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SarahinEastbourne Tue 09-Mar-10 10:03:28

I'm a mum to a toddler (boy) and pregnant with my second (girl) - due in June. I recently moved to Eastbourne from London and would be keen to meet other local mums / mums-to-be.

I was previously working in PR in London, but hubbie decided we should buy a guesthouse by the seaside, so here we are! So far loving it, but would like to know a few more people...

lainy0168 Sun 21-Mar-10 21:19:15

Hi, am in the process of moving to Eastbourne ie just sold ad bought and going through the whole process. Should be there befpre the summer. Have a 3 year old girl and 11 year old girl. I expect you will be even more settled by then but maybe a meet up as fellow aliens in Eastbourne would be good!!! Lorraine

mandycat Fri 26-Mar-10 15:25:27

Hi I am Mandy from the NCT, we have a few social events such as a Bumps and Babies group that is held every Wed between 10-12 at Community Wise, Old town, Eastbourne. If you would like to contact me direct for further information please do so.

lauraly Sun 11-Apr-10 19:53:52

Hi I've been in Eastbourne for the last 3 years, originally from Bath, and have a 3 1/2 year old son and a 1 year old son. You've obviously been here for a while now, how you finding things? I found it quite hard to meet friends here initially but slowly getting better... Can I join in as a fellow alien? x

ReallyNotAHippie Tue 20-Apr-10 23:36:22

Hi! Another alien here too! Moved to East Dean (just outside Eastbourne) a month ago. I'd be up for meeting some local Mamas if anyone's organising anything. I've got a 10 month old baby boy.

JollyTired Wed 28-Apr-10 21:57:41

Hello - I live in Eastbourne and have 1 1/2 year old DS. I would be interested in coming along to meet with some Eastbourne mummies if a get together is arranged.

HobbitMama Sat 01-May-10 12:48:05

Definitely up for a chat too -I'm a 35yr old cello teacher and I've an 11 yr old DD, a 7 yr old DS, and a 14 mth DS - if you want a few locations suggested, I quite like the Bumper Bookshop on Grove Road - or we could always go 'posh' and meet at a hotel - it annoys the crap out of them, but it's better than meeting at 'Shades'!

Knof Fri 04-Jun-10 13:47:50

Hi, we're looking to move to Eastbourne from London. I have 2 boys (2 and 3 yrs old). How does everyone find living in Eastbourne? When we do move will be in touch to meet up.

lowrib Sun 06-Jun-10 23:55:03

Hi! My DS is 17mo, and I'd love to come along to a meet-up.

I'm moving from London too. We just found a place near the station and move in on Friday.

Knof have you started looking for a place yet? I haven't actually lived there yet, but I did find that the more we looked the more the place grew on me and I felt we'd made the right choice. Do you know what parts you're looking in?

lowrib Sun 06-Jun-10 23:55:18

Hi! My DS is 17mo, and I'd love to come along to a meet-up.

I'm moving from London too. We just found a place near the station and move in on Friday.

Knof have you started looking for a place yet? I haven't actually lived there yet, but I did find that the more we looked the more the place grew on me and I felt we'd made the right choice. Do you know what parts you're looking in?

lowrib Mon 07-Jun-10 00:03:09

Oops! blush

Knof Fri 11-Jun-10 13:41:39

Hi, we're looking within walking distance of the station because we will both be working in London still but only part time. So around Old Town and Gilredge Park. I love Eastbourne but obviously have doubts that I know no-one and will find it difficult to make friends. Are you or will you be working?

nikki1978 Fri 11-Jun-10 13:48:39

You can always meet at my parents hotel wink

It is called Langham Hotel and they are down on the seafront near the Pavillion between the pier and Treasure Island.

I have seen several groups of Mums having lunch in the bar there (very quiet during the day and good food).

I used to live down there (for about 3 years). There are some great baby groups especially the one held at the church in Westham - think it is on Tuesday afternoons. Treasure Island is brilliant out of termtime too. I struggled to make friends there to be honest but I am not great at it anyway. The surestart centres are all over Eastbourne and are great for getting involved.

