

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