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Eastbourne’s Summer Holiday Round-Up!

29 July 2016

Schools out for the summer, and Eastbourne has a wonderful line up of activities and events to get involved with across the six week holiday, from the enchanting Lammas Festival to the breath-taking International Airshow, plus discovery days at the Redoubt Fortress and more in-between!

Summer fun at the Redoubt Fortress

There’s plenty of culture, outdoorsy trips and family fun to explore – so it’s time to get those diaries out and pens at the ready as we list our top 8 things to do this season…

#1- If you’re feeling festival ready and looking for some fun in the sun The Lammas Festival 30 – 31 July is just for you! The mystical event will be home to Morris dancing, carnival giants, folk music, story-telling and plenty of arts & craft stools to rummage through as well. An impressive carnival parade along Eastbourne’s promenade will lead the way with drummers and dancers on Saturday at 12pm - inviting festival goers to join in with face glitter, hair braids and all things creative!

#2 – Discovery days out are always a winner and a great way to get the little ones learning, as well as having fun! This year, the Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum is holding a Summer Holidays Exhibition across the summer break to show what Eastbourne holidays used to be like over 100 years ago. Hear stories from yesteryear, see old film clips and let kids loose on the museums brand new vintage pedal cars – beep beep!

RAF Chinook at Eastbourne Airbourne

#3 – Looking for something that will really get summer off the ground? Why not take to the skies this August in a VIP experience Helicopter Ride for all the family, during Eastbourne’s award-winning International Airshow 11-14 August! See fast jets, display teams, parachutists, vintage aircraft and more propel across the seafront along with a huge line up of ground attractions, live music and family fun at Eastbourne’s biggest event of the year.

#4 – Get ready to pounce because Andrew Lloyd Webbers award-winning West End musical Cats will be at the Congress Theatres for one week only in August. This magical show is “the cat’s whiskers” and promises to light up the stage with a spectacular set, amazing choreography and timeless music – prepare to be wowed!

#5 – For outdoor explorers, the South Downs National Park is the place to be. Take in rare plants and wildlife, ancient woodland and breath-taking views across the coast. Tiny feet are also welcome to join in the adventure, and open top sight seeing buses run all day long for families to hop on and off. Ice cream breaks along the way are a must!

Mr Whippy Ice Cream in Eastbourne

#6 – Make sure you stop off at the Seven Sisters Sheep Centre too, open every day in season from 10.30am – 5pm. Families can get hands on with sheep sheering, bottle feeding and even cuddle sessions throughout the day! Why not hop on a tractor ride across the Downland before taking a trip to the shop and Hay Rack Tea Room, where you can finish your trip with a wodge of homemade cake!

#7 - Choo Chooo! Make room for the Miniature Steam Railway on your summer to do list, open everyday this season. Experience a trip on the back of a steam train around the beautiful country park, and take in the views across the lake and the prize-winning tea gardens. Children can also “let off steam” in the parks adventure playground.

Paddleboarding in Eastbourne

#8 – Finally, don’t be late for a very special date as Sharnfold Farm will be hosting the Teddy Bears Picnic on 19th August! Children and parents can hop on tractor & trailer rides, tuck in to a delicious lunch, go on an exciting bear hunt and settle down for story time with special guest Karen Saunderson. Explore the farm trail, take a look at the cafés homemade treats and pick your own fruit to take home!

For more information on what’s on this summer, for you and all of the family, head to

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