Things to do in and around Eastbourne
Eastbourne was voted Britain’s number one holiday-friendly destination in a survey by Virgin Money Travel Insurance and there are many reasons why it is well worth a visit.
Eastbourne is the perfect place to take a break from routine and to reconnect with friends, family and nature. From breathtaking coastal landmarks to a year-round programme of events and live entertainment, from heritage and culture to sport and fashion, Eastbourne has it all going on.
Eastbourne - the destination that has it all
Whether you fancy taking in a West End show or concert at Eastbourne’s fabulous bandstand, enjoying a stroll on the iconic Victorian pier, roller skating along the promenade or even having a go at some water sports, Eastbourne can offer it all.
The town centre boasts a large selection of shops, theatres, galleries, bars, clubs and restaurants. It’s also a family friendly resort – to keep the kids entertained, the Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway and Treasure Island offer plenty of entertainment, including rides, adventure golf and indoor soft play area, and there are bags of further attractions to visit within the surrounding region.
The Beacon shopping centre has just been refurbished and extended with an £85m investment to include restaurants and a cinema complex.
The Devonshire Quarter, incorporating the Congress and Devonshire Park theatres and tennis complex is also undergoing significant, multi-million pound investments to further improve the cultural and sporting offering from the town.
There is a genuine buzz around Eastbourne, so now could be the time to plan your next trip away from home for tranquility and fresh air.
You deserve a break
This award-winning seaside resort nestles at the foot of the South Downs and Beachy Head, with unbeatable walking and cycling to be enjoyed.
Located just 90 minutes from London, 25 miles from Brighton, and 17 miles from Hastings, Eastbourne attracts five million visitors each year.
Here are some of the places to stay in and around Eastbourne:
- Central Eastbourne – the heart of the town, close to the theatres, main shopping centre, iconic bandstand, Victorian pier and pebble beach
- Meads Village – gentrified, leafy district nestling at the foot of Beachy Head, with independent shops and cafes, terraced gardens and the beach huts of Holywell
- Old Town – the historic centre, packed with character, independent shops and personality, with the lush Gildredge Park and a 12th-century church and pub
- Sovereign Harbour – a prestigious marina a few miles east of Eastbourne offering an interesting mix of boats, cafes and entertainment
- South Downs – the idyllic villages of East Dean & Friston provide a gateway to the South Downs National Park, just 10 minutes by car to the West of Eastbourne
- Pevensey & Pevensey Bay – a picturesque village between Eastbourne and Bexhill, full of big skies and historic gems (the landing spot for William the Conqueror in 1066)
- Bexhill-on-Sea – a classic Victorian coastal resort with a contemporary twist, just eight miles East of Eastbourne
- St Leonards-on-Sea & Hastings – a little further East are these seaside classics, with St Leonards fast becoming a creative heartland