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Breathtaking views of Beachy Head, Eastbourne

Things to Do in Eastbourne

 

Eastbourne is bursting with so many things to see and do; you might want to extend your visit to fit more of the activities in.

There are plenty of attractions and fun things to do for all ages. From theme parks and zoos to exploring the area's history, discover 1066 castles, museums and art galleries.  Relax and enjoy the views of Beachy Head or our parks and gardens, sample the local produce from our vineyards and farmers markets, enjoy fun filled trips to the seaside or South Downs National Park, spend the day shopping, then soak up the local atmosphere in one of our many restaurants, wine bars or traditional pubs.

Great for Families

The Observatory Science Centre

The Observatory Science Centre

Hailsham

The Observatory Science Centre is one of the leading """"hands-on"""" science centres with over 100 exhibits.

The Village

Meads Village

Eastbourne

A quaint village in Eastbourne full of charm, inbetween the town centre and Beachy Head. Browse shops or enjoy stunning views across the seafront from the upper promenade.

Spa Valley Railway

Spa Valley Railway

Eastbourne

Visit us in the heart of South East to enjoy a wonderful ride through the High Weald countryside. Experience the nostalgic and memorable sights, sounds and smells of a working heritage railway.

Trampolining

Urban Jump

Eastbourne

Urban Jump offers something for everyone. We have trampolines, a soft play area and an Urban Rainforest Experience all under one roof.

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

Eastbourne

A railway adventure in Eastbourne. Travel for nearly a mile on the 1/8th scale miniature trains. There's a nature walk around the lake, adventure playground, model railways, cafe and gift shop.

Soft Play at Fort Fun

Fort Fun

Eastbourne

Fort Fun provides a multitude of indoor and outdoor amusement, exhilarating play areas, mini golf adventures, bouncy fun and so much more, all on the beautiful Eastbourne seafront.

Go Wild! At Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park

Alfriston

Award winning Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic family day out that includes the best small zoo in Europe where you’ll come face to face with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas.

Shinewater Park

Shinewater Park

Eastbourne

Facilities include a children's playground, BMX and skate park, all-weather multi-use court and field for informal sports use.

Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey

Battle

Stand where, according to legend, King Harold was struck in the eye by an arrow and the course of English history changed forever.

Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory

Eastbourne

Explore Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Eastbourne

Join The Adventure - If You Dare! Our pirate themed adventure park & its unique mix of indoor & outdoor attractions offer you a great day out - Whatever the weather!

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Bowling and Sector 7 Quasar

Eastbourne

With 20 bowling lanes, medieval themed Laser Quest arena, arcade and seven American Pool tables there’s something for the whole family to do.

Bluebells at the Lower Pond

Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

Polegate

Enjoy carpets of white wood anemones and scented English bluebells in this 23 acre ancient oak wood with 7 interesting walks to choose from across 3 working farms. Includes walk designed for mobility difficulties.

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne

Eastbourne Pier opened in 1872 and is a sought after film and TV location used in Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging, and TV series including Poirot, A Place in the Sun, Art Attack, Flog It, and BBC CCTV.

Dotto Train on Eastbourne seafront

Dotto - Eastbourne’s Mini Train

Eastbourne

The Dotto land trains run along Eastbourne seafront, stopping at lots of great tourist spots along the way. Hop on and off as much as you like, all day.

The lily pond at Bateman's, East Sussex.

Bateman's

Etchingham

Bateman’s is the 17th century home of The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling. The rooms are much as he left them with his Rolls Royce in the garage, a watermill at the bottom of the garden & a 300 acre estate to explore.

Eastbourne Bandstand Evening Concert

Eastbourne Bandstand

Eastbourne

Eastbourne is proud of its well preserved 1930's bandstand. Here you can enjoy a variety of concerts from Tribute Bands and 1812 Firework Concerts to Military Bands

Princes Park boating

Lake

Eastbourne

Boating lake in the Green Flag award winning Princes Park. Features canoeing and windsurfing lessons for beginners organised by Spray Watersports (located across the road in Royal Parade).

Princes Park

Princes Park

Eastbourne

Green Flag award winning Princes Park features a range of gardens, children's play, boating lake and wildlife.

Splash Pad Princes Park

Splash Pad

Eastbourne

A free children's playground in Princes Park featuring a whole host of water jets, sprinklers and fountains for fantastic water based fun.

Fun in the pool

Sovereign Centre

Eastbourne

The facility offers a 88 station top of the range Life Fitness Gym, Fun Pool with waves, flume and a Jacuzzi, 25 metre lane swimming pool, diving pool and training pool.

Sovereign Park

Sovereign Park

Eastbourne

This Park aims to preserve some of the shingle beach habitat that was once common along the south coast until the increase in urban development and other pressures. There is a picnic site equipped with tables at the west end of the Park.

Heritage & Museums

Filming at Beachy Head, Eastbourne

Beachy Head

Eastbourne

One of Eastbourne's most famous TV and film locations, used in Holywood blockbusters such as Harry Potter, James Bond, Pearl Harbour Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves, Notes on a Scandal, Wimbledon, and many TV series including Luther.

