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Breathtaking views of Beachy Head, Eastbourne

Things to Do in Eastbourne

 

Eastbourne is bursting with so many things to see and do; you might want to extend your visit to fit more of the activities in.

There are plenty of attractions and fun things to do for all ages. From theme parks and zoos to exploring the area's history, discover 1066 castles, museums and art galleries.  Relax and enjoy the views of Beachy Head or our parks and gardens, sample the local produce from our vineyards and farmers markets, enjoy fun filled trips to the seaside or South Downs National Park, spend the day shopping, then soak up the local atmosphere in one of our many restaurants, wine bars or traditional pubs.

All Attractions in and around Eastbourne

Great for Families

The lily pond at Bateman's, East Sussex.

Bateman's

Etchingham

Bateman’s is the 17th century home of The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling. The rooms are much as he left them with his Rolls Royce in the garage, a watermill at the bottom of the garden & a 300 acre estate to explore.

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Drusillas Park

Alfriston

Award winning Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic family day out that includes the best small zoo in Europe where you’ll come face to face with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas.

Western Lawns

Western Lawns

Eastbourne

Spacious seafront lawns used for events throughout the summer. Also features Wish Tower Slopes, cafe and Duke of Devonshire statue.

Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory

Eastbourne

Explore Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house.

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne

Eastbourne Pier opened in 1872 and is a sought after film and TV location used in Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging, and TV series including Poirot, A Place in the Sun, Art Attack, Flog It, and BBC CCTV.

Princes Park

Princes Park

Eastbourne

Green Flag award winning Princes Park features a range of gardens, children's play, leisure facilities, boating lake and wildlife.

Princes Park

Splash Pad

Eastbourne

A free children's playground in Princes Park featuring a whole host of water jets, sprinklers and fountains for fantastic water based fun.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Eastbourne

Join The Adventure - If You Dare! Our pirate themed adventure park & its unique mix of indoor & outdoor attractions offer you a great day out - Whatever the weather!

Buzz Active

Buzz Active Outdoor Sports Centre

Eastbourne

Buzz Active offers a variety of water based activities for everyone. Courses range from sailing to windsurfing, kayaking to powerboating. Come and try one of our taster sessions or take part in a course and learn something new today.

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American Adventure Golf

Eastbourne

The 18 hole crazy gold course set in ¼ acre with different levels and some great water features. The course par is 58 - try and win a free game on the 19th hole!

Theme Park

Fort Fun

Eastbourne

Family amusement park near the beach with a variety of rides for you all to enjoy. Splash in the new Super Splash Park, ride the Thunder Falls log flume, take a flight on the balloon ride, dodgems, bat ride and much more

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Indoor Rocky's Adventure Land

Eastbourne

A huge indoor soft play area for young children (under 11's) includes play balls, Niagra slide, twister game, fun mirrors and much more.

Fun in the pool

Sovereign Centre

Eastbourne

The Sovereign Centre is a leisure centre offering a variety top of the range Life Fitness Gym, Fun Pool with waves and flume, 25 metre lane swimming pool, diving pool and training pool. sports hall available to hire, cafe and more!

Hailsham Leisure Centre

Freedom Leisure Hailsham

Hailsham

Pool with flume, gym, exercise studio, children’s gym, soft play centre, ten-pin bowling, licensed café, kids’ clubs.

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Soft Play Centre

Hailsham

Two soft play structures suitable for ages 0-10. Toys available to ride on. Complimentary daily papers and a freedom cafe with Costa Coffee.

Hailsham Leisure Centre

Ten Pin Bowling

Hailsham

Ten pin bowling at Hailsham Leisure Centre

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

Eastbourne

A railway adventure in Eastbourne. Travel for nearly a mile on the 1/8th scale miniature trains. There's a nature walk around the lake, adventure playground, model railways, cafe and gift shop.

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Bowling and Laser Quest

Eastbourne

With 20 bowling lanes, medieval themed Laser Quest arena, arcade and seven American Pool tables there’s something for the whole family to do.

Heritage & Museums

The lily pond at Bateman's, East Sussex.

Bateman's

Etchingham

Bateman’s is the 17th century home of The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling. The rooms are much as he left them with his Rolls Royce in the garage, a watermill at the bottom of the garden & a 300 acre estate to explore.

Spa Valley Railway

Spa Valley Railway

Eastbourne

Visit us in the heart of South East to enjoy a wonderful ride through the High Weald countryside. Experience the nostalgic and memorable sights, sounds and smells of a working heritage railway.

Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

Eastbourne

Napoleonic fortress, one of several in Eastbourne and part of the unique historic defences along the Sussex coast.

Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne

Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

Eastbourne

The Redoubt Fortress is one of only three surviving Napoleonic Redoubts in the UK and is recognised by English Heritage as being of national importance.

