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Eastbourne Leads by Eggsample with Cracking Easter Festivities

Eastbourne’s Easter festivities will put a spring in visitor’s steps with dozens of family-friendly events to enjoy across the Easter holidays.

Inbetween the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park and the fresh shores of sunny Eastbourne, there are bundles of Easter activities which are perfect for embracing the blissful spring air.

With spring in full bloom, the sweet scent of blossoming flowers can be enjoyed at the stunning Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail from 8 April. Nature inspired events offering arts and crafts sessions such as a two-day Woodland and Willow Basket Making course on 1-2 April or get crafty in the barn at the Spring Spectacular on 12 April at Seven Sisters Country Park. Free stargazing sessions at the Redoubt Fortress will return on 1 April giving gazers a chance to admire constellations and the clear night skies of spring.


For those with a sweet tooth, the Miniature Steam Railway Park will be hosting the Easter Eggspress on 16 April where children can journey around the beautiful country park on a miniature locomotive and get their hands on some Easter eggs. Inside the newly re-opened Redoubt Fortress, there’s an Easter rabbit on the loose! Children can explore the Fortress to find the Redoubt Rabbit and make spectacular spring crafts at the Redoubt Fortress from 1-16 April.

At Drusillas Park, spring has brought with it plenty of new arrivals; from the animals to the rides! Making an appearance for the first time are the Giant Anteaters and newly born animals including a beautiful baby Saki monkey and a silvery marmoset.

Just in time for the Easter holidays, the exciting new African themed train ride, Safari Express, will open its doors as it transports passengers around the park with lots of fun along the way! On selected dates throughout April, children will also be able to meet their heroes at the park including Hello Kitty, Bing and Flop as well as Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “There really is nowhere better to celebrate Easter than in Eastbourne. Spring’s arrival makes everybody want to get outside. The days are brighter, the flowers have blossomed and there’s a real sense of joy in the air.

Eastbourne embraces this by encouraging everybody to get outside whether it’s seeing the Bandstand’s annual Easter concert, having a slice of cake at the Western View or getting crafty at Seven Sisters Country Park.”

Hello Kitty at Drusillas

There’s plenty to see, do and taste when visiting Eastbourne’s seafront across the April Bank Holiday weekend, including a sumptuous Continental Market. Visitors can sample the delights of the Continent as the seafront is transformed into a bustling European market place offering mouth-watering cuisines and fine quality goods from Marseille soaps to handmade children’s toys!

The stalls stretch from the promenade by the Pier to Eastbourne’s iconic Bandstand for the annual free Easter concert where locals and visitors will come together for a joyous concert, overlooking the seafront. The ‘Eastbourne Silver Band’ will be providing the entertainment. Later in the month, the Bandstand will begin another unmissable summer season of live music by the sea.

Eastbourne offers a whole host of accommodation that are both family-friendly and affordable, from self-catering apartments to cosy B&B’s. Guests can enjoy special offers including 3 nights for 2 at the East Beach Hotel, 2 nights for 2 people at The View and discounted rates such as 25% off at the Shore View (4 nights or more) and 25% off stargazing weekends at the East Beach Hotel. For those with a sweet tooth, the Best Western Lansdowne Hotel offers 2 nights for 1 plus a complimentary vintage afternoon tea.

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