Sorry for the shameless bit of advertising for my parents hotel

lowrib Tue 15-Jun-10 00:28:45

Hi everyone smile

Knof, I'm working part-time in London until September, and will be staying there mid-week (with DP and DS too) but only for a couple more months. In September we're both becoming full-time mature students.

I think it's much easier to make friends in a new area now I'm a mum. Sure most people you meet won't end up being life-long friends. But one or two might.

Gildredge Park is lovely! Particularly the Manor Gardens bit at the top, really pretty. I was thinking that might be a nice place to suggest a meet up with the DCs. (Although I'm up for a meet-up without kids too!)

Hobbit Mama, that bookshop looks great! Would it work to maybe meet in the bookshop and then head to Gildridge park when the DCs have had enough?

nikki1978 (youngster! wink) thanks for the suggestions, I'll definitely look up our nearest Surestart and Treasure island. Shameless plug duly noted grin I find restaurants / cafes / pubs quite difficult right now though, DS (17mo) gets bored quite quickly sitting at a table, and all he really wants to do is run around. Some pub gardens are great, but mostly it's more trouble than it's worth sad

btonmummy Tue 15-Jun-10 09:40:50

Hi everyone,

We have two children DD 4 in July and DS 2 last week.

I'm trying to convince my husband to move to Eastbourne at the moment. Although to be honest I'm not entirely sure myself! We live in Brighton at the moment and love it here, but would really like a bigger house and garden. Our daughter starts school in September so we need to decide quite quickly. We're looking at going to Willingdon village. And hopeful that DD could go to Willingdon primary. I think my main worries are making new friends, and also that from what I remember about living in Eastbourne previously (8years ago) is that it used to be rather 'chavy' for want of a better word. Is it still like this???

Anyone have children of similar ages?


CraftySarah Tue 22-Jun-10 21:36:58

Hi everyone... so thrilled to find this thread! We moved to Eastbourne from London in April (i.e. me, DH and two DS aged 4 and 3-in-August).. we are in Old Town area and I absolutely love it here!!! No regrets whatsoever. We moved down here for the boys to grow up in a safer place.. but also because my DH's family all live down here.

I have managed to make a number of friends by joining the Vicky Bees toddler group (held at Victoria Baptist Church on Eldon Road) - it is a 'churchy' group but everyone is lovely and makes you feel very welcome.

Also, I'm a keen crafter (the clue's in the name grin) and have made some great friends by joining a scrapbooking club in Hailsham.

I would love to meet up with other mums in Eastbourne (alien or otherwise!).. and if you're interested in cardmaking/scrapping, well that'd be a bonus!

I have not tried Bumper Bookshop yet.. but did stumble into Gildredge Park a couple of weeks back looking for a loo for my desperate 4-y-old.. it's a maze, isn't it?!!

S x x

rufeo81 Mon 28-Jun-10 11:26:14

Message for lainy0168. Hiya my name is Ruth and I belive we met last week a couple of times at music and Diddes, I am Joshua and Sophia's mum. I was looking on and randomly came across your profile on there but am unable to send you a message so found you on here. It looks like you might be looking for childcare work on the days I am in need of a childminder and wondered if we could maybe have a chat about if this might be possible. My email is I hope to maybe chat at Diddes tomorrow if not. Hope you don't think I am stalking you, I am just desperatly trying to find childcare and thought you might be suitable. Kind Regards, Ruth

lowrib Tue 03-Aug-10 00:07:55

Hi everyone, come meet us for a picnic in lovely Gildredge Park.

Thread here

lowrib Sun 28-Nov-10 12:15:33

Hi everyone, I am trying to arrange a meet-up with DCs too in Eastbourne - perhaps Wednesday the week after next. Do any of you fancy it?

Thread here

Also, there's a Brighton meet-up this Saturday. They're usually lots of fun - lunch (with wine / without DCs - although in practice people often do bring little babies). The Brighton thread is here

TLSH Tue 26-Apr-11 22:25:39

Hi everyone! I am married and have a 3 1/2 year old daughter. We moved to Eastbourne 2 years ago from Tunbridge Wells, but we find it quite difficult to make friends, the few friends that we do have all live in Tunbridge Wells, it would be great to make some more friends down in Eastbourne, we live in Langney, are there any parents who live nearby?


