Seaford, 21st-28th May 2005

Saturday May 21st
Six of us crammed in for the journey down. We travelled in reasonable comfort, but we were heading for a static caravan at Seaford so we didn't need Henry to sleep in. The wheelchair fits neatly next to the passenger seat. We had to unload the TV, video, awning and silver screens to fit all the luggage in though. Sunnyside Caravan Park, Southsea, is perched above the clean, gravel beach. Seaford is uncrowded (understatement) at this time of year. Newhaven (Sainsbury's, Halfords, ferry to Dieppe) is only 15mins West. Eastbourne is 30mins East, via Beachy Head if you like a scenic route. Henry coped well with the hills, but needed second gear sometimes.

Tuesday May 24th
"We'll meet again" (wartime music and comedy) at Winter Garden in Eastbourne. Very good. All the wartime songs, comedy etc and a top ukelele player, Paul Eastwood. Henry's fan belt broke at Friston coming home. No mobile phone coverage here, so I had to find a house to call from.

Wednesday May 25th
Middle Farm at Firle on A27 near Eastbourne is well worth a visit. Hands-on farm and excellent farm shop and tea shop. The farm hosts a camping show last week in May. Pitch & putt on the sea front at Seaford. ('No Golfing' sign next to the course!) They don't always put the flags out, so ask at the cafe.

Thursday May 26th
The Royal Variety Show at the Hippodrome in Eastbourne is a good night out. It fills up, so book a week beforehand.

Friday May 27th
Litlington Tea Gardens, Litlington Road between Seven Sisters and A27. Very quaint Olde English tea garden, along with a garden centre and gift shop. It's a very pleasant place to while away a couple of hours.

Saturday May 28th
Time to go home. Don't know how we managed to pack everything more neatly than we did for the journey down, even including the extra purchases. The first stop was the farm shop at the top of Seaford to stock up for the coming week, then on to Alfriston (see header picture). This is a very picturesque village. Badger's Tea Shop is well worth a visit (try their Molly Cake), as is the deli-cum-postoffice and the chocolate shop. Tea drunk, off to Portsmouth for tea. The area around the harbour has been redeveloped over recent years and now sports more coffee shops and restaurants than you can shake a teabag at. There is also the ubiquitous array of 'designer' shops, a historic walk around the area, HMS Victory and the Isle-of-Wight ferry.

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