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Considering Moving To Bexhill - Thread

posted by elaine kempton on 20 Feb 2007 at 10:22 am

I'm 50 years old and planning to move from London to Bexhill. I'd love to hear from anyone who can tell me if it's a good place to live ?

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London To Bexhill

posted by Marcia Woolf on 26 Feb 2007 at 3:50 pm

Hello Elaine. It depends what you are hoping to achieve by your move. I moved here from Docklands 4 years ago and love the quality of the air, friendliness of people and lack of stress generally. Having said that, I still commute to London daily as salaries down here are pretty dreadful. Have a really good look around before you buy property: there are lots of bargains so don't rush, and get the local paper (Bexhill Observer) every week to get a feel for the place. You can also find good restaurants, decent coffee, affordable entertainments and useful shops: and the fish market at Hastings is worth a visit anytime! Hope this helps, but please let me know if you would like to get in touch so we can meet up to discuss.

Don't Move

posted by Jenny Perkins on 02 Mar 2007 at 2:46 pm

Move to Torquay! We find Bexhill lovely and quiet,too quiet. We were going to retire to Bexhill, but found it a bit depressing (no offence Bexhill). We have decided to move to Devon, where people have more of a zest for life.

Life In Bexhill

posted by eric armstrong on 04 Mar 2007 at 8:39 pm


As the 53 yr old mayor of Bexhill please come - By the way the Mayor's ball on May 5th will be a reason to stay!

Possible Commute?

posted by Karen O'Neill on 07 Mar 2007 at 5:41 pm

Is it possible to commute to london every day from Bexhill? I think the place looks beautiful and have fallen in love with a house there but not sure if the cvommute is viable - it says 2 hours!! Is there any way of shortning this and are the trains reliable?


posted by Marcia Woolf on 09 Mar 2007 at 12:34 pm

Bexhill to Victoria does take 2 hours and its a bit of a drag. Easier is to go to West St Leonards (halfway between Bexhill and St Leonards Warrior Square) where you can park if nec. and get a train to either Charing Cross or Cannon St depending on whether you are city or west-end working. The 7.08am train gets into CX at about 8.50. Annual cost standard class fare is currently ?3240. Hope this helps!

Never Too Quiet!!!

posted by Rosina on 11 Mar 2007 at 2:32 pm

Hi Elaine, I posted message in Feb as myself and my 16 year old are moving to Bexhill in July. Go for it!! I can't wait. I live in Bromley where my daughter has been bullied and hates travelling around by herself. So I welcome the peace and quiet. Sorry to disagree Jenny Perkins.
Added bonus for me is that my sister lives on outskirts and loves the area.

You Won't Regret It.

posted by Giles on 17 Mar 2007 at 8:08 pm

Remember when people used to say hello as you walked past them? Stop and chat as you are gardening? At 39 i don't find Bexhill too dull, neither do my family. As for Bromley, we couldn't be happier we moved away!

Hello Giles

posted by Rosina on 19 Mar 2007 at 2:51 pm

Hi Giles,
What part of Bromley did you come from and how long have you been in Bexhil now?
I am moving down in July and can't wait, as i said in another posting, my 16 year old was bullied for being talented!! She is starting Performing Arts at Bexhill college.

Anyone From Romford?

posted by Val on 21 Sept 2007 at 11:07 pm

My Aunt & Uncle are moving to Bexhill from Romford Essex they have lived in Romford all their married lives(50 odd years!) so its quite a change for them but they just love Bexhill. I just wondered if there is anyone out there who comes from the Romford area who now lives in Bexhill I would love to be able to tell them they are not the only people from Romford to move to Bexhill

Anyone From Lancashire

posted by Morgan on 28 Sept 2007 at 8:20 pm

Hi all,been interested in reading your posts about bexhill.We are all excited about moving to live on the coast after living in rural lancashire for the last 3 years.Im in the enviable position of being a house husband(wife is a mortgage broker).ive got to say how impressed we have been with the helpfulness of the schools etc in relocating(kids are going to be attending Little Common scholol. its just me that will need to settle coming from up north i just hope everyone is as friendly and welcoming as appears on this site.


posted by Ruth on 10 Oct 2007 at 8:41 am

We are in the process of buying a house in Bexhill - have looked around various places but loved the peace and quite of Bexhill.
No we are not retired we are in our early 50's.have found the above comments interesting

Bexhill Is A Fine Place To Live

posted by Wendy on 28 Oct 2007 at 7:53 am

I'm in my early 50s and moved to Bexhill from Cheshire 2 years ago. We live in a beautiful Edwardian house which we have renovated (always using local businesses). I work in Eastbourne which takes less than 20 minutes by train. My partner commutes to London and he says the long commute is worth it just to live in Bexhill. The traditional style shops are a refreshing change and shopkeepers are very helpful. There is a great sense of community. Best of all for me is the delight of living within walking distance of the fabulous De La Warr Pavilion!