Lottiegal Mon 02-May-11 20:22:18

Hi! We are currently in the process of making our way down to Eastbourne from Tunbridge Wells (been here about 5 years, was previously in London) We will be staying in Herstmonceux looking at house and move later in the summer. I have a 3 1/2 year old boy, a 2 year old girl and am expecting my third in June.

I'd love to meet up with some of you before my third baby arrives so we can get our foot in the door so to speak!

Can anyone recommend a good removal company, and any nurseries?


jessx Mon 04-Mar-13 20:24:06

hello my name is jess im 19, ,married and i have a 18 month old daughter , i live in eastbourne but dont have many friends so i would like to make some new friends that have children as well xxx

Mellow1975 Mon 04-Mar-13 22:20:40

Wow found this thread and realised just how hard it can be in Eastbourne to make friends. I think half the problem is people grow up here and they already have strong friend/family bases. As you can see it is changing though as more people move into the area. I have lived in the willingdon village area for nearly four years and would love to meet up with you all too. I have a 5 year old son and a nearly 1 year old son

Hope to meet you all soon
Mel xx

StoneCrossMum Fri 12-Apr-13 18:43:23

Hi there everyone,we moved down from Horsham about 6 years ago, I have 2 girls 9 yrs old and 2 yrs old.
Even though I have lived here for quite a long time I still haven't made very many friends, even the other Mums at school are happy to chat but make no move to meet up socially. The couple I was really friend with have both got jobs now so can't meet up in the week.
Would love to make new friends and have other children for my daughter to play with.

EmilyButtonsMum Sun 14-Apr-13 09:49:48

Hi StoneCrossMum

I will be arranging a meet up soon and will post details in Local talk in the next couple of weeks. We have been waiting for the weather to improve so that we can possibly meet at a park so that the children have something to do smile

StoneCrossMum Sun 14-Apr-13 10:21:45

fab, count me in! x

EmilyButtonsMum Thu 18-Apr-13 19:31:30

Can you do the Friday the 26th at Gildredge park? I will start a separate thread about it smile

StoneCrossMum Thu 18-Apr-13 20:37:18

yes can do, at the cafe by the tennis courts?

EmilyButtonsMum Thu 18-Apr-13 20:50:00

Yes that is good with me, Go on to meetups and put your name down then we can keep track of who is coming smile

EmilyButtonsMum Thu 18-Apr-13 20:50:53

MummyLambo Tue 14-May-13 12:00:49

Hi everyone,
My friend and I are thinking about starting a WI type group in Eastbourne for young (ish!) mums/ all 30 somethings. We would like to get to meet more mums in Eastbourne and do all kinds of activities that we would like to have a go at. We're thinking one eve a month (when partners around to look after kids!) to meet for an hour or two and try something new over a cuppa and cake!
Would anyone be interested in this?
Thanks, Laura

goshhowlovely Wed 15-May-13 10:42:07

Hi Laura

I would definitely be interested in this! We moved from Brighton just under a year ago and don't know too many people in Eastbourne. I was in the process of starting a WI in Brighton a while back but someone pipped us to it so would def be keen to do something similar here and meet some like minded mums! I'm 28 with two daughters (21 months and 6 weeks).

Emilybuttonsmum - looks like we're too late for the 26th meet up but keen to come to any future ones!


SmileBecauseItHappened Sun 19-May-13 08:58:22

I'm so pleased I've found this thread. I'm thinking of moving back to Eastbourne after living in London for 18 years with a career in TV. I think EB is a great place to bring up kids, I grew up there and have fond memories, but have my reservations...

Even though I can contact old school friends via Facebook I need to meet new people and it's great to know other people from London have moved there / plan to move there.

My concern is that I notice EB is very 'white'! I'm used to a culturally diverse environment and want to meet a diverse range of people. This may sound odd (to some), but it's especially important to me as my toddler son is mixed race (I'm white) and I want him to grow up somewhere where it's normal to hang out with a mix of people (but not in London).

