A Change is as Good as a Rest – A Trip to Hastings & Brighton

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Nothing beats being by the sea in Hastings by Alan Langman

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The Crown Pub & Restaurant by Alan Langman

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Moonrise over St Leonards on Sea by Alan Langman

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There is an old saying ‘ A Change is as Good as a Rest’ which gives me a very clear message about stopping what you normally do, and taking a break. And taking a break away from your normal life, away from your normal routine. During the summer months is a great time of year to get away for a few days, for a week, or even longer if you are lucky.

Having a change of scenery helps to put things into perspective. So if your life is normally a city life, then an escape to the seaside, or the countryside will do you the world of good. For me, at Bowerland, deep in the heart of the beautiful Dartmoor landscape, the sights and sounds of the city entice me. I also love a good old dash of seaside thrown in, for good measure. Nothing beats being by the sea.


Recently we visited the South East, travelling for some 6 hours on a hot and sunny day. We arrived at Hastings in the middle of a 35 degree C heatwave. Luckily our accommodation faced onto the wonderful promenade and sea front. It was great to explore the local restaurants, and pubs and to be able to actually walk somewhere to find entertainment.

We spent a good few hours in Hastings old town, and visited the fisherman’s museum as well as having a good look around the shops. But it was hot, very hot, and we desperately needed some shade. So we found a great bar/restaurant – The Crown, which served up wonderful tasty food. We stopped there for an hour or so to quench our thirst, and enjoy the pleasure of eating out.


After resting up for a couple of days we travelled onto Brighton, and after parking up (no mean feat), we wandered the busy throng of streets. Brighton has its own kaleidoscope of colours, and vibrancy, which is very specific. The weather was changeable. Despite the gale force winds, we did manage to walk along the promenade towards Hove. And we rewarded ourselves with a wonderful ice-cream parlour at the end. The walk back was a bit too much for us, so we succumbed to a taxi cruising by.

Eating Out

Eating out is an amazing experience in Brighton, there are so many places to choose from. You can take your pick of any cuisine, any style of venue, and each place seemed to have their own various groups of dedicated followers. This time we were there we chose a Japanese restaurant on the first night, and more of an English menu for the second night.

But you are spoilt for choice in Brighton, both for restaurants and pubs and bars. There are so many to choose from, with a different option on every corner. You could probably eat and drink out somewhere new every night for a year. And there are many new places opening up on a weekly basis.

All in all, we had a great few days, and really appreciated the change of scenery, and different life style on offer. Once we left the busy streets and rush hour traffic, it felt so good to be travelling back home – back to our wonderful county of Devon!

What about you, where are you off this summer? Have you any plans?  I would love to hear about them. Read more of our Friday Favs blogs HERE.


About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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