The extent of my knowledge of Eastbourne was that it’s for the oldies and so probably a bit boring!! However, we had an action packed, chocolate fuelled, fun few days there. We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity of a gorgeous house rental a few streets back from the beach for Newbies first holiday. The location was fab as we didn’t have the usual hysteria getting two rascals into car seats every time we went out. Unfortunately there was still the daily battle of asking Chief Rascal to put his shoes on 3,654 times every time we left the house.
A highlight of the week was our trip to Drusillas Park. This place has everything, splash park, outdoor adventure playground, train ride, and animals. The path from the entrance leads you through the animals first. Our favourites were the tortoises and cotton topped monkeys, super cute. There is walk through exhibits that are fab for the little rascals, they can get up close with the Lemurs, Lorikeets and if your brave enough the bats!! My little rascal loved the Hello Kitty tea cups and car ride in the Hello Kitty area.
It’s pretty flat all around the park so accessible for prams and wheelchairs. There are plenty of options to buy food and drinks, they even have a little Costa. We ate at the burger place, the food has the usual theme park price tag but the chicken burger was areal piece of chicken and actually pretty good. There was a decent sized picnic area, with loads of picnic benches, when we go again we will save some pennies and take packed lunch.
The whole park was really clean. We went on a Sunday in the school holidays, it was busy but you didn’t feel like it was overcrowded. We hardly queued at all for any thing in the morning. A ticket for a family of three was £57 which I didn’t think was too bad compared to other parks where you could pay that for one person. You definitely need a full day there, we didn’t have time to do it all. Gutted we missed the interactive maze you can spin a wheel and it’ll tell you which path to take. Would we go back to do the bits we missed? Definitely! We loved this place.
Here are our other top picks for Eastbourne:
Allllll aboard……Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park is a pure gem and a bargain day out to boot. We paid £13.50 entry fee for all 4 of us to get in. There are two entry price options – £5.25 for one go on the train or £7.25 for unlimited rides and under 3’s are free. The miniature train takes you on a scenic trip around a lake, through the tunnel and over a couple of bridges, I don’t know who was more excited!!
There’s a well equipped children’s play area spread over quite a decent area, the Chief Rascal loved climbing the little hill and running across the bridge. There’s also a separate toddler play area. You can take a meander around the lake and stop off and get lost in the maze. Chief Rascal did a good job at leading us around to find the railway signal. On the other side of the lake there’s another small children’s play area with little wendy houses. We were there for 3 hours but could have easily been there longer if we didn’t all need to head home for a nap.
Continuing with the theme of trains, there’s a great land train from Eastbourne pier. This is £2 a person and takes you all along the sea front, from the pier in either the direction of the marine or to Beachy Head. We took it in the direction of the marine as you can jump out at Treasure Island Pirate Adventure – this is right on the beach front and lots of fun for the rascals. On a miserable day in the school holidays the indoor soft play was as much chaos as you would expect. So we beelined for the Long John Silvers Outdoor Adventure. The pirate play was ace with planks to walk, netting to climb and a wheeeee inducing curly wurly slide. If it wasn’t a touch on the cold side we may have had a little splash in the crocodile infested lagoon!!
No trip to the seaside is complete without the obligatory ice cream. Fusciardi’s is a must, the ice creams here are immense! A range of chocolate sprinkled cones and huge scoops of the most delicious ice cream. Chief Rascal never one to turn down an ice cream had a full on chocolate affair that tasted like it could have been melted chocolate. Delicious!
Other things to check out in Eastbourne:
- Walk to the end of the Eastbourne pier, then get fish and chips and eat them on the beach
- Take a picnic to Princes Park – walk around the lake and see the ducks, swans and little boats. There are two decent children’s play parks and a splash park, all accessible with prams and for wheelchairs.
- Hop on the sightseeing bus to Beachy Head for some windswept walks and to the see the lighthouse
- The Potteryshelf Pottery Painting Cafe where the little rascals can paint their own pottery while you have a cuppa, great for a rainy day.