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Eastbourne seafront: Your guide to summer by the seaside

There’s nothing quite like summer in Eastbourne.

With the hot sun glowing in the endless blue sky and so much to do, you won’t regret deciding to visit. 

Not sure what happens in Eastbourne? No worries. We’ve got you covered with this guide. Read on for everything you need to know for your summer by the seaside.

What is the Eastbourne seafront?

Eastbourne’s seafront is where the mainland meets the sea. There are many hotels, restaurants and attractions in the area, offering their services to the flocks of locals and visitors who come each year to soak up the gorgeous southern sunshine.

Most people are surprised to find out just how long Eastbourne’s seafront is: it's over three miles. That’s a lot of beach for you to walk along!

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Where can I stay along the Eastbourne seafront ?

Many of the town’s finest hotels are situated either on the Eastbourne seafront or close by. Either way, you’re sure to have easy access.

If you love luxurious living, you can do no better than The Grand Hotel Eastbourne. However, there are many options to fit every taste and budget . 

Where can I eat on the Eastbourne seafront?

There are lots of places for you to eat along the Eastbourne seafront. After you’ve spent the day soaking up the sun, why not dine out at one of the many restaurants in the vicinity?

Only a few of these, like The Green Bro’s or Sabaidee Thai Restaurant, sit right next to the promenade. Even so, most of Eastbourne’s restaurants are still near the seafront. Just take a short walk away from the beach and into the town centre.

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What can I do on the Eastbourne seafront ?

Before arriving, many visitors think there isn’t much to do along Eastbourne’s seafront. By the time they leave, they know first-hand just how wrong they were! Here is a short selection of activities that no summer trip to Eastbourne is complete without. 

Get a taste of Beach Life Festival

The Beach Life Music and Street Food Festival comes to the Eastbourne seafront every summer, bringing locals and visitors two days packed with live music, gourmet street food and extreme sports. With attractions for children and adults, the whole family tastes what the “beach life” is all about – making it one of the most popular events along Eastbourne’s seafront.

Try your hand at water sports

With the sun burning in the sky, summer is the perfect time to try water sports. There are plenty of ways to fill your sails along the waterfront. You could try sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more.

Buzz Active Eastbourne is a Royal Yachting Association-recognised training centre that offers these activities to all abilities. They’re right on the seafront, just next to Princes Park.

Visit Eastbourne’s seafront market

Find the finest local produce at the Eastbourne seafront market. In the summer, the market opens up and offers visitors a huge variety of different goods, ranging from olives, cheese and bread to pottery and soaps. Vendors from East Sussex and even further afield set up shop, starting at the pier and finishing at the bandstand.

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The best way to get to the Eastbourne seafront 

One of the best things about Eastbourne is how far it is from the station to the seafront. It’s just a quick five-minute drive or a 15-minute walk, so you’ll be in holiday mode almost as soon as you arrive.

Book train tickets to Eastbourne for the best start to your summer by the sea.

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