I know from visiting my family and hanging out in parks/at beach/going to tesco/sainsburys that EB is more diverse than when I left 18 years ago.
I'd just like to be able to meet like minded people and hopefully a broad mix of folk.

Would value your thoughts.


biglittledreams Mon 20-May-13 14:21:13


I am also please to have found this thread. We are thinking of moving to Eastbourne from London. Like SmileBecauseItHappened I have a mixed raced toddler, 2 yo. I know that London is unique in its cultural diversity, so would be hard to compare to...

Would be great to meet with like-minded people and make friends as I don't actually know anyone in Eastbourne at all.

What do people who have moved to Eastbourne in the past 2-3 years think of it? Especially coming from London?


SmileBecauseItHappened Mon 20-May-13 17:51:29


BigLittleDreams - I'm so pleased you've joined this thread. I wondered if anyone would reply to my message. I agree about London and being hard to compare...

I look forward to hopefully reading more replies to mine and your messages.

I visit my folks fairly often, so i'm down literally every month for long weekends. I'm down for the Bank Holiday if you're about for a coffee / play date? Otherwise back in the Bourne towards the end of June.


SmileBecauseItHappened Mon 20-May-13 17:54:38

Hey BLD's - Just realised you've not yet moved there. I'm not sure how to message you direct. If you can work it out please do mail me, maybe we are near each other in London? If so, maybe we could meet near our current homes instead? SBIH

biglittledreams Tue 21-May-13 10:51:35


thanks for your message - I have posted a direct message to you, let me know if you get it


goshhowlovely Tue 21-May-13 14:08:59

Hi there

My two girls are also mixed race and, having spent most my life in London, it is hard to compare anywhere in terms of multi-culturalism (not sure if thats a word!)

We only recently moved here last summer and Im keen to meet new people in the Eastbourne area so would be happy to meet up too.

Def up for a play date on the bank holiday weekend if anyone is interested....!

SmileBecauseItHappened Tue 21-May-13 14:36:11

Hey BLD's - Got your message and have replied.

GHL - Great to hear from you! My boy is 22 months, how old are your girls? B/H playdate sounds good. Currently trying to work out timings with the folks but it's looking like Sunday is a free day, does that work for you? I'll send you a PM.

Hopefully a few more will see this thread and our BH catch up will grow.


biglittledreams Tue 21-May-13 14:53:57

Hi SBIH and GHL, if we come to Eastbourne on Sun to view more properties will get in touch so we can meet.


JaquelineHyde Tue 21-May-13 20:29:09

Hi everyone

I moved to EB last October but have had family in the area for forever.

I have 4 DCs - DD1 (8), DS1 (7), DD2 (6) and DS2 (3 weeks) and all 4 are mixed race (white British -me and black Zimbabwean - dh).

We love it here and can't wait for all the summer fun to start, I've been going through some of the free event magazines and they are packed with activities and day out ideas.

I would love to join a WI type gathering so please let me know if anything gets organised. Also if any meet ups outside of the playstation happen please let me know, I just can't bare to go there without the older three and they are always at school on a Friday when you meet there.

SmileBecauseItHappened Wed 22-May-13 13:57:46

Hey JH,

Great you've joined this thread. I'm planning on coming down to EB to stay for a month in August - just to refresh myself with the town and check out nurseries, soft play centres, hopefully meet some like minded people.

Can you recommend a good local mag or website so I can find out about whats happening over the summer?

I'd also be up for a WI type meet up (if one is happening when I'm there) too.

Hope to see you soon.


JaquelineHyde Thu 23-May-13 12:15:17


I have had 2-3 events magazines sent home from school over the past week, I shall get them from my file and let you know.

I'm stuck in bed at the moment as sick as a dog and feeling very sorry for myself.

