Make a beeline for the pier to have an ice cream, listen to music at the bandstand and wholeheartedly embrace the whole tourist shebang by jumping aboard on the little train Dotto for an amble along the seafront. Alternatively, Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park invites you to wind your way around the lake for nearly a mile and has a tots’ village and play area.
Take to the water: Buzz Active Eastbourne offers courses in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and power-boating, plus active kids' clubs.
Head for Drusillas Park, with animals, amazing play areas and more. There’s also Knockhatch Adventure Park, with an owl sanctuary, boating lake, children’s farm, massive indoor soft-play centre and more.
Discover Eastbourne’s art galleries, theatres and museums, especially the Towner Art Gallery with its family drop-in sessions and airy top-floor café.
Spend an afternoon in Gildredge Park and Manor Gardens or Helen Gardens, or else Princes Park on the eastern end of the seafront, a good place for a picnic. Or opposite the Grand, the Western Lawns often host events in summer and are also good for picnics.
With older kids browse the boutiques and antique shops of Little Chelsea.
Blow the cobwebs along the South Downs Way, remembering to keep a tight grip on small hands on Beachy Head.