Eastbourne looking forward to Bank Holiday bonanza

FOLLOWING on from a successful Airbourne, Eastbourne is bracing itself for what is hoped will be a bumper Bank Holiday weekend.

The Sunshine Coast – which already benefits from being able to boast the most sunlight hours of anywhere in the UK – has a host of activities planned.

These include a seafront appearance from one of the country’s leading folk singers, a funfair, medieval festival and an RNLI regatta.

Eastbourne Bandstand will host the award-winning Seth Lakeman on Sunday (August 28) for a special one-off gig where the critically acclaimed singer will be performing tracks from his latest album Hearts and Minds.

Elsewhere crowds will be flocking to Sovereign Harbour’s marina to see the seventh annual Eastbourne RNLI Regatta, complete with yacht racing, powerboat racing, a farmer’s market and a host of water activities.

And in nearby Herstmonceux, a medieval festival is being held from Saturday until Monday, with organisers promising to bring history to life twice daily battle re-enactments, falconry displays, crossbow competitions, puppeteers, a hog roast, and the chance to have a go at archery.

Hellingly’s Broad Farm will also be hosting its annual Festival of Transport. There is also a funfair being held at Princes Park (until August 31), a continental market on Sunday on the seafront and guided tours on offer at the town’s Towner.

Tourism bosses estimate that the town makes upwards of £25million from Airbourne and coupled with the fast-following Bank Holiday, August represents a timely boost to the town’s coffers.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s head of tourism Councillor Neil Stanley said, “We have a fantastic couple of weeks coming up in Eastbourne to mark the end of the school holidays and August Bank Holiday weekend.

“Not only do we have a very special concert by Seth Lakeman to look forward to but we also have dozens of family events and activities taking place, perfect for a last minute break on the south coast.”

The early weather forecasts are not great – with thunder and rain predicted for today (Friday) – but locals are keeping their fingers crossed for some sunshine, particularly in light of the recent study which revealed Eastbourne is the second fastest growing seaside economy.

Travel experts are warning people to be aware of major delays on the roads, particularly in coastal areas likely to attract thousands of weekend visitors and the advice is to leave extra time when heading out anywhere.

For more details on what’s on in Eastbourne go to www.visiteastbourne.com or call 0871 663 0031.