How to beat the cost of living with a staycation in Eastbourne
15th June 2022
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Is it possible to beat the cost of living and still have a fantastic holiday?

💰💶🏧💵💳🪙As the cost of living bites everyone, you may be starting to wonder if you can ever afford to get away at all this year.  We have all seen the volume of international flights cancelled this year and the heartbreak this has brought to so many, let alone the expense of adding unplanned hotel nights and additional meals to your stay if you are one of those unfortunate enough to get stranded.  

⚠ Our top tips:  Plan it carefully and use the tools available like Tourist Information and your visit Eastbourne brochure.  You can head to Visit Eastbourne and use the itinerary planner and you may find that gift vouchers will help you budget during your stay.  Remember that some key events are FREE, but bear in mind that the property you stay in may be slightly dearer, so a different event may suit you just as well.  Most properties offer an early bird rate and look for flexible bookings with free cancellation if you think you may have to cancel.  It is best to take out trip insurance if you can, if the worst does happen and your plans change, you should be able to claim back your losses.


💰Eastbourne is actually a great destination for those on a budget.  The Sheldon B&B is a top pick for you because of the FREE private parking (this can be a hidden cost in most seaside accommodations) and they offer a choice of rooms from singles to family of 5 and luxury to budget options (You can take a look click here).  They offer a communal fridge and microwave in the guest eating area, so you can eat well, with a feeling of eating out, but obviously much cheaper, and you are much more in control of what you eat (especially if you have allergies or picky kids!).  Did you know that hidden parking costs and eating whilst on holiday can be more expensive than booked activities, so this is a real bonus!). They also offer many items that you can borrow for FREE during your stay such as baby and toddler equipment, fishing nets, buckets and spades, windbreaks, and more - which, if you are coming on bus or train helps you to pack lighter, but be assured you have everything you need from potties to sterilizers!  With a FREE playroom and lounge, you can relax whilst the kids play.  One of the things Sheldon guests really love is that you can borrow a baby monitor and sit outside the room on the big comfy couch whilst the kids settle into sleep and perhaps enjoy a drink or two, knowing they are safe.  Every family room has an information pack with ideas for you and the kids to choose from and we have a bright colourful display of activities in our family room hallway.  We only clean using pro-biotic cleaners, are low allergy throughout, pet-free, and are virtually plastic-free (including our toiletries!)  We have rooms highly suitable for children and adults on the spectrum.  Not all our rooms show online, so give us a call - we can usually help!

📢TOP TIP!  Every room has a refreshment tray, so bring your travel mug and water bottle and fill them daily, there are plenty of water stations around Eastbourne to top up your bottles for FREE!  

➡️Download the Visit Eastbourne brochure.  If you visit the welcome building (near Congress Theatre) you can pick up the mini brochure, which also contains many free suggestions and coupons.  You can also pick up attraction leaflets for things to see and do during your stay, with experts helping you decide and plan your itinerary.  Don't forget to ask at your hotel's reception about where they recommend you eat!  The Sheldon B&B has arranged discounts at many popular eateries and can recommend a reasonably priced place to eat out, for the fussiest eaters, if you fancy a treat!  

🚶‍♀️If you love walking or cycling you have arrived!  You can take a planned tour, a stroll along the prom, or a hike up beachy head!  Along the prom, follow the trail boards and learn about the things you have walked past and a bit of interesting history - it's all free (bikes can be hired daily).  The Cuckmere River is simply stunning.  There are inexpensive water activities and some free events take place in the seven sisters visitor centre.  The Sheldon B&B can securely store a limited number of bikes for a small fee.

🏞️Parks and Gardens are the perfect places to relax and unwind or let the kids burn off some steam ensuring you all get a great night's sleep.  There is a super splash pad for the kids to cool off and trampolines too.  Simple games like frisbee, bouncy and beach balls, bubbles, balloons, floating paper boats on the lake, or making paper aeroplanes can be a super way to amuse the kids with no electronics involved!  

