Eastbourne Things to Do

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    Now you see it, now you don't

    by iandsmith Written Nov 18, 2005

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    Fascinating history

    This seemingly nondescript lighthouse nearby to the more dramatic one has, in point of fact, a history as eye-popping as the other is scenic.
    This is the Belle Tout Lighthouse but all is not as it seems. It used to be elsewhere, 55ft elsewhere, as in closer to the edge but, in 1999, in a remarkable feat of engineering it was moved to its present location.
    The reason? Well, those cliffs, the highest of their type in Britain at 530ft, are not as stable as they first appear. Think chalk, think what water does to chalk. You get the picture.
    Anyhow, this became a private residence after Beachy was built but then became a derelict ruin after the Second World War before it was eventually restored and moved.
    You may have wondered why they would have built another one when the original was working perfectly. Well, it has a whole lot to do with actually seeing Belle Tout. Remember that thing that England is famous for. Fogs. At over 170 metres up you couldn't see the thing. Enter Beachy Head Lighthouse.

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  • Take a walk along the prom

    by Mariajoy Updated Jan 11, 2008

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    Bandstand

    Eastbourne has a beautifully well kept prom - not sure how long it is but it's nice to stroll along in the summer sunshine and admire the civic gardens and bandstand and ...oh I don't know... it's a nice place to go for a walk with elderly relatives when the weather is nice.

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    Rocky shores

    by iandsmith Written Nov 18, 2005

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    A place to walk, a place to swim, a place to ponde

    This is then, the aforementioned beach, so called. Though sand is my go, it does make for a different experience to crunch on the pebbles and see posts sticking up in the middle of the beach.
    The local sailing club can be noted in the background but I must admit I was ever so curious to know what happened when storms arrived with all those craft left exposed to the elements.

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    A place to stay

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 1, 2005

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    Premium accommodation.

    Along the beachfront, just behind the dunes, this scene is played out over and over. Accommodation and residences vie for space next to the beach. As we were there in off peak times there weren't a lot of people about but it doesn't take much imagination to figure out what it would be like in high summer where getting into one of these would be at a premium.

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    A walk above the cliffs

    by MATIM Written Jul 14, 2011

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    The famous cliffs of Beachy Head are the highest point in a string of chalky rock faces that slice across this rugged stretch of coast at the southern end of the south downs. It’s a spot of thrilling beauty, at least until you remember that this is also officially one of the top suicide spots in the world!!

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    On the waterfront

    by iandsmith Written Nov 18, 2005

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    The esplanade stretches as far as the eye can see and, in summer, would be liberally sprinkled with tourists.
    This day, midst the portending gloom and its omens of rain, there were few to mar the facade.

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    Royal Lifeboat Instute Museum

    by daryll Written Jul 10, 2005

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    The Lifeboat Museum

    More on history of Lifeboat savers before, during and after the World War. Described alot of strongman those days which has contribute alot on the national services.

    The museum has a fairly large collection of navigation and lifeboats equipment which used during that time.

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    Eastbourne Pier

    by Elodie_Caroline Written May 9, 2006

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    The Pier in Eastbourne is much prettier than the Pier at Brighton, especially in the dark. When you drive past there at night time, all you ever see going on and off there is very young people, as there is a nightclub on there, so that's not surprising is it. At daytime it is families and old people, so I guess there is something for everyone on there, which is nice.

    Here is a great website about one of the attractions on the pier:
    SolarObscura

    You can tell when it's getting near to Winter though, as half of the lights are dead and gone, it looks kind of jaded then, but you just know that the lights will be sorted out for the Summer months when Eastbourne is in it's splendour!

    Whenever you drive though Eastbourne during the Summer, there is always something going on, different kinds of fairs, air shows with big noisey Jets and lots of other stuff too, Chris and I have quite often commented about coming down here to live.

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    Sea shore romantic place - The Pier

    by Xdrive Written Oct 19, 2005

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    Eastbourne pier

    This is a charming pier, which although modernised many times still retains much of its Edwardian splendour. The gift shops, sweet shops, bars and restaurants still make it a very pleasurable place to wander on a pleasant summer afternoon, and at night the splendid illuminations cannot fail to impress the visitor.

    The first pile for Eastbourne Pier was driven into the seabed on 18th April 1866. Officially opened by Lord Edward Cavendish on 13th June 1870, the pier was not actually completed for a further two years. Designed by Eugenius Birch, the piles that supported the superstructure sat upon specially made cups, similar to those used on furniture to protect carpets from deep furrowing, that rested on the rock bed. This ingenious arrangement allowed the pier structure to 'move' in bad weather. Using two six-pound cannons, to test whether the superstructure could withstand such a force, proved almost insignificant compared with the adverse weather conditions experienced on this stretch of coastline over the last 128 years. The relatively unscathed Eastbourne Pier is testimony in itself to the substantial core of the construction.

