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Eastbourne 2017

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Long, long ago From prehistoric beginnings to Norman invaders, smuggling haunts to World War soldiers, our town provides fascinating and unique markers in our history. Step into the South Coast’s most famous Napoleonic fort, stand on the landing site of William the Conqueror in 1066 at Pevensey Castle or discover what life was like in our town over 8,000 years ago. Step back in time with us and discover Eastbourne’s story… AZIMUTH SCULPTURE step back in time Back to the start Take a journey on an immersive story and uncover what life was really like in the Redoubt Fortress for some of the historical figures who once made up the fabric of this iconic landmark. In 2017 this impressive fortress becomes a living museum, returned to its early Napoleonic beginnings. REDOUBT FORTRESS See the gun caponiers inside the moat and underground water tanks opened up to the public for the first time, or conjure up images of long lost shipwrecks and discover hidden stories behind Eastbourne’s heritage coast at the site of the new ‘Azimuth’ sculpture in the grounds of the fortress. The Redoubt Fortress opens for 2017 on 20 March. 20 EASTBOURNE : SUNNY STAYS 2017

Credit: Edward Loxton Knight SEVEN SISTERS, undated @ The Artists’ Estate T o w n e r A r t Gallery Living on the Edge: 8,000 years by the Sea Exhibition Discover the stories of life along the Seven Sisters over the past 8,000 years in a fascinating new exhibition, in conjunction with National Trust. From Stone Age settlers and Roman farms to Victorian coastguards guarding the coast. For some, this was their first glimpse of Britain. For others leaving this coast as soldiers, it would be their last memory of home. Opens 20 March 2017, The Pavilion, Royal Parade. Literary legends Join us in a year which celebrates our literary heroes and walk in the footsteps of some literary greats in Eastbourne on an adventure all of your own. Discover Blue Plaques dedicated to the legendary authors such as Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes who is reputed to have retired to keep bees in the village of East Dean. Follow the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes in a walk from East Dean , over the South Downs and through the old smuggling village of Crowlink. Your literary journey doesn’t need to stop there. Blue Plaques dedicated to Peter Pan illustrator Mabel Lucie Attwell and Lewis Carroll can also be found in Eastbourne. Whilst George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm is based in the nearby village of Willingdon. RELATED ADVERTISER past PRESENT MICHELHAM PRIORY Explore the site’s 800 year history - cross the moat, through the 14th-Century gatehouse and enter seven acres of beautiful gardens surrounding this Tudor house. On this picturesque island you will find a working water mill and forge, rope museum, café, playground and shop. Special events held throughout the year. www.sussexpast.co.uk | Hailsham BN27 3QS Call 01323 844224 EASTBOURNE : SUNNY STAYS 2017 21

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