Firle Place

Firle Place

Lewes

Originally Tudor, Firle Place is the home of the Gage family and has been for over 500 years.

"How we lived then" Museum with Gift shop

"How We Lived Then" Museum and Gift Shop

Eastbourne

See over 100,000 exhibits collected during the past 50 years, with room-settings, old shops and displays on four floors.

The Heritage Centre

Eastbourne Heritage Centre

Eastbourne

Discover Eastbourne.. the story of how the town developed into a fashionable, stylish, well-planned Victorian seaside resort. See how it grew and expanded over the years to include a marina today.

Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory

Eastbourne

Explore Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house.

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne

Eastbourne Pier opened in 1872 and is a sought after film and TV location used in Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging, and TV series including Poirot, A Place in the Sun, Art Attack, Flog It, and BBC CCTV.

Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey

Battle

Stand where, according to legend, King Harold was struck in the eye by an arrow and the course of English history changed forever.

The Observatory Science Centre

The Observatory Science Centre

Hailsham

The Observatory Science Centre is one of the leading """"hands-on"""" science centres with over 100 exhibits.

Pevensey Castle

Pevensey Castle

Pevensey

A Roman fortress built in 4thC as a defence against Saxon pirates, includes fine west gate. Norman castle built within Roman walls contains remains of unusual keep. Tudor gun. Exhibition..

The Wish Tower Slopes

The Wish Tower

Eastbourne

One of 74 Martello Towers built along the south coast to defend against Napoleon in the early 1800's, the Wish Tower built on grassed slopes is number 73. Featuring guided tours, special events and the popular Western View cafe next door.

Newhaven Fort

Newhaven Fort

Newhaven

Offering the perfect family day out, there is so much to explore at Newhaven Fort, including the vast, echoing tunnels built into the chalk cliffs.

The Marina at Sovereign Harbour

Sovereign Harbour Marina

Eastbourne

Sovereign Harbour is northern Europe’s largest composite marina complex and boasts four linked harbours and the hugely popular Waterfront retail and restaurant development.

Eastbourne's Carpet Gardens

Carpet Gardens

Eastbourne

Eastbourne seafront’s famous colourful Carpet Gardens have provided the backdrop for numerous memorable scenes, including Little Britain’s Ladies played by Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

Long Man of Wilmington

Long Man of Wilmington

Polegate

The mysterious guardian of the South Downs has baffled historians and archaeologists for years. It is signposted from the A27, between Eastbourne and Polegate and located south of the village of Wilmington.

Arundel Castle and Gardens West Sussex

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel

Set high on a hill in West Sussex, this great castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun. Founded at the end of the 11th Century.

Alfriston Heritage Centre

Alfriston Heritage Centre

Eastbourne

The Alfriston Heritage Centre is located in the Gun Room, next to St Andrews Church, on the Tye (the village green) in the centre of the historic village of Alfriston.

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

Eastbourne

A railway adventure in Eastbourne. Travel for nearly a mile on the 1/8th scale miniature trains. There's a nature walk around the lake, adventure playground, model railways, cafe and gift shop.

Eastbourne Town Hall

Eastbourne Town Hall

Eastbourne

Eastbourne Town Hall is centrally located in the town centre built between 1884 and 1886, retaining it's original architecture and classic style. Over the years it has hosted many TV programmes including BBC Flog It.

Belle Tout Lighthouse

Belle Tout Lighthouse

Eastbourne

Belle Toute lighthouse used in the TV series of the Fay Weldon classic ‘The Life and Loves of a She Devil’.

Filming at Beachy Head, Eastbourne

Beachy Head

Eastbourne

One of Eastbourne's most famous TV and film locations, used in Holywood blockbusters such as Harry Potter, James Bond, Pearl Harbour Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves, Notes on a Scandal, Wimbledon, and many TV series including Little Britain.

Eastbourne Bandstand

Eastbourne Bandstand

Eastbourne

Eastbourne's Bandstand is unmistakable with its blue dome and silver finial. Still boasting its original 1930’s architecture. Featured in many a movie, TV programme and commercial, including Foyles War & Little Britain.

Exhibitions & Shows in Eastbourne

Outdoor Shakespeare at the Italian Gardens in Eastbourne, photo by EODS

Theatre shows in Eastbourne

From outdoor shakespeare to the best of the West End 

Eastbourne Bandstand concerts and events

Live music at the Bandstand

Pop tributes, fireworks, kids disco, big band and more, all by the beach

David Bomberg, Valley of La Hermida Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain, 1935. Image courtesy Museums S

Exhibitions at Galleries and Museums

Latest exhibitions and contemporary art in Eastbourne

Heritage events in Eastbourne, photo by Graham Huntley

Heritage Events in Eastbourne

Historic moments, moving stories and fascinating heritage events in Eastbourne

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