The Observatory Science Centre

The Observatory Science Centre

Hailsham

The Observatory Science Centre is one of the leading """"hands-on"""" science centres with over 100 exhibits.

Redoubt Fortress

Redoubt Fortress

Eastbourne

Discover over 200 year of history at this iconic seafront fortress, recognised by English Heritage as being of national importance.

Spa Valley Railway

Spa Valley Railway

Eastbourne

Visit us in the heart of South East to enjoy a wonderful ride through the High Weald countryside. Experience the nostalgic and memorable sights, sounds and smells of a working heritage railway.

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

Eastbourne

A railway adventure in Eastbourne. Travel for nearly a mile on the 1/8th scale miniature trains. There's a nature walk around the lake, adventure playground, model railways, cafe and gift shop.

Newhaven Fort

Newhaven Fort

Newhaven

Cloaked in mystery and protected by its impressive ramparts, Newhaven Fort has been keeping secrets safely hidden for almost 150 years.

Long Man of Wilmington

Long Man of Wilmington

Polegate

The mysterious guardian of the South Downs has baffled historians and archaeologists for years. It is signposted from the A27, between Eastbourne and Polegate and located south of the village of Wilmington.

The Wish Tower, Eastbourne

The Wish Tower

Eastbourne

One of 74 Martello Towers built along the south coast to defend against Napoleon in the early 1800's, the Wish Tower built on grassed slopes is number 73. Featuring guided tours, special events and the popular Western View cafe next door.

Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey

Battle

Stand where, according to legend, King Harold was struck in the eye by an arrow and the course of English history changed forever.

Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory

Eastbourne

Explore Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house.

Arundel Castle & Gardens West Sussex

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel

Set high on a hill in West Sussex, this great castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun. Founded at the end of the 11th Century.

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne

Eastbourne Pier opened in 1872 and is a sought after film and TV location used in Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging, and TV series including Poirot, A Place in the Sun, Art Attack, Flog It, and BBC CCTV.

The lily pond at Bateman's, East Sussex.

Bateman's

Etchingham

Bateman’s is the 17th century home of The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling. The rooms are much as he left them with his Rolls Royce in the garage, a watermill at the bottom of the garden & a 300 acre estate to explore.

Folkington Manor

Folkington Manor

Eastbourne

Folkington Manor (pronounced "Fo'ington") is a grade II* listed English country house situated in the hamlet of Folkington, in East Sussex between Lewes and Eastbourne.

Eastbourne Town Hall

Eastbourne Town Hall

Eastbourne

A fine historic building with chiming clock located in the Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea.

Alfriston Clergy House

Alfriston Clergy House

Eastbourne

Rare 14th century Wealden 'hall house' was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust in 1896. Delightful cotage garden in idyllic setting by Cuckmere River.

The Heritage Centre

Eastbourne Heritage Centre

Eastbourne

Discover Eastbourne the story of how the town developed into a fashionable, stylish, well-planned Victorian seaside resort. Visit the Heritage Centre cinema and watch films about Eastbourne.

Pevensey Castle

Pevensey Castle

Pevensey

A Roman fortress built in 4thC as a defence against Saxon pirates, includes fine west gate. Norman castle built within Roman walls contains remains of unusual keep. Tudor gun. Exhibition..

Charleston

Charleston

Eastbourne

Nestled in the South Downs, Charleston was the country meeting place for the writers, painters and thinkers known as the Bloomsbury group. It is now considered to be one of the world’s best small museums.

Eastbourne's Carpet Gardens

Carpet Gardens

Eastbourne

Eastbourne seafront’s famous colourful Carpet Gardens have provided the backdrop for numerous memorable scenes, including Little Britain’s Ladies played by Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

The Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour

Sovereign Harbour Marina

Eastbourne

Sovereign Harbour is northern Europe’s largest composite marina complex and boasts four linked harbours and the hugely popular Waterfront retail and restaurant development.

Firle Place

Firle Place

Lewes

Originally Tudor, Firle Place is the home of the Gage family and has been for over 500 years.

Stone Cross Windmill

Stone Cross Windmill

Pevensey

Stone Cross Windmill was built in 1875/6 and was in full operation up to the end of the 1930s. It fell into disrepair and eventually was taken over by Stone Cross Mill Trust with the aim of restoring it and preserving for future generations

Alfriston Heritage Centre

Alfriston Heritage Centre

Eastbourne

The Alfriston Heritage Centre is located in the Gun Room, next to St Andrews Church, on the Tye (the village green) in the centre of the historic village of Alfriston.

Exhibitions & Shows in Eastbourne

Rent the musical at Eastbourne Theatre

Theatre shows in Eastbourne

From outdoor shakespeare to the best of the West End 

Eastbourne Bandstand concerts and events

Live music at the Bandstand

Pop tributes, fireworks, kids disco, big band and more, all by the beach

Westbury Horse by Eric Ravilious - Towner Art Gallery

Exhibitions at Galleries and Museums

Latest exhibitions and contemporary art in Eastbourne

Heritage events in Eastbourne, photo by Graham Huntley

Heritage Events in Eastbourne

Historic moments, moving stories and fascinating heritage events in Eastbourne

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