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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.

Great for Families

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.

Go Wild! At Drusillas Park

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.

Soft Play at Fort Fun

Fort Fun

Eastbourne

Fort Fun provides a multitude of indoor and outdoor amusement, exhilarating play areas, mini golf adventures, bouncy fun and so much more, all on the beautiful Eastbourne seafront.

Beachy Head Countryside Centre

Beachy Head Countryside Centre

Eastbourne

Beachy Head Countryside Centre is situated at Beachy Head, a renowned beauty spot with incredible views. The Countryside Centre has an excellent gift shop, Downland Experience giving information about the geology and history.

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.

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.

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.

Splash Pad 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.

Sovereign Park

Sovereign Park

Eastbourne

This Park aims to preserve some of the shingle beach habitat that was once common along the south coast until the increase in urban development and other pressures. There is a picnic site equipped with tables at the west end of the Park.

Helen Gardens, Eastbourne

Helen Gardens

Eastbourne

This beautifully laid out garden is perched on the top of the cliff overlooking the sea. 18 hole putting course, lawn bowls, petanque and deckchairs available.

Bowls at Helen Gardens, Eastbourne

Helen Gardens Bowls

Eastbourne

Bowling green at the stunning clifftop Helen Gardens.

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.

Knockhatch Adventure Park,Hailsham,Sussex

Knockhatch Adventure Park

Hailsham

Rain or Shine Come and enjoy an action-pack visit at Knockhatch Adventure Park. Come sliding down and skip across the water on the Wave Runner Water Slide, join the battle and help the chicken defend their house in the Cannon Arena!

Knockhatch Ski Slope

Knockhatch Ski Slope

Hailsham

Set in the East Sussex countryside , about 9 miles North of Eastbourne, Knockhatch Ski and Snowboard Centre offers fun and action for skiers, snowboarders, beginners and experts alike.

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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.

Up close with the animals

Spring Barn Farm Park

Eastbourne

Meet all your favourite farmyard friends up close at daily animal activities sessions, then head outside for adventure play! Scramble across Treetop Towers, bounce on giant jumping pillows, and race on peddle go karts!

Fun in the pool

Sovereign Centre

Eastbourne

The facility offers a 88 station top of the range Life Fitness Gym, Fun Pool with waves, flume and a Jacuzzi, 25 metre lane swimming pool, diving pool and training pool.

Pevensey Court House Museum & Gaol

Pevensey Court House Museum & Gaol

Pevensey

Discover Pevensey's former Court House, Gaol and Town Hall dating back to Tudor times. Visit the Old Court Room and Dock as it was used until 1886, enter the prison cells and visit the stocks and exercise yard below.

Heritage & Museums

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 Luther.

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.

Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

Redoubt Fortress

Eastbourne

Discover over 200 year of history at this iconic seafront fortress, recognised by English Heritage as being of national importance.

Newhaven Fort

Newhaven Fort

Newhaven

Cloaked in mystery and protected by its impressive ramparts, Newhaven Fort has been keeping secrets safely hidden for almost 150 years.

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.

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.

Folkington Manor

Folkington Manor

Eastbourne

Folkington Manor (pronounced "Fo'ington") is a grade II* listed English country house situated in the hamlet of Folkington, in East Sussex between Lewes and Eastbourne.

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 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.

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 Heritage Centre

Eastbourne Heritage Centre

Eastbourne

Discover Eastbourne the story of how the town developed into a fashionable, stylish, well-planned Victorian seaside resort. Visit the Heritage Centre cinema and watch films about Eastbourne.

Firle Place

Lewes

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

Stone Cross Windmill

Stone Cross Windmill

Pevensey

Stone Cross Windmill was built in 1875/6 and was in full operation up to the end of the 1930s. It fell into disrepair and eventually was taken over by Stone Cross Mill Trust with the aim of restoring it and preserving for future generations

Charleston

Charleston

Eastbourne

Nestled in the South Downs, Charleston was the country meeting place for the writers, painters and thinkers known as the Bloomsbury group. It is now considered to be one of the world’s best small museums.

Eastbourne Town Hall

Eastbourne Town Hall

Eastbourne

A fine historic building with chiming clock located in the Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea.

The Wish Tower, Eastbourne

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.

Arundel Castle & 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.

Pevensey Court House Museum & Gaol

Pevensey Court House Museum & Gaol

Pevensey

Discover Pevensey's former Court House, Gaol and Town Hall dating back to Tudor times. Visit the Old Court Room and Dock as it was used until 1886, enter the prison cells and visit the stocks and exercise yard below.

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 Waterfront 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.

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.

Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds

Hailsham

Experience the peace and tranquility of this 15th century moated castle set among carefully maintained Elizabethan gardens and parkland.

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.

Exhibitions & Shows in Eastbourne

Rent the musical at Eastbourne Theatre

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

Westbury Horse by Eric Ravilious - Towner Art Gallery

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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