When school’s out later this month, family fun is well and truly in, as Eastbourne welcomes brand new vintage racing pedal cars at the Redoubt Fortress, and at the Bandstand, weekly Kids Party Nights bring the beats and sounds of the pop charts for families at the iconic seafront venue.
This year sees the Bandstand mixing things up on a Tuesday evening, with Kids Party Disco Nights alternating weekly with Live Band Party Nights, each providing a slightly different atmosphere, whilst both pumping out chart topping hits and family favourite tunes.
The favourite kid’s event in the busy Bandstand calendar kicks off on 26 July with ‘DJ Oli’ getting the school summer holidays started with a party set, and ‘AKA’ taking to the stage on 2 August for the first live band night. Following on from this, every Tuesday the Bandstand arena will fill up with young music fans dancing, singing and celebrating a long summer break.
The addition of the popular family night carries the Bandstand into peak season with a seven-day-a-week concert programme at the seafront venue throughout August. Other highlights include weekly firework displays at 1812 Wednesday night concerts and a brand new tribute to current pop-Prince, Bruno Mars on 26 August.
The concerts join a packed programme of family-fun activities this year in Eastbourne from a brand new exhibition at the Redoubt Fortress exploring Seaside Holidays in Eastbourne since the 1800’s, as well as Tyro Lifeguard courses on the beach and the award-winning airshow, Airbourne.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “One again the Summer holidays in Eastbourne brings bucket loads of family-fun, and with an ever-growing family market and more and more people choosing to holiday at home in the UK, the sunny seaside resort is all set to welcome its many thousands of visitors throughout the school summer break.”
A Trip Down Seaside Summer Memory Lane
At the Redoubt Fortress children can get hands-on with the summer-long ‘Eastbourne Seaside Holiday’ exhibition which details Eastbourne’s journey from a Victorian seaside ‘tennis town’ to a 1970’s mass market seaside resort.
In the free exhibition, young visitors can make postcards and crafty holiday memorabilia, don a sunhat and moustache and pose on a deckchair to recreate a vintage photograph from the past, discover what family holidays were like in 19th Century Eastbourne, as described in the diary of a young Victorian girl holidaying in 1873, watch short tourism films from yesteryear and enjoy posing for pictures in peep-through photo boards.
The fun continues in the parade ground where younger children can delight in riding around in vintage racing pedal cars and balance bikes for free, whilst mums and dads relax with a coffee from the vintage Outpost café.
The exhibition is completely free and open daily at the Redoubt from 10am-5pm from 23 July – 5 September.
High Flying Jets, Girl Bands and a Classic Seaside Puppet Show
From 11 – 14 August, Eastbourne’s award-winning free international airshow, Airbourne returns for four days of high flying jets and incredible aircraft displays, plus chart-topping girl band ‘Stooshe’ take to the Airbourne Live Stage on Saturday 13 August at 5.15pm.
Returning for the 26th year, Punch and Judy provides traditional seaside laughter for free on the Wish Tower Slopes at 12.30pm and 2pm every Tuesday and Thursday from 26 July, making for a wonderful way to enjoy entertainment for free on Eastbourne seafront.
Safety on the Beach in Fun Lifeguard Courses
Tyro Lifeguard courses for able swimmers aged 8 – 14 are run by Eastbourne Lifeguards and are a great way to teach children the importance of beach safety by introducing rescue skills, basic first aid, paddle board training and more in a fun and safe environment, with both morning and afternoon courses available to book onto.