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De La Warr Pavilion

Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP, England
+44 1424 229111
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Changed the course of building design in England

Opened in 1935 in the new modernist style of architecture commissioned by the then Earl De La Warr... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Doublet30
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
Good cafe with fabulous views and free art galleries

I have lost count how many times I have visited over the years and I still love it. The cafe is now... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
playtrumpet
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“iconic building” (51 reviews)
“art deco” (48 reviews)
“concert hall” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP, England
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+44 1424 229111
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Opened in 1935 in the new modernist style of architecture commissioned by the then Earl De La Warr. Magnificent views, free exhibition and lovely café plus, of course, the on-site gift shop. It was the weekend of the latest royal wedding, so lots going on...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have lost count how many times I have visited over the years and I still love it. The cafe is now very smart and you can sit on the balcony with great sea views. Plus there are two art galleries, not that big but...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An iconic establishment that was opened in 1935 as a democratic space for art, culture & recreation, this Pavilion is now recognized as one of the most Modernist Buildings in the UK & they offer an ever changing programme of established plus emerging artists, performers...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For all you Bauhaus enthusiasts, this is an architectural MUST. Set among the archetypal English hotch-potch of Victorian, Edwardian sea fronts, this must have been a smack in the face for Ye Olde England when it was built. What a delight to see the stainless...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are so many things to see and do here, including music performances, plays, children's events, and art exhibitions. I fondly recall tripping down memory lane at a concert at the De La Warr, featuring Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine. But it's not all nostalgia,...More

Thank Dave P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to visit here for ages as we always have our dog with us. Left slightly disappointed. The coffee was naff. Enjoyed the views but does not make up for it

Thank Ray H
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

This theatre has an interesting in itinerary of acts and activities on its bill of future entertainment and if you live in the East Sussex/Kent area then obviously extremely convenient. Unfortunately, the interior of the theatre is very much in need of updating. The interior...More

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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

Reasonable venue. With all services provided that were required. Seating comfortable with great views of performers

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

Attended a friends wedding here as well as being involved in the preparation the day before. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful on both days - really well organized and can honestly say it was the best wedding we have attended (apart from our own...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

Having been many times we always pop in to check out the current exhibitions. A visit to the coffee, shop always good if you can sit outside and take in the lovely sea views. if you manage a trip to the Bexhill museum, you can...More

Thank Frank J
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LESLEYANNEB
January 24, 2018|
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Response from barry s | Reviewed this property |
I will never go up stairs..seats seem a lot tighter. Downstairs the best seats I have found are rows M and O these seem to be slightly elevated........my wife who is 5ft 4ins likes these .
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Hails3162015
March 21, 2015|
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Response from Sugarreef | Reviewed this property |
Ola, Yes, sit as close in the middle as you can in the stalls. Although the venue isn't huge, it is quite long. Enjoy Bexhill.
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