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.
Bexhill is a quiet and relaxing town that has an elegance all of it's own - a great place to live - a great place to visit.
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 which 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 award winning clean beach, the expanse of sand at low tide and the famous 1930's De La Warr Pavilion, providing quality entertainment throughout the year, are the obvious focal points of the town, but Bexhill-on-Sea is much more.
The compact shopping centres, the variety of good eating places, the selection of friendly quality hotels and guest houses and the pretty 'continental-style' pavement cafes facing the sea make it 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 with flume and wave machine, tennis courts in Egerton Park, out door bowling clubs and an indoor bowling pavilion. If that's not enough, Bexhill-on-Sea boasts two of the finest golf courses in Sussex.
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.
It 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, families, couples and singles. Bexhill-on-Sea is waiting to be discovered and enjoyed - by you.
Written by Brian Storkey (01424 730564) and Alastair Hazell.
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