Over the past five years, Eastbourne has been quietly reinventing itself into an exciting creative hotspot with a reputation as a growing centre for digital technology. Tourism remains a vital part of the local economy, attracting over five million visitors each year, with a visitor economy worth over £336m.
Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Eastbourne is an attractive place to live, with its promenade, parks, and Seven Sisters cliff top walks. It has family-friendly suburbs full of Victorian and Edwardian homes, as well as modern apartment developments such as Sovereign Harbour.
Officially a 'creative hotspot' according to the innovation charity Nesta, the town has double the average growth of the creative industries and four times faster than the UK. Defying the retirement age cliche, the average age here is 43, while the town enjoys a steady influx in under 45s at twice the national rate.
Towner Art Gallery heads up a rejuvenated cultural quarter. This £54 million transformation of Devonshire Park will put Eastbourne on the map as a top cultural, sporting and conference destination offering first-class facilities for both residents and visitors.
At the same time, businesses from a wide range of different sectors are flourishing. Eastbourne's diverse and growing economy is the largest in East Sussex and offers opportunities for all types of companies. The close connections to London, Brighton, Dover, Newhaven, the Channel Tunnel and Gatwick Airport make it a great location for the next generation of coastal cool.
Trains: to Hastings (26-36 mins), Brighton (33-43 mins), Ashford (69 mins), London Victoria (90 mins) via Gatwick Airport (52-61mins). Driving: 50-60 mins to Brighton, an hour to Crawley and the M23.
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