Channel your inner artist in the South Downs

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Create your own artistic masterpiece at one of the South Downs’ most scenic locations, with stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley.

The picture postcard setting featured at the end of the film ‘Atonement’ is hugely popular for an indulgent escape spent practicing photography and art, with the coastguard cottages the perfect place to pick up a paintbrush.  

Guided by your tutor, both beginners and experienced painters can create a masterpiece in a day of painting from this unique position overlooking the dramatic coastline.

Many artists have painted the Cuckmere Valley, including Eric Ravilious, and more of his work can be discovered in the Ravilious Room at Towner in Eastbourne. This modern gallery features mainly free exhibitions and attracts internationally renowned artists every year. 

More independent galleries and interior designs await you in the Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea. For more ideas on how to spend a relaxing holiday, check out the nearby Owl and Sewing Cat boutique haberdashery, which runs sewing courses for those looking to create their own interiors.

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Coastguard Cottages overlooking the coastCoastguard Cottages © Alison Cotton
Coastguard Cottages and white cliffs in the distanceCoastguard Cottages © Alison Cotton
A painting of Cuckmere Haven by Eric RavilliousA painting of Cuckmere Haven by Eric Ravillious © Eric Ravilious
People looking at paintings at Towner in EastbourneTowner in Eastbourne © Towner Eastbourne
A woman holding patterned materials outside The Owl and Sewing Cat in EastbourneThe Owl and Sewing Cat in Eastbourne © VisitEastbourne

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