Welcome to Bexhill
Peaceful Bexhill is becoming an attractive alternative residential location for those looking to migrate out of London. With all the perks of coastal living, affordable housing, and within commuting distance of the capital, Bexhill offers a taste of tranquil British coastal living. The Edwardian seaside town is also currently undergoing something of a revival and transforming into a hub of arts and culture. The iconic De La Warr Pavilion is driving Bexhill’s regeneration, transforming it from the land of knitting shops and an aging population, to hipster hangouts and modern design fairs.
Bexhill on Sea Property
Compared to other towns on England’s southeast coast, Bexhill property is alluringly affordable. Large Edwardian and Victorian properties, filled with charm and character, dominate the town centre. There are also a number of 1930s and 1950s apartment blocks with mostly two bed accommodation options. The adorable and charming old town also features stunning Georgian properties. With an influx of younger families settling in the region, new three-bed developments are also available and there are plenty of bungalows and retirement properties in Bexhill and the surrounding areas.
The majority of Bexhill’s primary schools have achieved ‘Good’ OFSTED ratings and the town offers an impressive selection of strong educational outlets. One of the strongest schools in the area is St Peter and St Paul C of E Primary on Buckhurst road, which was awarded ‘Outstanding’ during their 2015 OFSTED inspection. Glyne Gap School on Hastings Road is also a source of local pride. The ‘Outstanding’ school caters for children aged between 2 and 19 years old with learning disabilities. There are also preparatory schools, like Battle Abbey and a Catholic primary in St. Mary Magdalene’s.
For secondary education, Bexhill High Academy maintained a ‘Good’ rating in 2017 and Bexhill Sixth Form college also met OFSTED’s ‘Good’ rating requirements. St. Richard’s Catholic College is one of the most popular secondary schools in the area due to its ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED inspection in 2010.
The Bexhill Town Centre Strategy was published in 2013 which collected feedback on what the residents wanted for the future of their town. They surveyed a wide demographic of residents and will begin to implement their findings in the coming years.
The town is currently lobbying government to establish a high-speed rail link between Bexhill and London. They want to extend the existing connection from Ashford to reduce the journey time to London by around 20 minutes. The newly unveiled plans to construct a £500 million port in nearby Hastings will also bring a significant number of jobs to the area in the near future.
Bexhill was established in the eighth century when King Offa of Mercia built a church and a small community on the site which is now Bexhill. It is mentioned in the Domesday book, but much of the community had already been destroyed by the Norman invasion of 1066.
The town relied on tourism for much of its income in the pre- and post war years. It was famous for its excellent independent boarding schools which were a favourite among the armed forces and full of international students. When Britain divided up its empire, many of them closed due to lack of pupils. Now the town is far more residential with limited numbers of tourists each year.
Bexhill on Sea train station, with its impressive building from 1902, offers regular services to Brighton, London Victoria and nearby Hastings. Local bus services also connect Bexhill with Eastbourne, St Leonards and Hastings. There are also coach services to London and the Midlands.
Eating and Drinking
Visiting the English coast wouldn’t be complete without a hearty serving of fish and chips, and they don’t come much better than Athena’s. Or, for lunch with a view, the Café Bar at the De La Warr Pavilion does hot and cold food with an excellent seafront view. Di Paolo’s Café is well worth a visit in between meals, with their national-award winning handmade ice cream to round off the perfect day on the coast. For something to wash it all down with, head to Kerry’s Wine Bar for a beachside drink and cake.
Things to do in Bexhill on Sea
At the heart of Bexhill is the De La Warr Pavilion. With live music, stand-up comedians, theatre productions, art exhibitions, workshops and classes, it really is the cultural epicentre of the Bexhill community. For children and adults alike, Egerton Park has boats for hire, tennis courts, an outdoor gym and a children’s play area. Manor Gardens also offers beautiful floral arrangements in a peaceful historic setting.