Grand Parade Main Resort Beach

Grand Parade Main Resort Beach

Grand Parade Main Resort Beach
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chrissieb94
Dorset, UK3,003 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It was lovely to walk along the promenade on a beautifully sunny day in October. There are different levels to walk - beach level, street level and one in between. Beautifully maintained flower bed border the walkways. There are a number of cafes and a bandstand (which did have a concert on one evening).
Written 30 October 2023
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Fleur McQuillan
Pevensey, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I went there with my dad to go for a walk along the seafront and the beach. The beach was beautiful especially the sea and the ocean waves. They were lots of people as it was a lovely sunny day. I loved it, it was amazing.
Written 3 August 2023
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK16,156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
While my wife was shopping in the Beacon Centre, I took our dog for a walk along the promenade. (As far as I'm concerned, I had the better deal because this is certainly a very good walking area). A good level, well-maintained area with some well-cared-for flower beds. As it is level, it is both wheelchair and pushchair friendly. However, it is on different levels and, although there are plenty of stairs between the different levels, you have to keep an eye open for the slopes. There are a number of cafes on the beach level and the bandstand is a good sun-trap when the wind is blowing. The only bit of a downside is that the beach is shingle, not sand.
Written 31 July 2023
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,640 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is a busy walking area for locals and visitors alike. It has 3 levels, we found the top level the best, many benches to rest and watch the world go round and nice flower beds to admire.
Written 25 June 2023
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Wouldyouadamandeveit
Solo Mio Birmingham - Bhx.77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Excellent for walking with 3 tiers to choose from & lovely gardens to look at, the bandstand makes an excellent sun trap to sit in when the wind is about.
Written 4 May 2023
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Fiona F
Eastbourne, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Just love being on Eastbourne beach - it's my happy place. Swimming in the sea feels pretty safe with lifeguards available although Southern Water have been allowed to discharge into the sea sometimes which is annoying. The "Surfers Against Sewage" app is probably essential for all British beaches, sadly but Eastbourne is generally clear.
Written 3 October 2022
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Brian T
London, UK8,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
The temptation to compare Eastbourne’s main beach to that of its near neighbour Brighton is strong, but they serve different demographics and each offer. It has a a muck lower profile than Brighton, and that brings some clear advantages. It is less crowded, and the atmosphere is more relaxed, less frenetic, more laid back, and much more quiet. It’s a enjoyable spot to visit, for beach activities if the weather permits, or for a stroll and some photography as was the purpose of my visit.

In many respects it’s a typical south coast beach. It’s a shingle / pebble beach, divided up by a series of wooden groins. There’s about three miles of wide shingle beach all up, though the main beach section stretches from the Martello tower (the Wish Tower) in the south up to the pier.

Backing the beach is the promenade, Grand Parade, lined with grand Victorian hotels which give a glimpse into Eastbourne’s seaside heritage. The other vintage feature along the way is the fine bandstand with its curious roof, nicely preserved as a little slice of classic British seaside heritage. It features concerts and activities during the year, including traditional, proms, fireworks and kids concerts.. Towards the pier end of the main beach area you will find the famous Floral Carpet Gardens. And of course the beach’s most notable, and most visited attraction, is its lengthy pier. There is both paid and free parking also the seafront.

There’s two footpaths along this stretch of beach, the Middle Parade at road level, and the Lower Parade, at the beach level. As you stroll along either of these footpaths, you’ll catch a glimpse of the various features the beach has to offer. There’s safe bathing in zones that are patrolled by lifeguards between June and September, some colourful old bathing boxes, and bathing cabins available for rent, refreshment stands, a first aid post, toilet and shower facilities, baby changing facilities, and even a lost child centre. There’s deck chairs for hire on warm sunny days, though the beach was empty on the day of my visit because the weather was windy and wild (though punctuated with with sunshine and blue skies). There’s various seaside amusements for the children. So there is plenty to see, do and enjoy on the main resort beach in Eastbourne for the whole family. The clean bathing water is ideal for swimming and water sports. What warmed my heart was the volume of elderly people, and those requiring mobility assistance such as wheelchairs and scooters, out and about enjoying the bracing air and the various facilities of the beach. The paths are flat and even and very conducive to those who may require assistance. There is lots of seating to rest weary legs. And around and about there are numerous local cafes, eateries and restaurants offering a choice of food and drink options.

At the southern end of the beach you’ll see the Ferris wheel, and the curios Martello tower, called the Wish Tower. It was one of 74 Martello Towers built along the south coast to defend against Napoleon in the early 1800’s. The Wish Tower built on grassed slopes is number 73. A short walk away is the Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum & Shop.

The main attraction and prominent feature of the beach is of course Eastbourne Pier. It is 1,000ft long. It opened in 1870 and is a grand pier with an impressive pavilion at the seaward end. However, over the years it has suffered at the hands of storms, German bombs and more recently a fire in 2014. However, the pier has been fully repaired and is open for business as usual. It contains a plethora of places for food and drink, the likes of fish and chips, gyros, and spots for morning and afternoon teas. There’s souvenir stalls, and a huge amusement arcade at the seaward end, offering all the attractions of a fairground amusement parlour. The pier has been beautifully restored and even though I wasn’t particularly in the amusement arcade, the whole pier is visually pleasing, clean and neat, with plenty of seating options, and of course fine views of the coast stretching towards Beachy Head in the south, and the beach area too the north.

It’s the main attraction of Eastbourne and should be appreciated by all visitors to the city.
Written 29 September 2022
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Tony36
Crowborough, UK1,009 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
"Just what the doctor ordered"! so to speak. What a clean and pleasant area. Plenty to see and benches to sit on. The town can be proud of its gardeners who work hard to keep all the beds looking so smart and colourful.
Written 9 September 2022
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Eastbourne
Eastbourne, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Looked very well maintained. Nice Sea creatures On the bay. If your lucky you may even find a Tiny Hermit Crab! I wouldn't Recommend To stay longer Than 2 Hours, Due To British Weather, You Probably will Get catched in the wind. Had A Lovely Picnic Here Aswell.
Written 16 April 2022
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70ish
Worcester, UK2,119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
A long wide pebble beach with a wide promenade and beautiful gardens. There are cafes and ice cream outlets, public toilets and plenty of seating
Written 21 November 2021
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