12 reasons because Eastbourne is some-more sparkling than we competence think

12 reasons because Eastbourne is some-more sparkling than we competence think
The city of Eastbourne (Picture: Getty)

I took a train to Eastbourne, 19 miles along a Sussex seashore from Brighton, meditative I’d be a usually one there underneath 95 – how wrong we was.

There’s some-more to Eastbourne than mobility scooters and stately tea shops.

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Eastbourne grew as a select review due to a Duke of Devonshire. In 1859, he wanted to rise a city and allocated operative Henry Currey to pattern a travel devise – after promulgation him to Europe for inspiration.

The ensuing architectural brew is typically Victorian, with a shade of a Med, and gives Eastbourne a faded glorious ambience.

However, many H2O sports fans have detected a intensity of Eastbourne’s pretentious bay, there’s an airshow, a South Downs Way and, with Wimbledon looming, a general tennis contest provides a glorious warm-up.

Here are 12 reasons to expel off your preconceptions about crumbling, stately resorts and welcome impassioned Eastbourne.

The Pier and a Bandstand

Sunrise during Eastbourne Pier, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom, Europe
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The Duke of Devonshire non-stop a 300m-long pier in 1870. It’s built on stilts, resting in cups on a seabed to concede a whole structure to pierce when a waves get rough.

The entertainment was broken by glow in 1970 and transposed with a Atlantis Nightclub and The Waterfront Cafe – a garishly flashy venue for tea and scones.

In 2010, a post was featured in a new ‘Brighton Rock’ film, as Eastbourne has some-more duration ambience than Brighton. Production operative James Merifield said, ‘Here it already feels like we’re in a 1950s.’

Current bandstand built in 1935, singular semi-circular pattern and blue domed roof.
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The bandstand is – allegedly – a usually operative bandstand in a country, and it’s positively a busiest.

It hosts dozens of reverence acts; Lady Gaga, Queen, Frank Sinatra and Abba have all played here, and on a comfortable summer evening, it’s a good place to watch a object set.

The Bandstand was built in 1935 in a Neo-Grec style; a pleasing architecture is singular and combined from light, aquamarine faience pottery.


Johanna Konta on a courts (Picture: Getty)
Johanna Konta on a courts (Picture: Getty)

Now in a 43rd year, Aegon International Tennis contest earnings to Devonshire Park on Jun 23 and a ATP 250 men’s eventuality rejoins a WTA Premier women’s eventuality after a three-year break.

Seven of a world’s Top 10 WTA women and a hat-trick of British group will join a star-studded actor line-up.

Eastbourne’s really possess Johanna Konta, British array one, will find to fine-tune her weed justice games in a week before Wimbledon.

Tickets sell out fast, and booking is recommended.

Miniature steam railway

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Eastbourne’s Miniature Steam Railway is an epic work of love.

In 1992, Mike Wadey built a whole ‘theme park’ on his days off from a glow service, changeable 26,000 tonnes of dirt and clay to retrieve marshland.

It a family business. Mike’s mother Rachel runs a cafe, daughter Cheryl does a administration, and operative son Luke helped build a park.

It took Mike and his family 12 months to emanate a park, planting 6,000 trees. Mike and Luke built 7 steam and dual diesel locomotives, that are prudent recreations of famous trains.

Mike and his family are immortalised in a array of tales by Thomas The Tank Engine author Christopher Awdry.

Beachy Head

beachy head
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The UK’s tip marker sea precipice rises above Eastbourne’s clearly everlasting promenade.

On a headland, there’s a good pub and an even improved view, nonetheless we find a ambience during a 530ft precipice corner rather melancholy.

Beachy Head is a eastern starting indicate for a Seven Sisters walk, along a cliffside over a 7 high hills. Follow it to yomp or – in my case, gallumph – all a approach to Seaford.

If we don’t imagination walking up, bound on a City Sightseeing bus, that runs from a Pier adult to Beachy Head, Birling Gap, East Dean (with a fab Tiger Inn), and behind to town.

Redoubt Fortress and Pavilion

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Redoubt Fortress is a excellent instance of an early 19th century Georgian fort. It houses a Military Museum of Sussex, with collections of a Royal Sussex Regiment, that was made in 1701.

Nextdoor, The Pavilion explores what life was like along a Seven Sisters in a giveaway exhibition, Living On The Edge: 8,000 Years By The Sea.

