Widely famed for its stunning coastline, elegant Victorian and Edwardian houses and as the gateway to the beautiful South Downs, modern-day Eastbourne has more than ever to offer…
Whether it’s a ramble through the breath-taking countryside of the South Downs National Park, a seafront promenade or a stroll along the pier, Eastbourne offers every opportunity to relax the mind and invigorate the body.
The more energetic can test themselves with one of the UK’s most challenging off-road endurance races. The ‘Beachy Head Marathon’ was formerly known as the ‘Seven Sisters’, with the route taking in the stunning coastline along with the undulating Downs and picturesque villages.
Top tip: there’s also a half marathon and 10k route for those less inclined towards a full marathon. The views are still as good!
The area of Eastbourne now known as Old Town was one of four original farming hamlets that pre-date the Victorian housing boom.
Bourne village – as it was then known – features a 12th century pub, The Lamb Inn, the beautiful St Mary the Virgin church, a traditional shopping parade, as well as the pretty Motcombe gardens and lake. Centuries on, Old Town remains one of Eastbourne’s most desirable areas to live, with access to good schools and amenities.
With a positive plethora of eateries, bars and pubs, the town has something to satisfy all tastes. Relax at Bistrot Pierre and enjoy the French style menu as well as the panoramic sea views – afternoon tea is popular here too.
If it’s all Greek to you, then .gr/eat greek deli & cuisine is the place to visit, whilst pizza and pasta lovers have several highly regarded venues to choose from. Head to The Beach Deck and, as the name suggests, relax right on Eastbourne seafront. Meanwhile, for those in search of fine dining, try the Mirabelle or Garden restaurants at the Grand Hotel – the former delivering cutting-edge, award-winning gastronomy whilst The Garden Restaurant dedicates itself to serving the highest standard traditional English cuisine.
If it’s high-street names you want, then The Beacon is one of Eastbourne’s top retail destinations. Parking is plentiful and if you need a break from retail therapy, there’s a wide selection of cafés available to rest awhile.
For lovers of a farmer’s market, take an outing to East Dean Village where there’s a bustling market every Wednesday with a wonderful choice of local produce, arts and crafts. One not to miss is the Enterprise Shopping Centre – packed full of independent stores offering a boutique style shopping experience, it’s a delightful place to both shop and eat, and on page nine, Emily Sanders the Centre's Marketing & Events expert, gives you a taste of what you can expect from a visit.
Aside from the sheer joy of living on the coast with its unlimited access to beautiful beaches, there’s plenty more to keep the whole family entertained. The Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park is much more than just a ride or three on the miniature locomotives.
Visitors can enjoy a walk all round the five-acre site before trying not to get lost in the maze, and the adventure playground is the perfect way for young legs to blow off a bit of steam! More outdoor activity is to be found at Treasure Island, this pirate-themed adventure park is always a massive hit with the kids! However, whilst we’re known as one of the sunniest places in the UK to live, occasionally indoor entertainment needs to be considered. Look no further than the Sovereign Centre. Here there’s something for everyone: a gym, wave pool, water flume, classes… What are you waiting for?
From antiques to art galleries, architectural brilliance to soaring sculptures, Eastbourne boasts much to satisfy the palettes of those in search of arts, culture and entertainment. The Birley Centre and the Congress are renowned performing arts theatres, whilst the Printers Playhouse is the place to go for live music.
The historical art deco Eastbourne Bandstand is an exceptionally popular venue, playing host to numerous performers, live music in the sunshine is always the best kind! Aside from the town’s bigger art gallery, the Towner, (pictured) Eastbourne has several thriving independent galleries, amongst which is the popular Nigel Greaves Gallery, situated behind the Grand Hotel