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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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  • Battle Floral and Horticultural Society

    Wednesday 19th February
    Location: Battle

    Battle Floral and Horticultural Society Monthly meeting. Wednesday 19th 7.30 p.m. Monthly Meeting Speaker: Alison Marsden - How to have ... more

  • Battle Floral and Horticultural Society

    Wednesday 18th March
    Location: Battle

    Battle Floral and Horticultural Society Monthly meeting. Wednesday 18th March 7.30 p.m. NOTE: Meeting will be in the Library of Battle ... more

  • Mothers Who Kill!

    Sunday 22nd March @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    A chilling experience for MORBID Mums and their AWFUL offspring who are Partners in CRIME! The True Crime Museum invites ... more

  • Easter Wreath Workshop

    Tuesday 7th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Wreaths are not just for Christmas, they’re a beautiful way to add colour and texture to your door or home ... more

  • Easter Wreath Workshop

    Wednesday 8th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Wreaths are not just for Christmas, they’re a beautiful way to add colour and texture to your door or home ... more

  • Easter Wreath Workshop

    Thursday 9th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Wreaths are not just for Christmas, they’re a beautiful way to add colour and texture to your door or home ... more

  • Rumer

    Thursday 7th May
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    We proudly present a wonderful concert with the award-winning British vocalist Rumer as she performs at the De La Warr ... more

  • José Feliciano Plus Support

    Friday 8th May
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    José Feliciano is a true music legend, nine-time GRAMMY award-winning artist including lifetime achievement honours, plus multiple other nominations with ... more

  • Booker T. Jones

    Saturday 9th May
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Join us at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Saturday 9th May to see one of the ... more

  • Battle Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

    Saturday 23rd May for 3 days @ noon
    Location: Battle

    Come and see a wide variety of photographic prints and projected digital images. Knowledgeable members will be on hand to ... more

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