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There is no shortage of things to do in and around Eastbourne

Officially the sunniest spot in the UK, Eastbourne was voted Britain’s number one holiday-friendly destination in a survey by Virgin Money Travel Insurance and provides many reasons why you should visit Eastbourne.

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 if events and live entertainment, from heritage and culture to sport and fashion, Eastbourne has it all going on.

Our lovely clean beach has also been featured on TV as exceptionally family friendly. KidzSafe waterproof identification wristbands are supplied free of charge so that parents can tag children with their mobile phone numbers.

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 5 million visitors each year.

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Why visit Eastbourne?

Whether you fancy taking in a West End show or concert at Eastbourne’s fabulous bandstand, enjoying a stroll on the iconic Voctorian 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 Fort Fun offer plenty of entertainment, including rides, crazy golf and go-karting, 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.

Find out where to eat, drink and be merry… We’ve provided you with lots of information on the area and choice of holiday accommodation across the most sought-after areas:

  • Central Eastbourne – The heart of the town, close to the theatres, the shopping, bandstand, pier and beach
  • Meads Village – Gentrified, leafy district which nestles at the foot of Beachy Head at the far West of town, with independent shops and cafes and with terraced gardens and the beach huts of Holywell
  • Old Town – the historic centre, packed with character, independent shops and personality, with Gildredge Park and 12th-century church and pub
  • East Dean and Friston – The idyllic villages which provide the gateway to the South Downs National Park, 10 minutes by car to the West of Eastbourne
  • Willingdon & Jevington – More quintessentially English villages which feel a million miles away and yet around 10 minutes from Eastbourne, with Drusillas Zoo and Middle Farm close by
  • Pevensey and 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)
  • Sovereign Harbour – a prestigious marina a few miles east of Eastbourne offering an interesting mix of boats, cafes and entertainment
  • Bexhill-on-Sea – a classic Victorian coastal resort with a contemporary twist, just 8 miles East of Eastbourne

Photography by Will Gudgeon