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Bexhill-on-Sea

Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex

Bexhill-on-Sea retains much of the charm and style that made it a favourite of the Victorian and Edwardian aristocracy. It lies between Eastbourne and Hastings in the beautiful 1066 Country area, and is in within easy reach of many castles and attractions such as the beautiful medieval town of Rye.

Bexhill's history dates back to 771 when it was granted a charter by King Offa of Mercia, establishing a church and community. In Medieval times it was a base for infamous smuggling gangs. Later in 1804, during the Napoleonic wars, soldiers of the King's German Legion were stationed there.

The Sackville Hotel known as "the Jewel of the South Coast" was where the Edwardian aristocracy stayed to play and party in luxurious style.

Bexhill was one of the first places to allow mixed sea bathing - very avant-garde for the time. Another landmark date was 1902 when Bexhill hosted the first international motor racing event.

Bexhill has kept its elegant two-mile promenade, where deck chairs and beach huts can be hired. The world famous De La Warr Pavilion also lies along the seafront and offers an excellent arts programme throughout the year.

There are many interesting shops, cafés and restaurants to be found in the town where many of the buildings date from 18th century. The Museum of Costume and Social History is located in the Old Town Manor Gardens and the Bexhill Museum shows such diversity as dinosaurs and artefacts from India and Africa.

The De La Warr Pavilion

The De La Warr Pavilion was the dream of the 9th Earl de la Warr. The Earl drew up a list of ideas for a modern building in Bexhill to be built on the seafront. The criteria was for a light and airy building with clean simple lines to be used as an entertainment venue, restaurant and reading room.

The De La Warr Pavillion was commissioned in 1935 and designed by architects Eric Mendlesohn and Serge Chermayeff. It was the first public building in Britain to be built in the Modernist style, with a revolutionary structure of steel and concrete. The aim of the building was to provide a centre of culture and leisure for the people of Bexhill and the surrounding area. Today the building is Grade 1 listed and widely recognised as a perfect example of the Modernist Movement.

Seventy years on the Pavilion has undergone extensive restoration and now offers visitors a large contemporary art gallery with an exciting arts programme. There is a also a shop specialising in books on art and culture and a café- restaurant.

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  • Sam Calver & Friends

    Saturday 23rd December
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

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    Friday 5th January @ 2:00pm
    Location: Pevensey

    A Tutored Botanical Art Class suitable for beginners. Every Friday afternoon, free refreshments and parking. Limited numbers so please book ... more

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    Saturday 6th January @ 9:00am
    Location: Pevensey

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  • Tango Night - Hastings Philharmonic

    Saturday 13th January @ 8:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Tango Night at St Mary in the Castle Alessandra Fasolo - Voice, Marcio da Silva - Voice Madllena Georgieva - ... more

  • Hastings Philharmonic: Chamber Music Recital

    Saturday 10th February @ 7:30pm
    Location: Hastings

    Christ Church - St Leonards-on-Sea. Ayşen Ulucan - Violin Marcio da Silva - Baritone Francis Rayner - Piano Love and ... more

  • The Damned

    Wednesday 14th February
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    British punk royalty The Damned hit the road for their Evil Spirits UK tour and are set to rock the ... more

  • Date Night at the Museum

    Wednesday 14th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    A unique Valentines experience for ‘Killer Couples’! Tickets are available for £20 per couple, including a free glass of bubbles ... more

  • Rebecca Ferguson

    Friday 16th February
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Runner-up on the seventh series of UK’s The X Factor, Rebecca Ferguson comes to DLWP in February 2018. Having co-written ... more

  • Hastings Philharmonic and Baroque Enesemble

    Saturday 24th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Christ Church - St Leonards-on-Sea. Sarah Parkin, Helen May - Soprano, Jake Barlow - Alto Kieran White, Philip O’Meara - ... more

  • Reginald D Hunter

    Saturday 24th February
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

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