Published on July 28th, 2015 | by admin0
Eastbourne Bandstand Opened 80 Years Ago Today
It was on this day in 1935 that the first concert was performed at Eastbourne Bandstand which is one of Britain’s most famous examples of seaside architecture that has stood the test of time. Eastbourne Bandstand is celebrated in the form of special stamps which are available for next day delivery at the Post Office Shop.
Dubbed the ‘busiest bandstand in the UK’, Eastbourne Bandstand with a blue domed roof has been an iconic landmark in East Sussex since it was first built in 1935 to the designs of Leslie Rosevere who was the Borough Council Engineer of the time.
Built in a Neo-Grec style, this semi-circular building features a commemorative plaque in tribute to John Wesley Woodward. John was an Eastbourne band member who passed away on the Titanic when it sank on 15th April 1912.
Busy programme of concerts
As well as regularly playing host to military bands, the 1,600 capacity Eastbourne Bandstand is the venue for a full programme of musical entertainment throughout the year. Perfect to experience during the summer holidays when performances are held every evening, visitors can enjoy spectacular fireworks every Wednesday, tribute shows on Fridays and kids’ party night every Tuesday throughout August.
Having featured in a number of television programmes and films such as Little Britain, Foyle’s War and BBC Antiques Roadshow, Eastbourne bandstand is a listed building and continues to be a focal point at the East Sussex seaside town.
Other Eastbourne landmarks
Other notable landmarks in and around this East Sussex seaside resort on the south coast of England not to be missed include Eastbourne Pier which was built between 1866 and 1872. Last year the pier suffered extensive damage due to a fire which started near an amusement arcade at the landward end of the Victorian pier but remains a popular destination to visit.
In close proximity to Eastbourne is also the Iconic Beachy Head. At 530 feet high, the dramatic cliffs provide a stunning view of the seaside town below as well as the lighthouse at the foot of the cliff.