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Redoubt Fortress Serve up a Slice of ‘Culture and Cake’

‘Culture and Cake’ returns to the Redoubt Fortress for another season of insightful talks offering a taste of Eastbourne’s rich history! The monthly sessions cover everything from the literary icons that spent their summers in Eastbourne to the science behind the Redoubt’s architecture, in a relaxed Q&A style talk with tea and a slice of cake!


The first Culture and Cake, on 15 April, will offer expert insight into the archaeology of Eastbourne’s iconic Seven Sisters, as documented in the Pavilion’s newest exhibition with the National Trust, “Living on the Edge: 8000 Years by the Sea”. Tom Dommett, National Trust Archaeologist, will be uncovering the incredible stories of life and death at the edge of the sea, from the first farmers in the Neolithic to Second World War fighter pilots.

For those who want to follow in the footsteps of a literary legend, June’s ‘Culture and Cake’ will explore Eastbourne from 1877 to 1896 as Lewis Carroll spent his summers in Eastbourne, his very own Wonderland. In celebration of Visit England’s Year of Literary Heroes, “A Perfect Dream of Delight” will focus on Carroll’s diary entries, personal letters and local images to create a picture of the late 19th century town which Carroll holidayed in to escape from his busy, city life. Lewis Carroll’s very own bed desk, which would have been used for penning letters to home and beloved stories, can be seen in the Redoubt Fortress.

Aviation enthusiasts will want a slice of the action as July’s ‘Culture and Cake’ focuses on “Planes, Trains and Airships”. The insightful talk will explore the stories of incredible pioneers in aviation history in Eastbourne, from the beginnings of Eastbourne Aviation Company, Amy Johnson’s flying visit and the work of airships across the south coast during the First World War.


Eastbourne Borough Council Director of Tourism and Enterprise, Phil Evans said “The Redoubt makes for the perfect spot to delve deeper into Eastbourne’s fascinating history. Culture and Cake is a great opportunity to visit the new Faces of the Fort and gain a further understanding of Eastbourne’s past whilst sampling the Outpost’s delicious cakes.”

Science enthusiasts can learn more about the Redoubt as May unlocks the science behind the Redoubt. ‘Culture and Cake’ will uncover everything from the gunpowder used in the fortress to the genius ways the floating fortress stays put. As part of the new immersive experience, the Redoubt will be hosting science week in May Half Term, encouraging youngsters to get stuck into workshops including ancient science, building, robots and more!

Tickets to ‘Culture and Cake’ costs £6 including entry to the Redoubt Fortress and a slice of cake from the vintage themed Outpost Café which offers bombardier brownies, colonel coffees and more on a daily basis.

For more information or to book online, please visit or telephone 01323 410300. Tickets can also be purchased at the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road.

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