Moving To Bexhill

posted by caroline on 06 Nov 2007 at 9:49 pm

Myself and my family are looking to move to Bexhill in the next year or so. My daughter will be due to start senior school then and other 2 at primary. Have started looking into schools but can anybody recommend good schools in the area. Would be appreciated.

Be Careful You Don't Tell Too Many People!

posted by Tony on 04 Jan 2008 at 8:00 pm

We came from Manchester to probably the best climate in Britain, not as misty as the south west, one of the highest sunshine hours per year in Britain and warm. Have got many Banana and Echium plants (can't grow up North) and other plants in back garden. Kids going to good schools, lots of Sporting facilites, great cycling roads on outskirts.Good old fashioned shops, non of those towny replica shopping precincts. Safe streets to walk. I communte to London, Trains 95% reliable.
Unwind in the evening with a stroll along the prom... the good life!

Getting Ready To Move

posted by Viv Francis on 08 Jan 2008 at 8:13 pm

My partner and I are looking to move to Bexhill this year. I have been visiting a friend who lives in Cooden Drive for over 35 years and I was a mere 25 when I first fell in love with its quiet charm its lovely long promenade the green areas where you can walk through to Normans Bay - if you have the energy - and the newly renovated De la Warr pavilion is a refreshing change for somewhere to visit without queueing or having to pay. There is a great choice of property so something for everyone's individuality. When I get there I am buying a bike. Totally impossible where I live - on a quiet country lane where they pass my house at speeds of up to 80 miles an hour sometimes! Hope to see you all there later this year. Can't wait.

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Angie Gough on 10 Jan 2008 at 6:19 pm

I visited Bexhill last summer and have found a place I would like to live with my family. We are in our 50's certainly not retired, still have a family at home. Only worry will my daughter be able to get into the Catholic secondary school. My son needs a sixth form college this year. Has anyone had an experience of either in Bexhill? Looking for a large house!

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Jude on 11 Jan 2008 at 8:01 pm

Hi Angie,
Bexhill College is very good, my youngest son is there at the moment and my eldest spent two years there, and it has very good A level results. For more occupational type courses, either Hastings or Eastbourne (South Downs) Colleges are better. As far as the Catholic school goes (St Richards), I know there are a great many people eager to get their children in as they do have very good results. If you're Catholic then you do have a better chance. Good luck!

Should We Move To Bexhill

posted by Chris on 05 Feb 2008 at 2:24 pm

I live in Eastbourne - by next year will have 3 children going to Bexhill - St Richards - can anyone tell me where is a good area to buy property within walking distance, bus or train journey to Bexhill.

Or would we be better in St Leonards with a longer journey?


posted by dawnknight on 23 Feb 2008 at 3:29 pm

Hello, i am moving to cooden just outside bexhill on the 6th May is there anyone that could tell me what it is like. We are not quite 50 yet and i am a little worried about settling in. We love the place and feel its very simular to where we live now in Banstead Surrey. Would love to speak to someone in cooden


posted by Jude on 24 Feb 2008 at 10:24 pm

Hi Dawn,

I lived in Cooden for 15 years until I moved elsewhere in Bexhill 4 years ago, my husband moved here from Banstead Surrey 3 years ago and we're a similar age to you so we're both qualified to give advice!! It's very different from Banstead, the transport links are nowhere near as good so it does take longer to get anywhere. The shops aren't as good unless you go to Brighton which isn't that far. That said, the pace of life is much slower with less crime, crowds, traffic etc and as a result there is, we think, better quality of life. Once he got used to it, my husband really likes it here. If you need anymore info don't hesitate to ask.



posted by Dawn on 25 Feb 2008 at 8:48 am

Hi Jude
thanks so much for replying to my email. I am encouraged by info. Did you move from Cooden because you didnt like it. As it goes i hate shopping so wont miss shops, hate pace of life and traffic here so great! We have 4 grandchildren already, therefore clean fresh air, a must. I also have a large dog and am looking forward to walking him every day.
Could you tell me if the local tradesmen are reliable and reasonably priced. We will be needing a plumber,electrician, builder and decorator, as the house will need updating.
Also i will be looking for part-time work, i currently work for the nhs (admistrative), where is the best place to start looking ie local website or paper.

Thanks again


posted by Jude on 25 Feb 2008 at 6:29 pm

Hi Dawn,
I unfortunately had to move from Cooden following a divorce so it wasn't through choice but I still like it in Bexhill so I stayed in the town. Loads of places to go dog-walking and the beach will be great for your grandchildren.

