If you're thinking of moving to the seaside and are wondering where would be the ideal place, look no further. Bexhill-on-Sea was voted the third best seaside town to live in a 2007 national survey - and for good reason.
Bexhill-on-Sea sits at the heart of the district of Rother in East Sussex, in between Hastings and Eastbourne. A tranquil seaside town most of the year, Bexhill comes alive during the summer months with family events such as the Bexhill Roaring 20s and Festival of the Sea.
It is worthy of note that a 2009 survey by Halifax found that households in Bexhill enjoy an extra four hours of sunshine per week than the average for seaside towns.
Bexhill-on-Sea seems to have retained all the best qualities of English life since the turn of the last century whilst managing to avoid most of the unpleasant influences that seem to have plagued so many other towns.
Renowned for its health-giving air since Victorian times and enjoying probably the best climate on the south coast, Bexhill has been kept a jealously guarded secret by residents and those people who visit year after year.
With its Victorian and Edwardian architecture Bexhill-on-Sea has a strange magnetism which encourages those who leave to return, and those who visit to stay.
There is always something very comforting to come home to the quality of life and the safety of this cosy town.
The wide-level promenade, gently sloping beach and the expanse of sand at low tide make for an idyllic location for a leisurely evening stroll. The famous 1930's De La Warr Pavilion makes a prominent focal point and provides year-round quality entertainment. And the newly-renovated King George V Colonnade, with gift shops and Tea Beside the Sea cafe, provide entertainment, live music and enjoyment throughout the year. And that's just the seafront...
Venturing inland towards the town centre, you'll find independent shops, quality restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, and places to enjoy a quiet drink with friends or family. Bexhill is a superb, self-contained seaside town.
For the more energetic, Bexhill has more than its fair share of facilities, including a very active sailing club, a rowing club, a well equipped leisure centre, an indoor pool, tennis courts in Egerton Park, outdoor bowling clubs and an indoor bowling pavilion. If that's not enough, Bexhill-on-Sea boasts two of the finest golf courses in Sussex at Cooden Beach and Highwoods.
Steeped in history since napoleonic times, Bexhill-on-Sea hosted the first British motor race meeting in 1902. This was celebrated each year, until recently, with the Festival of Motoring on the first Bank Holiday in May. Bexhill-on-Sea also became infamous for allowing the first mixed bathing in this country at the turn of the century. Bexhill also has a wealth of cultural, dramatic, operatic, recreational, social and sporting clubs.
Bexhill-on-Sea is the perfect location, being only just over an hour away from the Shuttle, the Channel ferry ports and Gatwick Airport, two hours from London, and 20 minutes from the magnificent Eastbourne Marina.
So you see, Bexhill is much more than it seems. It offers something for everyone - all ages whether they be families, couples or singles. Bexhill-on-Sea is waiting to be discovered and enjoyed - by you.
Written by Brian Storkey and Alastair Hazell.
Find out more about the attractions that Bexhill has to offer or browse through the photograph gallery. Should you be interested in staying overnight in Bexhill, take at look at the guide to b&bs and hotels for your visit.