Hundreds flock to the sunshine coast

Beach Eastbourne Easter. April 23rd 2011 E17041M
Beach Eastbourne Easter. April 23rd 2011 E17041M

VISITORS from far and wide flocked to the town last weekend and with another action-packed Bank Holiday on the way, Eastbourne is bracing itself for another influx of tourists.

Holiday-makers from as far-flung places as Estonia, China, Canada, Spain and France packed into the town’s hotels as visitors enjoyed the sizzling sunshine and holiday atmosphere.

A free event at Eastbourne Bandstand on Sunday saw more than 1,300 people pack into the iconic seafront building to enjoy the Eastbourne Silver Band.

Eastbourne Borough Council tourism development manager Annie Wills said, “What a fantastic weekend. The weather was just perfect for the whole four days and the high number of visitors flocking to the seaside to make the most of the sunshine brings a great boost to the Eastbourne economy.

“The Easter Day bandstand concert was a roaring success and with dozens of positive messages on Twitter and Facebook from visitors enjoying their time in Eastbourne, it seems the destination was a popular choice for the late Easter Bank Holiday.”

Although residents are gearing up for another weekend of festivities – with street-party organisers itching to deck out the town for the royal wedding – there are fears the event could be a wash-out.

Weather forecasts suggest Eastbourne’s run of sunshine could come to an end on Friday with a burst of light showers and only sunny intervals on Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures are forecast drop to around 15 C.

But council event organisers are determined the May Day Bank Holiday will not be a damp squib.

Friday’s Picnic in the Park celebration for the royal wedding is followed by the return of Eastbourne’s free motoring spectacular Magnificent Motors on Saturday and Sunday, which attracts more than 25,000 visitors.

For more information on what’s on in Eastbourne or to find places to stay go to www.visiteastbourne.com or call 0871 663 0031.