If you want to stay within the NHS it's best to look on their website. The Trusts etc for jobs around here are East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, Hastings & Rother PCT and Sussex Partnership NHS Trust (covers mental health across East and West Sussex). All usually have admin jobs on offer (I know cos I've recently changed jobs and have worked for Sussex Partnership). Failing that, the best place to look is the Friday Ad website or the Bexhill Observer website.

My husband says that tradespeople tend to be cheaper down here than Banstead and as for reliability, it's probably best to get a recommendation if you can.



The three websites mentioned by Jude in the message above are:

http://www.hastingsandrotherpct.nhs.uk - Hastings & Rother Primary Care Trust
http://www.jobstoday.co.uk - Jobs Today (from Bexhill Observer group)
http://www.friday-ad.co.uk - Friday Ad



posted by Dawn on 26 Feb 2008 at 10:59 am

Thanks once again for info Jude.
Cant wait to move down 10 weeks to go and counting!

Bexhill Is A Good Place

posted by Tracey on 03 Apr 2008 at 1:58 pm

Hi I live in Little Common, Bexhill, We came down from Berkshire over 5 years ago and lived in Eastbourne. I have had 2 children here and We moved to little common, it is friendly and welcoming, everyone speaks to you. You make friends with people of all ages, The schools in Little Common are fantastic, my daughter goes to the nursery and will be going to the local school too! Ignore anyone that slates it, because if you are an outsider moving in it is the best decision you will make, easier lifestyle, can go and relax on the beach, walks everywhere. We are so pleased we did it. There are beautiful houses in little common too and we are currently selling our house but going to stay in the village. I would recommend this area to anyone, and the lady who asked about Cooden, its beautiful, I would love a house in Cooden, just off little common. We have a friendly village and there are lots of things going on all year for all ages. Fantastic Doctors, Churches, schools, a really friendly place to live. Good luck you will love it x

Message For Dawn :o)

posted by Sarah Timberlake on 09 May 2008 at 12:47 am

Hello Dawn, have just come across your message on this messageboard about moving down to Cooden on 6th May. We are also moving down to Bexhill from Berkshire on 26th May. We fell in love with the area a couple of years ago and just can't wait to be there permanently! If you still need a decorator keep your eye out for the name "Timberlakes" as my husband is a professional painter/decorator and also is an NVQ Assessor of the subject at our local college. He could certainly help you find some reliable tradesmen. Happy moving Day and maybe we'll see you around :o) Sarah

Bexhill (for Love) London (for Work)

posted by Mari on 12 May 2008 at 11:20 pm

I just want to say thanks to all of you that posted messages about moving to Bexhill, particularly to who commutes daily to London for work... I am worried that the return journey to/from London it's a bit of a drag and will takes too many hours out of my life.. but it's life in London still a LIFE?

I am moving to Bexhill on 26th of May to live with my boyfriend (already based in Bexhill for over a year), and I will try to commute to keep my nice job and most my salary.

Well. I have been in London for nearly 11 years but I done it and now I can't wait to move to Bexhill.


Life / Commuting

posted by Ashley on 24 Jun 2008 at 4:53 pm

I've been in Bexhill for over 5 years now, and it has grown on me. I particular love the seafront, which (due to the lack of a through-road) is much quieter than other seaside towns. Also, the town centre has enough shops to avoid the need to use the retail park at Ravenside, so we are not tied to using a car.

As for commuting, I'm surprised that nobody suggested using Battle as a starting point as the trains are much quicker, and it's more accessible than W.St Leonards.

I have had to commute to Brighton before, and it was much better after the 'fast' service was introduced which takes around 50 mins.

Bexhill From An Ex

posted by chris summers on 25 Jun 2008 at 1:23 am

From the age of 6? ish i spent my teens to (man hood) in good old bexhill and Little common. Never in my travels have I found a replacement for my (soul) home. If anyone needs a base or a stopping place BEXHILL is the best.

St Peters & St Pauls
Bexhill Downs Secondary (you can tell by the crap spelling and punctuation!)

I hope to be back soon.

Living In Bexhill

posted by nikkie on 27 Jun 2008 at 7:53 pm

hi i am 32 un have lived in bexhill/sidley all my life. i attended sidley c.p school,st richards rc and then bexhill college(when it was in turkey road)i am now married with my own kids un we love living here there is so much to do......you go one way and you have got a beach,then if you go the other way we have the country...i have always foud that people are freindly here.so anyone who wants t join us living here .....you are most welcome

