One of my favourite weekend getaways is to go walking along England’s unspoiled coastal paths. Those sea views, wind and fresh air seem to blow away the cobwebs and leave me rejuvenated to tackle the challenges of daily life. My sister lives on the couth coast, so I was interested to see that Eastbourne have teamed up with TV presenter Michaela Strachan to highlight some of their food, culture and coastal walks.
They have a great series of videos which will inspire you with ideas for your next weekend break, if you’d like to breathe in some of that fresh coastal air. You can explore Eastbourne with Michaela Strachan and watch more videos like the one below.
If you can’t see the video above, watch it on YouTube here
Eastbourne makes the perfect base for an out of season weekend break, with an unspoiled Victorian seafront and 300 metre long pier that was completed in 1872. With colourful beach huts, fish and chip shops, a Victorian tea rooms as well as a wide range of restaurants and cafés, Eastbourne seems to bring back the nostalgia of all those childhood holidays sheltering behind the windbreak, pestering Dad for a 99 ice cream – with flake of course!
At the western end of the seafront you’ll find Holywell beach, which is set at the foot of the South Downs, with a popular café and pretty Italian gardens. At low tide the rock pools are revealed, teeming with marine life, so you may want to bring your wellies and fishing nets to catch a few crabs. From the Sovereign Harbour, with its large marina, you can take boat tours along the coastline, for fishing, diving and to see the famous lighthouse at Beachy Head.
For me, one of the biggest attractions of Eastbourne is its access to the South Downs National Park and the walks up onto the cliffs at the start of the South Downs Way. I’ve walked the Winchester end of this long distance path with my sister but would love to do the whole thing, with breathtaking views over the English Channel. A walk up onto the cliff tops will soon bring you to Beachy Head (it’s also accessible by bike, car or open-top bus tour) with those iconic white cliffs and the striped Beachy Head lighthouse.
A little further along the cliffs you’ll reach Birling Gap, an unspoiled pebble beach enclosed by cliffs, where the low tide exposes rock pools and marine life – it’s a marine nature reserve. The beach is managed by the National Trust and there’s a visitor centre, shop and café, so it’s a good place to stop and admire the white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters.
If you have a few days to spare you might continue your walk along the South Downs Way, through an unspoiled English landscape of rolling hills and picturesque villages, ending a hundred miles later in Winchester. For our weekend break we might just continue as far as Alfriston for lunch in a country pub or refeshment of afternoon tea, before we head back to Eastbourne.
If this taste of Eastbourne has inspired you to get out and breathe in some fresh air, why not enter my giveaway in partnership with Discover Eastbourne. You could win a £100 Ultimate Gift Card which can be used to buy some great outdoor brands including Berghaus, from stores like Blacks, JD, Scotts, Millets and Tessuti. The giveaway ends on Thursday 1 December. To enter you need to:
- Watch the video in this post and leave a comment below this post to say which attraction/sight featured in the video you’d most like to visit.
For additional chances to win you can;
- Tweet about the Giveaway – using the text given in the Rafflecopter giveaway
- Follow @heathercowper on Twitter
- Visit the Heatheronhertravels page on Facebook
- Visit the Visit Eastbourne page on Facebook
The giveaway has now ended – thanks so much to all who took part
Disclosure: This article is brought to you in partnership with Visit Eastbourne
Whenever I’m travelling I’m pretty much guaranteed to spot a family with young children wheeling one of those cute animal cases through the airport. Despite being the one that got away from the Dragon’s Den, the award-winning Trunki case has taken the family travel market by storm. Now, from the same Bristol company (I love supporting all things Bristol) comes Jurni, dubbed as “the suitcase for the next generation”, a sort of grown up, funky reinvention of its younger sibling. My recent short trip to Inverness seemed the perfect opportunity to see what my Jurni case could offer travellers like myself, who consider themselves forever young.
Of the three colours (blue, pink, red) that the Jurni comes in, I settled on the blue since I reckoned that both my son and daughter are students and were likely to be ‘borrowing’ the case from me before too long. I was impressed by the robust construction, designed to be solid enough to sit on when you’re waiting for a train or in the check-in queue. The case is eye-catching too and the stylish looks got plenty of admiring comments from friends and family.
