Things to do

You might simply want to laze on the beach all day.

Or work your way through the dozens of flavours at our delicious Italian-style ice cream parlour.

Then again, you might want an action-packed holiday.

Whatever your type of break, here are a few of our favourite things to do....

Photo by Steve Slater

The bucket list

Here are some starters for your holiday to-do list.  Check out our outdoor fun, new experiences and family fun pages for more ideas.

  • Enjoy fish and chips on the beach – try Qualisea on Terminus Road
  • Do the Dotto – our seafront mini-train travels between Holywell at the west side of Eastbourne to the Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour (Europe’s largest harbour)
  • Shop at the Enterprise Centre – Eastbourne’s answer to Covent Garden
  • Take in a show at one of Eastbourne’s four theatres – often home to touring comedians, musicians and West End hits
  • Hop on the open top bus to Beachy Head, Birling Gap and East Dean village
  • Hire a deckchair on the beach – or even rent your own beach hut for the day
  • Visit the renowned Towner Art Gallery – exhibitions change regularly
  • Take a tour of English vineyards and sample some locally-grown tipples
  • Skoot, skate or walk the 5km length of our lovely promenade
  • Catch your breath with coffee, cake and stunning sea views in the Beach Deck cafe on the promenade
  • Take a boat trip from Sovereign Harbour – or simply sip cocktails at the Waterfront, watch the yachts and dream…
  • Go to a gig at the iconic Eastbourne bandstand – Friday nights are tribute nights!

See the Sussex sights


Make the most of our glorious countryside – visit Beachy Head for dramatic cliffs, Belle Tout lighthouse and hike over the Seven Sisters.

East Sussex is rich in historical places to visit – our 1066 country has castles, houses, museums, priories and more.  Find out more at Sussex past.

Feeling peckish?

With so much to do and see, you may build up an appetite. Don't worry, you can prepare a packed lunch in our handy kitchens.

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