A new guided heritage walk has launched in Eastbourne that will allow local residents to learn all about the town’s history and best kept secrets.
The ‘East of the Pier’ walks last around 90 minutes and is full of information, humour and facts about Eastbourne’s interesting heritage.
The walks, which launched on June 7, focus on real history from the Romans to the Victorians and will help visitors imagine what it was like in working class Eastbourne.
The tour starts at the Pier, where people can learn about how and when it was built and how much it cost, before a visit along the coast where guests will be encouraged to imagine what the splash point looked like before the Queen’s Hotel was constructed.
Walkers can discover interesting facts about Eastbourne’s Salvation Army riots and the town’s oldest place of entertainment - the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, where stars such as Harry Houdini and Bruce Forsyth performed.
Devonshire Ward Councillor Steve Wallis said, “We are delighted to hold the East of the Pier walks to give visitors a unique tour of Eastbourne and all its history.
“We look forward to welcoming guests throughout the summer as there are many interesting facts to tell.”
Georgina Leonard, who runs the Leaf Hall in Seaside and instigated the heritage walk idea, added, “Devonshire holds Eastbourne’s hidden history and this part of the ward offers many fascinating facts about the towns wider development and its vital link to its prosperity. My thanks go to all those who have been involved in the creation of this new heritage walk.”
The walk will also take in sites such as the Tivoli Cinema, popular ice-cream parlour Fusciadis, the Drinking Fountain and Assembly Rooms, Leaf Hall, Marine Baths, Tom Thumb Cottages and the Redoubt Fortress, among many others.
The walks will be fortnightly on Wednesdays (10am) at £7 per person. For details, call 01323 325764.