Stargazing with Eastbourne Astronomical Society

Published: Saturday 24th Jan 2015

Written by: Abi Radford

Reasons to Visit Eastbourne in General

Located on the beautiful Sussex coastline with sweeping coastal scenery of chalk cliffs and shingle sand and enclosed by the awesome South Downs National Park, Eastbourne is the perfect seaside destination! And we are lucky enough (and so are you) to have a number of fantastic holiday cottages available in the area to fulfil all of your needs. (To find these properties go to the ‘location, location, location’ drop down box on our homepage).

Eastbourne is a thriving seaside town with lots to see and do however it has a slower pace of life than neighbouring Brighton and Hove and therefore offers the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. However, with Brighton and Hove only 17 miles away and connected with a good rail and road service you have the best of both worlds if you decide you want to go out and explore the city! There is so much choice in Eastbourne, and there really is something for everyone to enjoy. By day you can enjoy a stroll along the seafront or through the beautiful gardens, by night you can enjoy dining in one of the many restaurants and perhaps indulge in a trip to the theatre. Additionally, the South Downs National Park is close by and there are plenty of pleasant walking opportunities – maybe head down to the close-by Seven Sisters Country Park or Birling Gap to explore the white cliffs and see the fantastic views (and maybe get a Mr Whippy ice-cream from one of the many ice-cream vans that drive around the area!)

For more information about Eastbourne in general go to our ‘Guide to Eastbourne’. Better yet – visit Eastbourne and find out how fantastic it is yourself!

Stargazing with Eastbourne Astronomical Society

One of the events that is happening in Eastbourne this winter is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in all things outer-spacey! On three dates from January to March the Astronomical Society will be holding a ‘Stargazing for Everyone’ event at the Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum. The Redoubt Fortress is one of the South Coast’s most historic landmarks and was built to defend the South Coast from Napoleon’s forces over two hundred years ago. It has been named one of the top ten military museums in the UK –so it is well worth a visit at other times of the year too!

At these free Stargazing events you will be able to look at the Moon and Planets through an Astronomical Telescope on the Gun Platform at the museum. Experts on outer-space will be there to inform you about what is going on in the skies above you and what to look out for in the night sky. You can expect to see stars, star clusters and even craters on the moon!! Additionally, in February and March you might be able to spot the planet Jupiter in the sky – which is really exciting!

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Sports Services Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “These stargazing events are the perfect opportunity for both adults and children with any level of astronomical knowledge to come and learn more about the stars, moon and planets. Educational and awe inspiring, the Eastbourne Astronomical Society volunteers have a wealth of knowledge to offer both new and experienced stargazers.”

At all of these events visitors are encouraged to wrap up warm and are also asked to bring their own binoculars because you will be taught how to look for certain things in the sky! These events have been hugely successful in the past and if you are interested in learning more about astronomy then you should definitely go along!


Sat 24 January at 17:00

Sat 28 February at 19:00

Sat 28 March at 20:00


Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum in Eastbourne

Free entry, children welcome, disabled access, parking with charge.

For more information about the Redoubt Fortress in general or the Stargazing events go to their website.

Abi Radford



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