Title ID 454Collection ID575
TitleEastbourne: Sun trap and Showplace of the South
CollectionBorough of Eastbourne
Genre/TypeProfessionalInstitutionalIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
KeywordsAirports Beaches Carnivals Castles Dance Entertainment Leisure Time Activities Performing Arts Piers Seaside Resorts Shops Sport Tourism Transport Zoological Gardens
LocalAlfriston Eastbourne Lullington Pevensey Robertsbridge Rye Berwick
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRoger Pennington
CameraRoger Pennington
DirectorRoger Pennington
Commissioning bodyBorough of Eastbourne
NarratorRoger Pennington (Commentary); Richard Baker (Narrator)
ParticipantsCilla Black (Entertainer); Ronnie Corbett (Entertainer)
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration18 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A seaside publicity film for the south coast resort of Eastbourne, commissioned by the Borough of Eastbourne. An update on the 1966 promotional film "Eastbourne; Sun trap of the South", the film promotes Eastbourne and its surrounding areas as a top tourist attraction and centre for entertainment.


The film opens with an introduction to the attractions of Eastbourne and promises a "magic, all the year round, warm climate" offering "a happy relaxing and carefree holiday". For the benefit of potential visitors, a brief summary of the history of the resort is provided, followed by an overview of the transport links and tourist accommodation available. The beach and promenade, historic buildings and fortifications, children's play areas, modern shopping facilities and art galleries are used to indicate the variety of attractions available for all ages and interests.

Beyond the boundaries of Eastbourne, the surrounding attractions of Sussex are suggested as excursions. The town of Rye, Pevensey and Bodiam Castles, the home of Rudyard Kipling, Beachy Head, Alfriston village, and Drusillas Zoo Park are some of the key locations promoted.

Back in Eastbourne the town is shown to offer activities such as speedboat trips, golfing, bowls or simply relaxing on the beach or the pier. Finally the town's entertainment receives the focus of attention; with the annual carnival, fireworks, and shows at the Congress Theatre. Performances featured at the theatre include Ronnie Corbett and Cilla Black. The film concludes with classic scenes of the resort's main attraction - the seafront.


A still from 'Eastbourne - Sun trap and Showplace of the South' (1975) people in deckchairs on the sea frontA still from 'Eastbourne - Sun trap and Showplace of the South' (1975) women sunbathing on the beach