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Enjoy a Truly Classic Break in Vintage Eastbourne

4 April 2019

Vintage Motoring Co.

Eastbourne’s vintage roots are everywhere you look, from the traditional pier to the classical nineteenth century architecture that runs along the seafront.

The unspoiled surroundings give a nod to nostalgia and eras gone by which makes a break to Eastbourne ideal for a vintage break that will transport you back in time.


Eastbourne’s art deco influence can be admired both at the iconic seafront Bandstand and enjoyed with an overnight stay at The Hydro Hotel.

The Bandstand built in 1935 plays host to over 140 concerts during its summer season which begins on 21 April and music lovers can be taken back in time to enjoy some nostalgic tribute performances from amongst others; The Beatles, ABBA, Buddy Holly and Fleetwood Mac.

Feel like you’ve awoken into a bygone age with a stay at Eastbourne’s clifftop Hydro Hotel, the ultimate vintage getaway which oozes art deco elegance. Or relax in one of the town’s oldest hotels, the Lansdowne, enjoying a vintage afternoon tea overlooking the sweeping Western Lawns. Alternatively, live the high life with a stay at the 5 star seafront Grand Hotel.

Continue the vintage vibe with a bespoke chauffeur-driven tour in a beautiful 1920’s Rolls Royce around the South Downs with The Vintage Motoring Co.

Magnificent Motors festival in Eastbourne, photo by Graham Huntley

Adding some retro style to the seafront will be Eastbourne’s motoring spectacular, Magnificent Motors on 4-5 May. Hundreds of classic and vintage cars will be parked up in a show stopping display, from stylish Jaguars and fancy Ferraris to old-school Austins and marvellous Maseratis.

The show also sees the return of the Seafront Market where you can browse the many stalls selling a variety of vintage collectibles and indulge in some tasty treats from the food and drink vendors.

See how visitors through history have enjoyed the town at the new heritage exhibition, The Story of Eastbourne. Ranging from pre-history to present day, the three dimensional timeline tells the story of the town through the eyes of those who once lived and worked here offering a fascinating insight into Eastbourne of old.

Seek out some antiques, vintage books or retro records with a stroll through the streets of Little Chelsea. The streets around Grove Road and South Street were recently named as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the UK and as well as the antiques emporiums and book shops you’ll find a host of independent boutiques, galleries and cafes.

Congress Theatre Furniture

You could book tickets to a show at the newly re-opened Congress Theatre. This Grade II listed building was originally opened in 1963, but the restoration project has brought the theatre, the largest on the south coast, right up to date but maintaining many of the original styling from the swinging sixties, including the light fittings and furniture.

Whatever era you’re after, vintage breaks in Eastbourne will transport you back in time!

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