Summer Events in Eastbourne

Eastbourne is a popular tourist town which generally springs to life during the summer months. With the most tourists arriving during July and August, this article takes a look at just some of the events you can enjoy as either a local or a tourist. Brought to you by the team at the Grand Eastbourne – one of the best hotels in Sussex – located right on Eastbourne seafront.

Walking Tours

One of the most enjoyable ways to explore the town of Eastbourne is by participating in a walking tour of the area. The tour starts at the Bandstand on Eastbourne’s middle promenade and takes a 1 mile circular route where you will learn about the town’s heritage and key landmarks. The tour lasts one and a half hours and includes the iconic Victorian Pier, Devonshire Park Theatre and the Lifeboat Museum. Running several times a week, this tour is easy to fit into your itinerary whether you’re visiting for a long weekend or a week-long vacation.

Leaf Hall Arts Festival

The Leaf Hall Arts Festival runs from 21st July to 4th August and includes a wide range of exhibitions and activities. As well as a series of exhibitions featuring local artists, there are also Art Discovery Days for children between 7 and 10 years of age, a photography competition, the Tricky Beats African Music Night, Shows by the Bourne to Sing Choir as well as other events. For the full itinerary, visit the Leaf Hall website.

The Funfair

You’re never too old to enjoy the funfair and there is one visiting Eastbourne between 9th and 19th August. Open from 2pm until 10pm daily, the funfair features a blend of modern and traditional rides, games, attractions and stalls. Plus is your visit between 1pm and 8pm on Wednesday or Thursday, you can enjoy rides at a discounted price.

1812 Firework Concert

Eastbourne is home to the iconic 1812 Firework Concert which is celebrated every Wednesday between June and October. It features the Battle Town Band, Eastbourne Silver Band, the Brighton and Hove City Brass Band and the LGB Band among others and cumulates in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture accompanied by a fabulous firework display. The itinerary can be found at the Eastbourne Bandstand website.

Eastbourne Street Market

On Wednesday 1st August, Eastbourne will hold the first street market of the summer which will include stalls selling local produce, jewellery, crafts, children’s toys, gifts and clothing. The market will then be held every Wednesday on Terminus Road.

The Bugle Boy

The hit musical Bugle Boy is the life story of Glenn Miller and is on at the Devonshire Park Theatre throughout the summer. It features a 16 piece live band on stage performing tunes such as Little Brown Jug. Strings of Pearls and Moonlight Serenade. Information on the show and tickets are available from the Box Office.

Torch Relay Celebration Party

To coincide with the Olympic Torch passing through Eastbourne, the town will hold a special celebration party at Princes Park. The party will consist of free sporting activities including football, tennis and basketball, entertainment for the children and live music performances.

With so much to offer in the way of entertainment this summer, Eastbourne is the perfect UK holiday destination.