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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

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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.

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.

Towner

Towner Art Gallery

Eastbourne

Towner, the contemporary art museum, is Eastbourne's new art gallery and centre for the visual arts in the South East.

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Garden

Haywards Heath

Award winning garden rich in history and fine plants with intimate garden 'rooms'. Magical woodland and parkland with superb views across the Sussex Weald. Ideal for a great family day out.

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.

Enterprise Shopping Centre

Enterprise Shopping Centre

Eastbourne

The Enterprise Centre is one of the most exciting places to shop in Sussex! 58 fascinating businesses from fish to flowers all under one big glass roof - with parking.

Madison Keys, Aegon International Eastbourne 2014

Devonshire Park

Eastbourne

The world class tennis courts at Devonshire Park play host to six major tennis tournaments each year, the Devonshire Park Tennis Club and public grass court hire.

Devonshire Park

Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club

Eastbourne

Whether you are a junior looking to play, a parent or a more experienced player or coach wanting to join a new club, find out all about our great club by visiting our website www.devonshireparkltc.co.uk

Devonshire Park

Devonshire Park Tennis Court Hire

Eastbourne

Favoured by many world class tennis champions, play on the immaculate courts of Devonshire Park - often refered to as the best grass courts in the world.

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..

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Seven Sisters Country Park Nature Reserve

Seven Sisters Country Park

Eastbourne

Found at the point where the South Downs meets the sea, the Sisters were created when ancient rivers cut valleys into the chalk, creating seven peaks.

Seven Sisters Sheep Centre

Seven Sisters Sheep Centre

Eastbourne

A traditional authentic family run working farm. Home to the world's largest collection of sheep breeds and other farmyard favourites all tame enough to touch and feed - this attraction is a must for all animal lovers!

Cuckmere Haven

Cuckmere Haven

Eastbourne

Sussex Voyages

Sussex Voyages

Eastbourne

As the only Enjoy England Quality Assured Visitors Attraction in Sussex offering boat trips, our guided voyages are suitable for all ages and depart from Sovereign Harbour Marina in Eastbourne.

Great for Families

Thomas & Friends

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.

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.

Welcome to...

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.

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.

golf1

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

rockys1

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.

Seven Sisters Sheep Centre

Seven Sisters Sheep Centre

Eastbourne

A traditional authentic family run working farm. Home to the world's largest collection of sheep breeds and other farmyard favourites all tame enough to touch and feed - this attraction is a must for all animal lovers!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

Hailsham Leisure Centre

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

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

"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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Firle Place

Firle Place

Lewes

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

Eastbourne Seafront

Eastbourne Seafront

Eastbourne

Eastbourne's award winning, immaculate seafront featured Little Britain's ‘ladies' on the Carpet Garden lined promenade, A place by the sea, BBC coverage, Carlton Kids and much more!

The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

Grand Hotel

Eastbourne

Known as the 'White Palace', the Grand Hotel stands on the west end of King Edward's Parade with the beach right on its doorsteps. This 19th Century hotel has been sympathetically restored and modernised to meet 21st century requirements.

Sussex Darkside

Authentic Haunted Ghost Tours

Hailsham

Dare you walk Michelham Priory at night?

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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