The promenade in Bexhill is a tidy and elegant affair much more attractive than nearby Hastings, but it's not buzzing with the life of Brighton or Eastbourne to the West.
Due to the rather elderly nature of most of Bexhill's residents and visitors there are plenty of places to sit and take in the view of the sea on a clear day. I can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon!
The De La Warr Pavilion is Bexhill's signature building. It's a modernist/Art Deco style building from 1935 and now houses a centre for modern arts.
The exhibitions in the galleries are constantly changing and the venue also has an auditorium with regular shows.
Regardless of whats on the building is well worth a visit in it's own right with it's elegant streamlined curves and airy open spaces.
Entry to the pavilion itself is free, but some exhibitions and most shows have a charge (tickets should be booked in advance for performances). Photography is not allowed in the galleries but is allowed elsewhere in the building.
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Sadies' Cafe is a great place to eat. It's not posh but it serves good food from high quality ingredients (many of which I'm told are locally sourced when possible). They have a range of daily specials but I've always found the breakfasts to be best. From the bacon and fried egg sandwiches made with thick freshly baked bread to the "Farmhouse breakfast" you'll be assured a satisfying experience. There is also the "Farmhouse challenge" if you can eat 2 farmhouse breakfasts then you win - I'm not sure what you win, but those who do win have their name up on the wall. As at 29th November 2012 there were only 6 such people and I would not even attempt to join them as one farmhouse breakfast is too much for me!
Bexhill is rather well served by train stations for a town of it's size. In the town centre is Bexhill station itself, but on the line heading towards Eastbourne are Collington and Cooden Beach stations, both of which are smaller, unmanned stations.
There are direct services from Bexhill to Hastings, Brighton, London and Ashford International. All the Brighton and London trains stop at Eastbourne and Lewes with London trains also calling at Gatwick Airport. The express trains to Brighton and Ashford do not stop at Collington or Cooden Beach and are short trains of just 2 carriages which are often very crowded. They do however call at the lovely town of Rye on the way to Ashford.
Duing the morning rush hour and the 3pm to 4pm hour trains through Bexhill are extremely crowded with huge numbers of schoolchildren travelling to or from the Catholic school in Bexhill. I'd advise trying to avoid travelling at this time of day if at all possible. It's not pleasant.
We visit my mum in Bexhill every may, and usually spend a lot of our time in Eastbourne due to
the variety of shops that Eastbourne has and bexhill has'nt, or rather never used to have, as for the last couple of visits we started shopping at funkybits4u in bexhill, and the stuff they haqve in there is mindblowing, it's fab hand crafted products and they are fair trade too!
Makes such a difference from the usual seaside gift shops. I urge anyone visiting east sussex, if you get a chance vsit this shop, you will be so glad you did.
What to buy: Teak Root Chairs and benches, jewellery and very unusual furniture,lamps and mirrors.
What to pay: I would spend a fortune but realistically you can get a great item from as little as 50p up to £300 for some of their one off items like a teak root table.