The Azimuth sculpture, combined by Patrick Seaman in 2016, conjures adult images of prolonged mislaid shipwrecks and a secrets of a coast, in cleared adult driftwood.

Towner Gallery

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The Towner Art Gallery has a neat complicated exterior, with a excellent collection of paintings by artist Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) in a world.

Ravilious prisoner a impression and beauty of a South Downs landscape in his work.

On a tip floor, there’s a minimalist cafeteria with a patio looking out towards a Downs.

Fun for kids

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Set in atmospheric parkland, Treasure Island has a paddling lagoon, Long John Silver’s plague with slides, and a zip wire, while a Pirates Adventure Golf provides 18 holes of fun for all a family.

Further east, Fort Fun offers unconstrained indoor and outward amusement, refreshing play areas, mini-golf adventures and buoyant palace fun.

Gay Pride

Eastbourne celebrates a initial happy honour festival during a Love Is Love Mardi Gras on Jul 22.

It starts during 1pm from Langney Point Esplanade and sashays along a promenade to Princes Park where a fun starts during 2pm with a ‘celebration of equality, farrago and families’.

Abba Magic will perform, along with X Factor Finalist Charlie Healy (The Risk), Kyle Finn, Scarlet Fantastic, and some-more including Helen Jackson Ward as Adele.

Watery sports

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In a summer, a surfer dudes come down in their camper vans and suffer a good waves crashing onto Eastbourne’s pebbly beach.

Buzz Active, located on a beach out easterly from a Pier, nearby Princes Park, offers boat sailing, powerboating, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing and raft building.

Four theatres

Rehearsing for this afternoon’s cover unison during a Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne! Playing Strauss, Mozart and Mendelssohn 🎻 #londonphilharmonicorchestra #eastbourne #chamber #music

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Eastbourne boasts 4 theatres.

The Winter Garden was built in a suggestion of a Crystal Palace and stages concerts and some-more while a Congress Centre undergoes renovation. It’s rickety from a outside, though a interior has good duration charm.

The Devonshire Park Theatre, with a exuberant interior, is one of a best examples of a tiny Victorian theatre in a country.

The Royal Hippodrome non-stop in 1883. Among those behaving before WW1 were Marie Lloyd, Ellen Terry and Harry Houdini, who done a famous shun from Eastbourne troops cells.


he Eastbourne seafront hosts a second day of a 24th annual Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow
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Airbourne is a free, four-day general atmosphere uncover hold each August.

It has a two-mile drifting arrangement line along Eastbourne seafront and facilities a best in troops and municipal aviation arrangement teams, a Red Arrows, Typhoon and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Sovereign Harbour Marina

#sovereignharbour #eastbourne #beautiful #scenery

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The jetty is gigantic; it’s northern Europe’s largest synthetic marina, with 4 harbours related by a network of walkways and footbridges tranquil by trade lights.

There are many waterside restaurants, and intelligent unit blocks – some made like ships.

The Waterfront has an considerable operation of shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants and bars and we can book boat trips and charters.

The Marina is a prolonged travel from a centre, so burst on a Dotto, a micro-train, that trundles a whole approach along a Prom, from Holywell Retreat underneath Beachy Head to a Sovereign Harbour.

How to get there:

From Brighton, a No12 ‘Coaster’ train takes about an hour.

The No.13X Tourist Trail train sets off each hour, 9.15am-5.40pm Monday to Saturday. On Sunday there’s a train 3 times a day. The track takes in Birling Gap and Beachy Head, so be certain to lay on a tip rug for a fantastic view.

A Saver ticket, current all day, costs £6.50 from a driver, or £4.70 online

Trains from London take 80 mins and cost £21.30 for an off-peak day lapse (with Network railcard, £32.30 without).

Find out some-more about Eastbourne at visiteastbourne.com

Where to eat:

Eastbourne is packaged with restaurants, pubs and cafes, quite in a centre, between a railway hire and a Pier.

Head for Sovereign Harbour Marina where a Seasons Brasserie serves juicy Mediterranean dishes.

Where to stay:

Stay during a Grand Hotel, like Claude Debussy did in 1905 when his personal life was in turmoil.

He worked on a final drafts of his impressionistic masterpiece La Mer there. Bed and breakfast in a Deluxe room starts from £215.

A some-more reasonable choice is a Shore View Hotel, with prices per chairman starting during £44.

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