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Eastbourne Walking Tours
MEET AT THE EASTBOURNE
BANDSTAND, MIDDLE LEVEL.
Walking tours start on the
seafront, 0.2 miles south
west of the pier. BN21 3AD

Phone: + (0)1323 734107
Rating: Educational walk, fun, all ages
Prices: ?5 per person, under 14 free
Info: Eastbourne Walking Tours: A historical fun and educational walking tour around Eastbourne.

Eastbourne Walking Tours: A new seafront attraction! It’s a walking tour starting by the bandstand on the middle level, walking along the seafront to the pier, then into a couple of very interesting back roads, taking in the main theatres, and back to where it started. All on the flat level, you'll learn about the history of eastbourne on the walk which lasts for an hour and a half costing a very reasonable five pounds, free for under 14s, as long as they have proof of age such as a driving licence.

Walking guide Harry Pope says “I have lived in Eastbourne for quite a few years, and have long thought there was a demand for a funny and informative walk for locals and visitors alike. Eastbourne has been a seaside resort for roughly 170 years, and has so much interesting and unusual history that it’s a unique place to walk around”.

Eastbourne Walking Tours starting point is opposite the Cavendish Hotel, with the history of this lovely building explained, as well as the interesting background to the duke of Devonshire statue alongside. Then it is a stroll to the Burlington Hotel. There was a murder in a top room, there was a swimming baths in the basement serviced by two tides a day – warm seawater was 1s, 6d. per person, only 1s for a session of cold water.

We walk past and learn the history of the Carpet Gardens, which were dug up for onion production during WW2, then we stop at the pier, with intriguing history, learning what occurred during WW2 to stop any invasion in Eastbourne.

Then it’s a short walk across the road into Elms Avenue, where the true story of Sandy Powell’s ghost is explained, as well as some local Eastbourne history regarding the digging up of Roman mosaics in 1712 then being used for rubble. When we pause by the old Co-op store you’ll enjoy learning about this end of Terminus Road, the Sussex Club that used to be there, followed by the gruesome story about local Doctor John Bodkin Adams and his house.

Eastbourne Walking Tours will take you past another few stopping places on the walk, and then and we’ll arrive at the fascinating Devonshire Park Theatre. An incredible gem of a building, then we walk past the Buccaneer pub that used to be the public bar of the complex built in 1870. Pausing again opposite the Winter Garden, we then walk along Carlisle Road past the row of beautiful shops. The history of the Devonshire Baths is explained, as is that of the Martello Tower. Back past the Eastbourne Centre, opened by union leader Jack Jones in 1976 at a cost of over £3m, then we return to the bandstand with a little more fascinating history.

Eastbourne Walking Tours is at a comfortable walking pace, the facts are highly informative, the humour is light-hearted, and this walk is suitable people of all ages. If you are looking for fun things to do with kids in Eastbourne, look no further.

Says Harry “we have deliberately set out a walk that all can enjoy. I ask questions like ‘Why do crabs walk sideways?’ as well as ‘which England soccer manager started his career managing Eastbourne United?’ You have to go on this brilliant walk to discover all of this, and more.”

We are licensed by Eastbourne Borough Council, and you can purchase tickets in advance at either the Tourist Information Centre or the lower level Seafront Office. The weather has to be pretty foul for the walk to be cancelled. We go every Monday and Wednesday afternoon at 3pm, and every Thursday and Sunday evenings at 8pm. No need to book, just turn up. Each year the first walk will be on Easter Sunday, the last at the end of October.

Both Harry and Liz, the two guides, are local residents of Eastbourne. They are both also writers and historians. They only take sterling, because they realise that by the time you read this the euro will be worthless and they won’t be able to spend them during their hard earned winter break.

We look forward to seeing you on one of our educational and historic walks around Eastbourne!

EASTBOUNE WALKING TOURS STARING POINT - DIRECTIONS TO THE BANDSTAND
Walks commence from the Eastbourne Bandstand, which can be found a 0.2 mile (five minute) walk south west of the Eastbourne Pier, in the direction of Beachy Head. For Sat Nav users, the postcode location of the bandstand is BN21 3AD.