Kim Adams has a background in social history and trained as a tour guide in 2006. Join him to find out how Eastbourne became "the Empress of Watering Places" thanks to the coming of the railways and the benevolence of the Dukes of Devonshire, and about the many famous (and infamous) people who have lived here.
The Promenade Walk starts outside the Lifeboat Museum (BN21 4BY). We walk along the main promenade to the pier and then back along the seafront promenade to the Grand Hotel. Hear about the development of Eastbourne as a resort built "by gentlemen, for gentlemen". Visit the pier, the bandstand and the Wish Tower and find out about many of the famous people who have lived here in Eastbourne.
Enjoy a leisurely walk around the Meads area of Eastbourne, "where the Downs meet the sea". Includes the Italian Gardens, St John's Church, Meads Village and the wonderful mansion houses nestling at the foot of the South Downs. Find out about some of the famous local residents and hear the story of the notorious Dr John Bodkin Adams. The walk starts at the thatched tea-chalet in The Helen Garden (Dukes Drive, BN20 7XL, next to Bede's School).
Sunday morning guided walks along Eastbourne seafront at 11am every week from Easter to the end of October .
From November to March I'm happy to take bookings for this walk, which takes about 75 minutes. £7.50 per person, minimum two people, starting at either the Lifeboat Museum or any of the seafront hotels.
The monthly "Historic Meads" walks during 2019 were well-supported and I will be timetabling these again in 2020 so keep an eye on this website for next year's dates.
The walks start outside the thatched tea chalet in The Helen Garden (BN20 7XL) and last around 90 minutes.
If you would like to arrange a "Historic Meads" walk for a group please get in touch...
By arrangement, walks can start at your hotel or anywhere along the seafront. £7.50 per person, minimum of 2 people.
The walks can be made wheelchair-friendly and step-free if required, just let me know when you book.
Your walk can start and/or finish at one of Eastbourne's excellent local pubs or tea-shops....just ask!
Walks can be arranged at a time to suit you - please use the form below or phone Kim Adams on 01323 739746
Choose between the Eastbourne Promenade Walk and the Historic Meads Walk or ask for a combination of the two to suit your interests and the time you have.
Special walks can be arranged for language students as part of their studies.
You can give a Guided Walk as a gift, e.g. for a birthday or for Mother's Day, Father's Day or an anniversary. Contact me for details.
I am happy to provide free walks for local charities and community groups and you are welcome to do a collection at the end of the walk to raise money for your funds.
If you're organising a group visit to Eastbourne please contact me and ask about how I can provide a great introduction to your visit by doing a guided tour from your coach. All the key elements of the Seafront and Meads tours plus a drive up to Beachy Head and/or Birling Gap with an optional stop for refreshments. Longer tours also possible - please ask!