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Eastbourne 2018

Literary Trail

Literary Trail Generations of writers have found inspiration in the beauty of the Sussex landscape. Discover iconic authors and characters and walk in the footsteps of some literary greats on our trail of your very own adaptation. Trails of the Unexpected EAST DEAN THE LAMB INN OLD TOWN Start your adventure with a Blue Plaque trail in the heart of Eastbourne with dedications to legendary authors Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens. Stop for a pint of local ale at the 12 th Century Lamb Inn in Eastbourne’s Old Town where Dickens reputably held performances in the past. From Wonderland to Neverland, the beautiful Ocklynge Manor is where Peter Pan illustrator, Mabel Lucie Attwell lived. Now a B&B, this 300 year old building is one of Eastbourne’s oldest houses. CHARLESTON VIRGINIA WOOLF’S WRITING DESK AT MONK’S HOUSE Let our trail take you to the pretty neighbouring village of Willingdon where George Orwell is reputed to have taken inspiration for his novel, Animal Farm. From one idyllic village to another, let our trail guide you to the picture perfect village of East Dean and discover the Blue Plaque dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. The charming house on the village green was penned as his home where he retired to keep bees. As our trail moves across the South Downs National Park to nearby Firle, visit the Bloomsbury Set and explore Charleston, home to Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and some of the 20 th Century’s most pioneering artists, writers and thinkers. From here journey to Rodmell near Lewes to National Trusts’ Monk’s House, a tranquil 17 th Century weatherboarded cottage where the novelist Virginia Woolf lived from 1919. Go on a tour and explore the stunning cottage garden. More Sussex Visit Bateman’s, a National Trust property, most notable as the home of world famous author and poet, Rudyard Kipling. Most of the rooms, including his book lined study, are much as he left them. literary legends… The Ashdown Forest is Pooh and Christopher Robin country. Visit the haunts of AA Milne’s celebrated characters and play Poohsticks on the actual bridge where Pooh invented the game! ASHDOWN FOREST 16 EASTBOURNE The Sunshine Coast BATEMAN’S

Foodie Food Trail Trail Eat and drink your way around Eastbourne’s stunning coastline and countryside on a food trail to experience some of our culinary treasures leaving you craving for more. 4 SEASONS SOVEREIGN HARBOUR Move inland to our Devonshire Quarter and theatre district and find the delightful Green Almond vegetarian bistro also specialising in gluten free menus, or for those who enjoy authentic Spanish Tapas try Flamenco, a rustic-style restaurant in the heart of Eastbourne (look out for their regular flamenco evenings). Wine lovers unite at Cru wine bar and shop for high quality, characterful artisan wines (selected by a team of wine geeks!) In Eastbourne’s Old Town discover the Lamb Inn featured in the Good Beer Guide. The cellars and a crypt beneath the public bar date back to the 1100’s and were originally part of a monastic house. Start our taste trail overlooking the water in Eastbourne’s beautiful, and cosmopolitan Sovereign Harbour at 4 Seasons Brasserie specialising in sampling and selling specifically chosen produce from land, sea and vine. For a dreamy waterside foodie experience look no further than the Beach Deck. This little gem can be found right on Eastbourne beach. The moules marinière are local and amazing! HARVEYS BREWERY Secret! shhh! Explore Eastbourne’s local food & drink with Michaela Strachan at VisitEastbourne.com CRU TIGER INN Follow our trail through the stunning landscape of the South Downs National Park to the Tiger Inn in the pretty village of East Dean and enjoy hearty food and fine local ales. Continue across the South Downs to Birling Gap and breathe in the wonder of the Seven Sisters cliffs stopping at the National Trust café to absorb the dramatic scenery. Let our trail take you to the village of Alfriston where you can stroll the quaint streets and stop in at the George, a stunning 500 year old inn with open log fires, great food, ales and company. No foodie trail is complete without a Sussex cream tea. Situated close to the village of Firle, The Beanstalk Café offers the tranquillity of the English countryside garden with roaming peacocks, serving traditional cream teas and incredible home-made cakes. From Firle to Lewes take in a brewery tour at the Harvey’s brewery, brewed here for over 200 years. End your culinary tour at Laportes café and food store beautifully combining local food, art and antiques in the heart of Lewes. Let us transport you on a culinary trail like no other. For more foodie inspiration see VisitEastbourne.com to download our FREE app. VisitEastbourne.com 17

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