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Animazing Story of Children's Television


Sadly under the current circumstances we have had to close the exhibition until further notice.

We will be looking to publish some new online content in the coming weeks which you can use while at home, so please look out for this.

We hope to back open again as soon as possible.

Clay Characters


The Animazing Story of Children's Television is a fantastic free attraction in Eastbourne where visitors can learn how children's TV has been made over the last 70 years.

This fully interactive and educational experience is sure to keep the kids (and big kids) entertained come rain or shine.

Excellent for all budding animators, presenters or film makers, or for taking a look back to children's TV of the past.

Who's here

Muffin the Mule, Sooty and Sweep


Some of the earliest characters from children's TV were puppets, like Muffin the Mule and Sooty & Sweep.

Thunderbird 2 and Thunderbird 4


We've recreated the secret Tracy Island runway of Thunderbird 2 and Thunderbird 4 filmed under the ocean.


The Hyperdrive

Our huge junk-model space ship was built from recycled parts, complete with working lights and engines.

Wallace and Gromit


From Trumpton, Clangers and Bagpuss to Danger Mouse and Wallace & Gromit.

Things to do

Puppet Studio

Be a Puppetteer

Can you make a string puppet walk, wave or dance? It's not as easy as it looks.

Clay Characters


Create and animate your own character in our easy to use Animation Studio.

View Animations

Make It Studio


Try presenting a live TV show in our fun-themed Make It art studio.

Forced Perspective Table

Giant's Table

Sit down at our giant's table and see how characters are made to look like giants in films like Harry Potter.

Green Screen Winter

Green Screen

Will you walk with dinosaurs, swim with turtles, explore space or take a Flight over Eastbourne in our green screen studio.

Sound Effects Studio

Sound Effects

Explore a huge library of sound effects and create your own in our fun Foley Studio.


Visitors to Animazing 2019

Opening Hours

The exhibition is currently closed until further notice.

Exhibition staff are available at weekends and school holidays only.

Children must be supervised at all times.

How to find us

We are located in the Pavilion Cafe on Eastbourne seafront, right next to the Redoubt Fortress.

There's parking available in the neighbouring Treasure Island car park and on-street.

There is a wheelchair accessible entrance, disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.


Pavilion Cafe

The Pavilion Cafe offers hot and cold drinks, lunches, snacks and cakes.

The Cafe is operated by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Piggy Bank

Free Admission

Admission is free but a suggested donation of £2 per person is a big help.

Group Visits

Group Visits

If you would like to bring a group please get in touch for more details.

Birthday Cake

Birthday Parties

We can now offer kids birthday parties at Animazing. Please get in touch for more details.

What's On

Easter Eggs

Easter Trail


Find the hidden Easter Eggs, unscramble the secret word and receive a chocolate treat.

£1 per person.

Enigma Machine

Secrets and Codes Trail


In celebration of VE day, can you decode the secret messages.

£1 per person including chocolate treat.

About Us

Hailsham Animazing Exhibition 2016

Once upon a time...

Animazing founder Paul Young started collecting children's TV memorabilia in 2008 and held the first Animazing exhibition at Gallery North in Hailsham in 2016.

Isabel making the Clangers planet

Team Animazing

We have 3 volunteer board members, Paul Young, Lucy Dean and Jim Byford.

In 2020 we employed our first paid staff, Exhibition Assistants Jenny and Mary.

Paul manages Animazing on a day-to-basis, and the family are always keen to get involved.


Devonshire West Big Local

Our 2020 exhibition season has been funded by Devonshire West Big Local with money from the National Lottery.

Eastbourne Borough Council

The Pavilion Cafe is owned and operated by Eastbourne Borough Council, who have provided the exhibition space for free this year.