Rediscovering Eastbourne

After 47 years I feel I have come home, to Eastbourne, the town where I grew up and went to school, and strangely couldn’t wait to escape from.

How did this happen – well as my husband and I grew older we realised we needed to be beside the sea and Eastbourne had always been a place we visited as often as we could. The town has changed considerably over the years and I am discovering new attractions, as well as revisiting old favourites.

Eastbourne Carpet Gardens

Some things never change and the glorious seafront with its spectacular ‘carpet gardens’ is still a jewel in Eastbourne’s crown. I shall be watching as the summer progresses to see how the clever gardeners change the floral displays over the next few months. It must take hours of work to keep  the gardens always looking in peak condition, everyone involved certainly gets a thank you from me.

The historic pier has risen from the ashes of a devastating fire a few years ago and is now a proud monument stretching into the sea and offering bracing walks and traditional cream teas. There are not many original piers left in the UK now, so well done Eastbourne for managing to hang onto this beautiful structure.

Another seafront gem is the bandstand, I have always loved this attractive building with it’s eye catching blue domed roof and I am excited to see it is the busiest bandstand in the UK! It is the venue for a huge variety of concerts throughout the year and as a child, I remember walking along the seafront on New Year’s Day and watching the crowds dance to the band.  More recently I have shivered on a chilly summers evening, but still enjoyed a fabulous firework display, and now I see there is a full diary of tribute bands throughout the summer – happy days!

A new attraction, since I was a child, is the smart building that is now home to the Towner Art Gallery. Years ago, I seem to recall an old house in Gildredge Park that we visited on school trips, but we now have a modern simplistic building to showcase great art displays and offer the community a decent coffee on the top floor, with a view to the Downs.

As I walk by the building works surrounding the Congress Theatre I am eagerly awaiting the reopening and hopefully some great shows and concerts to come. How lovely to be able to walk to the theatre instead of trekking up to London on the train. Sadly, I can’t rave about the train service at the moment …as locals will understand!

The Arndale Shopping Centre is nearly as old as me and so well deserving of a facelift and the plans look exciting. A new cinema will be a great boost to the town and hopefully there will be some interesting restaurants and shops to look forward to.

Follow my blog as I rediscover more old, and new, delights of this grand old lady known as the ‘Suntrap of the South’ – looking at the tourist information online I can see so much ahead that I shall enjoy. I shall also add some reviews of restaurants and cafes that take my fancy.

So far, an early  walk along the seafront, before the day trippers arrive, is my idea of bliss.

Early morning at Holywell




  1. Everday’s a holiday, can’t wait for the next instalment!

  2. Nice Sally ! I’m glad you are feeling happy and enjoying the sunshine coast !

  3. Lovely.. My favourite place as a child and as an adult Eastbourne. . So lucky to live there 💙

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