The popular Langham Hotel on Eastbourne's beautiful seafront is now celebrating 50 years as a venue for bowls groups, having no less than seven bowls clubs within a two-mile radius.  The nearest bowls club is just 500 metres from the hotel, with two greens and twelve rinks, and another is less than a mile away with two greens, twelve rinks and bar facilities, making the Langham the perfect base for bowlers.  With two indoor clubs in Eastbourne as well, each with six rinks, bowlers can be guaranteed a game at anytime of year, no matter what the weather may be, so tours need not be limited to the summer months.

The AA four-star family-run hotel has 80 bedrooms, many with magnificent views across the bay, some with four poster beds, and one with an impressive new wet room.  The comfortable bar, terrace and lounge are ideal areas to socialise and relax. The restaurant offers superb food and has recently been awarded an AA Rosette for fine dining for the fifth year in succession.  The West Dean Suite function room also provides the ideal space for entertainment or presentations.


The hotel goes to great lengths to ensure good quality fixtures and many groups return time and again.  Over 25 Bowls Clubs, both indoor and outdoor, stay at the Langham each year, including Clevedon, Desborough, Falcon, Whittlesey, Hertfordshire, Peterborough, Wrotham, Leicester City, Writtle, Evesham, East Bergholt, Staniforth, Waveney, Ware, Southam, Frinton and North Mymms Bowls Clubs, plus Sutton Strollers, and many more are booked for the future.

The Langham is now the main sponsor of the Eastbourne Open Bowls Tournament for men, a five-star rated event played on Cumberland Turf greens around Eastbourne, with prizes totallling more than £2,000.  This year the hotel is also sponsoring new shirts for the local Royal Sovereign Bowls Club.

In 2009 Eastbourne was officially declared the sunniest place in the UK, fully justifying its nickname - The Sunshine Coast - but there's no need to worry if it rains, as the local indoor bowls club is available so that matches can still be played.

Situated at the foot of the South Downs, we are in an ideal position for sightseeing, with easy access to Brighton, Lewes, Hastings and Rye.  The town has an excellent shopping centre, five theatres and the newly-opened Towner Art Gallery, offering something for everyone.

Kirby Muxloe Bowls Club have just left having stayed for four days at the beginning of June.  Their organiser, Betty Malyon, has already booked to return next year as their members "enjoyed themselves so much".

A few more comments from our Bowls Groups:-

"On behalf of the Cheltenham bowling club I would like to thank you and your staff for a most enjoyable stay with you last week.  The organisation prior to our stay was excellent, the food superb, accommodation first class and the service from reception and all sectors of the hotel was tip top.  It was a most enjoyable visit and if we ever return to Eastbourne for another tour, which I most certainly hope we do, then your hotel will be right at the top of our list of where we would like to stay."
Campbell McColl, Cheltenham Bowling Club, July 2013

"Thank you for the hospitality provided by the Langham Hotel to the members of Bishop's Cleeve Bowling Club last weekend.  The food was excellent and the accommodation first class. I had no complaints about either food or rooms. Special mention was made on the friendly attitude of the staff. Please thank everyone involved for a very enjoyable few days at the Langham."
George Thomas, Club Secretary, Bishop's Cleeve Bowling Club, July 2013

"On behalf of the whole tour a huge thank you for making our week so enjoyable.  All aspects of the Hotel were great, from Claire co-ordinating before we arrived, all the reception staff, the restaurant staff directed by my friend Ali, the kitchen staff under head chef Mike and not forgetting the bar and cleaning staff.  All are a credit to you. They were all smart and did their job with a smile on their face.  A fantastic week hence my request for a price for 2016 already!
Malc Horton, West Midlands Police Bowls Tour,  May 2013


"On behalf of all our 36 tourists, I would like to express our sincere thanks for a very successful weeks tour to your hotel this month. Everything was first class and I didn't hear a single complaint for the whole week.  I am sure that we will return to Eastbourne again in a few years time and our first choice will be to stay at the Langham."
Brian Dawson, White Horse Bowls Tour, September 2012

"Just a short note of thanks for the hospitality showed to our party of bowlers on our recent visit. The staff were very pleasant and courteous, and the service was excellent, please pass on our thanks to them all for making this our best bowls tour yet. Your hotel is very comfortable, the food is excellent and we very much enjoyed staying with you."
Barry Basford, Tour Chairman, Geddington & Newton Bowling Club, August 2012

"On behalf of the members of Blaby Bowling Club I would like to thank you and all of your staff for the most wonderful reception we received at the Langham during our stay at Eastbourne.  I only received the highest comments from all my party for you and your staff, so once again please pass on our thanks to all of the staff at the Langham and hope to be in touch soon regarding a further visit."
David Lane, Organiser,  Blaby Bowling Club August 2012

