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Eastbourne has many events running throughout the year but here are the main ones:
Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May 2016
Magnificent Motors has become established as one of the biggest free motoring spectaculars on the South Coast and it returns to Eastbourne seafront this year to build on the 30,000+ visitors that flocked to the show in 2015.
More than 500 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, steam traction engines, commercial and military vehicles will be displayed on Eastbourne’s Western Lawns.
Other attractions include the ever-popular entertainment throughout the day and a selection of Fairground Rides.
The seafront cavalcade will run on both days this year starting at Fishermans Green and ending at the Western Lawns.
The event is organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, in partnership with Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, East Sussex Omnibus Society plus a variety of other historic transport groups.
Dates to be confirmed – Info below is from 2015
Beer and cider enthusiasts can enjoy a mouth-watering bank holiday weekend in Eastbourne this May. The three day ‘Beer and Cider by the Sea’ festival on Eastbourne’s seafront Western Lawns between 22 and 24 May, is set to be bigger and better in what will be its third year!
With even more tickets available this year, the seaside festival for people seeking epicurean escapes, will have a new Sunday evening event for the first time, in addition to its daytime sessions and Friday and Saturday evening events.
Fine ales and cask ciders to enjoy, all kept in the best cellar conditions. There are CAMRA volunteers on hand too to offer advice and tips for a perfect beverage, plenty of seating and a warm welcome are guaranteed!
With entertainment across the weekend to accompany the real ale tasting, the festival has already confirmed two live bands. Wakin’ Snakes, a lively American and Cajun band, will kick off the festival on Friday 22 May with a dynamic performance to entertain beer and cider lovers. Closing the festival on Sunday 24 May, Dirty Martini Swing Band, will deliver an elective mix of quality music, from genres including jazz, swing, soul and R’n’B.
Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th June 2016
Devonshire Park is Eastbourne’s oldest park dating from 1874 and the Tennis Courts were added in 1879 to the design used at Wimbledon two years prior when the LTA standardised the rules of Lawn Tennis.
It now provides the venue for the combined ATP and WTA Aegon International Tennis Tournament which is held in Eastbourne annually the week prior to Wimbledon.
Set in the idyllic grounds of Devonshire Park it is a smaller and more intimate venue that provides a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in which to view some of the world’s best tennis stars compete in this prestigious Grass Court Tournament.
Located directly opposite the main entrance The Devonshire Park Hotel offers the most convenient location for your accommodation needs during the event.
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July 2016
“Kick off the summer holidays with an adventure filled weekend on Eastbourne seafront at the south coast’s coolest, fastest and most intense FREE sports festival. Featuring a huge line up of air, land and water based outdoor pursuits. Get involved and get your adrenaline pumping! Event start from 9am each day.” – From Eastbourne Borough Council
Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th August 2016 (Midday to 5pm)
Heralded as the Worlds Biggest Free Seafront Airshow – Airbourne returns to Eastbourne in force this year, featuring four days of the very best that the RAF and International Military Display Teams can offer.
Spectacular views are available across the length of Eastbourne’s Seafront or get up and personal and try viewing from the top of Beachy Head.
With displays to include the Vulcan, Red Arrows, F16, Eurofighter Typhoon, Hawk and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – added to Army and Civilian Displays – Airbourne looks set to attract an even larger audience than in previous years.
A fantastic day out, or why not book a room with us at The Devonshire Park Hotel and enjoy a long weekend, giving you the time to experience everything that Airbourne and Eastbourne has to offer.
Airbourne will close with its usual firework display from the end of Eastbourne Pier on Sunday at 10pm -.with fantastic views from all Seafront Hotels and the Promenade.
Tursday 6th to Saturday 8th October 2016
Eastbourne’s Annual Beer Festival will be held again in Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens and will feature Wines, International Bottled Beers, Ciders, Perries and over 150 Real Ales hand picked by CAMRA members.
The Festival has been growing bigger and stronger over the years with Friday and Saturday evenings regularly selling out even before the doors open!
All Real Ales are served from chilled casks and are available in Third, Half or Full Pints. A Festival Glass is provided on your arrival and all purchases are made using tokens that are available from the foyer.
The Restaurant is also open throughout each session serving a selection of Hot & Cold Meals, Traditional Pub Grub and Light Snacks.
The Session Times are:
Thursday – 6pm to 11pm
Friday – 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday – 11am to 4pm & 6pm to 11pm
Each Session provides a variety of Entertainment, Live Music, Dancing and some Traditional Pub Games including Shove Ha’penny, Bar Skittles, Shuffleboard and Toad in the Hole.
Tickets usually go on sale during the summer and with its popularity early booking is advisable!