Moving To Bexhill

posted by caroline on 30 Jul 2008 at 6:57 pm

we are moving to Bexhill later this year and are looking at the little common area. From what I see and what people say it is lovely. The primary school there is good but would my daughter get into Claverham school from there next year? If not what is the opinion of Bexhill High? Many thanks


posted by Tracey on 22 Sept 2008 at 10:31 pm

Hi Caroline,
Little Common is lovely, the primary school is fantastic and my daughter has just started that is why we chose it because of how good it is! I know friends who have just gone to Claverham from Little Common School and only live down the road from L.C. School, You need to speak to Claverham as it all depends on the birth year etc, if there are really high intakes they are more fussy etc. I know people who went to Claverham and that too is supposed to be a fantastic school and I hope my children will go there too! You could always rent for a year and then when she gets in move more in to the village!! There are many options, but I would speak to them and see what they say! Bexhill High is not great, well from my opinion and others I know who have been there and do go there! St.Richard's is better, but they are building a new high school but it will be huge and it may not make the slightest bit of difference to the teaching, or the school etc! (the 2 sites will merge as one big school) Claverham is your best option! good luck with the move and hope you settle well, See you around. x


posted by caroline on 24 Sept 2008 at 1:28 pm

Hi Tracey. Thats really helpful thank you. Have phoned east sussex council and they said they need our application by the lastest 17 Nov unfortunately as with most people we are having trouble selling our house so have to apply here for schools at the mo. Maybe once we sell we may have more of a chance going half way through year 7. Good to hear your thoughts as we do not know too much about it. Thanks again. x

Moving From London

posted by jane on 03 Oct 2008 at 6:06 pm

me too!!

Bexhill High

posted by Mia on 03 Oct 2008 at 10:40 pm


I would like to say that people are not being fair about Bexhill High. So many students have been successful and have gone on to do fantastic careers. We hear little about those and just tend to focus on the negatives. However, I have also heard that Claverham has its problems. Which school won't have problems. It is a shame that we live in Bexhill and refuse to support our local school.


posted by gwen on 26 Oct 2008 at 5:55 am

Hi I am 51 year old lady who is cultured with a dog I am moving to West Bexhill from France in the middle of Nov 08, Will need to find work, but still will have time to do lots of hobbies.
I would like to learn tennis, and maybe get into the sailing, think I am past small boats, would prefer larger ones. I like all sort of things, from sewing to Golf, not sure if I will be able to do the Golf as this will depend on what sort of Job I get. I have never lived in Bexhill so would like make friends as I only know one person and that is my new neighbor.

To Gwen And Dawn

posted by Julie on 06 Nov 2008 at 8:12 pm

We have moved into the Bexhill area from France a month ago now. I love it. We were originaly from Redhill in Surrey, it's much less stressful here and after living in France for 2 years we couldn't face going back to Surrey. If you need a plumber or handyman, I can recommend my husband. He is very good, reliable and keen to set his business up again. He can fit kitchens, and pretty much do everything. Tel 01424 773914

Uncle And Aunt Moved To Bexhill

posted by Michelle on 05 Dec 2008 at 7:49 pm

I recently visited my uncle and aunt who moved to the Little Common / Cooden Beach area almost 20 years ago when my uncle was coming up on retirement - they have a wonderful bungalow with a small but easily maintainable garden - I have been living in New York City for over 11 years and am completely an utterly jealous of their lovely home, and their fresh air and relaxed living - what can I say but carpe diem - don't delay and move there today! My parents didn't move and stayed in one of the London Boroughs, and their neighborhood has deteriorated over the years to be quite crime infested - whereas Bexhill remains safe and relaxing. My parents regret not moving - Bexhill is wonderful, fresh air, plenty to do and great for dogs.... long walks along the pier... what more do you need!

Am I Doing The Right Thing.

posted by Jenny on 06 Dec 2008 at 9:27 am

Michelle,what pier? Bexhill is nice to visit,but not to spend too much time,or stagnation takes place.It depends what you want,Bexhill can be very depressing in the Winter.


posted by Wendy on 03 Jan 2009 at 8:44 pm

Hi Gwen
How are you enjoying your move to Bexhill from France, we moved to West Bexhill 8 years ago from Crawley, and love it here. We did think of moving to France once ourselves, but decided against it, although we have friends there.
My husband and I are thinking of joining the Bexhill Leisure centre, now that we have recently retired, to keep fit, although we do a lot of walking, and love travelling abroad a lot. I don't think you will regret moving to Bexhill

Buy My House

posted by gwen on 06 Jan 2009 at 7:53 pm

Hi I have just moved hear and think it is very nice, the people are just the best. But I need to move to London or around that way due to my divorce. I only came hear as a stopping off stop, and need to be closer to my girls in London, But now have found this is such a nice place. I need to put my house on the market soon. I do hope I end up retiring hear one day. In the meantime I will enjoy all that Bexhill has to offer> Ps if you are interested in a swop, I may be intreated too