🏖️The miles of the beach can not go unmentioned!  FREE suncream is available and you can keep the kids ultra-safe near the lifeguard beach.  Don't forget the lifeguards offer a wristband scheme, simply add your mobile number to the band and stick it on your child's wrist or ankle, if you did happen to get separated they will know who to call.  Also, totally FREE wi-fi is available along Eastbourne Seafront.  This is perfect for your Insta uploads but also means you won't have to carry cash - all the seafront shops. markets and cafes can take contactless!  Whether you are paddling, skimming stones into the sea, building a fort, sunbathing, or playing frisbee, everyone loves the beach!  The rock pools are so much fun, can you find a shrimp or crab, make a seaweed garden, make a rock sculpture or chalk your design onto a black rock.  

🛩️Eastbourne is also host to many FREE events!  From Airborne, magnificent motors, 999 day, festivals, beach life, and many more to our seafront market (interesting and remarkably good value for bargain hunters).  Currently, the big wheel is visiting and the circus, funfair, and icerink are all attractions that pop up from time to time!  Whilst not free, they are inexpensive if you are careful with your budget.  If you love art, then Towner Gallery is also FREE, and don't forget "open house", follow the trail of artists' houses in Eastbourne to meet the local talent!  

🎰For sure, you will enjoy the pier.  There you will find crazy golf and a plethora of arcade games.  I should mention that again, whilst not free, some slots are only 2p, if you start saving your 2p's now, you could have some real, cheap fun!  You can hire rods and enjoy fishing off the end of the pier at reasonable prices  

🎵If you love music, the glorious Winter gardens are hosting "Bandstand on tour" (tribute acts from all your favourites like Abba, Queen, Tom Jones, and many more!) whilst our beautiful bandstand is closed.  Book early for just £10 for adults and £8 per child.  

🪂If you are into your activities, Beachy Head is fabulous for base jumping, paddle boarding, canoeing, walking, and more!  You can learn sailing, or take a trip out to sea.  We have Ninja warrior (for the super-fit),  The Axe bar with many more unusual and fun activities, and more venues like this planned!  

🚌Getting around in Eastbourne on a budget is a cinch!  The open-top is £10 per adult and this allows you to hop on and off for 24 hours!  It's perfect for seeing all the best bits of Beachy head and allows you to spend some time in your favourite bits, enjoy a walk and rest a while!  Birling Gap, the visitor centre, and the Seven sisters visitor centre all offer free activities, snacks/lunch, and beautiful scenery.  The plaques tell you about the things you can see.  You can also enjoy the Dotto train that runs along the seafront from Hollywell tea chalet (great for rock pools and don't forget to make a wish at the holy well) to Sovereign harbour, where you can watch the loch in action, watch the drawbridges as the sailboats pass through, look at the fish that is caught locally in the fish shop or take a relaxing boat ride.  Glow balls are fabulous fun for adults and children alike!  The 12 "coaster" takes you to Brighton and for a day in Hastings is the 98 "the wave" - all the buses feature contactless and free wi-fi.  It is well worth a trip to Tidemills to explore a long-abandoned ruined village and explore the houses, hospital, and other buildings that once were - It's totally FREE!  

👪For the kids, there are several soft play, both indoor and outdoor play spaces, and crazy golf too!  A trip to Eastbourne's Miniature steam railway is a must!  The kids can really let off steam with indoor and outdoor activities to explore and enjoy.  The Sovereign Centre and Lloyds lanes provide all the things you can expect to find on any holiday; swimming, fitness, laser quest, and bowling.  The science centre at Herstmonceux is sure to thrill all ages with a plethora of hands-on interactive experiences for all ages to experiment and discover.  Sharnfold farm is also a super day out, walks, pick your own, petting zoo, adventure playground, shop, cinema, and a super cafe too.  Blackberry Farm has some indoor adventures and lots of outdoor things that are included in the entry price like a petting zoo, pedal kart circuit, soft play, diggers, zip lines, petting zoo, and farm walk.  Drusillas is more expensive, but superb value for money!  There really is something for everyone from the zoo to the adventure parks, it will delight all ages.  Mini Ninja Warrior, Middle farm and we should also mention Paradise Park is also for all ages to enjoy!    

🎓It's never too late to learn!  There are so many trails from blue plaques to the beachy head story and of course star gazing from Beachy Head is one of the most amazing things you can do!  The heritage centre is great to see attractions past and present and really gain an insight into how Eastbourne has evolved!    

🌞There is so much more, we hope this gets you started and excited.  If you think Eastbourne is not a real holiday, you should know that Statistically, it is the Sunniest place in Britain (please don't tell everyone, but we also have the best ice cream!!!)  

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