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Events around the Local Area

What's on at Towner this season?

Towner is an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum.  It presents major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art – and as a museum, it has a renowned collection of art from across the ages. 

Just a few minutes' walk from The Grand Hotel, The Towner Gallery can be found at evonshire Park College Road Eastbourne BN21 4JJ +44 (0)1323 434670

Open 10.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays and their events are usually Free Admission.

29 September, 2018 - 6 January, 2019 - The Everyday and Extraordinary

13 October, 2018 - 28 October, 2018 - Film London Jarman Award 2018

13 October, 2018 - 27 January, 2019 - Simon Ling

10 November, 2018 - 27 January, 2019 - Hannah Perry: GUSH

5 April, 2019 - 2 June, 2019 - Draw Me In: Exploring different ways to understand what drawing is - led by a steering group of teachers & artists who are putting children at the centre of their work

For a full listing of all upcoming EXHIBITIONS please click here

Also, to see if you are interested in the Towner's EVENTS please click here

The Grand Hotel and Coastal Cultural Trail

The Grand in Eastbourne has teamed up with Internationally acclaimed Towner Gallery.  Stay at the hotel and follow the Coastal Cultural Trail to enjoy contemporary art by the sea.  The trail links 25 miles of coastline linking Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne to De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

Complete the trail by foot or bicycle and enjoy some incredible off-road routes suitable for all the family.  Pick up the Coastal Cultural Trail passport from either the galleries or the hotel and enjoy 20% off in one of the shops you visit once you have visited all three.

Find out more at

Twitter - @coastalculturalt

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Instagram - townergallery

Drusilla's - Probably the best Small Zoo in the country!

Situated just 6 miles from Eastbourne, Drusilla's Zoo Park if a fantastic day out for the whole family. 

It is up there in the Top Tourist Attractions in East Sussex and widely regarded as the best small Zoo in the country.  So get nose to nose with nature and experience the most memorable day out.

Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes animals, adventure play and rides! With the zoo at the heart of Drusillas, you’ll come face to face with hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas, and be sure not to miss the walk-through enclosures – Lemurland and Lory Landing. However, animals are only half the fun! Your little monkeys will adore themed adventure play areas including Go Wild!, Go Bananas!, Amazon Adventure and Get Wet! - the ultimate splash pad experience! And don’t miss both Hello Kitty Secret Garden with three popular rides in a beautiful garden setting or the roar-some attraction Go Safari! where you’ll soar into the skies with the exciting Hippopotobus and Flying Cheetah rides or adventure through the zoo on the Safari Express train.

OPEN DAILY from 10am (closed 24/25/26 Dec). Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, East Sussex, about 7 miles from Eastbourne. Tel: 01323 874100 or visit the website

Beachy Head

The most magnificent scenery from up high at Beachy Head (actually the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK!)

From here you can breathe the fresh sea air and let your kite enjoy the thermals.  Beautiful sunsets across to Birling Gap, lovely walking pathways too, overlooking the pretty red & white striped lighthouse, and views across Eastbourne town and its Victorian pier in the opposite direction. 

Plenty of parking space to drive, or why not catch the town's open-topped bus with historical commentary from Eastbourne Pier to Birling Gap on its South Downs Way route?

Visit Eastbourne Open Topped Bus and more...

The Observatory Science Centre

Enjoy hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a former world famous observatory. With over 100 interactive science exhibits, as well as Telescope Tours, Open Evenings to view the night sky, Astronomy Courses and many Special Events throughout the year, our aim is to make science spectacular and fun for everyone.

Wartling Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN

For prices and opening times, click for information or contact: The Observatory Science Centre

Cuckmere Haven - Seven Sisters Country Park & Nature Reserve

Cuckmere Haven is a great place to explore on foot, by bicycle or by canoe, particularly along the spectacular meanders of the Cuckmere River and is part of the Seven Sisters Country Park.  It is situated at Exceat in East Sussex, just off the A259 between Eastbourne and Seaford. It is easily accessible from anywhere in the South East but to preserve the unspoilt beauty of the South Downs they prefer you to leave your car at home.
The park is well served by public transport.
Buses 13 & 12 from Brighton/Eastbourne, and from further along the coast, stop at the Park entrance

The Visitor Centre is situated in an 18th century barn, and provides useful information on the Park with displays and exhibitions. There is also a shop with leaflets, maps and souvenirs on sale.
The Farmhouse Restaurant provides home baked fare of traditional and continental cuisine. The restaurant is open daily throughout the year and caters for individuals and groups.

Telephone 01323 870218 for further details.

Cuckmere Cycle Route

South Downs National Park & Birling Gap

The South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of breath-taking views and hidden gems.

Discover the white cliffs of Seven Sisters, rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths or enjoy our ‘picture perfect’ villages, traditional country pubs or flourishing vineyards, and beach walks and sunsets across Birling Gap.

Devonshire Park and Congress Theatres

The Devonshire Park and Congress Theatres show a full range of work presented includes major touring productions and one-night shows year-round.

Just a few minutes' stroll from the hotel, experience some wonderful entertainment during your stay.

What's on at the theatre

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Visit the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1823 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles - 20 miles from the Grand Hotel and easily accessible by car, bus or train.

The Royal Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by HM The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt. The Royal Pavilion Tearoom, with its fabulous balcony, overlooks the Pavilion gardens, which have also been returned to their original Regency splendour.

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