Nestled just behind the Royal Parade at Eastbourne’s seafront, the Green Flag award-winning Princes Park includes an assortment of gardens, children’s play, a boating lake and wildlife.
Princes Park features less well-groomed informal gardens, a rose garden that smells amazing when the blooms are out, two children’s playgrounds, a fun Splash Pad water play area, and a small boating lake.
On the east side, there is a large field for informal recreation and a cafe with adjacent toilets open all year during the busiest hours.
Canoeing and windsurfing lessons for beginners are available and are organised by a local company called Spray Watersports. They are located just across the road, also on Royal Parade.
The park is large and well maintained. There is plenty of nice planting. There are basic toilets available as well as a refurbished cafe. It is a very pleasant walk from the pier along the coast to this delightful park.
Parking for Princes Park can be found nearby with pay and display on the seafront or on the side of roads in the area. You can also get to the park via seafront bus services with a number of stops to choose from when you wish to alight. Eastbourne railway station is only 2 miles away, meaning the more adventurous can walk there from the centre of town in around half an hour.
There is a large quantity of grass in the park, but wheelchair access is provided for less able visitors through a number of surfaced paths that run around most of the Park.
On the east side, there is a large field for informal recreation, which is popular for dog walkers and people who enjoy jogging. When the wind picks up it is also a great area for flying kites!
The central feature of the park is a large artificial lake where model yachts and powerboats are often raced by two resident clubs. Many swans and other birds gather here including some unusual migratory species.
The park is named in honour of the 1931 visit by the then Prince of Wales, uncle of Elizabeth II, the short reigning Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne after just 10 months. He planted a tree in the park and was given a tour of the recreational space.