As I was flying from my local airport in Bristol to Inverness for just a few days, the Jurni comfortably fitted in everything I needed, including my 13 inch laptop and camera, although I do tend to pack quite light. The top opening compartment and the secret compartment at the bottom use up some space, so I’d have had to do a bit of juggling to fit in a larger laptop. I concluded that this case is best used when you are going away for short periods and won’t need your heels or hiking boots. I liked the removable compartment at the top and felt rather smug when asked by the airline to pack away my handbag, as I could pop it away in the compartment. Once on the plane, the case fitted neatly into the overhead locker, although I could have done with a handle on the top rather than the side of the case to make it easy to carry up the steps of the plane.
What I liked about the JURNI Suitcase
- The hard case will take a lot of knocks and scuffs, keeping your camera or other equipment secure.
- The colourful styling certainly got some admiring looks, especially from younger travellers.
- The top opening compartment came in handy to store my documents and handbag, especially for airlines that insist on only one piece of carry-on luggage.
- The top compartment pulls out to use as a lunch box or for storage when travelling.
- The sit-on feature could come in handy if you were in a station or public place where there’s not seating available and you don’t want to sit on the floor.
- The compact size fitted neatly into airline overhead compartments
- The internal shelf turns the Jurni case into a mini-cupboard which could be useful when staying in a hostel.
- The telescopic pull along handle was sturdy and extended easily.
What to watch out for
- There’s no inbuilt lock, so you need to either use a padlock or buy the Jurni strap with inbuilt padlock, especially if you’re checking in the case at the airport.
- Due to the sit-on design, the wheels are quite small which means it’s not the niftiest case I’ve tried, especially on rougher surfaces.
- I’d have preferered to have a handle on the top of the case, for lifting it up airline steps and into the locker.
Features of the Jurni case
- It comes in 3 colours: royal blue, fuschia pink and red
- It has both inline and pull-along wheels
- There’s a handle at the side and a telescopic handle at the top
- There’s a removable internal shelf that either makes a secret compart at the bottom or can be used as a shelf in the middle of the case
- There’s elastic webbing in the case door which could be used to store a tablet or magazine
- The scuff board around the wheels is replaceable
- Dimensions 50 x 35 x 20 cm, Capacity 25 Litres, Weight 3.2kg
- You can buy additional accessories such as internal organiser compartments and a check-in strap with combination lock.
- The Jurni case retails at £79.99 including free UK delivery
Who is the JURNI suitcase best for?
- The cool and colourful styling will appeal to fashion conscious travellers
- The sit-on feature and robust construction will suit younger travellers
- The Jurni would make an ideal gift for your teen or 20-something traveller in your family
- The compact size works well for short breaks or as a carry-on case in conjunction with your larger suitcase.
Giveaway of a Jurni suitcase
Now for the good bit! I’m giving away a Jurni case in the colour of your choice to one lucky reader (for delivery to a UK address). All you have to do is follow the instructions below (detailed t&c at the end)
- Make your entry using the Rafflecopter widget below
- To enter, leave a comment at the end of this article, telling us about the trip you’d like to make with your Jurni suitcase – you may like to visit the Jurni website for ideas.
- For additional chances to win you can tweet about the giveaway, follow @heathercowper and @jurnistyle on Twitter an visit my Heatheronhertravels Facebook page – using the Rafflecopter widget to register these entries.
Due to the size of the case we can unfortunately only send the Jurni case to the winner at a UK address. The giveaway runs for 2 weeks and will end at midnight on Wednesday 12 October 2016. Good luck!
