After a drive from Hastings, my second pier of the day in East Sussex was Eastbourne. It’s a very recognisable structure with a large pavilion at the shore end and many buildings along its length, with a Camera Obscura and theatre at the Pierhead.
I arrived at the pier late afternoon, just as the large tearooms were closing. But I was able to buy a bottle of water and a delicious apple crêpe from one of the food outlets on the pier. Sadly just a few weeks after my visit, the pier was devastated by a hug fire which destroyed the pavilion and crêpe shop. But 2/3rds of the pier was saved and the rest is now being rebuilt.
My final pier today was the charming Boscombe, a few miles down the coast from its better known brother Bournemouth. It lwas late afternoon and there were still a few folks on the beach, but the deck chairs had already been packed away:
I didn’t find any tea and cake on the pier, either, so had to make do with a tub of tasty strawberry ice cream from the entrance café isntead.
The second pier of my Somerset visit was Weston-super-Mare Grand. And it would seem it’s grand by name and Grand by nature these days. Refurbished and re-opened in 2010 after a devastating fire in 2008, it now boasts many indoor amusements, and modern facilities.
The Pierhead also boasts a fine restaurant which serves an excellent Cream Tea!