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“Beachy Head Woman”

David Olusoga as part of a BBC series of programmes recently filmed at Beachy Head, as he tells the story of “Beachy Head Woman” and her place in Black British History Emerging evidence shows that the African Romans raised families in Britain. The remains of an ancient, mysterious skeleton, found here and nicknamed Beachy Head Woman, are put under forensic and isotopic analysis in order to reconstruct her identity. This …

Jeremy Clarkson visits Beachy Head

Jeremy Clarkson visited Beachy Head in September to film an advertisement for Amazon. The film production company used various parts of the Estate for filming, including helicopter and drone take-off and landing pads. The team were seen at the end of the day enjoying some well earnt beer in the Tiger Inn at the end of a long day. You can see the advert here

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Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 21-9-15

By the time you read this, I will be languishing on the cutting room floor. If I’m not cut from all the scenes and if I haven’t been issued with a restraining order for following the Executive Producer around the garden, not like a teddy bear, but like someone who thinks they have a really good pitch for a television series (which I have.)…. Or maybe like a teddy bear. …

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Christmas story

I have always wanted to write a story that can be read over and over again and will be enjoyed by all that read it. I don’t know if this is it. But, snuggle up, belt in, pour another brandy, we are off. What some unlucky people don’t realise is that the arch to the Walled Garden occasionally acts as a portal to another dimension. One where animals talk and …

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Is the Tiger Inn the Perfect Pub?

The Tiger Inn received lots of publicity this week following a report into how important pubs are to local communities and villages, the Tiger was used as a shining example. The journalist Harry Wallop of the Daily Telegraph (15.10.14) took the story further saying the Tiger Inn ticked a lot of boxes that made up George Orwell’s 1946 ideal pub. His list is below, but why don’t you come and …

L to R:  James Lovegrove, Author of “Sherlock Holmes Gods of War”; Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps; and Sarah Leighton of the Beachy Head Estate at the launch of the new Sherlock Holmes book.  The launch took place on East Dean village green in front of the blue plaque on the wall of the Beachy Head Estate Office honouring the celebrated detective.

Beachy Head is the Setting for New Sherlock Holmes Novel

Beachy Head, East Dean, and the surrounding area are the setting for a new book about the adventures of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Written by the New York Times bestselling author James Lovegrove, his second Sherlock Holmes novel ‘Gods of War’ is released on 27 June, after his highly acclaimed first instalment was released to rave reviews last year. Set in 1913, with the threat of World War One hanging …

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Birling Gap: Steps Down to the Beach Now Open

The steps to the beach at Birling Gap have now reopened after heavy rainfall and high tides over the winter caused erosion and cliff falls at the renowned beauty spot. Demolition work on previously unsafe areas has now been completed. Wealden District Council report that the steps to the beach are in good condition and that the shingle has started to return. The beach at Birling Gap is a great …

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National Trust Visitor Centre Opens at Birling Gap

The new National Trust Visitor Centre opens in April with a wealth of exhibits giving a fascinating insight into the history of the Beachy Head area including species of wild life you are likely to encounter on The Seven Sisters, landscape issues of erosion and conservation, leisure activities to enjoy out and about at Birling Gap and information about shipwrecks and smugglers. There is also a café selling delicious and …

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Beachy Head and the Eastbourne Area the Sunniest Place in the UK

Beachy Head and the Eastbourne area was once again the sunniest place on the coast last year with 1693 hours of sunshine.  Eastbourne and the surrounding area is regularly cited as being the sunniest place in the UK.  Its location on the south coast, with shelter provided by the cliffs of Beachy Head and the South Downs beyond, gives it a mild climate with high levels of sunshine.  The town …

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Beachy Head Adventure: Contender for “101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad”

A Beachy Head adventure is one of several attractions which may feature in a nationwide poll of ‘101 Things to Do Before You Go Abroad’, as part of a new Facebook app launched by VisitEngland this month. The brand new app involves Facebook users suggesting their own favourite experiences in England, with fans voting on their top choices to decide who should appear in VisitEngland’s ultimate bucket list of 101 …

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