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“Stalin would have loved it!”

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 9 June 2018

We visited this much hyped attraction on a rare visit to Sussex to see an aged aunt.
The exterior is slab sided Moscow workers' tenements, and the inside cavernous and bereft of any interest apart from a long list of people who have been misguided enough to become patrons.

When we were there much of the ground floor was being renovated.

An altogether unattractive monolith in a run-down unappealing town sadly typical of this part of the coast.

Thank David F
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"iconic building"
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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

I love the views from the balcony we arrived at half eleven so too early for lunch and the items available were pastries and the like but will go back to eat as have enjoyed before. Service is good and friendly and it’s a great start to the day. Illy coffee and free parking nearby.

Thank oliviamsm
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Had a look round this 1930s iconic building and was very impressed with what is being done to ensure it remains a focal point in the community - great venue for events and concerts and a cafe where you can sit out with a lovely view of the coastline

Thank SmileyDen
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

It's an unusual building. Calm and peaceful. Until you reach the restaurant! Don't expect to have a conversation in there, SO noisy and clattering! Sit on the verandah for a peaceful and incredible uninterrupted sea view.
Good parking though expensive.

Thank crazynurse2015
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

A wonderful building with fab views. A calm atmosphere with interesting art. A lovely place to relax and have coffee which is reasonably priced.Clean toilets.

Thank Tessa K
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