EASTBOURNE will have some spooky surprises in store this month.
Explore the Napoleonic Fortress in search of headless horses and ghostly trails, stake out the fun with fang-tastic surprises at Drusillas Park or let the kids’ imaginations run wild with The Big Draw at the award-winning Towner.
From the chance to take part in BBC Reel History Live to carrying out fascinating experiments in a Twilight Special, and from cheering on more than 1,700 runners, walkers and joggers in the Beachy Head Marathon to watching the antics of Stick Man at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne has plenty to keep families entertained during the October half-term.
Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet member for tourism and leisure Councillor Neil Stanley said, “What a fantastic line up of activities we have to look forward to in Eastbourne this autumn with so much to choose from.”
On October 22, The Towner is teaming up with the Redoubt Fortress to take part in BBC’s Reel History Live.
Visit the gallery and watch archive footage from the region alternating with poignant new short film A Picture of Sussex and then hop on a free shuttle bus to the Redoubt for interactive wartime performances and a tea dance by Rag Roof Theatre Company.
Redoubt visitors will also have the chance to browse their Button Museums of Memories and donate their own button and memory.
Towner will host The Big Draw across the opening weekend of half-term with families invited to create huge sculptures.
On October 22, artist Lynn Weddle and writer Ella Burns will help children to turn Towner into one big drawing and create a hanging sculpture of words, while October 23 will see photographer Alexander Brattell and artist Jane Henderson helping children to make fun drawings from digital creations and work on a growing sculpture to tumble around Towner.
Drusillas Zoo offers an alternative haunt for families to stake out with a week of spooky surprises from October 22–31.
Venture through the creepy cobwebbed corridors of The Haunted Cottage into the terror-tory of Winifred the Witch as she plays hide and shriek with the unsuspecting visitors or jump aboard Thomas the Tank Engine to complete the Pumpkin Challenge.
The Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux offers the chance for children to gets hands-on with science on October 25 and 26 with themed workshops, while Saturday October 29 presents a Family Open Evening with Halloween activities.