Please enter through the members area of the website or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org - otherwise please enter at the venue as entries can be taken on the day, although a small surcharge (£2) is applicable. Note that those who enter the whole event by 30th June get a discounted rate, as shown below.
|Event||Price (Per Person)|
|Full Congress||£125 (£115 for entries received by 30th June)|
|Swiss Pairs Championship||£90|
|One-Day Swiss Pairs Lite||£37|
|2 x One-Day Swiss Pairs Lite||£68|
|Serious Fast Pairs||£12 (free for those playing earlier in the day)|
Juniors from any country are entitled to half price entry. The fees above are for 2022.
Eastbourne Venue Information
The Summer meeting will be held at the Floral Hall, Winter Garden, Compton Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP. Please note the venue opening times, and catering arrangements:
- Saturdays and Sundays - 10am
- All other weekdays - 9:15am
- On Friday 12th the bar will be open from 5pm serving hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks including sandwiches. On all other days the Bistro (serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks) will be open from 10am to 7pm, and the bar (serving hot and cold drinks and bar snacks) will be open from 7pm until the end of play).
- MASTER POINTS
- Green Points in the main Congress Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams are awarded at an enhanced level (see below).
The One-Day Swiss Pairs will be fully Green Pointed at the standard level.
Mixed/Open Pairs and Serious Fast Pairs events: Blue Points to the top places
Green Point Match Awards to reflect the status of this congress in our calendar, green-point match awards for the Harold Poster Cup (Swiss Pairs Championship) and the Four Stars Trophy (Swiss Teams) will be at an increased scale – i.e. 0.42 for a win and 0.21 for a draw in each 8-board match.
On street parking is available free of charge in nearby streets.
College Road Car Park
College Road Car Park also offers onsite parking adjacent to the centre. There are approximately 80 spaces including wheelchair spaces. This is a pay and display car park which accepts coins only. The charges are as follows: Up to 2 hours hours £1.40 Up to 4 hours £2.60 Up to 8 hours £4.80 Up to 12 hours £6.50 Charges apply 8am – 6pm every day. No charges apply when displaying a valid disabled badge
To book your accommodation please go to the Visit Eastbourne Website.
THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND EASTBOURNE
The beaches offer lots of options for paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, prawning at low tide, fishing, swimming (of course!) - better at high tide for ease of access, although for children the Western end leading up to Beachy Head has a natural lagoon area which is good for kids to splash around in quite safely. There are lots of catering facilities either side of the pier, and toilets are also available. The town has over recent years developed Sovereign Harbour, a full Yachting Marina at the far east end of the town, with good shopping and eating options. It's also the site of the Sovereign Harbour Bridge Club which operates on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1.30pm (check-in time is 1.10pm). This club is sited in the bar of the Yacht Club, has lovely views for the easily distracted players out there and for those who drive there is ample free parking. The bar isn't open until 5.00pm, but lots of members stay on to socialise and imbibe, and a good few go on to eat at one of the restaurants. This is a great club for social bridge.
The western end of the beaches has a truly spectacular upper and lower promenade, the upper being between trees and shrubs to both sides, with wonderfully framed views over the sea. There are gardens at the far western end and the very welcome Holywell Chalet, serving hot and cold choices, and just around the corner from Beachy Head. For me, a prelude to a relaxing sit down at the Crows Nest, just above the Chalet, is buying one of their excellent ice-cream cornets and watching the sea, the clouds, the cliffs, and the wonderful colours all around, as the half-way point in a beautiful walk. There are lots of benches for the less mobile, so this is very much a walk for everyone.
More serious walking is to be found up the hill from there, up and up to Beach Head itself. Lots of pathways can be found, and there are buses that go up to the top (there's also a good carpark up there) as you might prefer to use that as the start of a longer walk down to Birling Gap, and for the more fit and adventurous a further walk over the famed Seven Sisters down to Cuckmere Haven. This entire walk is the far eastern part of the South Downs Way which eventually ends up in Winchester. There are also beautiful walks inland from both Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven including a beautiful forest (Friston). This part of the South Downs has many hidden gems, so if you have a car, try the tiny road down from Friston to Jevington for a pub lunch or dinner at the Eight Bells, or take a sharp right turn from the steep hill down to Exceat, and enjoy the lovely village of Litlington, with its Gastro Pub, the Plough and Harrow.
If you prefer pedal power, you can hire from a reliable shop. There are many trails to enjoy, ranging from not so tough to challenging. The Devonshire area of Eastbourne has many good eateries, plenty of shopping, excellent theatres plus the famous Tennis Centre (alas no internationals during august). This is where you will find the Eastbourne Bridge Club, which has 4 F2F sessions and 2 on-line sessions weekly. It is also a friendly club, but the play here will be more competitive than at Sovereign Harbour. If you are staying in this area it's easy to walk to the Club from your accommodation. It's just around the corner from 2 excellent Italian restaurants, the more expensive of which (La Locanda del Duca) it is wise to pre-book during the Summer Meeting, which is also in this area. You can get 10% off vouchers from your Visit Eastbourne Mini-Guide - which will be available for all attendees of the Summer Meeting. The area of The Meads, on the south Western fringes, has its own village area, with a couple of good cafes, some handy local food shops, and 2 decent pubs. Here, as in so many other parts of Old Eastbourne, you will find beautiful Sussex flint walls surrounding some elegant houses. The Old Town is a delightful little area tucked away behind The Lamb (AD 1180) and Waitrose - they have kept it low-rise and relatively tasteful! - and with another pub, the Rainbow, some artisan shops and businesses and quiet streets - a veritable oasis of calm, with pretty gardens and a beautiful church, which is next to The Lamb.
A good start to time spent in Eastbourne is to make use of the Hop on Hop off Tourist Bus which operates daily 15 times in total, allowing you to take a quick sample of some of the delights of Eastbourne. Even just a 50 minute round ride on this will be an enjoyable way to help you plan the rest of your stay.
If you would like to extend your stay in Eastbourne, you may like to enjoy “Airbourne” also known as Eastbourne International Airshow, a 4-day international air show in the town. It runs from the 18th to 21st August.
EASTBOURNE HUB AND HELPFUL INFORMATION
The Eastbourne Event Hub will have links to results, articles, important information and photos during the event.
Previous Summer Meeting Hubs: