Great - and cheap - ideas for half term fun

Rock pooling. Eastbourne SUS-160518-120634001
Rock pooling. Eastbourne SUS-160518-120634001

Eastbourne is providing some great family days out this May half term, with literary- themed activities weaved into the Redoubt Fortress’s offering, many visits from some much-loved characters at Drusillas Park and free tennis to watch at the Aegon Eastbourne Trophy.

The Redoubt Fortress, which houses Lewis Carroll’s bed desk from when he regularly holidayed in Eastbourne, is borrowing inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland writer in its Secret World of Words activity week.

Families can go down the rabbit-hole, make their own Wonderland creations, try puppet making, solve Lewis Carroll’s riddles and defeat the Queen of Hearts by creating playing cards.

Next door at the Pavilion, visitors can wander round this year’s free exhibition Making Tracks: Eastbourne’s Bronze Age Mystery, and discover a re-creation of part of the UK’s largest Bronze Age track-way, along with many other burial treasures, including part of a horse’s skeleton.

Cllr Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council lead cabinet member for culture, tourism and enterprise, said, “The May half term is jam-packed with wonderfully fun experiences and what’s amazing is that with so much stunning coast and countryside at your fingertips, a great family day out in Eastbourne won’t cost you the earth.

“Stretch your young ones imaginations by letting them explore the secret world of words at the Redoubt, or stretch their legs and explore the South Downs National Park for a memorable May in Eastbourne.”

Drusillas Park’s brand new wet and wild water attraction, Get Wet will be providing a fountain of fun for all ages this half term, with state-of-the-art sensory play features, splash pad, water jets, twirling streams and more, children can immerse themselves in this tropically inspired colourful installation attraction.

Drusillas will also be welcoming Hello Kitty, The Fat Controller, Peppa Pig and George and brand new characters for this year, Bing and Flop.

There are plenty of ideas for cheap and free days out in Eastbourne too.

Hop aboard the Dotto Train (weekends only) to take in the sights of Eastbourne’s seafront, take a bucket and spade and go rock-pooling and fossil-hunting at Holywell, at the quieter end of the seafront or jump on a bicycle and head to the rolling hills of the South Downs for a family cycle ride along some of Sussex’s most stunning countryside.

The town also has a wide range of picnic spots in its many open spaces such as Gildredge, Princes or Hampden Park.

The Aegon Trophy coming to Eastbourne for the second time attracts some of the world’s top, up and coming women tennis players from May 28 to June 4.

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