With its long beach stretching down to Beachy Head and Eastbourne beyond, Bexhill-on-Sea offers lots of things to do for all ages. Situated amongst a host of lovely Sussex villages and towns bursting with castles, gardens and abbeys, this town is perfect as a base to explore the rest of the Sussex Coast.
Without doubt the highlight of this town is the De La Warr Pavilion, a contemporary arts centre and performance hall which has featured the art of Andy Warhol and many other popular artists. Directly on the seafront, this iconic modernist building counts on amazing views of the sea, especially beautiful from the restaurant.
The lovely thing about Bexhill is that it still retains the characteristics of a quaint seaside town – you can stroll along the promenade and imagine a time gone by – some of the buildings are reminiscent of another era; Edwardian and Victorian architecture dominates the town alongside art deco – truly a magical mix. The promenade is safe for babies and toddlers; you can also take your dog along and give him or her a run on the beach while the little ones collect shells and hunt for fossilised dinosaur prints in the sand. Famous for its evening sunsets, the beach is a haven for locals, and walking along from the De La Warr Pavilion towards Hastings you will find a quieter beach with beautifully coloured beach huts. Just make sure that you take your camera!
Not far behind the seafront you will find the Bexhill Museum, the perfect retreat if the British seaside weather gets too much for you. Traditional Edwardian architecture with a modern twist, this landmark houses Bexhill’s famous motor heritage collections. The Murmurations Art Gallery is also worth a visit – it shows a wide range of local and regional art and is just around the corner from the pavilion.
In the summer, head to Egerton Park, only a short walk from the seaside and town centre. Complete with its own boating lake, you can hire a boat for a fun day on the water. Children can race boats, feed the ducks (you can buy food for them there) and there are brilliant original play areas. Picnic areas and a café are on site if you fancy a bite to eat.
"The lovely thing about Bexhill is that it still retains the characteristics of a quaint seaside town..."
A hidden gem is Manor Gardens, a little oasis of calm against the bustle of the town – you can still see part of the old manor ruins dating back to the 13th century and the gardens are full of beautiful plants and flowers. Opposite is a little coffee shop where you can recharge your batteries before heading home. For evenings, Clayton’s is great for burgers and The West Station is a friendly pub with a good children’s menu.
Take a look at our collection of Bexhill-on-Sea cottages for even more holiday inspiration.