Moving To Bexhill... Local Reliable Tradesmen

posted by Patricia Smith on 30 May 2009 at 7:26 am

As I anticipate moving to Bexhill in the summer, recommendations for reliable local tradesmen ie decorators, plumbers would be appreciated. I see from 9 May 2008 a message posted by SARAH TIMBERLAKE is of great interest in this respect .... perhaps you would like to get in touch Sarah? Anyway Sarah hope you are enjoying your new life at the coast.
Best wishes to all new residents in Bexhill.
Patricia Smith


posted by Dave on 07 Jun 2009 at 12:35 am

Bexhill isn't a bad place to live its all about how people live their lives, if they think the worst then thats how it will be, but let me tell you there are way more good points to Bexhill than bad points,there is always room for improvement,but alot of that has to do with peoples attitudes rather than the town its self.enjoy Bexhill, I was born there,and moved away many years ago to the other side of the world,But I still enjoy my visits back.

Re- Tradesmen

posted by Wendy Haynes on 08 Jun 2009 at 9:08 am

Hi Patricia, we moved to Bexhill from Crawley 9 years ago, and love it here, my husband is an upholsterer, so if you are looking for any reupholstering or repairs, he is your man.
Good luck with your move, hope you find what you are looking for.

Am I Doing The Right Thing - Local Tradesmen

posted by Patricia Smith on 08 Jun 2009 at 3:15 pm

Hi Wendy .. thanks for responding to my request .. would be good to get in touch as I will need some items reupholstered etc.
Most people who have moved down to Bexhill give positive feedback - most encouraging
as it is a big decision.
Best wishes. Pat Smith

Local Tradesmen

posted by Wendy Haynes on 09 Jun 2009 at 9:24 am

Hi Pat. Nice to hear from you. I will give you my phone number if at anytime you may need it, 01424 220188. Good Luck. Wendy

Sea Front Or Cooden/Little Common

posted by Jean on 20 Jun 2009 at 11:23 pm

My husband and I are in our early 60'S but are young in mind. We intend to move to Bexhill in the near future but cannot decide which area will be best for us. I would love a sea view so we looked at some apartments in the "West Indies" blocks on the seafront. The views are magnificant but I am not sure about living in an apartment. The tree lined roads and properties in Little Common are lovely but most are a distance from the sea.
Any opinions would be appreciated.

Sea Front

posted by Wendy on 23 Jun 2009 at 10:42 pm

Hi Jean
The apartments on the seafront are lovely in the summer, but in the winter months when it is windy & raining, it can be quite depressing, and it is obviously more windy on the front. Little Common is a nice village, but as you say quite a way from the seafront. Cooden is more expensive. We live in the Collington area, which we like very much, we are within walking distance of the seafront, town and Collington railway station. We moved down her 9 years ago and didn't know which area to look at, as we knew nothing about Bexhill,(we are also in our 60's) but are very pleased with our choice.
Hope you find what you are looking for, and good luck with the move.
Hope you

Old Town

posted by M Woolf on 24 Jun 2009 at 1:42 pm

Hi Jean,

Have you considered Bexhill Old Town? Some houses/flats do have sea views and it's easy to get into town on foot. There is a good bus service in all directions.(see the Bexhill Old Town Preservation Society website at http://www.bexhilloldtown.org for more info).

Good luck: I'm sure you'll love living in Bexhill.

Old Residents Bexley

posted by sue on 04 Jul 2009 at 11:11 am

Lots of people seem to move here from London and the surrounding areas. Are there a lot of residents that were born there,still there?

Old Timers

posted by dave on 05 Jul 2009 at 2:39 am

I know of alot of people born and bred in bexhill that are still there, as for me I live on the other side of the world and love it, but bexhill still has fond memeories for me ,enjoy it there and help make it a better place.

Dont Alter , Preserve It,

posted by mike picker on 17 Sept 2009 at 11:17 pm

leave it alone, it has survived the passage of time so far with all its glarealities. Its a genuine place to live, if only, it had a village green preservation society.

ok, so could go blah on, but ray davies, loves it here, and he knows a thing or two about societies.

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Lord Barrington on 03 Feb 2010 at 4:04 pm

My 75 year old mother is moving to Bex from East London. I and my partner moved to St Leonards over a year ago from Essex and we love it. It is too hilly for my mother there so that is why we chose Bex for her. She is looking forward to being among her own people for the remainder of her years and by the sea.
This part of the south coast is one of the last bastions of Englishness. To those that come my advice is to amerce yourself in the spirit of the place, bonfire, jack in the green,carnival etc etc.


posted by beba on 13 Feb 2010 at 5:40 pm

thinking of moving to BEXHILL-ON-SEA from London.
I have 2 boys 9 and 10 any families interested who could give us some advice where to settle.
Any artists and art clubs? any help and advice highly appriciated.
artlecturerATgooglemail.com (replace AT with @)

Moving To A Business In Bexhill On Sea

posted by Tony Jones on 11 Mar 2010 at 1:26 pm

I have been working abroad since 1978 and now would like to return to my "Green and pleasant land". My investigations into modern UK has led me to Bexhill, but I am still with enough energy to run a small business, namely a restaurant. I see there are already a few restaurants in place, but with a population of 40,000 are there enough? Or, would an extra restaurant be supported,or OTT with the people of Bexhill and the expected visitors? Please give me some ideas and I promise you will be a privileged customer!