The giveaway has now ended – thanks so much to all who took part
As winter turns to spring I’m feeling the need for warm air and sunshine. Where better for some winter sun than Dubai, offering a melting pot of cultures and foods, from traditional dhows to gleaming skyscrapers. For the best things to do in Dubai, that will give you that authentic Dubai experience, I asked my blogging friends Kathryn Burrington and Suzanne Jones for their tips. If you’re also looking for some winter sunshine, read to the end of the article where you’ll find I’m giving away a £150 holiday voucher from Travel Trolley
Take a trip across the Dubai Creek
Suzanne’s tip: Discover the traditional Dubai with a simple Abra ride across the Creek which costs just 1 Dirham (around 18p). These little wooden vessels have been transporting people from Bur Dubai on the left bank to Deira on the right and back again since Dubai was just a small fishing port. Feel the centuries of trading tradition, with traditional Arabian and East African dhows backed by teetering skyscrapers, although things will soon be different when the dhows move to a new wharf further up the Creek. It’s one of the best places to visit in Dubai at sunset, as the call to prayer floats across the water and the sun sinks golden into the horizon. Read More
The View from Burj Khalifa
Kathryn’s Tip: Visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, with 830 metres of smooth, shining glass. Book ahead for the ‘At the top’ experience which takes you in a dedicated lift up to the viewing terrace on floor 125. The floor counter whizzes past the numbers at an alarming rate and even when you step out, the tower seems to carry on forever, a further 37 floors into the sky. Looking down the neighbouring skyscrapers take on a miniature appearance as the city stretches out before you. The views are staggering; a not-to-be-missed experience for any first-time visitor. Read More
Authentic Iranian Kababs in Dubai
Suzanne’s tip: If you’re wondering where to go in Dubai for authentic Arabic street food check out Al Fareej Restaurant and Bakery in the quiet neighbourhood of Al Twar. At this Iranian kabab house we ordered a glass of fresh mint lemonade made with lemons, mint, sugar, water and ice which was thirst-quenchingly delicious. The Kababs are served fresh from the grill. Try the tender lamb Koobidah which means twice-minced, the succulent tikka (small bites) or the lemon-infused lamb kabab, all paired with plates of rice, hummus, warm flat bread and a squeeze of fresh lime. Read More
The Dubai Coffee Museum
Kathryn’s Tip: At the Dubai coffee museum, learn about coffee at its finest and sample the best Turkish coffee I’ve ever tasted. I normally find the small cups of black coffee too strong but this had a much smoother and delicate flavour that has transformed my view of black coffee. Read More
Brunch at the Ritz Carlton
Suzanne’s Tip: Treat yourself to brunch at Caravan in the Ritz Carlton, one of the leading hotels in Dubai. The produce is sourced locally and incorporates dishes from Arabia, India and the Mediterranean, with a fish selection is brimming with fresh oysters, lobster and shellfish. Big Rami’s Chicken Shawarma was an aromatic spicy hit and I loved the selection of hummus, slow-cooked couscous and roasted vegetables. Enjoy some of the special cocktails such as the delicious Bedouin Beauty made with fresh pomegranate juice, a delicate Pear Dew Cider or even champagne. Read More
If you’re thinking of booking a winter sunshine holiday, enter my giveaway of a £150 Travel Trolley voucher that can be used towards booking a holiday on the Travel Trolley website. Check out their flights page and latest offers on holidays around the world, from Dubai to Bangkok and Australia to South Africa.
How to enter the Travel Trolley Giveaway
- Make your entries through the Rafflecopter widget below.
- Simply visit the Travel Trolley holiday page for ideas and then leave a comment below telling us where you’d like to go and why.
- For additional chances to win you can use the Rafflecopter widget to Tweet about the giveaway and follow Heatheronhertravels and Travel Trolley on our Twitter and Facebook channels.
- The giveaway closes at midnight on 27th Feb and the winner of the £150 holiday voucher will be drawn at random.
- You’ll find the terms and conditions for this giveaway at the end of the article.
This article and giveaway was brought to you in partnership with Travel Trolley
Giveaway Terms & Conditions
1. The giveaway is open to all aged 18 years or over except employees and
families of Travel Trolley, affiliates or subsidiary companies.
2. The prize will consist of one holiday voucher worth £150 only, courtesy of Southall
Travel Group. The winner can purchase any holiday package from Travel Trolley and
they will be able to use the voucher for £150 discount. No cash alternative can be offered.
3. The holiday voucher will be valid for 3 month from the date of issue. The travel
dates has to be within 1 year from the date of issue of the voucher, i.e. the
booking/purchase needs to be done within 3 months of the issue of the voucher,
however the travel dates can be within 1 year from the date of issue.
4. The giveaway closing date is midnight on 27 February 2016 and any entries received after this cannot be accepted.
5. The winning entry will be selected at random after the closing date and the winner will be
notified by email within 7 days.
6. If you are notified of a winning entry, you must confirm acceptance by email to claim
your prize. If you do not reply to confirm acceptance within 5 days of being notified
as a winner, we may offer your prize to someone else.
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8. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and no cash equivalent may be offered.