    At 1000ft (303m) long, this pier in common with most of that era was built purely as a promenade, with six small kiosks along its length, and a pair of tollbooths at the entrance. The shoreward end was washed away in a violent storm on New Years Day 1877 and was subsequently rebuilt at a much higher level. The domed 400-seater pavilion was constructed at a cost of £250 at the seaward end in 1888. A 1000-seater theatre, bar, camera obscura and office suite replaced this in 1899/1901.

    During the Second World War the wooden decking was removed and machine gun platforms were installed in the theatre providing a useful vantagepoint from where to repel any attempted enemy landings. In 1951, now back in peacetime, the entrance buildings were again replaced.

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    Tennis

    by Cherryub40 Written Nov 10, 2004

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    eastbourne is famous for its tennis It also has a very good leisure pool with wave machine and two other pools. plenty of gyms are around eastbourne. For young children there is fort fun an indoor and outdoor play area on the seafront. Treasure island is also a very good childrens play theme park. Every year thee is the famous airbourne show which goes on for 3 or 4 days which is excellent and a good atmosphere with stalls all along the seafront Also every year we have the skate show which all the good skaters come from all over to give a show on the seafront with again music and stalls along the seafront and good atmosphere This goes on for the weekend. Eastbourne has some excellent parks,the famous downs with beachy head and of course the lovely beach and good pier Lovely harbour, boat trips. Eastbourne town is average with the Arndale centre.every summer there is always something going on in eastbourne.

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    Watch the tennis (in June)

    by adelinemmc Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Eastbourne is the pre-Wimbledon ladies tennis tournament. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is a great place to spend a weekend (or a week for the hardcore tennis fans).

    Wonderful if the weather's nice.

    Crap is the weather's crap!

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    The Western Seafront

    by zadunajska8 Written Jan 1, 2013
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    Eastbourne Seafront really can be divided in to 2 parts at the pier. To the West is the area more traditionally associated with the town's tourist trade with the elegant Edwardian promenade, the Bandstand and the Wish Tower, along with many of the major hotels. To the East is a more family orientated and more modern (but no less attractive) offering.

    The highlights of the Western Seafront are (for me) the Wish Tower and the gardens at Holywell at the extreme Western end of the promenade.

    The Wish Tower was one of 14 Martello Towers constructed to defend the bay between Beachy Head and Hastings from attack by the French following the survey of South East coastal defences in 1793. In terms of the overall chain of coastal defences it is also known as Tower 73.

    Until very recently the Wish Tower was blighted by an adjoining café which I could only describe as an eyesore. It was a thoroughly ugly mid 20th century monstrosity which ruined the site in my opinion, especially as the offering inside made you grateful for the architecture! Fortunately this has gone now. We are now awaiting the arrival of what has been described as an "iconic building" which will house a new catering offering on the site. But since the old café has gone it is now much easier to appreciate the Napoleonic fort for what it is itself.

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    Eastbourne in the Snow

    by zadunajska8 Written Jan 20, 2013
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    When it starts to snow Eastbourne looks magical! It seems that the architecture and elegance that was designed for the summer sun does just as well in the snow. Unfortunately it doesn't happen very often, but in the last few years we have had at least one or two days of snow each year, usually in January, sometimes February or December. When the snow comes (and providing it isn't windy) I like to grab a hot coffee and head for the seafront. It's a wonderful sight, but if the wind picks up it will be absolutely freezing!

    My favourite photos of Eastbourne in the snow are in my travelogue.

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    Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

    by zadunajska8 Written Mar 30, 2013
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    Eastbourne's Napoleonic Fortress was built to keep the French armies out. Now it welcomes visitors in.

    When the fortress was built in 1807 the winning bidder for the work was not the cheapest or best value, but the man who had bought up all the local brick supplies and so was the only man capable of actually completing the work! The Redoubt was garrisoned up until the start of the 20th century but never saw the anticipated French invasion. The fortress came back into military use again during both world wars. In 1926 the Eastbourne Corporation (now the Borough Council) purchased the fort for the sum of £150. With a maintenance bill running to many millions now, this doesn't seem like such great value anymore.

    The fortress is now home to the museum collections of the Royal Sussex Regiment and the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars which explores the history of two cavalry regiments, the 4th Queen's Own Hussars and The 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars. There is an interesting exhibit on their role in the infamous failure that was the "Charge of the Light Brigade" during the Crimean War.

    There is also an interesting section on the history of Eastbourne during the second world war. Eastbourne became the most heavily bombed town on the south coast because the German command had believed the town was home to armament factories (it wasn't). As a local person it is quite disturbing seeing photographs of local residential streets that I know so well depicting heavy bomb damage and carnage.

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  • Dancing the night away at Atlantis Nightclub!

    by generaltomfoolery Updated Mar 18, 2007

    Our nightclub is the biggest in Eastbourne with a capacity of 850 people.

    We regularly run student nights, theme nights, parties, hen nights & stag nights. So whether you are up for a dance or a drink we can cater for your needs!

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