An Historical Walk Through Eastbourne

Wednesday 4th May 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Heritage Trail

Finding hidden gems around Eastbourne just got easier, thanks to a brand new, free to download Eastbourne Trails app launched in app stores this month.

The new app produced by VisitEastbourne, provides self-guided walking, heritage and activity trails around Eastbourne and the South Downs using phone GPS. 

Showing map routes and points of interest, the app which was funded by the Pier grant, currently offers two heritage trails around town including a Blue Plaque trail and East of the Pier Heritage Trail.

East of the Pier Heritage Trail

Also funded by the Pier grant, the East of the Pier Heritage Trail explores some of Eastbourne’s hidden history with permanent on-street story boards and history corners at key sites around the dynamically changing Seaside and Royal Parade area of town.

Uncovering hidden gems and architectural features, the boards begin at the Pier and tell the story of Eastbourne’s early Victorian and Edwardian beginnings and the movers and shakers, without whom Eastbourne would be very different today.

Including sites such as the Royal Hippodrome, Redoubt and Leaf Hall, the trail has been produced by local company Identity Group following a commission from the Pier fund, and with the help of unpaid local volunteer researchers and digital support from VisitEastbourne, over the past 18 months.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “We’re delighted to see both of these Pier fund projects launched and our thanks go to the volunteer researchers who assisted in these fascinating trails.  This is just the start.  The Eastbourne Trails app will just grow and grow, so look out for more fascinating trails coming soon.”

The Blue Plaque Trail created by VisitEastbourne, marks the residences of many famous figures from Tommy Cooper and Ernest Shackleton, to the location of a royal beach chalet.

More trails will be added later this year, including film locations, downland walks and cultural trails.

Eastbourne Trails is the first of two apps to funded by the Pier grant. A new Resort App released later this year will offer a complete guide to things to do, places to visit, shops, restaurants, offers and more.  The free to download app uses cached data, which means it can be used offline without incurring data charges while out and about. 

The ‘Eastbourne Trails’ app is available now to download for free on iPhone, iPad and Android.

For information on the East of the Pier click here.

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