Leisure & Lifestyle in East Sussex
Every year millions of visitors to East Sussex contribute a massive £1.4billion to the local economy.
Culture, tourism, leisure and sport helps to create places where people want to live, work and visit. Small companies play a major role in the employment of more than 30,587 people in the visitor economy in East Sussex, covering a huge range of businesses from accommodation to wine and cultural tourism.
Our stunning countryside and coast provide a wide range of sporting and leisure opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Whether it’s walking, cycling, paragliding, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing or culinary experiences, East Sussex is packed with adventures, and many of them are easily reached by rail.
Technology is transforming our lives and enabling professionals and entrepreneurs to choose where they work. Many are relocating their businesses to rural locations and developing new projects and businesses based on their passions, lifestyle pursuits and the local economy.
Work and leisure are merging and in East Sussex, companies and individuals are using nature as a vehicle for reconnecting with ourselves and boosting our businesses and mixing technology and tradition to revitalise our towns and villages.
"The East Sussex visitor economy attracted 23.7 million visits in 2015, up by 28% from a decade earlier, when 18,532,000 were attracted in 2005."
Park Holidays UK
Headquarters in Bexhill, the south coast’s largest holiday park operator offers affordable family-friendly holiday opinions at various locations.
Offering kayak and paddleboarding hire along the picturesque coast of Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea.
The Kite Surf Centre
One of only three BKSA National Training Centres in the country. Opened 2007 by Thomas & Tristan on Camber’s two-mile stretch of beautiful beach.
The Hub @ Quarry Farm
A colourful celebration of all things local, offering the finest food and drink as well as fun wellbeing activities from yoga and bushcraft to wild swimming.
A family business founded by Tim Cox & daughter Jess Cox on the edge of the beautiful South Downs. Grown to become the largest paragliding centre in the UK.
Urban Jump is a family fitness activity centre opened in 2016, creating 40 new jobs. Founded by Richard Hand and Graham Owen.
Hunter Gather Cook
Launched 2011, Hunter Gather Cook HQ sits in the middle of woodland on a stunning 40-acre farm, offering a wealth of wild plants, fungi, fish & game.
This two-screen independent cinema, cultural venue and cafe-bar opened in January 2015.
A Hastings’ hidden gem found inside a historical building. A classical music and cultural venue with the best acoustics, led by professionals in the industry.
Newhaven Scuba Centre
PADI certified Scuba Diving Centre, offering diving holidays and open water experiences with the only inland dive site in Sussex.
Fizz on Foot
Tailor-made walking wine tours. Winners of the 2018 Eastbourne Business Award for Hospitality Tourism and Leisure.
Highlighted success story
Keeping children entertained is not an easy job, but for entrepreneur and mum of three Anna Anderson, she saw an opportunity to offer her community something different.
We talked to Anna about how Locate East Sussex helped to take a pop-up mobile play experience and put KiddiCity on the map.
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