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Eastbourne: What To Do When You Visit Eastbourne

Feb 20, 2008
The seaside resort of Eastbourne has been popular with locals and tourists alike since the Stone Age. It is close to the famous Beachy Head chalk cliffs, which rise a dramatic 530 feet above the sea level. You may recognize them if you've seen the film Quadrophenia. Or more recently they were the backdrop to a sketch in "Little Britain". The cliffs themselves are marked by a prominent lighthouse to make sure that ships on the busy English Channel keep their distance.

The main focus of Eastbourne nowadays is to keep tourists happy. There are four miles of beach, which is comprised mainly of shingle, and the sea front itself is lined with a wide range of hotels and guest houses - be sure to book a sea view room if you want to ensure that you will be able to watch the ocean from your room when you stay in a hotel in Eastbourne.

As you wander around the town and surrounding South Downs, you may well recognize areas made famous by authors such as Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens, who have made Eastbourne their home over the years.

Fans of "Little Britain" may recognize the promenade in the town - the character Emily Howard strolled along it during various appearances.

The Eastbourne Pier stretches 1,000 feet out to sea and features a camera obscura (a much larger version of a pinhole camera), which has been on site since Victorian times and has been fully restored in recent years. Whilst there are no longer any theatres on the pier - although there are several in the town itself - the pier caters for a younger crowd with a nightclub and bar instead. The pier also regularly holds the International Birdman competition as well as a local raft race where rafters have to get round the pier whilst avoiding the water cannon that is aiming at them.

Other events in Eastbourne include a 4 day international air show - be sure to book your room early if you stay when this is on. The show normally features the famous Red Arrows display team as well as holding other flights to commemorate the Battle of Britain.

History buffs will want to visit the Redoubt Fortress, which was built to support the Martello Towers and defend England against Napoleon. More recently, in World War II, the fortress was used to house Canadian troops before the D-Day landings. Nowadays the site houses a museum where you can trace its history and see reconstructions of how it would have looked.

Whenever you decide to visit Eastbourne, there is a multitude of places to stay. These range from small, family run hotels and guest houses - often on the seafront, for some quite spectacular sea views - through to larger hotels. If you are visiting the town for a specific event, it pays to make sure that your chosen lodging is close to where the main event is being held if there is still space available there. That said, there are always regular buses running around the town.
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