Being a seaside town has some obvious perks and Beachy Head really capitalises on this.
This is a fantastic place to visit for so many reasons. A casual stroll with friends or family can be met with a relaxing spot of lunch or tea if you venture into one of the many quaint cafes along the way. Despite the cold weather, let nothing take away from the tranquil silence that surrounds this beach. It is far quieter than Brighton’s central beach which is filled with bars, clubs and other outdoor leisure facilities. If you’re looking for a calming getaway from the busy city life, Beachy Head should be one of the first places that comes to mind.
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Another fantastic area to explore is the Birling Gap. Located just across from Beachy Head. With a similar sort of vibe to the Seven Sisters Country Park, Birling Gap offers a site of grandeur and atmospheric elegance. This is the same place where Kevin Costner road his boat ashore in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves!
The Hippodrome Theatre
Known for putting on plays suitable for all audience, the Hippodrome has truly cemented itself as an iconic theatre in Eastbourne. Most recently, David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon is a fantastic day out for your children and has been getting very positive reviews. The theatre is also known for its Ghost Tours and Walks! You will see areas not usually seen by the public whilst hearing famous ghost stories about the Hippodrome as well as other famous theatres.
The Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park
Probably the quirkiest and strangest site on the list, the Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park. Rides are less than £2 each, the venue is equipped with a dainty café, kids play area and the opportunity to have a nice walk around the lake. This is a place for all the family and is especially good if you’re stuck for ideas to bring the kids.
With the yearly membership also being very reasonably priced at £13.50, this is a perfect way to spend those lazy Sundays!
Museum of Shops
If you’re the sort of person that likes to wonder through historic lanes and get utterly lost, then the Museum of Shops is somewhere you have to find (ironically). The small, intricate shop holds a plethora of trinkety treasures, with three floors dedicated to shops from a bygone era you’re sure to lose yourself. You’ll be saying to yourself “I remember this! I can’t believe we don’t have these anymore!” if it’s nostalgia you’re after, this is the ultimate throwback.
Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum
A world of discovery awaits, with fascinating, moving, fun and inspiring exhibitions, experiences, events and activities on Eastbourne seafront. There are plenty of secrets to uncover within the fortress and the museum boasts a proud array of British history spanning over 200 years. Built to keep Napoleon’s armies out of Britain, the museum sheds light on the harsh realities of war and many artefacts uncovered within this period are displayed here.
The café within the complex is also makes for a lovely relaxation period, plus the mugs have moustaches on them, always a bonus.
Brighton wouldn’t be Brighton without a pier in every seaside district. Whether you fancy a walk on the pier, or prefer to admire the sunset views, this historic pier is has it all. An array of shops bristle the walkway and even includes a small bar which has recently been renovated. A glass-blowing shop also seems to attract many tourists, as you can request for bespoke glasswork to be personalised and made just for you! Some people complain that piers have become too commercialised and this is where Eastbourne pier surpasses others with its acknowledgement to the beauty of past piers.
If it’s concerts and free music you’re into, Eastbourne’s Bandstand is the perfect venue for your musical fix. The event attracts people from all walks of life, many seem to be drawn in off the street to enjoy a few minutes or even a few hours of live music. The bandstand itself is very classy and the East End music that is usually played adds to the already fantastic atmosphere. A great place to come if you’re stuck for ideas, and there’s always a crowd!
Are there any sites or attractions that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!