Kids Party Nights and more for school summer break

Eastbourne Bandstand hosts kids parties SUS-150716-154557001
Eastbourne Bandstand hosts kids parties SUS-150716-154557001

As the town’s youngsters look forward to six weeks off school, Eastbourne Borough Council is reminding parents there is no need to go away because there are plenty of events to keep the whole family entertained.

Eastbourne’s iconic Bandstand kicks off a packed programme of summer holiday events as Kids Party Nights get into full swing every Tuesday night.

The weekly concert for families every is fast becoming a highlight in the summer holiday calendar, filling up the bandstand arena with young music fans dancing to the latest chart hits and family favourites.

Beginning July 28, the addition of the popular family night brings a seven-day-a-week concert programme to the seafront venue throughout August, with other highlights including weekly 1812 fireworks and a Friday night One Direction Experience tribute show.

The concerts join a packed programme of family activities this year in Eastbourne from a summer Pirate School at the Redoubt Fortress to Tyro Lifeguard courses and a new panto-style Treasure Island show at the Royal Hippodrome.

Cllr Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council lead cabinet member for tourism, said, “We’ve seen a huge growth in our family audiences here in recent years so we’re offering even more fun this year.

“Forget heading to a holiday park, we’ve got a packed entertainment programme here this summer from morning until night to keep little ones entertained, as well as keeping mums and dads happy too.”

At the Redoubt Fortress, Pirate School opens for new recruits from July 23 with drop-in activities including pirate dress-up, walking the plank, sword fighting tips, pirate language, digging for treasure and mock cannon firing.

During Little Treasure’ week from August 24 to 30, the Royal Hippodrome takes you on a magical trip into the world of ‘Treasure Island’ from the 27th featuring pirates and princesses, CITV’s Chris Edgerley and CBBC Tracy Beaker star Danni Harmer.

On the beach from July 27, Tyro Lifeguard courses run by Eastbourne Lifeguards are a fantastic way to keep young surf dudes happy. The courses, for able swimmers aged eight to 14, teach important beach rescue skills, basic first aid, paddle board training and include the Tyro Legends Challenge!

Finally, Punch and Judy will be provided free on the Wish Tower Slopes every Tuesday and Thursday from July 23 (except 13 August), with Eastbourne’s very own Ray Sparks, celebrating his 25th anniversary with a special show on 25 August.

For more information on summer holiday events, visit

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