There are a wide range of special shopping events and late night opening evenings in Eastbourne this Christmas. The festivities kick off with the St Wilfred Hospice Christmas Shopping Weekend on 3, 4 and 5 December. The event starts with ‘Little Christmas’ in Little Chelsea on Friday evening, 3rd December. Following its success last year, both Grove Road and South Street will be closed to traffic once more and the area filled with attractions and entertainment for the whole family, including festive food and drink, choir singing and live music. The specialist shops and boutiques will also remain open for a spot of late-night shopping.
Sovereign FM, Eastbourne’s local radio station, will be in town throughout the weekend, beginning in Little Chelsea on the Friday evening. On Saturday and Sunday at Bankers Corner in the town centre their top presenters will be on hand to entertain the crowds with fun, games and competitions along with the best music.
There will be entertainment from local choirs, schools and bands on the stage and at the Railway Station and Enterprise Shopping Centre. Mall performers will keep you entertained throughout the weekend in the Arndale Centre.
The Enterprise Centre will be serving their traditional mulled wine and mince pies to all shoppers and Father Christmas will be greeted by the magical sound of the Sovereign Singers singing Christmas Carols as he opens his grotto giving free toys to every child who visits. They will also have their wonderful reindeer back again from 11am on the Saturday. Of course the amazing unique shopping experience, with over 50 shops, will help you find that special gift or tasty treat for Christmas.
Once again, local businesses will compete in the Fancy Dress Competition with many of the town centre shops and businesses getting into costume and the festive spirit to add fun and sparkle to the town centre over the weekend event.
Father Christmas and the reindeer parade starts from the Cavendish Hotel at around 10.15am then through the town to the Enterprise Centre where they will be from 11am to 2pm.
A Fantastic traditional Victorian style Funfair will be coming to Langney Road with games, rides and fun for all the family. Try them all and see which you enjoy the most.
The Continental Market will include over 50 stalls selling delicious local Christmas goodies and present ideas. Festively dressed, this market will add to the festive feel of the event and is open each day and will run from Bankers Corner to TJ Hughes so make sure you don’t miss any of the great offers available. Entertainment, with a special stage area sponsored by Sterling Motors, will be outside TJ Hughes in Terminus Road and means more bands and entertainers will be performing than ever before.
Late Night Shopping
There is plenty of time to get all those Christmas gifts in during Eastbourne’s late night opening special evenings. The Arndale Centre and many of the town centre shops will be open late every Thursday from 18 Nov – 16 Dec.
Sales in Eastbourne
The sales start early in Eastbourne with key stores starting their sales on Boxing Day. The rest of the sales start on Monday 27 December
Boxing Day Sales
Get an early glimpse of the sales as selected shops in Eastbourne open up on Boxing Day including the following at Eastbourne Arndale Shopping Centre: Boots 8.30am to 6pm Next 7am to 7pm BHS 9am to 6pm Primark 9am to 6pm
New Years Day Sales Hit the sales on New Years Day, as selected stores in Eastbourne open up including: Boots 10.30am to 4pm Next 10.30am to 4pm Primark 10.30am to 4pm Sainsburys 9am to 6pm BHS 10am to 5pm
Getting to Eastbourne
Driving to Eastbourne
Eastbourne is conveniently located for driving with the A27, A259 and A22 all taking you there. Journey times, assuming no major delays, are:
* Ashford International (Eurostar) – 1 hr 25 mins
* Brighton – 40 mins
* Dover – 1 hr 50 mins
* Folkestone – 1hr 40 mins
* Gatwick Airport – 1 hr 10 mins
* Heathrow Airport – 1 hr 45 mins
* London – 2 hrs
* Newhaven – 25 mins
Getting to Eastbourne by Train
Eastbourne has regular train services provided by Southern Railways running from early morning until late at night: Train journey times and costs vary slightly depending on the time of day. Off Peak journey times are:
* Ashford International (Eurostar) – 1hr 7 mins
* Brighton – 32 mins
* Gatwick Airport – 54 mins
* Hastings – 25 mins
* London Victoria – 1hr 26 mins
Parking in Eastbourne
Eastbourne has plenty of parking available, with 700 spaces in Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre Car Park and a further 700 Spaces in the Junction Road car park just a few minutes walk from the centre. Town Centre on street parking is pay and display, but there is free uncontrolled parking is available if you are willing to stroll a bit further.
27 December boxing day sales