A Matter Of Choice

posted by Cary on 15 Mar 2010 at 1:10 pm

It's always good to hear of potential new business, ideas & enthusiasm considering coming to Bexhill.
Restaurants are always going to be very subjective, particularly when we have so much passing/ holiday trade. As you will probably have seen, we already have an abundance of cafe's and snack places in the town.
I also believe that we have a fair number of "pack them in and sell it cheap" pub/ restaurants. Let me quickly say that I have absolutely no problem with that, and certainly all the people that use them obviously like the format. You need to bear in mind that we have a high proportion of more senior residents, many of whom are retired.

We also have some fairly good Indian, pasta/ basic Italian restaurants.

Where I believe that we have a lack of choice is in more specialist restaurants where the key (for me) is quality of food, freshly prepared/ local ingredients etc. It's easier to find such places when in France etc. Many people that we know also have a similar view. Again,I would stress that we do currently have some good places, I just believe that they are few and far between

Good Luck!

Good Restaurant

posted by Wendy on 15 Mar 2010 at 6:18 pm

As the previous message read, we do have an abundance of restaurants in Bexhill, but what I would like is a lunchtime sandwich, jacket potato, snack type reasonably priced restaurant. We have one that comes to mind that sells jacket potatoes, but quite expensive.
Good Luck

Eatery Idea!

posted by Cary on 16 Mar 2010 at 1:34 am


Please see link below to an idea that has worked brilliantly in the West Country over a number of years.

I had always thought that this could also work elsewhere.. maybe Bexhill?


If anyone now starts such an idea in or around Bexhill, I am claiming intellectual rights for the idea!!

Regards, Cary

Moving South

posted by Gail Sinclair on 30 May 2010 at 10:03 am

I'm in Manchester and have wanted to move south for ages as I have friends in Brighton and my family, though not near, are in Somerset. An opportunity for me to move to Bexhill has arisen and whilst Bexhill has never been on my map (so to speak) having done some research I am now really looking forward to it. Of course the one thing that always troubles you is making new friends, contacts etc. I am a very young 62, have a little dog, am a secretary (working from home)a driving instructor, have just started Tai-Chi, have a zest for shopping, coffee-ing, chatting & etc. So would love to hear if I am going to fit in or not.

Moving South

posted by Susanna Fry on 01 Jun 2010 at 1:58 pm

Hi Gail,
I too am looking to move to Bexhill from Shropshire so am in the same sort of position as you. Maybe we should get together once we are both in situ. I am going to be in Bexhill in July for 2 weeks so if you are already there and would like to meet let me know. BFN S

Moving South

posted by Gail Sinclair on 15 Jun 2010 at 3:50 pm

Hi Susanna
Thanks for your reply. This weekend (18th June) I am coming to Bexhill to have a look around and look at the flat that I might have a chance of acquiring. I will let you know how things progress and yes of course would love to link up when it all 'gels' Best G

Moving South

posted by Susanna Fry on 22 Jun 2010 at 4:02 pm

Hi Gail,
Thanks for your reply. Hope you were successful last week in your search. I have come to the conclusion that until in a proceedable position estate agents are reluctant to get too involved. Thats my experience anyway!! I shall still be looking anyway and hopefully I will get another offer on my house soon. Good luck in your search, I shall be interested to hear how you get on. Regards Susanna

We Have No Regrets

posted by Karen Stepien on 05 Jul 2010 at 11:39 pm

hello my name is Karen we lived in SE London till 2008 penge if anyone knows it now we live in Bexhill-on Sea we hated London we have a son and i knew that he was approaching secondary school Age i was scared for my son to go to a secondary school in London in 2007 i was mugged where i was living in penge so i feared going out and stopped going to my collage course i phoned the local council down here told them my situation within a week of my call i got a offer to Bexhill-on sea now we are over the moon as we live in a hse and are around the corner from the sea my son loves it here yes its quiet but it suites us and we are only in our 40s from karen

Moving South From Cheshire

posted by janice oliver on 01 Aug 2010 at 4:07 pm

Hi Susanna & Gail. We currently live in Cheshire and although we live in a pretty village we are desperate to move back south due to the cool wet weather up here. I am a young 61 and am currently researching Bexhill and will be visiting to do some 'bungalow hunting' in September. Would love to know how you are both getting on. My partner is a motor sport fanatic following it around the country so that leaves me with lots of free time so I will be looking to join in and make new friends. We are originally southerners and have friends in Brighton. Most of what I've read about Bexhill is very encouraging.

