Eastbourne is a beautiful Victorian seafront town with long pebbled beaches on England’s South Coast. A wonderful and vibrant place to arrange a visit with so much to see and do, here is a few of my favourites.
1) Eastbourne Pier -The pier is a definite visit when heading to Eastbourne, it is 300 metres long built on stilts and it is full of lots of entertainment. It of course has a chippy situated on it with plenty of benches on the decking to fully enjoy the English tradition of fish and chips at the beach, if your wanting something a bit more sophisticated there is a Victorian tea room where you can have a proper afternoon tea. It has a Jazz inspired bar called the 1901 which has lots of events and live music to enjoy. Generally, it’s just a great place to go hang out and watch the sea.
2) The Eastbourne Bandstand – Known as the busiest Bandstand on the planet there is always something going on here!! Their events list is endless and it is always worth a check to see what happening with live music, discos, fireworks your sure to find something that takes your fancy. It’s like no other with a main arena, upper and lower balconies and seating for 1400!! For all the events and show listings visit their website, it may just help you decide which days to come to Eastbourne
3) Beachy Head and the Belle Tout Lighthouse – If your fancying a trip in the open air why not check out Beachy Head, the UK’s tallest chalk cliff’s. There is the Beachy Head Countryside Centre which has information about the history and geology of the cliffs. A wonderful day out to stretch the legs you can take a walk along the South Downs Way. You can also visit the Belle Tout Lighthouse and the Beachy Head pub with all day food and amazing views and a children’s playground to keep them entertained whilst you sit back and take it all in.
4) The Birling Gap and Seven Sisters – If Beachy Head is up your street then the National Trust site, The Birling Gap is definitely worth a trip!! With spots for rock pooling and packs available for fossil hunting and bug Hunts there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied. It is also a beautiful place to go for a walk, giving you a chance to take in the landscape, which changes with every season. There are places for picnics but also a shop and café are available.
5) Urban Jump – If the great outdoors doesn’t grab your attention or maybe your heading to us in the not so brilliant weather then we have a fantastic Trampoline Park to keep active body occupied. Not just a trampoline park there is also an indoor assault course the ‘Urban Rainforest’ and a soft play area dedicated to under 5’s so no matter the age everyone can get involved and have a great day out.
6) Fort Fun – If a family adventure day is what your after then maybe Fort Fun is exactly what your looking for, with both indoor and outdoor spaces including an amazing splash park, giant bouncy pillows and huge indoor soft play to keep everyone entertain I’m sure you will enjoy your busy day, to finish off they also have a restaurant that supply lots of family friendly choices.
7) The Observatory Science Centre – The science centre is a great hand’s on experience, learning about science and discovering astronomy. They put on lots of different activities including shows and tours of the telescopes suitable for all ages, this would surely be a day out to get the juices flowing and spark interest in science and astronomy. Check out their website for what they have going on.
8) Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park -This cool Steam Railway Park has 1/8 scale locomotive you can ride on round the beautiful country park, you can then go and explore the wildlife and nature at the huge lake. They have some great spaces to run off some steam by finding your way through the maze or heading off to the adventure playground with a dedicated area for under 5’s, finish off with a treat or two from the railway style café or bring along your own picnic and relax in the dedicated picnic area.
9) Royal Hippodrome Theatre – If you fancy doing something a bit special on your trip to Eastbourne why not head to a show at the Theatre. They have a huge selection of shows on so maybe worth checking out before you book your trip. The Theatre has been there in one form or another since 1883 with some very recent refurbishments it is a beautiful place to come and see a show.
10) Drusillas – One of the best small zoos in the country, Drusillas is a great day for the whole family. It has so much more to do than just a zoo, on top of the 100’s of animals there are rides in the secret garden, an amazing splash pad a huge outdoor adventure park including a specific under 6’s area and an indoor soft play area.
Hopefully there is enough here to keep you busy on your trip and don’t forget there is of course the 3 miles of Eastbourne beach to explore so