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Beaches in Eastbourne

Eastbourne is famous for its clean, safe bathing beaches and its two-mile promenade leading past the pier, the spectacular carpet gardens, the famous 1930s Bandstand, the historic Napoleonic towers and seafront cafés.

Eastbourne is well established within the top ten UK beaches;our beaches are varied and have something to offer everyone, they are shingle beaches with sandy stretches at mid to low tide. 

Visit Eastbourne's award winning seafront for clean seas and Quality Coast winning beaches. Choose from the main resort beach which provides safe bathing zones and kidzsafe wristband scheme, the idyllic Holywell and Falling Sands offering rock pools full of marine life at low tide, water sports off the East beaches or secluded beaches along the Sussex Heritage Coast.

Airbourne:Eastbourne International Airshow

17 - 20 August 2017
Eastbourne Seafront - FREE Entry

Tourism Event of the Year 2015/16 at the Beautiful South Awards, Highly Commended in the 2016 VisitEngland Award and voted the UK's Best FREE Airshow by Airscene, Airbourne celebrates 25 years of airshow excellence in 2017.

Attracting huge crowds, Eastbourne's International Airshow boasts a 2 mile flying display line along Eastbourne seafront and regularly features the very best in military and civilian aviation display teams including the Red Arrows, Typhoon and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, plus many more.

Ground displays open 10am - 6pm daily, with flying from lunchtime until approx. 5pm.

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Airbourne dates for your diary!

16 - 19 August 2018
15 - 18 August 2019
13 - 16 August 2020

Beachy Head - Birling Gap

The Sussex coast claims to be the sunniest place in the UK and the perfect place for a great day out.

Visit Beachy Head cliffs in Eastbourne. The UK's highest chalk sea cliff features at the western end of Eastbourne seafront in the South Downs National Park and Seven Sisters Country Park.

The red and white striped Eastbourne Lighthouse, brought into service in 1902, is an iconic landmark on the British coastline sitting 500 feet below the cliffs of Beachy Head. The lighthouse still operates at night to guide passing mariners, its light providing an effective range of up to 8 nautical miles across the English Channel.

The spectacular cliffs tops of Beachy Head are a must see for all visitors to Eastbourne and the South Downs. Walk up from the western end of Eastbourne seafront or cycle from the start of the South Downs Way.

Birling Gap offers a chalk and shingle beach great for rock pooling and fossil hunting at low tide. With a south west facing beach it is very popular with surfers and kite fliers too so really whatever sort of thing you fancy doing there's plenty of it here!
The 50 steps from the car park lead down to a safe spot for paddling .

There are excellent walks on the South Downs Way over the Seven Sisters hills, and this area is really populous with butterflies.

Theatres in Eastbourne

Theatres in Eastbourne include the Congress Theatre, Devonshire Park Theatre, Royal Hippodrome, Winter Garden and the Underground Theatre. Offering a year round programme of shows including touring West End musicals, drama, comedy, live music, children’s shows and so much more.

Tennis in Eastbourne

Devonshire Park - the home of tennis on the south coast
Aegon International 23 June - 1 July 2017

Just moments from the beach, Devonshire Park is a world class tennis venue, hosting six major tennis tournaments each year, and home of the Aegon International.

The 2017 Aegon International Eastbourne sees the return of the ATP 250 men’s event to Devonshire Park, combining with the existing WTA Premier women’s tournament.

The ladies contest a 32 player Singles draw in qualifying, 48 player Singles main draw, and 16 team Doubles draw;and the men contesting a 16 player Singles draw in qualifying, a 28 Singles main draw, and 16 team Doubles draw.

Hot Air Balloon Festival at Hampden Park

Outdoor Event, Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jul 2017
FREE Entry

A brilliant and brand new event for Eastbourne this year arrives with possibly up to 25 hot air balloons visiting Hampden Park. A first for the South East.

The balloons will fly at dawn and dusk on Saturday and at dawn on Sunday –weather permitting of course.

Other attractions

Other attractions include the Sovereign Harbour Marina which has a wide selection of restaurants, bars and shops. There is also the Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park.

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