The Area

Martello Beach Holiday Park has been professionally landscaped with private access to a sparkling sea with miles of shingle beach stretching in front of the resort.

Come and enjoy the relaxed environment and sea air. Martello Beach has its own small boat yard and launching jetty perfect for boat and jet ski owners and a sweeping view of the bay towards Beachy Head in one direction and Hastings in the other.  If you enjoy sea angling, nature walks, or simply chilling out on the beach, pretty much anybody who loves to be beside the sea will find plenty to enjoy. 

Martello Beach Holiday Park is in the heart of "1066 Country", very close to the town of Hastings and Battle itself, a place steeped in a very exciting period of History with Pevensey Castle, Battle Abbey and Herstmonceux Science Centre all a very short distance away.

There is plenty of sand at low tide and you can catch the Dotto Train from the Sovereign Harbour for a ride all along to the Western seafront towards Holywell (where are available good value afternoon teas right next to the beach) and exposed rocks at low tide providing hiding places for crabs and sea creatures to keep anyone who is a child at heart with a shrimping net and a bucket happy for hours! 

The local major seaside resort of Eastbourne was laid out in the Victorian and Edwardian era and boasts elegant architecture and plenty of historic homes and castles nearby to visit, with events going on throughout the year, at Battle Abbey, Herstmonceux, Hastings and Bodiam Castles for example to commemorate the ancient battles between Normans and Saxons, and bring to life the ancient heritage of this wonderful and beautiful coastline.

Eastbourne's once peaceful farmland and sea fishing village became a became very popular once the train track was laid and the residential areas, theatres and shopping centre  was originally designed and laid out by 'a gentleman, for gentlemen' ... in fact when the railway first arrived here, they discouraged day tickets for fear that day trippers would spoil its gentility and elegance!  The sea front retains its original elegance, with graceful facades of the hotels and homes unspoiled as in other seaside towns such as Brighton or Hastings by unsightly shop fronts or acades.  It's a pleasure to walk along the Carpet Gardens in the spring and summer, and a walk to the end of the Pier gives you a panoramic view of the town and the hills behind.

From Beachy Head you can enjoy a dramatic and famous view of the famous lighthouse and a walk starts there along the South Downs Way.  There are regular stops along the way for pub lunches, coffees, cream teas, at the various unspoilt hamlets hidden in the Sussex countryside; each with its own tales of pirates and derring do! There are plenty of colourful stories to tell as the estuaries and coastal areas around here were popular haunts for smugglers en route to London.

Pevensey Castle the historic Roman Fort much enlarged by William the Conqueror is within a mile - a peaceful site for a free wander in the grounds or a picnic, where you can also go inside to see the dank and chilly dungeon, and enjoy viewpoints from the battlements for many miles around. Herstmonceux Castle and grounds includes the Observatory and Science Centre with intriguing hands on exhibits and informal lectures enjoyed by adults and children alike.

In fact, families with children have a great choice of activities in the local area.  Close by is the Miniature Railway at Lottbridge Drove, and along the seafront are children's attractions such as Rockys activity centre, Treasure Island with miniature golf.

The Sovereign Harbour is a recent jewel in Eastbourne's crown providing a Mediterranean eating out feel on the sunny terraces, interesting shops to browse around and a great place for a level walk around the harbour.


Eastbourne is full of choices for eating out and all your usual shopping needs.  Eastbourne shopping centres around Terminus Road from the station to the Pier and a large covered shopping centre, the Arndale has plenty of parking, with many coffee shops and retail shops such as M&S, Primark, BHS, Sainsburys, and a wealth of smaller boutiques and fashion stores as well as big national brands.

Drusillas Zoo Park near Alfriston will provide a full day's entertainment for families including minature train rides with Thomas the Tank Engine, lots of animal exhibits and adventure playground, walk through gardens and lagoon to splash in, and many other activities.

Theatre goers will love the choice of theatres from the largest, the Congress Theatre, which hosts many major acts fresh from London to the quaint and more intimate feel of the historic Devonshire Park and the Winter Garden. In the summer the Bandstand is a site for open air concerts. 

Golf enthusiasts will find that Eastbourne and Seaford have a number of golf courses with breathtaking views of the Town, the Downs and sea.
Walkers and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy walking routes along the South Downs Way which starts at the West end of Eastbourne's promenade - one of the 'top ten walks in the world'.