Martello Beach has access to a sparkling sea with miles of shingle beach stretching in front of the resort and sand at low tide. Holiday makers can also have a wander along the Prom or around the great variety of pretty parks and gardens around Eastbourne.
Eastbourne buildings, both residential, theatres and shopping, was originally designed and laid out by 'a gentleman, for gentlemen' ... in fact when the railway first arrived here, they discouraged day tickets for fear that day trippers would 'lower the tone' of this genteel and elegant resort! In face the local area is steeped in history going back to the Bronze Age and has many great examples of Georgian architecture and historic sites nearby to visit.
Pevensey Castle the historic Fort originally built by Romans but improved on by William the Conqueror is within a mile - a peaceful site for a free wander in the grounds or a picnic, where you can also go inside to see the dungeon, and enjoy viewpoints for many miles around. Herstmonceux castle and grounds includes the Observatory and Science Centre with intriguing hands on exhibits and informal lectures both indoors and out will keep Scientists - of all ages! - happy for hours!
Children can enjoy a huge variety of activities in the local area. Close by is the Miniature Railway at Lottbridge Drove, and along the seafront are children's attractions such as Rocky's activity centre, Treasure Island with miniature golf, and of course we are near to the Sovereign Centre with its leisure pool including wave machine and further gym facilities. The Sovereign Harbour is a recent jewel in Eastbourne's crown providing a Mediterranean eating out feel on the sunny terraces, interesting shops to browse around and a great place for a level walk around the harbour. You can also ride the length of the Promenade on the Dotto Train from Holywellto the Sovereign Harbour East of the town.
To the West of Eastbourne at the far end of the Promenade, at Holywell there are good value afternoon teas right next to the beach. Your children will have fun exploring amongst the exposed rocks at low tide where there are plenty of sea creatures lurking under them to keep anyone with a net and a bucket happy for hours! More serious walkers will enjoy a hike along the top of the cliffs towards Beachy Head towards East Dean, or, walking down to Cow Gap, at low tide you can walk along from here to the Falling Sands with a romantic view of Beachy Head Lighthouse from the beach (or catch some fresh shrimps for your tea) but make your way back before the tide returns!
Eastbourne is full of restaurants of many descriptions; there is something for everyone. Eastbourne shopping centres around Terminus Road from the station to the Pier and a large covered shopping centre, the Arndale has plenty of parking, with many coffee shops and retail shops such as M&S, Primark, BHS, Sainsburys, and a wealth of smaller boutiques and fashion stores as well as big national brands. There is also a large shopping complex at The Crumbles, near Sovereign Harbour.
Theatre goers will love the choice of theatres from the largest, the Congress Theatre, which hosts many major acts fresh from London to the quaint and more intimate feel of the historic Devonshire Park and the Winter Garden. In the summer the Bandstand is a site for open air concerts
Golf in Eastbourne - addicts will find that Eastbourne (and Seaford) also has a choice of golf courses some with breathtaking views of the Downs and sea.
Walkers and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy walking routes along the South Downs Way which starts at the West end of Eastbourne's promenade - one of the 'top ten walks in the world' according to some. You can enjoy wonderful views of Beachy Head and the famous lighthouse and there are regular stops along the way for pub lunches, coffees, cream teas, at the various unspoilt hamlets hidden in the Sussex countryside; each with its own colourful history! There are plenty of stories to tell - the estuaries and coastal areas around here were popular haunts for smugglers en route to London with their ill gotten gains!