Redoubt Fortress, heritage Eastbourne

Welcome to Heritage Eastbourne

From Neolithic to Napoleonic

A world of discovery awaits, with over 200 years of history at the seafront Redoubt Fortress, fascinating heritage exhibitions at the Pavilion, walking trails, archaeological digs, local history research and much more.

From Neolithic to Napoleonic, Eastbourne's story and that of its downland is retold through fascinating exhibitions, digs and research projects.

Open daily 10am to 5pm:

Faces of the Fort at the Redoubt Fortress

Eastbourne Remembers at the Pavilion

Heritage Highlights

Redoubt Fortress cannon, photo by Jarrold Publishing

Reveal the Many Faces of the Fort

Experience the Faces of the Fort and a brand new Augmented Reality trail using our new app.  Can you crack the puzzles and fight off the enemy ships from the gun platform?

Open daily until 4 November 2018

 Redoubt Fortress

Eastbourne Remembers exhibition

Unlocking Over 2,000 Years of Memories

Unlock extraordinary memories from the past, spanning over 2,000 years.  From nostalgic childhoods and heirlooms to the commemoration of loved ones, this exhibition explores how we create memories and how we choose to remember.

Open daily - 19 March to 4 November - FREE entry

 Eastbourne Remembers

Children at the Redoubt Fortress

Kids Go Free at the Fortress in 2018!

Don't miss our Kids Go FREE offer thoughout 2018!*  Pick up our free kids trail, try on uniforms and create your own Wanted poster with our new app. 

*max 2 per full paying adult. Excludes events.

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What's On

Eastbourne Remembers

Eastbourne Remembers exhibition at the Pavilion

Mon 19 Mar - Sun 4 Nov 2018

Journey through extraordinary memories and uncover some of the ways we have remembered and sometimes forgotten in this new exhibition for 2018

Summer Holiday crafts

Summer Holiday trail and crafts

Sat 21 Jul - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Join us in the Summer Holidays for our FREE trail and crafts in the fortress. Create your own stories as you travel through the redoubt and dive in to the craft area to create some spectacular characters!

Story Stones

Tell Me A Story workshops

Wed 15 Aug 2018

Explore tales of adventure and intrigue in our Tell Me A Story workshops in August, create your own puppets and tell your own stories.

Heirlooms and photographs

Culture and Cake - Collecting Memories

Sat 18 Aug 2018

Heritage Engagement Officer Katherine Buckland will explore stories of forgotten treasures and objects collected to remember.

Story Stones

Tell Me A Story workshops

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Explore tales of adventure and intrigue in our Tell Me A Story workshops in August, create your own puppets and tell your own stories.

Story Stones

Tell Me A Story workshops

Wed 29 Aug 2018

Explore tales of adventure and intrigue in our Tell Me A Story workshops in August, create your own puppets and tell your own stories.

Titanic

Titanic film screening with the Gibbs Trio

Sat 1 Sep 2018

As the Titanic went down, the band played on. To complete the experience the Gibbs Trio will play the music that entertained the passengers of the doomed ship while you sip a pre-film drink from our pop-up bar.

Heritage Open Days

Thu 6 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

Exhibitions, displays, films, and historic architectural artefacts tell the story of the 7th Duke of Devonshire's vision and development of Eastbourne as a new seaside resort from the mid 19th Century onwards.

St Mary's Church

Heritage Open Day

Fri 7 - Sat 8 Sep 2018

St Mary The Virgin Church welcomes visitors to the C of E church as it opens its doors for Heritage Open Days, allowing people to uncover the church's history which dates back to the late 12th century.

Redoubt Fortress

Heritage Open Days

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

Discover the stories of the Redoubt in FREE talks and tours for Heritage Open Days

St Mary's Church

Heritage Open Day

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Sep 2018

St Mary The Virgin Church welcomes visitors to the C of E church as it opens its doors for Heritage Open Days, allowing people to uncover the church's history which dates back to the late 12th century.

Myth and Memory

Culture and Cake - Myth and Memory in Eastbourne

Sat 15 Sep 2018

Join Heritage Manager Jo Seaman for this intriguing talk where some local myths will not only be busted but also carefully unpicked and re-examined in order to understand how they have evolved and that in fact, the real stories are just as

Stargazing

Stargazing with Eastbourne Astronomical Society

Sat 13 Oct 2018

Discover the secrets of Space with Eastbourne Astronomical Society

Witch Bottle

Within Walls: Archaeology of Magical Protection

Sat 13 Oct 2018

Within Walls - The Archaeology of Magical House Protection with Brian Hoggard Explore some of the archaeological research around the practice of concealing objects to ward of sources of evil in this fascinating talk

Creepy Crafts

October Half Term trail and crafts

Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Brave the fortress in October half term for our spooktacular trail and creepy crafts!

Spooky Stairs

Twilight Tours

Sat 27 - Tue 30 Oct 2018

October is a spooky month at the Redoubt, as the 200 year old fortification opens up for Twilight Tours.

The Omen

The Omen Film screening and Ghost Tour

Wed 31 Oct 2018

A Halloween screening of the horror classic The Omen, with added fear factor from our petrifying props and if you aren’t scared enough already, a ghost tour of the building taking us to the witching hour!

Roman London's First Voices

Roman London's First Voices - Dr Sadie Watson

Wed 7 Nov 2018

Dr Sadie Watson – ‘Roman London’s First Voices: Wooden writing tablets from the Bloomberg excavations’ Sadie Watson was the Site Director for the major excavations at Bucklersbury House (Bloomberg London),

Dr Annie Gray

Christmas Dinner from Edward I to Edward VII

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Join Dr Annie Gray a historian, cook, broadcaster and writer specialising in the history of food and dining in Britain from around 1600 to the present day