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Summer Fun on a Budget

Finding activities to entertain the kids during the summer holidays can prove a challenge, especially if you are trying to keep to a budget! 

We’ve come up with 10 fun free activities you can do across Eastbourne without spending much money, but still ensuring the best summer for you and your family!

Airbears

 

#1 Enjoy one of the UK's biggest seafront air shows when Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow flies into town between 15-18 August!

With a whole host of fantastic display teams taking to the skies including the Breitling Jets, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Typhoon, Wingwalkers and the Tigers Parachute team, it's definitely one of the highlights of the Eastbourne summer!  The little ones will love meeting the loveable airbears, Ace & Aimee too! Best of all the event is totally free to attend! 

#2 Head down to Sovereign Harbour and admire some of the yachts as you walk around the marina.  See what fish you can spot in the water and you might even be lucky to catch a glimpse of the seals that often bask in the sunshine in the outter harbour.  The beach here is also a great place for some quality family time and there is plenty of space for some beach games too!

 

Feeding the ducks at Princes Park

 

 

#3 Wanting just a play park where the kids can run around to their hearts content? Why not visit Princes’ Park or Hampden Park with both locations having fields to play games in and ponds to feed the ducks.

#4 Take a stroll along the Pier and enjoy a traditional seaside experience! This seafront icon has been entertaining holidaymakers since 1870!

Kids playing on the beach

 

 #5 Don’t forget to do the most obvious activity in Eastbourne and take the kids down to the beach for a paddle in the sea! Loved by all ages for years gone by, there’s just something thrilling about knowing the sea will be freezing yet stepping closer and closer until the lapping waves reach your toes!

#6 Take a trip to the Italian Gardens, tucked away at the western end of the seafront. With ornate Italian architecture built in the 1920’s and still standing to this day! Use one of the paths off the main seafront to meander your way down the hill through the trees into the hidden garden. This is an ideal sun catcher, perfect for a relaxing quiet picnic. Whilst you’re down that way have a little go at the mini golf course, your competitive side will come out again!
Holywell beaches

 

#7 Visit Holywell the forgotten gem of Eastbourne’s seafront. Make sure you check the tide times before you visit, and aim to go at low tide to be truly amazed at the city of rock pools that emerge from beneath the sea! Grab your net and roll your clothes up, jumping from one rock pool to the next spotting the inhabitants that live there.

#8 Head along the the Story of Eastbourne located in Terminus Road to discover more about the history of the town.  There's plenty of interactive exhibits at this free exhibition to make learning fun plus there's also a kids town trail to explore more of Eastbourne's local heritage with a prize to be won for those who complete it!
Dotto Train

 

#9 If you’ve never been on Eastbourne’s famous Dotto train, you’re seriously missing out! Jump on at one of the 7 stops from the Sovereign harbour to the Holywell retreat and enjoy the scenic views drifting by. Why not make the most of not walking and stop off at Holywell tea chalet and grab an ice cream or delicious slice of cake, hopping back on the Dotto back up the seafront.

#10 Budding artists should defintiely head along to the Towner Gallery where alongside their open Studio Spaces this August, there will be a space in Towner’s studios for all visitors to take part in their own art experimentation. Throughout the summer, Towner will be joined by several artists-in-residence who will help and guide summer school-ers through their experimental spaces and a series of free art workshops.

Hopefully these activities will help to create a memorable summer for the whole family!

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