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What to See and Do in Eastbourne - Boat Tours, South Downs, and a Famous Pier

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Eastbourne has plenty to offer beyond the beach, from outdoor activities to shows in historic venues. Congress Theatre stages a variety of events, including comedy nights and classic musicals. Or you can head out on the water to enjoy a boat tour around Beachy Head. Prefer to explore on foot? Then pack a picnic and hike the rolling hills of the South Downs.

Boat tours


The city's coastal location makes it ideal for boat excursions, like the Beachy Head tour offered by Sussex Voyages. This 1-hour guided expedition takes you along Eastbourne's seafront and includes informative live commentary. It's a popular activity with visitors of all ages, including families and couples. The company also offers a powerboat adventure tour around the city's bay, suitable for passengers aged 10 and over.


  • Sussex Voyages, The Waterside Retail Area, Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne BN23 6JH; Tel: +44 1293 888780; Website: Sussex Voyages

Eastbourne Pier


The Victorian boardwalk along Eastbourne Pier is filled with fun things to do for visitors of all ages. Atlantis Nightclub has regular events including live comedy and VIP booths for nights when you want to party like a star. Funtasia arcade offers the latest video games and adults-only slot machines. You can enjoy classic British fish and chips, made to order, followed by soft-serve ice cream while enjoying seafront views.


  • Eastbourne Pier, 3 Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3EL; Tel: +44 1323 410466; Website: Eastbourne Pier

  • Atlantis Nightclub, Eastbourne Pier, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3EL; Tel: +44 1323 410466; Website: Atlantis Nightclub


Beautiful Beachy Head


Famed landmark Beachy Head is a 10-minute drive from Eastbourne's centre. Here you can enjoy stirring views across the English Channel, then hike or bike the trails that skirt the clifftops. It's an ideal spot for fans of nature photography, with plenty of great photo ops prized by professionals and amateurs alike. You can begin or end your walk at Hiker's Rest, a popular café with a menu of fresh sandwiches and cakes. If you prefer, they can prepare you a custom picnic to enjoy along the way.


  • Beachy Head; Tel: +44 1323 423878; Website: Beachy Head

  • Hiker's Rest, The Village Green, East Dean BN20 0DR; Tel: +44 1323 423733; Website: Hiker's Rest


theatre in Eastbourne


There's plenty more to Eastbourne than the beach - like plays and musicals at venues like the historic Royal Hippodrome Theatre, founded in 1883. As well as hits like "Hooray for Hollywood" and Disney's "Treasure Island," it offers spooky nighttime ghost walk tours, during which you'll hear stories of the spirits said to haunt the building. Just over half a mile away is Congress Theatre, where you can catch nationally acclaimed live comedy and mainstream musicals.


  • Royal Hippodrome Theatre, 108-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PF; Tel: +44 1323 726756; Website: Royal Hippodrome Theatre

  • Congress Theatre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4BP; Tel: +44 1323 412000; Website: Congress Theatre


Eastbourne Bandstand


Eastbourne Bandstand on the waterfront is one of the busiest spots in the city, with special events taking place throughout the year, including big band concerts, tribute acts, and shows from the Gilbert & Sullivan Society. During the summer, it hosts kids' party nights featuring pop music and old favorites in a festive atmosphere the whole family can enjoy.


  • Eastbourne Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD; Tel: +44 1323 410611; Website: Eastbourne Bandstand