8 reasons you should visit Eastbourne

8 reasons you should visit Eastbourne

As residents of Eastbourne we were devastated following the recent fire that destroyed the town’s iconic pier. The Grade II listed building is expected to be rebuilt, with the potential of re-opening before Christmas and the part of the pier that was saved could hopefully be accessed by the public again as early as next month. While the destruction of the pier may dissuade holidaymakers from visiting the town – dubbed the sunshine coast – there are many other attractions that make the area a great place to visit.

1. Bandstand

Putting on over 140 concerts a year, the Bandstand offers a variety of different events including tribute shows, 1812 firework concerts and themed nights.

The venue has featured in television programmes including Little Britain and Foyle’s War and the film Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging.

2. Theatres

Many famous faces, including Dawn French, Jon Richardson and Paul Hollywood will be putting on shows at one of the town’s four council-owned theatres over the coming months and Lee Evans recently tested out his next comedy routine with a preview show at the Congress Theatre.

Productions have also come to Eastbourne straight from the West End in recent years.

3. Redoubt Fortress

Built to defend the coast from Napoleon’s forces, the Redoubt houses the largest military collection in the south of England. Entry to the parade ground, the gun platform and the brilliant vintage themed café is free.

4. Beachy Head

The UK’s highest chalk cliff offers stunning scenic views across Eastbourne.

5. Sovereign Harbour

With a selection of restaurants, a retail park and a busy marina, Sovereign Harbour is a great place to visit. Visitors have even spotted seals in the nearby waters over the years, as the creatures travel in and out of the harbour’s lock gates.

6. Seven Sisters Country Park

Appealing to nature lovers, the Seven Sisters Country Park offers more scenic views of the area and is a great place for a stroll. There’s plenty of nature trails to follow with lots of wildlife to observe in the area.

7. Holywell

At low tide many rock pools can be found on the coastline at Holywell, which is situated at the foot of the South Downs. It’s a great activity for nature lovers or those with children and the family can travel in style as the Dotto train stops in the area.

8. Seasonal events

The town plays host to classic car shows, the Eastbourne International tennis tournament and a local beer festival. Another popular event is Eastbourne Airbourne, which runs over four days.

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