Eastbourne is awash with fantastic foodie events this Father’s Day, from sparkling wine specials to food festivals and markets, the way to a Dad’s heart this June is through his stomach and only in the UK’s sunniest resort!
The Flint Barns at the picturesque Rathfinny Wine Estate nestled into the South Downs will host a ‘Father’s Day lunch in a Vineyard’ with home cooked food made from locally sourced ingredients and a chance to take dads on a stroll round the beautiful Rathfinny Trail before or after lunch.
Both ends of Eastbourne’s seafront are home to deliciously fantastic events perfect for a Father’s Day outing. At Princes Park find Eastbourne Feastival from 18-19 June, a celebration of international foods, music and culture in a beautiful seaside location. Wander down to Eastbourne Pier to discover more exotic foods and lots more at the Seafront World Market from 16-19 June.
The Redoubt Fortress is offering free entry to Dads this Father’s Day (with a full paying child or grown-up child), making it the perfect opportunity to treat history-loving dads. Explore two new WW1 exhibitions, ‘For Hearth, Home and Honour?’ and ‘Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War’, grab a coffee from the vintage Outpost Café and soak up the sun in the fortress grounds.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “They say food is the way to a man’s heart, so why not show your Dad some love this Father’s Day by heading to Eastbourne and tucking into one of the many fabulous foodie events on offer? We have sparkling wines, international delicacies and free entry to Eastbourne’s 200-year-old fortress all on offer, and this is just for starters; Eastbourne is truly the perfect family destination this Father’s Day!”
Another sparkling way to get dads into the great outdoors is on a Fizz on Foot Father’s Day special tour, complete with a guided walk across the South Downs and through historic Alfriston Village, a vineyard with 4 wine tastings, a buffet lunch and coffee at Charleston Farmhouse.
Bateman’s 17th Century country house in nearby Burwash, former home of literary icon Rudyard Kipling is doing Father’s Day Tea in its own unique way; with hot mini Yorkshire puddings, posh fish-finger rolls and home-made mini pasties. Whilst the beautiful Sheffield Park in nearby Uckfield is hosting a Father’s Day BBQ and extending the garden’s opening hours until 9pm for midsummer evening wanderings.
For dads who like art and culture head to Towner Art Gallery out and discover the gallery’s current free exhibition, ‘Recording Britain’, which documents the changing landscape of Britain during the Second World War through a series of 49 watercolour paintings.
Knockhatch Adventure Park makes the perfect location for families with little ones, as Dads go free on 19 June and can also have a free go at Clay Shooting. Dads of an older generation can enjoy a Traditional Afternoon Concert at Eastbourne’s seafront Bandstand listening to traditional concert band music from The Cholsey Silver Band.