The Big Wheel has returned to Eastbourne seafront – and this year it’s bigger and better.

The Eastbourne Eye attraction took eight days to build and this year is 160ft tall – making it the UK’s largest transportable Ferris wheel.

It is located on the Western Lawns close to Bistrot Pierre and now open seven days a week, with opening hours from 11am – 6pm throughout the summer offering the best panoramic views of the town and the stunning coastline.

Each gondola can accommodate up to six people and there is also a specifically adapted gondola to accommodate wheelchairs so that those with mobility requirements can also enjoy the ride.

Anyone under the age of two rides for free and will not require a ticket.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s lead member for Tourism and Culture Councillor Margaret Bannister said, “We are delighted to see the return of the Big Wheel to Eastbourne seafront for the spring and summer.

“It’s such a big crowd-pleaser for people of all ages as it offers the most spectacular views of our wonderful town and coastline.

“Residents and visitors alike will enjoy it and it’s another exciting thing to put on the to-do list as Eastbourne gears up for a packed programme of events from this month.”

Ticket prices start at £6 for a junior and £8 for a standard ticket, with a family ticket available for two adults and two children, or 1 adult and 3 children at the discounted rate of £23. An online only ‘group save’ ticket is also available for up to 6 people, costing just £30 – a 35% discount! Tickets can be purchased on the day at the wheel itself, or in advance online which also offers a 10% discount to ticket prices. For further information visit