Interesting Facts about Eastbourne!

Since lockdown, Eastbourne shop vacancies are up to 9.2%

Still well below the national average

695 retailers and hospitality outlets welcome you and are open for business in Eastbourne town centre


4.9 million visitors come to Eastbourne each year and spend £287 million

£129 million is spent each year by day visitors

13% of the total £287million spend each year comes from overseas visitors

Tourism is worth over £388m to the local economy and supports 8,037 jobs

The latest figures from Duport show that in Q1 2015 Eastbourne had the highest company registrations in history

Eastbourne is in the Top 10 of the UK’s happiest towns

We are the Eastern Gateway to Britain’s newest National Park and the nearest National Park to London.

Award winning events include Airbourne – Tourism Event of the Year 2015-16 (Beautiful South Awards) and Best Free Airshow 2015

After a record year for female director appointments in 2009 Eastbourne is still above national average for  female director appointments

The MCS Good Beach Guide rates Eastbourne seawater “Excellent”

Eastbourne is expecting over £200 million inward investment up to 2020 (Arndale Centre £85m, Devonshire Park Conference and Tennis Centre £44m, Sovereign Centre £24m, local shopping centre £15m, town centre roads £3m, Eastbourne College £33m)

According to the Met Office, Eastbourne is the sunniest place in the UK

31.4% of the population of Eastbourne is under 30 years old

The average age is just 43

52% of Eastbourne residents are of ABC1 Socio-Economic Grouping

According to Expedia (July ’14) Eastbourne is the 2nd most popular beach escape in the UK

Average weekly earnings in Eastbourne are £509 per week while womens’ wages are actually higher at £522! (In 2016 according to East Sussex in Figures.)

Eastbourne has the UK’s only 5* seaside hotel – the much loved Grand Hotel

Eastbourne has appeared in these blockbuster movies; Harry Potter; James Bond The Living Daylights; Brighton Rock; Made in Dagenham; Pearl Harbour; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Diana to name but a few!

Eastbourne has featured in some great Television shows including; Poirot; The Lives and Loves of a She Devil;  Little Britain; Foyle’s War; Miss Marple; Top Gear; That Mitchell and Webb Look

With perfect temperatures and chalky soil East Sussex is excellent for producing world class Sussex Sparkling wines and frequently beats Champagne in blind tastings

Debussy wrote “La Mer” at The Grand Hotel in 1905

We have the UK’s busiest Bandstand

Sovereign Harbour is Europe’s largest man-made marina

William the Conqueror landed at Pevensey in 1066 and we haven’t looked back since!

Details updated February 2017


Sources include:

Eastbourne Borough Council; The Office of National Statistics(ONS); Census 2011; Brighton Argus Dec 2012; Nomis 2013; Eastbourne Town Centre Manager; East Sussex in Figures; Tourism South East 2012; CSMA 2010; Eastbourne Borough Council; Town Team; Duport News Centre; The Telegraph Newspaper August 23rd 2013.