Festive fun comes to Eastbourne in the run up to Christmas as a special North Pole letter box is being installed so children can deliver their letters to Santa – and receive a personalised reply from him by Christmas Eve.

The North Pole post box will be located in the DQ Terrace Bar & Café in the Welcome Building at the Devonshire Quarter, from Monday 21 November until Saturday 17 December.

The postal service is being co-ordinated by Visit Eastbourne and is completely free. Letters to Santa need to be posted by Saturday 17 December at the very latest, so they reach the North Pole in good time.

Parents should include their home address, and personalised replies will be sent to the children to arrive by Christmas Eve.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s Lead Member for Tourism and Culture Councillor Margaret Bannister said, “We know how important it is that Santa receives letters to him with requests for gifts and wishes, and that is why we have installed a special North Pole letter box this year in the DQ Terrace Bar & Café inside the Welcome Building.”

“Children can post their letters to Santa in the post box and we will make sure they get to him in time so he can reply to each child personally by Christmas Eve.”

“And while the youngsters are posting their letters, other family members can enjoy their visit to the Welcome Building too. As well as the Visitor Centre where gifts, souvenirs and theatre gift vouchers can be purchased, there is also the DQ pop-up book shop.

“Make sure you leave plenty of time too to relax with a visit to the DQ Terrace Bar & Café for a cup of coffee, a sandwich or a slice of cake.”

Visitors can take advantage of a range of festive specials while at the café with mulled wine, gingerbread lattes and children’s Panto themed lunch boxes for £4.75 containing sandwiches, crisps, flapjack, fruit and a juice, as well as colouring activities – or they can pop into the Visitor Centre for a spot of shopping. 

The centre includes a range of gift ideas including 2023 Eastbourne calendars, handmade Bourne scented candles, Eastbourne teady bears and books based around East Sussex, along with a selection of prints, mugs and other gifts all showcasing iconic landmarks around the town.  Families can also pick up the Eastbourne Quiz Trail for just £5.99 along with the Days Out in Sussex discount card for £12.

VisitEastbourne.com also offers a range of exciting Eastbourne and South Downs based gift voucher experiences to purchase online, from cycle tours and boat trips, to wine tasting, restaurant vouchers and hotel stays.

The DQ Terrace Bar & Café is open daily from 9am-4pm (10am – 4pm Sundays) in the Welcome Building, Compton Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP.

For more details on Christmas events and attractions, pop into the Eastbourne Visitor Centre in the Welcome Building, from 9am–5pm (10am-4pm Sundays) or visit [www.VisitEastbourne.com]www.VisitEastbourne.com