Things to do in Eastbourne this summer

There’s always things to do in Eastbourne – whatever the season. Summer is a good time to start your love affair with this amazing place.

There’s always things to do in Eastbourne – whatever the season. Summer is a good time to start your love affair with this amazing place. If you’ve never visited the East Sussex coast, you may not understand its allure. Is it in the hazy panoramic sea views that stretch across the horizon all the way to France? Is it the chalky cliffs glinting white in the sunlight, sloping into the distance and peppered with nesting Kittiwakes? Maybe it’s the rolling downs, with their soft tummocks of grass underfoot.

Eastbourne Airshow 2024


No summer in Eastbourne wouldn’t be complete without “Airbourne”, the Eastbourne Airshow 2024. This classic day out will showcase breathtaking displays from the Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon and even a Spitfire! Whether you’re a plane enthusiast- or just anyone with a heart and sense of excitement- you’ll enjoy their daring manoeuvres as they soar over the Seven Sisters.

We’ve got it on good authority that the best (and cheapest!) place to enjoy the display is on the downs towards Beachy Head, the highest chalk cliff in the country. This great vantage point is a mere 5 minute drive from The Lansdowne Hotel, or an hour if you opt to walk. Make a day of it and bring a picnic whilst the planes dazzle overhead.

Need a restaurant in Eastbourne at this time close to all the action? whether it’s Afternoon Tea on the Seafront or Lunch in 1912 Restaurant – the finest seafood and steak in Eastbourne (if we say so ourselves).

Eastbourne Tennis 2024

Every year, a week before Wimbledon, Eastbourne plays host to The Eastbourne International. Considered a warm up for the aforementioned tournament, this historic contest has taken place since 1974 in Devonshire Park– an easy 8 minute walk from The Lansdowne Hotel. There’s nothing more British than enjoying tennis in the sunshine. Secure your tickets now and be sure to book your stay with us at The Lansdowne.

Click here to see our room packages available for this period.

Check out the schedule of games here.

1812 Fireworks Display and Open Air Music at The Eastbourne Bandstand

A 7 minute walk from The Lansdowne Hotel you’ll find the Eastbourne Bandstand. This 1930s feature is not only an architectural memory of seaside holidays past, but also a piece of living history that still hosts a variety of concerts. Be sure to check what’s on during your visit to enjoy live music on a summer evening as you’ve never experienced it before.

Every Wednesday from May to September, traditional proms favourites and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture are accompanied by a spectacular Firework display in the open air. Not to be missed!

Visit the bandstands website for a list of performances this summer.

Explore the Great Outdoors from our dog friendly hotel in Eastbourne

When you stay at The Lansdowne Hotel, you’ll be spoilt for choice of green spaces and gardens- and that’s before even considering the renowned Seven Sisters country park!

If golf is your go-to, try Lottbridge Golf Club (12 minute drive) for its course, large lake and woodlands. More into fishing? Shinewater Park (12 minute drive) sports a large fishing lake as well as sports facilities. Watersports can be tried at Princes Park (5 minute drive), and if you prefer a historic house with gardens, try a day out at Folkington Manor (22 minute drive).

When you stay at a dog friendly hotel in Eastbourne like ours, there’s no need to leave the pooch at home. Bring the pup along to explore the Sussex countryside with you during your stay at The Lansdowne.

PS we’re dog friendly and if you book our Lansdowne Club package, Fido stays for free too.

Family breaks in Eastbourne

There are so many things to do with the kids in Eastbourne. If you’re travelling with younger children (or even just those who are young at heart!) The Lansdowne is well connected to a colourful assortment of days out. Meet exotic animals at the award-winning Drusillas Zoo (20 minute drive), visit the landing place of William the Conqueror’s army in 1066 Pevensey Castle (20 minute drive) or keep it simple with ice cream and a stroll down Eastbourne pier (15 minute walk). Don’t forget if you book our family package you’ll also get complimentary tickets to Ninja Arena and Knockhatch Adventure Park

The arts and theatres in Eastbourne

Four minutes from The Lansdowne you’ll find the striking Towner, housing a collection of modern and local art and has seen the likes of The Turner Prize in the past year. Along the promenade, follow the Eastbourne Art Trail curated by Compass Arts, created by local neurodivergent artists. Glimpse chalk artworks carved into the hills: the mysterious Long Man of Wilmington (22 minute drive) and historic Litlington White Horse (20 minute drive). Or check out what’s showing during your stay at our roster of local theatres: the Congress Theatre (4 minute walk), Devonshire Park Theatre (4 minute walk) or Winter Garden theatre (4 minute walk).

In 1907, “I do like to be beside the Seaside” was written. Five years later, The Lansdowne came into the ownership of the family who still own it tho this day. We’ve got over 100 years of experience of welcoming people to the south coast- so you can trust us with your getaway this summer.

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