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Coastal Holidays in Eastbourne

Eastbourne is officially the sunniest place in the UK and is also the UKs number one holiday friendly destination. Eastbourne is set in the South Downs countryside, and so makes an ideal base if you’re planning on discovering this beautiful place. With award winning beaches, 5 miles of stunning promenade, breathtaking scenery and of course the magnificent Beachy Head, you really couldn’t find a nicer place for your holidays.

There is so much going on in Eastbourne, with so much to see and do, with lots of attractions and activities, you can also discover 1066 castles, museums, art galleries, parks, gardens, get the chance to sample the local produce (which is divine), visit farmers markets and vineyards, superb restaurants, bistros, wine bars, traditional pubs and great shopping opportunities.

There is something going on all the time in Eastbourne, there really is something for everyone here. Eastbourne hosts many top events including, AEGON International Tennis Championship, which is held at Devonshire Park and is said to be the pre Wimbledon grass event (anyone for tennis?)
 Airbourne is Eastbourne’s annual free air show and is the biggest air front sea show in the world you can watch aerobatics and demonstrations, a great family attraction that continues for 4 days, perfect entertainment!
 Magnificent Motors is another fantastic attraction which celebrates the vehicles of times gone by, great for all the family, and a chance to remember the good old days of motoring.
The extreme sports festival is fantastic fun and is one of the biggest extreme sport festivals in the UK, there are some fantastic attractions including air, land and water sports some of the sports you will see include, zorbing, jet ski displays, sailing, in line skating, land yachting, G boards, kite buggies, kite surfing and kite flyers to mention just a few (tiring stuff), you can also learn to windsurf at Spray water sport centre and there’s an indoor swimming pool at the Sovereign centre.
Another popular event is the annual beer festival which offers Eastbourne’s local brews.

Kids will love what’s on offer in Eastbourne and you must visit Drusilla’s zoo, where you will see hundreds of exotic animals including monkeys, otters, penguins and meerkats, you really can get close to nature here, and you can also ride on Thomas the tank engine, brilliant fun for the kids!

Eastbourne’s main attraction has got to be the outstanding beaches, that are beautiful, golden and award winning, with clean, clear water and are perfect for building sandcastles with or just relaxing with a good book what more could you ask for? Feel the sand between your toes as you take a gentle stroll along the miles of golden, sandy beaches (superb)
There are many fantastic beaches in Eastbourne including, Grand Parade, Hollywell retreat, Marine parade beaches, Redoubt beaches, Royal Parade beaches and Harbour reach.
Eastbourne offers fantastic seafront attractions including water sports, theme parks for the kids, mini golf, stunning gardens, Victorian pier, leisure pool, Napoleonic fortress, Sovereign harbour, boat trips to Beachy Head, Dotto train and a 1930s bandstand, where summer night concerts are held during the summer months.

After a busy day discovering Eastbourne you’ll want to have some refreshments or a meal and Eastbourne offers many fantastic places to eat including, superb restaurants serving food from all over the world, catering for all tastes and budgets, cafes, ice cream parlours, Victorian tea rooms, bistros, traditional pubs serving good honest hearty meals and the good old fish and chips can be found in many of Eastbourne’s fish and chip parlours and did you know Eastbourne is home of the banoffi pie?

If it’s night life you’re looking for  Eastbourne won’t disappoint, when day turns to night the fun doesn’t end, Eastbourne still buzzes, there are many clubs, pubs, bars, cinemas and theatres, so you’ll never be bored here.

Eastbourne is a shopper’s paradise with a fantastic town centre with all the famous high street names you would expect to see in a good town, also many department stores, designer boutiques, antique shops and gift shops selling unusual items that you couldn’t find anywhere else. You really can shop till you drop in Eastbourne.

If you love art and culture you’re into then you must visit Eastbourne, with contemporary touring exhibitions at the Towner, which is the hot new gallery here, there are also many independent art galleries in Little Chelsea with its Victorian shopping streets. There are also many theatres in Eastbourne showing west end musicals, comedy, live bands, ballet and plays, many of the bandstands hold concerts which are really entertaining and you must visit Glyndebourne opera house and Borde Hill gardens for outdoor concerts.

If you love history you love then you must visit some of the stunning castles around Eastbourne including, Herstmonceaux castle which is set in beautiful, tranquil surroundings and is a 15th century moated castle, set amongst Elizabethan gardens and parkland. You must also discover Battle Abbey, Battle and Hastings on the Sussex coast, which is made up of the old town and the new town, Hastings is very much known for the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and you have got to see Hastings Castle which is absolutely magnificent and Pevensey Castle equally as stunning.

If you want the great outdoors, you’re going to love it here as the South Downs national park starts in Eastbourne, at the foot of Beachy Head. On the South Downs you will experience breathtaking views and stunning countryside, follow the South Downs Way which is a stunning 90 mile ancient trail and is great for walking, cycling and horse riding, you can also take a guided walk or f you feel confident go on a self guided walk, The South Downs cater for all abilities whether you want a 2 mile walk or a 20 mile walk, all abilities are catered for here.
Beachy Head is a national beauty spot and is the UKs highest sea cliff, measuring 530 feet high, with breathtaking views over Eastbourne and the English Channel. Wheelchair users can also experience these views by using the accessible peace path on Beachy Head. Go on sightseeing tours of the South Downs, or take a boat trip to the famous lighthouse.
Take some refreshments in the Beachy Head pub here you can have a drink, enjoy a meal and admire the spectacular views over Eastbourne.
In October runners from all over the world descend on the South Downs and take part in the Beachy Head marathon, which is a 26 mile course across this famous spot.
The Seven Sisters country park is a must see for visitors, here you can enjoy forest walks, village pubs and great family attractions. You will even get the chance to canoe along the Chuckmere Valley, and admire the chalk hillside figures, take a stroll down to the sea and admire the stunning chalk cliffs of the magnificent Seven Sisters.

Whatever type of accommodation you’re looking for Eastbourne has them all from stunning hotels for that luxury holiday to B and Bs and guest houses, self catering cottages/flats/apartments, caravan and camping sites and many holiday parks, and with many accommodations accepting dogs why not bring your pooch on holiday with you (well, even you pooch looks forward to a holiday)

So if you’re looking for a holiday destination that offers the coast and country with plenty of great attractions for all the family, look no further than Eastbourne, the sunniest place in the UK, with its award winning beaches, and the stunning South Downs on your doorstep, you’ve got the best of both worlds here, a truly beautiful place for that special holiday, you’ve been dreaming of.


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