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Our Guide to a Day Out in Eastbourne

Katie Da Cunha Lewin

Eastbourne might be a little less showy than other seaside towns in the same are, but it certainly has enough to see and do to make it well worth a trip. Here are a few of our ideas for a lovely day out.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Visit Beachy Head
 
For a beautiful viewpoint, you’ll want to head to the chalky cliffs of Beachy Head, which are situated a short way away from the town. Beachy Head is the highest sea-cliff in England, making it a wonderful spot for amazing views and picnics. There also many walking routes that you can choose from if you want to explore more of the coast. 
 
Explore Towner Art Gallery
 
If you want a bit more culture on your trip, then look no further than the contemporary gallery space the Towner Art Gallery. The gallery specialises in exhibitions that think about space and place, specifically relating to the natural environment and the Eastbourne’s own geography. Hosting a range of exhibitions, events and talks, there is always something interesting on. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wander down Eastbourne Pier
 
No trip to a British seaside town is complete without a visit to a seaside pier. Eastbourne’s charming little pier still has an amusement arcade, shops and even a nightclub. If you get a little thirsty or peckish there is also a tearoom and cafes where you can stop and enjoy the view. 
 
Wander Sovereign Harbour
 
The beautiful Soverign Harbour is actually four interconnected harbours, boasting an attractive walkway filled with shops and restaurants. Here you can walk around and admire the boats—and if you catch the bug, you could even buy one at a boat sale! There are plenty of places to eat or grab a drink, or for a more unusual activity, between October and March you can play the popular French game Petanque at their court.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Take a trip to the beach 
 
For a relaxed day, why not make a day of it at one of the beaches you can find in the area. With over 3 miles of sandy beach, you can find the perfect spot to sit and take in the sun, go for a paddle, or read your book. Certain spots like the Main Resort beach offer very safe swimming for younger children, whilst Marine Parade Beach are great for watersports. You can see more advice here, or simply see what you feel like when you get there! 
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