Enjoying more sunshine than the average town in the UK, Eastbourne is a popular seaside destination. Eastbourne increased in popularity in the Victorian times when the station was completed and became accessible from London. Today it is a friendly seaside town, that has maintained its seaside feel.
It has loads to offer, from a day trip to a weeks holiday. As part of the South Downs National park, the area is also home to the Cuckmere Valley, Seven Sisters Country Park and Beachy Head.
Eastbourne has loads to offer, from just relaxing on the beach with a picnic, to watersports and adventure golf.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
Eastbourne is a really nice alternative to Brighton, which can get quite busy and parking is often a long way from the sea front. There is lots to do both when the sun is shining and when it’s raining.
Particularly during the summer, the Weston lawns on the sea front have loads of family friendly shows and events. Our favourites are: the 999 show (free) in July – an excellent chance to sit on a police bike, get in the front of a fire engine and watch police dog displays and mountain rescues. Airbourne in August: a four day airshow (free!) ideal for little ones who love things that fly! You can watch a multitude of planes flying over the sea including the red arrows and various helicopters and loads of planes and stalls on the sea front. You can even sit in a red arrow! (warning – you may have to prise your child out of the seat when their go is over)!!
Eastbourne is also home to the Mini Railway (a massive hit with our 3 year old). The mini railway comprises a mini railway with diesel and steam trains that run every 10 mins around a large nature reservoir. The venue has a lovely cafe and a great play area. There is a lovely nature walk as well. We spent the best part of our day going round and round on the train and eating ice cream!
The Redoubt Fortress is a Napoleonic fort which is nice place to visit and has loads of activities for kids – young and old! Brilliant for dressing up in old military costumes!
If you’re looking to get wet, Eastbourne Sovereign Centre pool has a wave machine and water slides:
www.eastbourneleisurecentres.com/sovereign_centre. Princes Park has a splash pad during the summer and Treasure Island outdoor adventure park has a paddling lagoon.
Fort Fun is an aqua splash park as well as indoor soft play.
So you’ll find something to do every day – and when you want to take a break for a bit, pop into The Pavilion Tea rooms for a pot of tea and a slice of cake or if you fancy something stronger you could go to the bar in the grand hotel for a Gin!
A highly recommended seaside town!
Address: Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21.
Playground: There are playgrounds at Princes Park, Gildredge Park and Treasure Island.
Sand / pebbles: Pebbles but when the tide goes out there is plenty of sand to dig and make sand castles out of.
Cafe: Lots! Favourites are: The Beach Deck (www.thebeachdeck.co.uk), The Western View café and The Holywell Tea Chalet (www.holywellteachalet.co.uk).
Toilets: Yes, along the seafront (with baby change) and in most cafés.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, very.
Parking: It’s about 1 hour 40 mins from London by car. There is lots of parking on the seafront and neighbouring roads a short walk from the beach. To park directly on the seafront is £4.00 for over 6 hours in the summertime. You can also park in the town centre controlled zone for under 4 hours. Out of town towards Holywell the parking is free and only a short walk to the beach.
Nearest Station: Eastbourne.
Bus: Full details here: www.eastbourne.gov.uk/residents/streets-parking-and-travel/getting-to-eastbourne/bus-and-coach/.
Phone: 01323 415 415 (Visit Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre).
Email: [email protected] (Eastbourne Council).
Review by Sarah Floyd