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.
29 September, 2019 - 2 February, 2020 - David Nash: 200 Seasons
15 June - 31 May, 2020 - Lothar Götz Dance Diagonal Brewers Towner Commission
23 November, 2019 - 10 May, 2020 - BRINK: Caroline Lucas curates the Towner Collection
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 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 coastalculturetrail.com
Twitter - @coastalculturalt
Instagram - townergallery
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 and enjoy the mesmerising Rainforest Carasel. It's no ordinary zoo, it's no ordinary day out!
OPEN DAILY from 10 am (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 www.drusillas.co.uk
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.
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 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.
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.
For more information on South Down please click here.
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.
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 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 www.nigelgreavesgallery.co.uk
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.
Eastbourne's location close to the South Downs National Park makes it perfect for stargazers. Guest staying at the Grand can join in the Dark Skies Festival from Friday 7 February – Sunday 23 February 2020 with a range of Celestial Events.
Throughout the year guests can also attend Stargazing with Eastbourne Astronomical Society at Western Lawns, just opposite the hotel with the first event on 4th January followed by 1st and 29th February and then 28th March, or visit one of the many open evenings at the former Royal Observatory in nearby Herstmonceux.