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Local Events and Attractions

Lots to do in the local area - whether your stay is for leisure, business or group travel, explore what's going on outside of the hotel too!


What's on at Towner this season?

Towner is an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum.  It presents major exhibitions of the UK and international contemporary art – and as a museum, it has a renowned collection of art from across the ages, and even an Art Store Tour through their archives as well as a new cultural cinema auditorium space.

Just a few minutes' walk from The Grand Hotel, The Towner Gallery can be found at Devonshire 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.

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

To find out what films are now showing in the Towner Auditorium Cinema 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. 

Find out more at

Twitter - @coastalculturalt

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. 

One of the top kids days out in Sussex, enjoy an animal and child friendly environment where the focus is always on fun finding out...

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. 

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 and National Trust information centre.

For more information on the South Downs please click here

Devonshire Park, Congress & Royal Hippodrome 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.

Visit Eastbourne Theatre's Official website to see What's on at the theatre!

The Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, opened in 1883 and is Eastbourne's oldest theatre, recently undergone major restoration works including a facade restoration in 2018 and a foyer extension in 2019 the theatre shows touring productions and one-night shows year-round.


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.

Click here for more information.

Nigel Greaves Art Gallery

Nigel Greaves Gallery is Eastbourne's Premier Award Winning Contemporary Art Gallery situated behind the Grand on Compton Street.

The new exhibition is now on featuring original landscapes, seascapes, abstract & figurative works

Nigel Greaves Gallery, Grand Hotel Buildings, (behind the Grand Hotel), Eastbourne. Telephone 01323 638268

Open daily 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.

To find out more visit


Rathfinny Wine Estate Vineyard

Rathfinny Wine Estate was established in 2010 near Alfriston in the South Downs of Sussex, one of England’s exceptional natural landscapes, with the express intention of producing some of the world’s best sparkling wine.

Rathfinny occupies a perfect south-facing slope, just three miles from the sea, and its climate, chalk soils and aspect make it probably the most perfect place to produce wine in a region that is already producing some of the best, award winning English sparkling wines.

As well as producing Sussex wines, Rathfinny Wine Estate is open for tours and wine tasting, delicious lunches and dinners in the Tasting Room restaurant and a night away in the heart of the Vineyard at the Flint Barns.

For more information visit the Rathfinny website here.

Stargaze in Style

Throughout the year guests can attend Stargazing with Eastbourne Astronomical Society at Western Lawns, just opposite the hotel with the next event planned for the evening of 28th March 2020.

In addition, you can also visit one of the many open Star Gazing evenings at the former Royal Observatory in nearby Herstmonceux. Enjoy the fabulous atmosphere that surrounds the Observatory at night and, weather permitting look through some of the largest telescopes in the country!

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