East Sussex

Visit East Sussex for green hills and weald-land that look like landscape paintings, towns blitzed by bloody Norman battles and super-cool seaside resorts. There is lots to do and many exciting places visit in East Sussex. Follow the in-crowd to funky Brighton for days splashing off pebble beaches and browsing lanes of alternative boutiques. It's more chilled in family-focused Eastbourne with serene boating lakes, Victorian gardens and wow-factor white cliffs. Don your imaginary armour for days tracing 1066 dramas to abbeys and battlefields in Battle and Hastings. Seagull's eye views across the Channel are best from Beachy Head – a dizzying 531ft (160m) above sea level.

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Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Jump aboard an adrenaline filled boat trip for a close up view of the stunning South Downs National Park coastline and Beachy Head lighthouse.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Step into the world of Rudyard Kipling by visiting his traditional English gardens in Rottingdean, near Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Wildlife skills and forest fun in the South Downs

Wildlife skills and forest fun in the South Downs

Family holidays in the South Downs National Park are perfect for venturing out into the fresh air, to learn about camping, nature and wildlife.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Catch some rays (and your dinner)

Catch some rays (and your dinner)

Explore the coastline in Brighton from the sea and learn the ancient art of kayaking.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Sample Sussex ales and ciders by the sea

Sample Sussex ales and ciders by the sea

Tantalise your taste buds at one of Eastbourne’s spring and autumn food and drink festivals, with local real ales and ciders to choose from.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Breeze up to the Downs

Breeze up to the Downs

The stunning South Downs countryside is just a short bus ride away from the centre of Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Pay a visit to Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House

Pay a visit to Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House

Travel back in time to see how the poets, artists, intellectuals and philosophers of the Bloomsbury Group lived.

Location: Lewes, Sussex

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Get active on a Brighton water sports holiday

Get active on a Brighton water sports holiday

Enjoy an activity holiday in Brighton with a stay at Brighton Marina, where you’ll find all the action is right on your doorstep.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Watch world-class tennis in a beautiful seaside setting

Watch world-class tennis in a beautiful seaside setting

Enjoy world-class tennis and strawberries and cream in a stunning parkland setting, just minutes away from Eastbourne’s beach.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Relive the glitz and glamour of the 1930s in Brighton

Relive the glitz and glamour of the 1930s in Brighton

Forget winter’s dull skies and thick layers of clothing. Unleash your inner glamour puss and hop on a train to Brighton for a 1930s-themed weekend.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Go shopping in Little Chelsea

Go shopping in Little Chelsea

Explore the Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea in Eastbourne for contemporary homewares, art galleries and restored antiques.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Take the ultimate test at Beachy Head Marathon

Take the ultimate test at Beachy Head Marathon

Get yourself fit for this challenging outdoor event and discover the stunning South Downs National Park countryside along the way.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Commemorate the First World War with a cultural holiday in Brighton and Hove, roaming around the city’s lively cultural quarter.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Enjoy shopping and culture on a city break by the sea

Enjoy shopping and culture on a city break by the sea

Whether you’re looking for top notch restaurants or bohemian independent shopping, Brighton offers urban glamour by the bucket load.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Join the biggest Christmas Day party in Britain

Join the biggest Christmas Day party in Britain

Take a trip to Eastbourne for Christmas events galore with live concerts, fun activities and lots of festive cheer guaranteed.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Join Shriek Week this Halloween at Drusillas Zoo

Join Shriek Week this Halloween at Drusillas Zoo

Keep the little horrors happy with a spook-tacular week of fun at the award-winning Drusillas Park, set in stunning South Downs countryside.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Discover contemporary art at three leading coastal galleries, all linked by a scenic and historic cycle route though Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

The Earthship Brighton was the first to be built in England.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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On yer bike and explore Brighton and Hove’s great outdoors

On yer bike and explore Brighton and Hove’s great outdoors

MAMILs (‘middle-aged men in lycra’) and all other cyclists will enjoy exploring Brighton & Hove on an active holiday along the south east coast.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Retro shopping in Rye

Retro shopping in Rye

Rye is home to numerous independent retro and vintage shops, and takes pride in the fact that chain stores are a ‘no, no’ in town.

Location: Rye, East Sussex

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