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“Wonderful architecture!”

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.
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The location of the pavilion is lovely, it has a commanding view of the seafront. It is worth visiting the cafe to sit on the balcony and watch the waves. The gallery within the pavilion has exhibitions of varying quality, some are excellent while others are just bizarre. They change every couple of months. Some recent highlights have included an exhibition of sculpture by Anthony Gormley and a giant model of a bus hanging over the edge of the roof! The gift shop has an excellent range of art/architecture books and art themed novelties. The theatre in the pavilion holds a wide range of shows and exhibitions, something for everyone. Personally I find the best thing about the pavilion is it's classic art-deco architecture. It is recognised as an important building and the stairway in particular is very attractive.

Thank karen s
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Fab building, great location, a gem. Toddled down for a free concert on Saturday, the outdoor area really is a sun trap, enjoyed the band, the only bum note was the flat lager (even the bar staff agreed it was flat). The food coming out looked yum ,will be back, recommended.

Thank SGM67
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

A beautiful sunny day did help. The newly revamped collanade had plenty of people milling about. The De La Warr Pavilion was very busy and was very clean and tidy when I last visited Bexhill it was all looking a bit shabby on the front but now it looked GREAT.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We popped in to the De La Marr Pavilion recently for tea, coffee and snacks. What an amazing building. Bexhill is a hidden treasure that everybody should visit and enjoy. The town has a superb seafront, museum, vast array of independent shops and stores. The staff member who served us in the restaurant area was charming and very helpful.
We will be back for more!

Thank Mikedixon1
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Building used by the program "Poirot" for it's "art deco" design. Excellent balcony seating to admire views and usual amenities.

1  Thank Deborah G
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