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Eastbourne Bandstand Celebrates with UK’s Biggest Christmas Day Party

13 December 2017

Eastbourne’s iconic 1930’s seafront Bandstand will be hosting the UK’s biggest Christmas Day party, as part of their traditional triple bill of free festive concerts.

Christmas At the Bandstand By Graham Huntley


Providing yuletide entertainment for over 4,000 residents and holidaymakers, the festive musical programme will see free concerts on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Dating back to 1935, the concerts are a long standing tradition, attracting thousands each year, with some even indulging in a customary Boxing Day dip in the sea!

With mulled wine and hot drinks on offer to warm up concert goers, the atmosphere ranges from traditional carols to festive party hits, and even the traditional New Year’s Day Bandstand conga!

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism & Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister commented “This is a long standing favourite for the thousands of people staying in Eastbourne this Christmas! With plenty of singing and dancing from the audience, it is guaranteed to be a heart-warming addition to our festive celebrations.”

Christmas Day sees the return of the Eastbourne Silver Band with traditional carols and classic Christmas songs in a pre-Christmas dinner treat.

The Ray Campbell Dance Band provide a refreshing alternative to the TV repeats on Boxing Day with a lively round up of festive hits and dancing.

On New Year’s Day a third concert sees The Ray Campbell Dance Band return with celebratory hits and a conga around the Bandstand, to welcome in 2018.

Concerts run from 10.30am to 12pm on Christmas Day, and from 11am to 12.30pm on both Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Entry is free.

In addition to mulled wine, warm mince pies and hot drinks available at the Bandstand bar (with discount to membership card holders), the Western View café will also remain open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day from 10am to 4pm for those enjoying a refreshing walk along the prom.

Eastbourne Bandstand will reopen in 2018 at Easter with its longest concert programme yet, featuring 130 concerts running from April to mid October. Fans can look forward to the return of weekly 1812 fireworks, Big Band nights, Kids Party Nights and an additional 20 new tribute acts this year, celebrating the world of rock and pop every weekend.

Bandstand tickets, gift memberships and gift vouchers are on sale at the Seafront Office, Tourist Information and online. For more information visit or telephone 01323 410611.

For information on Christmas events and festive breaks visit

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