From the 1860s, all around the coast of Britain, the beaches and promenades would have been bustling places for entertainment and spectacle. Among the first seaside resorts along the South Coast were Eastbourne, Brighthelmstone (Brighton), and Worthing.
Visitors would watch string bands, Highland dancers, and performing ponies & monkeys. Minstrels, and Punch and Judy men might compete for the best pitches with organ grinders and acrobats. For the children, there were carriage and goat rides, singing & dancing competitions, as well as the favourite donkey rides.