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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

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.

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 Pier

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne

Eastbourne Pier has a variety of shops, a chippy, cafe, tea rooms, Atlantis nightclub, fishing and fantastic views of the English Channel.

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.

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.

Aerial View

The Observatory Science Centre

Hailsham

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

Beachy Head Countryside Centre

Beachy Head Countryside Centre

Eastbourne

Beachy Head Countryside Centre is situated at Beachy Head, a renowned beauty spot with incredible views. The Countryside Centre has an excellent gift shop, Downland Experience giving information about the geology and history.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Buzz Active

Buzz Active Outdoor Sports Centre

Eastbourne

Buzz Active offers a variety of water based activities for everyone. Courses range from sailing to windsurfing, kayaking to powerboating. Come and try one of our taster sessions or take part in a course and learn something new today.

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.

Hampden Park

Hampden Park

Eastbourne

Sports and recreation facilities include those for football, rugby, cricket, indoor and outdoor bowls, tennis, children's playground and BMX skate facility. The northern part of the Park has a large lake, shady lawns and area of woodland.

Up close with the animals

Spring Barn Farm Park

Eastbourne

Meet all your favourite farmyard friends up close at daily animal activities sessions, then head outside for adventure play! Scramble across Treetop Towers, bounce on giant jumping pillows, and race on peddle go karts!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

The Story of Eastbourne

The Story of Eastbourne

Eastbourne

The Story of Eastbourne exhibition and heritage hub tells the story of Eastbourne through the eyes of the real people who lived it, as well as providing an information hub for heritage.

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.

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.

Aerial View

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

Firle Place

Firle Place

Lewes

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

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.

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 Town Hall

Eastbourne Town Hall

Eastbourne

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

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.

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.

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 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.

Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds

Hailsham

Experience the peace and tranquility of this 15th century moated castle set among carefully maintained Elizabethan gardens and parkland.

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.

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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