This coastal town might conjure up images of OAPs on coach holidays, pesky pebbles in your jelly shoes and hordes of tennis fans at Rothesay International, but Eastbourne is well on its way to becoming an established hub for creatives. The Towner Eastbourne, an eye-catching gallery sporting a vibrant mural by German artist Lothar Götz, has been selected as the official host of the 2023 Turner Prize (from September 28), to tie in with the venue’s centenary year. While you’re in town, it’s also worth heading out to the South Downs National Park, perhaps during the Eastbourne Walking Festival (September 16 to 25), just before the launch of the Turner.
The perfect day After coffee at Beanzz Coffee & Kitchen, head to the seafront and take in the views of Beachy Head. Go for a dip, then grab lunch at Port Hotel. Round off the day with live music at the Dew Drop Inn, Printers Playhouse or The Stage Door.
Plan your trip Alongside the Turner Prize, the town will also play host to Crossing The Screen International Film Festival (March 3 to 5) and Beach Life Music Festival (July 15 to 16). —Melita Cameron-Wood