Something that you will have noticed if you live in a tourist or coastal area such as Eastbourne, Beachy Head or East Dean is the way that, as soon as September 1st rolls around and the tourists begin to head home, everything starts to slow down. At first it’s great – you don’t get stuck in traffic any more, you can park on the shoreline or outside your favourite restaurant again, and having the beach to yourself is a real treat. But then the cafes and restaurants in Eastbourne begin to shut their doors for winter; the boat trips stop; the museums and attractions are only open at weekends, if at all, and it starts to feel a bit lonely. However, there’s still lots to do in East Sussex, even in the winter. The Seaford Museum is open every Sunday; Towner, the contemporary art gallery in Eastbourne, remains open Tuesday–Sunday; Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne has some excellent shows over the coming months; and Eastbourne Bandstand is hosting several free concerts over the Christmas period. If you are more interested in the natural beauty of Beachy Head and the South Downs, there are also many walks you can take in the area. What could be better than a bracing walk around Beachy Head or along the Seven Sisters? You could even enjoy the same sights and sounds as the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes on the Sherlock Holmes walk. According to the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes could have retired in East Dean itself, and the sharp-eyed diner at Thai Terre may even notice Holmes’ house, which can be seen from the restaurant’s window. Then, at the end of a pleasant day enjoying all the South Downs has to offer, your nose pink and your cheeks ruddy with the glow of fresh air and healthy exercise or your spirits lifted by art and music, you could settle yourself, tired but happy, in the dining room of East Dean’s premier Thai restaurant, Thai Terre, to indulge yourself in one last treat – an exquisitely prepared Thai banquet. For more ideas for activities look out for January’s edition of Sussex Life, which also includes a leaflet offering a discount from Thai Terre.