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Family day out in Eastbourne - things to do

PUBLISHED: 10:24 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:24 14 September 2015

Eastbourne © Chris Parker

Eastbourne © Chris Parker

© Chris Parker

Each month, Emily Bamber and her family test-drive days out around Sussex. This month it is the turn of Eastbourne

RAIN

If it’s really pouring down then head to Treasure Island on the Royal Parade. This huge indoor play area has fun on two levels plus a baby area and comfy seats for the grown-ups. If the weather brightens up then head outside to the pirate play area and large paddling pool. Alternatively, families with older kids could try Lloyds Lanes; a 20-channel 10 pin bowling alley on Broadwater Way. Once they’ve tested their skills, they can zap each other in the medieval themed Laser Quest, play pool and grab a burger at the diner.

• 01323 411077; treasure-island.co.uk

• 01323 509999; davidlloyd.co.uk

SHINE

With its beautiful, award-winning beaches, Eastbourne is the ideal place for an old-fashioned day at the seaside. Walk along the promenade and you’ll find children’s play areas, splash parks, gardens, mini golf and stalls selling buckets, spades and ice cream. For a treat take little ones on the Dotto Seafront Train or pop into the Pirate School at the Redoubt Fortress. Fort Fun is a great choice for older children – think towering water slides, dodgems and a Victorian Carousel.

• 01323 410611; visiteastbourne.com

• 01323 642833; fortfun.co.uk

FAMILY LUNCH

Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chips - This chic chippy between the pier and the bandstand offers takeaway food or restaurant seating with colouring sheets and a kids’ menu. 01323 417454; harryramsdens.co.uk

Western View - Enjoy views towards Beachy Head from this new glass-fronted café on the beach near the Wish Tower. A great place for coffees, light lunches and snacks. 01323 415779; visiteastbourne.com

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