Moving South From Cheshire

posted by susanna fry on 05 Aug 2010 at 4:56 pm

Hi Janice,
I have just returned from Bexhill and I really still like it there. I did some house hunting but also helped my friend in her new business in St Leonards. I find the people really friendly, I would like to move back to the South where I originally come from and also the weather is warmer and brighter. As you know Shropshire is nit far from Cheshire. There are properties to be had but you need to be proceedable (in my opinion). I did notice a lot of people in the estate agents looking. Good luck in the search and let me know how you get on. If I have any other info or manage to buy anything I will let you know via this website. Regards Susanna

Thinking Of Moving To Bexhill

posted by denise on 15 Aug 2010 at 6:08 pm

Hi I have just been ofered a transfer to bexhill (sidley) in 40's with 12yr old son. Moving from penge london. What is sidley like as penge can be very rough looking for peace and quite son likes sea and out door stuff. Am childminder so how is work down there. Would be gratefull for any advise/info on above. regards

I'm Thinking Of Moving To Bexhill

posted by Silvana on 14 Sept 2010 at 1:48 pm

I'm thinking of moving to Bexhill as well. It's interesting to read the comments...a lot for, some against. I'm 56 and looking for a peaceful place to live, but with things to do like hobbies, exercise classes, walks etc. and where I can meet new people and make friends. Are there any particular areas to avoid when looking for a flat to buy?

Bexhill For Beginners

posted by Doug Shadwell on 16 Sept 2010 at 3:52 pm

In answer to Denise and Silvana who are both thinking of moving here - the two slightly less desirable areas of the town are Sidley and Pebsham. Plenty of flats near the town centre, some at very reasonable prices, but parking will be a problem. Generally, there is a wide range of property to suit everyone. Employment prospects are negligable. A new link-road is proposed which is intended to open up new areas for factories etc., but this is now not ceertain to be built. The sea-front is our main asset, being long, child-friendly and uncluttered. There are quite a few clubs and societies of various kinds. If Silvana likes walking, she will be in easy reach of the South Downs, Kent/Sussex Weald, Romney Marsh and the Pevensey Levels. The las two are an acquired taste, though. Nopt much in the way of large shops, but many small friendly privately owned ones. So, generall a small friendly town.

Room To Rent Wanted

posted by Nicola on 21 Sept 2010 at 7:50 pm

I will shortly be working down in Bexhill, and as my family will be staying in Northamptonshire I will need a room to rent - any suggestions best place to look - or anyone want a nice quiet lodger!

Moving South From Cheshire

posted by janice Oliver on 25 Sept 2010 at 12:08 pm

Hi Susanna et all. Have just returned from a 5 day visit to Bexhill, exploring possible areas to live. We've found our favoured location which is Little Common. There were lots of notices on the local notice board regarding different activities to get involved in and I met the secretary of the local garden club at a bus stop. The garden club is a must for me as gardening is a big hobby of mine. Found everyone friendly and helpful, even the Estate Agents who knew we were only visiting to reconnoitre the area. We found the general ambience of Bexhill very pleasant. We go to India for 3 months in November so our move won't take place till next year. Won't be easy house hunting from such a long distance but we'll face that hurdle when we have to.


posted by Emma gammon on 13 Oct 2010 at 5:41 pm

I have four children,three boys and one girl.All share the same room. I only have a two bedroom at the moment. I would like to move from Wallington to Bexhill. But not sure where to start on making my first move to getting a Move.I am on transfer lists,bidding schemes...but don't seem to be getting anywhere.
Can anyone suggest what I should be doing?

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Eugene Garvey on 15 Sept 2011 at 6:35 pm

Hi, we are considering a council exchange from London to Bexhill, we have seen a place in Calgary road but we know nothing about that area, can anyone tell us anything about it, we dont want to move to a place with a bad name and high crime. Thank You

Moving From The Midlands

posted by Karen Lewis on 19 Sept 2011 at 8:31 am

Hi, has anyone moved from the Midlands to Bexhill? We have been asked to do a council exchange with a place in Preston Road. Does anyone know what the area is like?
Thank You

Strange Question In 2011

posted by Stephen on 19 Sept 2011 at 7:45 pm

I am a 49 year old gay man thinking of moving to bexhill. my partner would continue working in London but be here part time. We don't need any gay oriented nightlife (or would just go to live in brighton) but would like to invite comment on whether bexhill is a town where a gay man would feel comfortable amongst his neighbours.