"On behalf of Maidenhead Town can I please thank you and your staff for making our Tour to Eastbourne so enjoyable. I have had nothing but compliments from my members on the quality of the hotel and the friendliness of your staff and how much they enjoyed themselves.
We would love to come back to Eastbourne on a future tour and you will be our first port of call."
Helen Cutche, Maidenhead Bowls Club, August 2012

"On behalf of the Dartford and District BA we would like to once again thank you and your staff for making our stay so welcoming and hospitable. Nothing was too much trouble, we would particularly like to commend Claire, Faye, Paul, Simon, your restaurant manager and staff that waited on tables and the bar staff for their patience and helpfulness, along of course with everyone's cheerfulness. Thank you for the splendid meal (compliments to the chef, not only for Friday but for the whole week) on our Gala evening."
Tony & Jean Runeckles, Dartford & District BA, July 2012

"On behalf of the members of Hunton Bowls Club I would like to say a big  thank you to you and your staff for making us all so welcome last week when we came to play bowls.  We all thought that the hotel was excellent, also the food, and the service from all of your staff was extremely good. We would like you to pass on our thanks to everyone and we so enjoyed our stay with you that we hope to be back next year."
Daphne Springett, Secretary Hunton Bowls Club, April 2012

"I would like to express my grateful thanks for your kind help in making my stay with you very enjoyable.  I must mention all your staff who could not have been more helpful and polite.   My tour party of 50 people also send their thanks to you and all your staff that helped make their stay very enjoyable.  I am known as the information centre within Gloucestershire and the surrounding Three Counties by Bowls Clubs looking to arrange tours.  Should they wish to stay in the Eastbourne area I would have no hesitation in recommending the Langham Hotel."
Ken Griffin, Barnwood Bowls Club, September 2011

"From the moment we walked in on the Friday the excellent service of your staff made a good lasting impression on us all and I heard nothing but praise from my members.  The standard of the bedrooms was good and the cheerfulness, willingness and politeness of all your staff was first class.  In this I include your reception, waiting and cleaning staff who all seemed happy and pleased to be of service.  We are all agreed that the standard of food served was excellent and the word has spread on our return how good our hotel was.  The Langham Hotel and all its staff made our tour and I and all my colleagues will have no hesitation of highly recommending your Hotel to other bowling clubs in our area looking to tour."
Geoff Thompson, Chairman & Organiser, Somerton & District Bowls, September 2011

"On behalf of our Club may I thank you and your staff for looking after us on our Tour.  The food and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble.  The meal before we left was exceptional, so please pass on our thanks to your staff."
Rosemary Robinson, Witney Mills Bowls Tour, August 2011

"Can I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for making my tour to Eastbourne memorable for all the right reasons. I have received nothing but favourable comments from my fellow tourists.  Some of the players are even talking of returning to your hotel with their wives, this shows that they were impressed by the hotel and level of service."
Stephen Atkinson, President, Yorkshire Bowls Association, July 2011

"Many thanks for making us all so welcome.  The Chippenham  Tourists have really enjoyed their break here.  We have not lost at bowls yet and we hope to win for a fourth time on the way home.  Our best wishes to you all until we next come to visit."
Adie & Kath Lloyd, Chippenham Tourists, May 2011

"This is to say a big Thank You to you and your staff for helping us to have a very enjoyable week at Eastbourne and the help that you gave us in arranging our fixtures.  Everyone seemed happy and so far I have not had any complaints (which is very unusual).
Ron Bone, Beckenham, Bromley & District Bowling Association, July 2010

"On behalf of myself and the Watford and District Bowling Association Tourists, I would like to thank you and your staff for a wonderful week at the Langham.  I really appreciate everything that you did to make our stay enjoyable."
Roy Lawrence, President, Watford & District Bowling Association, June 2010

"We would like to thank you and your staff for making our stay with you so enjoyable, your staff were very friendly.  It was nice to have our cases and bowls bags brought up to our room.  The room was very comfortable and it was nice just to be able to sit and watch the sailing boats out of the window.  I would like to say a thank you to your chef ... the food was nice and tasty all week."
Tessa & Richard Cox, Watford & District Bowls, June 2010

"Please pass on our sincere thanks to all the hotel staff that made our Whitsun stay at the Langham such a success. Whatever was requested was always done.  Together with some good bowling fixtures, all went well."
Jim Warland, Hon Sec, Rover (Cowley) Bowls Club, May 2010




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