My top 5 things to do in Eastbourne
So as you may already know we recently returned from a nice little five day break in Eastbourne. I always worry when going to a British seaside town as you never know what to expect. I’m not a fan of your typical clacton style town and although I’d only ever heard positive things about Eastbourne, you still never know until you experience it for yourself. Well it’s safe to say that Eastbourne is lovely! We’ll definitely be returning. The main town itself is just like any other town – but as you reach the beach front it turns into something much more special. The sea breeze is fresh and the beach is clean. The pier is spacious and the air is crisp. Eastbourne taught me to love the winter sea. This series will be separated into a few posts – but I’m going to share with you a few of our favourite things to do in Eastbourne and some places we thoroughly enjoyed! We stayed in a beautiful apartment right next to the town centre (I’ll do a full post on that soon, along with a video!)
Our first full day, we took a trip to seven sisters. Set amongst historic chalk cliffs, it really is truly beautiful. One of my favourite beaches I’ve been to. It’s a pebbled beach – but the views and it’s secluded feel is what made it special. The area has a long and interesting history, including some fascinating shipwrecks, which you can discover on a series of shore walks. It’s a stunning place to explore and wander around! We arrived in morning and at first it was so misty you couldn’t even spot the sea. We made our way down to the beach and must of stayed there for a good hour – the mist slowly lifted and the sun came out. It may have been cold, but it was definitely beautiful. They have some wonderful little rock pools that are even fun to explore in the colder season. You can read more about Seven Sisters over on Visit Eastbourne’s website.
What’s better than heading off for a nice pub lunch and a drink to warm up after a freezing cold beach trip? Nothing! We had been recommended the Tiger Inn and read only good reviews. On our way to the Seven Sisters we drove through East Dean which is a quant and quiet little village with only a handful of shops and some beautiful little old pubs. We spotted Tigers Inn and so decided we’d head there on our way back. We must have turned up at a perfect time as it was almost empty! We never know how Daisy will act when eating out – it can always go one of two ways. The staff are friendly which made us instantly feel welcomed! The food was delicious and with it’s warm and cosy atmosphere, we can’t recommend it enough.
Drusillas park is AMAZING! We had SO much fun here. If you’re ever in, or around, Eastbourne then I definitely recommend visiting this zoo. It has such a wide variety of animals that are well looked after with tons of activities for children of all ages. Our favourite part was definitely the play park – it was huge! I think me and Andrew enjoyed it even more than Daisy did! They have a little stamp book that the children get at the beginning of their zoo trip – it has lots of little activities in with pages to stamp after seeing particular animals around the park. They have a lovely little farmyard area, zoo olympics (you can attempt to pull the same weight as a fox, beaver, serval and carthorse), Hello Kitty world and a few places to eat along with some picnic spaces.
Hello Kitty world was one of our favourite parts from the park. There where several different rides all suitable for young children (accompanied by an adult). We had lots of fun on the Hello Kitty car ride and the little tea-cups! The staff working on the day we visited where absolutely lovely. We wish we lived close to Drusillas Park as we’d definitely head back often. The play park is what really caught our attention – they also have an amazing water park (it wasn’t on when we went as it was freezing!). Drusilla’s also have many different experiences such as be a zoo keeper for a day, spider phobia course, photography days, feeding the penguins and more (all on their website). If you take a look at their events page you’ll see that they also hold meet and greets with paw patrol characters, Hello Kitty and Bing!
I remember going to Weston-Super-Mare and I hated it. The pier and the beach where just so typically English. There’s nothing wrong with that – it just isn’t for me. Eastbourne pier is lovely. It has a cute little old-ish feel to it and me and Andrew both said we can imagine ourselves coming back when we’re an elderly couple. They had several arcades (god help us, Daisy loved them) and the beach is so pretty and clean. It really is a lovely place to take a stroll down with a nice hot chocolate.
We didn’t have enough time to pop over to Sharnfold farm but we had planned to go on our way home. Daisy wasn’t the most happiest so it just wouldn’t have been worth it. We where a little bit gutted though as it looks like such a cute little place to spend the afternoon. You are able to pick your own fruit and vegetables (I love doing this!), visit the farm shop and relax in their lovely coffee shop. There’s tons for the children to do with a farm trail, play area and events each week! We can’t officially recommend it as we haven’t been – but it’s definitely somewhere we would have gone if time permitted!
*This is a collaborative post. We were very kindly given complimentary tickets to Drusillas Park and the lovely staff at Visit Eastbourne arranged our trip for us. All opinions are 100% honest and our own*