Visitors flock to new-look Redoubt fortress and cafe

Opening day at the Redoubt cafe
Opening day at the Redoubt cafe

The historic Redoubt fortified itself against bracing Easter temperatures with three times as many visitors as last year.

Despite the coldest Easter on record in Eastbourne, the Redoubt kept busy as it opened for the season and kept customers toasty in its new cafe, The Outpost.

Incredibly, visitor numbers to the Napoleonic fort, which also boasts a museum, were three times higher than last year when the town basked in sunny weather.

The Fortress offered free entrance to the museum over Easter and Eastbourne Borough Council is now offering two for one entry – or half price tickets for the rest of April. This also includes a free return visit at a later date.

In addition The Outpost is offering a buy one get one free on hot drinks to warm up visitors.

Annie Wills, tourism development manager for Eastbourne, said, “It was a delight to see that the Redoubt was filled with keen visitors over the Easter weekend.

“Both the museum and the café provide visitors with an exciting day out and I encourage people to go over the Easter holidays and the up coming summer months.”

The Fortress has a packed year of events ahead starting with the Eastbourne Bonfire Society Rock event this Saturday (April 6).

Membership to become a Friend of the Redoubt is also available, which gives discounts, special offers and newsletters, find out how to join on your next visit.

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