PLACES TO VISIT IN EASTBOURNE

EASTBOURNE PIER AND BANDSTAND

Whilst in Eastbourne a trip to Eastbourne Pier and the Bandstand is a must.

The Pier has a variety of shops, theres the chippy, arcade, the waterfront, camera obscura, Atlantis nightclub and much much more.

The Bandstand which was built in 1935, has fast become the south coast’s most popular outdoor music venue, hosting something to suit all ages and tastes.

For more information visit the websites www.visiteastbourne.com and www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk

BEACHY HEAD

Beachy Head and the surrounding area offer much more than just beautiful coastline. Thousands of visitors flock to the vicinity for gentle walks, challenging hikes, cycling, horse riding and canoeing. Activities at Beachy Head can be as adrenalin-filled as you like.

You may however prefer a gentle stroll to a white-knuckle descent on the back of a mountain bike, but both options are easy to find at Beachy Head. Friston Forest is criss-crossed with trails that cater for off-road enthusiasts, while the undulating coastline of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters offers walks to suit every ability.

For more information visit the website www.beachyhead.org.uk

SOVEREIGN HARBOUR MARINA

Sovereign Harbour Marina and Boatyard is Eastbourne's best kept secret.   Perfect for yachts and motor boat cruisers alike, this family friendly, award-winning marina offers first-class berths and facilities and a delightful choice of relaxing waterfront cafes, wine bars and restaurants.

Set on the beautiful Sussex heritage coastline, just east of Eastbourne, Sovereign Harbour comprises five harbours that together provide over 800 marina berths and make up the UK's largest composite marina. The inner basins are entered via one of two 24-hour high capacity locks and along with floating pontoons, these locks make access to the marina easy - even for the novice boater.

On shore, 'The Waterfront' with its cosmopolitan mix of bars, restaurants and cafés adds to the laid-back atmosphere and here you can take time to enjoy a meal on the quayside or just relax and watch the world go by. But if you like more action, there's also a popular onsite yacht club, plus just moments away from the marina, you'll find a retail park, a good mix of high street retailers and a multiplex cinema.

For more information visit the website www.premiermarinas.com/pages/sovereign_harbour_marina

HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE

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Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. Built originally as a country home in the mid- 15th - century, Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of Medieval England and the romance of Renaissance Europe.

If you would like to visit the Castle and Gardens, you can find opening times, ticket prices and arrange group visits via the website.

For more information visit the website www.herstmonceux-castle.com/

TOWNER - CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

Towner is the contemporary art museum for South East England.  They present major 
exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art – and as a museum, they also have 
a renowned collection of art from across the ages. 

The architecture of the new building is award-winning.  Towner are proud to have the largest display space in South East England.  Their café bar has stunning views over the South Downs. 

The gallery is a partner in the Plus Tate scheme, through which they contribute to a nationwide exchange of ideas in the visual arts.  Their Art Fund International award ensures they remain at the forefront of international contemporary art collecting. 

For more information visit the website www.townereastbourne.org.uk/

 

All images © Daniel Clements Photography

REDOUBT FORTRESS AND MILITARY MUSEUM

For over 200 years the Redoubt has stood ready to defend the Eastbourne coast. It formed part of a chain of fortifications built to deter Napoleon's forces in the early 1800s, and it still stands as a unique monument to that time. Garrisoned by troops until the early 1900s and again during World War II the fortress is now a suitable and atmospheric home to three exciting military collections...

 For more information visit the website www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk

DEVONSHIRE PARK THEATRE

Eastbourne Theatres comprises of four main theaters in Eastbourne: The Congress, Devonshire Park, Winter Garden which are all situated around Eastbourne’s Cultural Quarter (around Carlisle Road and Compton Street) and Eastbourne's oldest theatre The Royal Hippodrome which is located on Seaside Road.

Presenting the very best touring shows, from one night shows to season long presentations. In addition to being a receiving house the theatres also produce their own productions including the annual Christmas pantomime at the Devonshire Park Theatre.

Eastbourne Theatres – Always Entertaining!

For more information visit the website www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/

DRUSILLAS ZOO PARK

Enjoy a great family day out at one of the top tourist attractions in East Sussex. Drusillas is widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country and we’ve created an animal and child friendly, family environment where the focus is always on involvement.  It is the perfect getaway for families with children, whether you are looking for things to do in Sussex on your holidays, enjoying a weekend break or simply having a fun day out with the kids. So, get nose to nose with nature and experience the most memorable fun finding-out day out you can possibly imagine.

For more information visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk

SEVEN SISTERS COUNTRY PARK

Situated in the South Downs National Park, the Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland. It is a popular place for a number of outdoor activities including walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing.

The Country Park is named after the famous Seven Sisters that form part of the chalk cliffs on the Sussex Heritage Coast, one of Britain's finest unspoilt coastlines.

For more information visit the website www.sevensisters.org.uk


Our thanks to Dave Hart, ESCC for the photos

SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK

Uniquely combining a biodiverse landscape with bustling towns and villages, the South Downs National Park covers an area of over 1,600 km2 and is home to more than 110,400 people.

Recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, the South Downs is also home to a multitude of vibrant working communities steeped in history and traditional English culture, from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the bustling market town of Lewes in the east.

Whatever you are looking to do, for residents and visitors alike, the South Downs National Park offers a multitude of things to see and enjoy.

For more information visit the website www.southdowns.gov.uk/index

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LOCAL WEATHER

Eastbourne is a great destination whether you're visiting on business or pleasure, with a briefcase or a bucket and spade.  The elegant 3 mile promenade facing the hotel backs onto tree lined avenues with restaurants and bars. The town centre is just a leisurely stroll and boasts a selection of high street stores with all the big names within the Arndale Centre.

Tou will be sure to find something to keep you entertained with Willingdon Golf Club and Eastbourne Downs Golf Club just a short drive from the hotel so be sure to pack the golf clubs. There are also plenty of chances to try something new with the Spray Watersports Centre only a short distance away.

For young families, there are a number of places to explore such as Drusilla’s Animal ParkHerstmoneux CastleShine Water ParkSeven Sisters Country Park and South Downs National Park.  Other attractions include museums, pleasure boat trips and historic houses such as Chaleston and Firle House.

For more information as to what Eastbourne has to offer, Please visit the Visit Eastbourne website.