Eastbourne may be best known for its beach, but this resort town has plenty more to offer than sand and sea. Home to everything from hiking trails to spectacular art galleries, whether you’re taking a solo trip or have the whole family tagging along, you’re sure to find something to keep you busy during your visit! Here are 10 of the best things to do in Eastbourne over the year.
The Coastal Culture Trail
Eastbourne’s Coastal Culture Trail runs along the East Sussex coastline and hosts a trio of award-winning art galleries in an 18-mile stretch. Choose between Towner Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Hastings Contemporary – or make a day of it and tackle all three!
Walks on the Southern Network
Fancy getting some fresh air and stretching your legs? Then check out our list of walks and hiking trails from across our network. We’ve collaborated with AllTrails to offer you a variety of routes from day-long treks to leisurely strolls. No matter your level of walking ability, we’ve got something to suit you.
Movie buffs looking for things to do in the Eastbourne area will find lots to delight! Eastbourne Pier’s Victorian-style backdrop has lent itself to British films including Brighton Rock and the soon-to-be-released Vindication Swim.
Eastbourne Marina Lots of people are surprised to hear Eastbourne Marina is the biggest manmade marina in Europe. Why not take a trip down to the Sovereign Harbour and do a spot of shopping before enjoying a cup of coffee or a delicious lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants along the waterfront.
The Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters is another popular filming spot in Eastbourne. You’ll recognise it from blockbuster classics such as Pearl Harbour, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and more!
Beachy Head is the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK and offers stunning views and beautiful scenery. Its dramatic cliffs have been featured in a number of films and TV shows, including James Bond and Luther. A popular hiking spot, you can walk from the bottom of Beachy Head or climb to the highest peak. If you need to refuel after, make your way to the Beachy Head Pub for a cold pint and some classic pub grub.
Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park
If you’re seeking things to do in Eastbourne that suit all the family, look no further than the Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park. This popular attraction offers miniature trains scaled down to 1/8 of their usual size, making them just big enough for kids and grownups alike to hop onboard for a trip around the country park, which is almost a mile long! In fact, why not make it a day of train-filled fun and book your tickets to Eastbourne so you can start planning your trip.
First constructed in 1935, Eastbourne Bandstand is a must-see piece of the town’s history. Its design is truly one of a kind, with a semi-circular shape and domed roof made from bright turquoise tiles. The bandstand continues to offer live music, hosting around 150 concerts each year.
Royal Hippodrome Theatre
The Royal Hippodrome Theatre is the oldest in Eastbourne and offers the longest running summer season. With entertainment suitable for people of all ages, it doesn’t matter whether you’re seeing a play with your 5-year-old daughter or your 95-year-old Grandad, you’re sure to find something for every member of the family!
Eastbourne’s Lightning Fibre Ice Rink
As December rolls around, why not get into the festive spirit with a visit to Eastbourne’s Lightning Fibre Ice Rink?