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Princes Park

Location (BN22 7LL)

Adjacent to the seafront one and three quarter kilometres north-east of the pier. The park is on the seafront Dotto train route during the season.


In 1906-07 Mr. Davis-Gilbert leased a small area, known by the name of Gilbert’s Recreation Ground, to the council.  

On 15 August 1922 this and an adjoining area were conveyed to the council for £2.200. On 30 June 1931 the Duke of Windsor, as Prince of Wales, visited the park and planted a tree.  It was shortly after renamed “Princes Park” in his honour. In 2011 the park became nominated as a Queen Elizabeth II Field. 

Main Attractions

The central feature of the park is a large artificial lake where model yachts and powerboats are often raced by two local clubs and many swans congregate. Nearby, Buzz Active (formerly Spray Watersports) teach sailing skills to all ages.

Lakeside terraced paths are provided with seating and there are lawns and a large scented rose garden for picnicking and informal recreation. A children’s playground is situated at each end of the lake. Bowling greens are located near the café.


  • Toilets (Including disabled)
  • Bike racks near Channel View Road entrance arch on seafront

  • Wartling Road entrance

  • Adjacent sports field with bookable pitches. Eastbourne town football club occupy site at one end of the park


  • Lawns for informal activities

  • Aromatic herb garden inland of lake

  • Bowls Club (Greens normally bookable)

  • Children’s playgrounds: Channel View Road entrance, with seasonal 'Splashtastic' water play area


More information about the events taking place at Princes Park and Five Acre fields can be found on the VisitEasbourne website. 

Green Flag Award 2012/2013

In July 2012 the park achieved a Green Flag quality award for the first time and which has been retained since. This is similar to the familiar Blue Flag seaside award and guarantees a good range of high quality facilities in friendly surroundings.

Princes Park Development

More information on the development of Princes Park can be found here. 


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Bus Transport Information

Stagecoach Buses stop at various locations around this large park. Visit the Stagecoach website for timetables and routes.


Train Transport Information

Eastbourne Train Station is approximately thirty minutes walk from Princes Park.

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