It's the sunshine carnival on Saturday as well but I suspect I shall have to miss it sad

EastbourneMum Thu 13-Jun-13 12:45:08


There is a new, free meetup group you might be interested in, for Mums in and around Eastbourne, which is all about socials and mutual support! :-)

You can find out more here:

Warm wishes :-)

Eastbourne Mum

SmileBecauseItHappened Wed 10-Jul-13 12:53:25

JacquelineHyde - I've tried to PM you but it seems someone else has this nickname now. Could you PM me as I'd like to talk to you. Thanks, SBIH

Yourmummy Wed 21-May-14 22:56:13


I was wondering if this thread is still alive? I have just moved from Brighton to Eastbourne and would absolutely love to meet other mums. I've got an 8 month old boy myself, I do hope that I can join your meet-ups or maybe we could arrange something new?


Natsfacea Tue 17-Jun-14 19:57:17

Hi all, it's so nice to read this thread... I knew I couldn't be the only mummy without friends in the area. I moved here (Eastborne) from London, I'm mixed race so can fill any potential movers anything they need to know. I'm really loving Eastbourne especially now the the sun is shining. Been here 3 months! I have a 6 year old girl have met a few mums at school but want to meet someone who wants a friend or 2.
So I'm thinking of a meet up! !!! I'm free during week most days. If more than 3 people contact me ill post on here the details for everyone else of where and when. If only 1 or 2 people are still out there I'm happy to meet just the 1 person. I desperately need to get some friends here! !!!!!! Feel free to email

Yourmummy Tue 17-Jun-14 22:41:29


I am very glad you've posted! I would love to meet up. I've got a nine month old boy. Please do let me know if you organise a meet up.

Tatiana x

Natsfacea Tue 24-Jun-14 12:16:45

Hi Taiana, so far it's only you! I'm still keen to meet up. If you would like to please email me and we can make arrangements!very nice to hear from you x

Natsfacea Tue 24-Jun-14 15:02:32

P's. I have been contacted by another 2 mums on another site, so the group is growing! Please send me your email if you can and ill keep you posted on events X

Natsfacea Tue 24-Jun-14 15:02:40

P's. I have been contacted by another 2 mums on another site, so the group is growing! Please send me your email if you can and ill keep you posted on events X

bexleigh Fri 18-Jul-14 10:36:27

Hi there Eastbourne mums!

I'm a new mum living in Polegate, with a 7 week old baby boy - we don't know many people yet as we only moved here in January. Before that we lived in Burgess Hill and Brighton.

I'd love to have other mums to meet up with for coffees, cake, trips to the park, strolls around town etc. cake

Please get in touch if you'd be interested in meeting up smile

kobrown43 Fri 18-Jul-14 17:37:12

Hi there

I was just wondering if anyone still logs on to this thread? I'm going to be moving to Eastbourne (Meads Village) from London in a couple of weeks and it would be great to catch up with any other mums as I don't know anyone in the area.
I've got a little girl who is nearly 1.
Also would be great if anyone can let me know if there are any good toddler classes that they recommend.
Did the WI type group ever get set up MummyLambo?

Lottiegal Tue 12-Aug-14 09:35:01

Just wondered if any of you are meeting up regularly?

Natsfacea Tue 09-Sep-14 10:20:50

Yes we gave managed a few meet ups. And it has been very nice esp with the sun shining!
I don't often check this thread however all mums are welcome to join our meet ups. The more the merrier.
Anyone interested email
See you all soon!!!

user1476967992 Thu 20-Oct-16 14:15:50

Hi there,
32 year old single mum with an 8 year old son looking to meet new friends locally-We moved to Eastbourne from London and have found it quite difficult to meet people.
Hopefully there are people in a similar situation as me,if there is i would love to hear from you smile
Fingers crossed,

facepainterwatford Sun 06-Nov-16 19:51:18

Hi there please get in touch cate just moved here myself don't know a sole would love to meet up

nicolei Mon 23-Jan-17 10:22:24

Hi, we have to move over from London to somewhere close to Brighton for DH work. We can not afford Brighton + we want some quiet time so we are currently looking at houses in Eastbourne.
I'm quite worried about school places. DD2 is starting Reception in September, DD1 is year 8. At the moment they are both in good nursery school/secondary in London and I really hate disrupting them. Both are arty/musical - DD1 a music scholar, DD2 starting to play piano.
What schools would you recommend?

Many thanks!

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