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“Fine if You Like Art But otherwise very weird and Over-Rated.”

De La Warr Pavilion
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We are a Grade One Listed 1930s modernist building on the sea front in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, recently refurbished as a centre for the arts. When you walk in, you will find Gallery 1, a large gallery, on the ground floor. The current exhibition is Willem Sandberg: from type to image which opened on 30 April and continues until 4 September. On the ground floor you will also find the Box Office and Information Desk where tickets can be booked for any of our live events. There is also a shop where you can buy books, prints, cards and gifts. We have a large, 1930s auditorium where we present contemporary music, comedy, cinema and other live events. We also have a busy programme of courses, workshops and activities for all ages. Upstairs is Gallery 2, which reopens on Saturday 18 June with The People's Pavilion: Our First 80 Years and continues until Sunday 31 June. Our popular Café Bar & Kitchen can also be found on the second floor and serves delicious warming lunches, tasty salads and freshly - prepared soups and sandwiches to enjoy using locally-sourced ingredients. Our generously - sized home-made cakes, scones and cookies are too tempting to resist and are perfect when served with a delicious Illy Coffee and Fair Trade teas -perfect after a walk along the seafront on a cold winter's day. There is a children's lunch menu for those who want to treat the family. We also serve bar food before evening shows and offer a breakfast menu at weekends. There is a changing display of installations in the rooftop foyer. Doing Looking Working Performing (DLWP) opens Saturday 18 June in parallel to exhibition in Gallery 2. Starting with an eight hour improvised installation using sound and objects by two artists. The resulting installation will be open until 31 July. If the weather is good, you can step out on to the roof to enjoy the best views of the English Channel, all the way to Beachy Head. There is a large Rother District car park (free after 8pm) and free parking along the seafront. The Pavilion is less than 10 minutes walk from the station.
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“Fine if You Like Art But otherwise very weird and Over-Rated.”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

My family and I often visit the Pavilion purely for the entertainment factor as whenever we visit there are modernist and very weird art exhibitions there. I am amazed that anyone actually likes or understands the exhibits and I'm convinced that people only say they like them in order to appear arty/cool/trendy. Anyone normal would find them just weird. Yes, the building is good and even iconic but what's inside it is just strange. The cafe, also, is over-rated, over-priced and nothing special. I think that, again, people just eat/drink there in order to appear cool, trendy and because they think it is the thing to do. Evebn the toilets are in a weird building and as for the gift shop: just over-priced and stocking items which a normal person would never think/dream of buying.

Visited January 2013
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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“Landmark!”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

I love the way this unique art deco landmark was restored. Done with gusto and intelligence, unlike other places in England where they would probably have knocked it down without a thought.
It definitely holds the seafront together and adds an extra element to Bexhill. Also good café. Worth a visit.

Visited January 2013
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Bucks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Good venue”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Good sized venue, not many toilets so watch out for half time queues, even in the gents.
Nice gallery too but quite small.

Visited November 2012
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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“Interesting place to visit.”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

I only went in to escape the rain but I'm pleased I did. The Pavillion offers some lovely views of the sea from it's resturant and, when I went, there was a very interesting art display on.

Visited November 2012
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Surrey
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“De La Warr Pavilion”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

It was closed! It gets 2 points because the actul design of the building is good and must have been very modernistic when it was built.

Visited October 2012
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