Shinewater Park

Shinewater Park combines purpose built recreation facilities within a country park atmosphere. Access to the park is free and year-round. Landscaping work was completed as part of the construction of the Golden Jubilee Way.

What you will find

Fishing at Shinewater Park
Fishing at Shinewater Park

Recreation facilities include:

  • footpaths and cycleways suitable for wheelchair access
  • a well-equipped playground
  • a dedicated BMX and skate area
  • an all-weather sports court
  • a field for informal sports

The wildlife in the west and north areas of the park is rich in reptiles such as grass snakes and slow worms and aquatic bird species such as snipe, gadwall, wigeon and pintail. Is also home to a good variety of bat species.

Getting there

  • By train and or bicycle, the nearest railway station is Hampden Park, about 1km away. There are regular return trains from Eastbourne town centre. From the station you can walk or cycle ride through the housing estates.
  • By bus, frequent buses serve the roads near the Park and there are convenient stops by the main entrance in Larkspur Drive. See for details on services and timetables.
  • On foot, for pedestrians the park is in easy reach of several large housing areas and is connected to these and further afield by a network of surfaced paths that are also wheelchair friendly.
  • By car, access the park via the A22 (Golden Jubilee Way) from Polegate and then the B2191 (Willingdon Drove) or via the A2290 (Lottbridge Drove) from Eastbourne seafront and then the A22 and the B2191. The B2191 also approaches from Pevensey and Westham to the east. Adequate parking is usually available in Larkspur Drive.


The creation of Shinewater Park was closely linked to the building of Golden Jubilee Way and the development of Eastbourne in the mid-1990s. The lakes were excavated as floodwater storage. Formerly the area was mainly marshy pasture with many man-made drainage channels.

The layout and initial construction of the park were carried out by East Sussex County Council. The park is now managed by East Sussex County Council and Eastbourne Borough Council and won a Commendation from the Civic Trust in 2004.

Find out more

For more information please contact Eastbourne Borough Council

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