Should I Move To Bexhill?

posted by Chrissie West on 04 Feb 2012 at 9:19 am

Hello, I have been reading all about Bexhill as I am selling my house in Chelmsford and cant decide whether to stay there in somewhere tiny as property is so expensive, or move to somewhere like Bexhill where I know no-one, but the property is cheaper so I will have more space for my money. Is there plenty to do? I am an active 66 year old with Parkinsons. I need fairly easy access to London, places to walk and go out to eat. I like cinema, theatre, music, politics, interesting buildings, birdwatching and countryside, all of which I have in Chelmsford. But I want to try somewhere different. Any information you can give would be gratefully received.

Should I Move To Bexhill?

posted by fra on 16 Mar 2012 at 9:49 pm

Hi Chrissie. - we moved here a couple of years ago from the outskirts of Croydon. We 'downsized a bit' and as you say got more property for our money. We like it here. We've been to London a few times for shows etc. and find it best to take car to Battle then train goes straight to Charing X - ie theatre land!Reasonable cinema at Sovereign Harbour theatres at Eastbourne and Hastings.
Plenty of walks - Highwoods, Broadoak Pk., Hastings country park. Loads of bird watching at Rye Nature Reserve, also Arundel wetlands achievable though i've not been there. Plenty to do in B/hill depending on your interests, and people friendly. Got to know quite a few.

Childminder Cooden

posted by kristine on 24 Nov 2012 at 12:06 am

Hi everyone,
we looking to move to cooden early next year,can anyone recommend a childminder in cooden area. We visited bexhill 9 years ago and fell in love with the place.

Moving From London

posted by Andrea B on 07 Jan 2013 at 12:03 am

Hi we live in a beautiful suburb of London close to Richmond upon Thames, we love it here but with a 20 month old living in a two bedroom flat is not as ideal as it used to be. As this area is so nice, half an hour to London, great parks, great schools and feels very safe it's only to be expected property is very expensive, we can't stay here if we wish to move into a house with a garden ( unless we had £800,000 minimum!) My husband is late 30's with a good job in London that he intends to remain with a view to working from home 2/3 days a week eventually ( in the next two to three years). I'm in my early 40's and currently a full time Mum. I get the impression Bexhill has fewer young families, am I wrong? Are there enough younger families for us to come and build a new life, meet new friends, places to go with my toddler and meet other Mums (I'll be on my own a lot when my husband is in london most of the week) etc.... Some people mentioned a good place to drive to where the commute to London is quicker, does anyone know how long approximately? Having read all the comments I think Bexhill sounds like a wonderful place to bring up my daughter and coming from near the coast in the north east I've always wanted to settle down near the sea again. Any feedback, comments, suggestions most welcome. Many thanks.

Trains To London

posted by dave on 08 Jan 2013 at 12:23 pm

A lot of people drive out to Battle which is on the main line to london, its about 20 to 30 mins drive, but parking is a little tight at times.
There are plenty of young families in the bexhill area,I grew up there and its not a bad place at all.

Family Life In Bexhill

posted by cary on 09 Jan 2013 at 1:20 pm

Whilst Bexhill has a more aged population than most towns, it still has plenty to offer families and importantly, your quality of life (excepting your husband's commute) will inevitably improve. We moved here from Surrey with our young children some 16 years ago and have never regretted that for one minute.

Whilst property prices are somewhat different from London, commuting is expensive (as I'm sure you know). Monthly railcard to London and station parking (Polegate) are now around £550/month. Polegate to London Bridge takes 80 to 90 minutes (plus the drive to the station). The two quickest alternatives mean either driving to Polegate or Battle (different lines).
As with all towns, there are things that need to be improved (particularly in my view sports/ leisure facilities and opportunities for youngsters leaving school). In this regard, you may need to be mindful of limited senior school choices, which has given us no end of "challenges" over the years.

That said, it really is a great place to live and bring up a family.

Re: Moving From London

posted by Jim on 09 Jan 2013 at 11:28 pm

We moved down from Twickenham when my daughter was about 15 months old so a similar situation to you.

Bexhill certainly has its share of families with younger children, and a lot of toddler groups scattered around the town as well as nurseries which will all lead you to meet people. Plus the local park was recently refurbished and has play equipment for all ages so you'll no doubt find people there as well.

The normal route to commute to London is to drive to Battle (10-20 minutes depending on where you live in Bexhill) and take the train from there. Time to London is about 1hr 20mins with stops at London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East (plus some trains go to Canon Street).

In my opinion it's definitely worth moving; much less pressure around schooling, far more space for the little ones to run around, and a much better quality of life. And yes, having the sea on your doorstep is a massive bonus. Do it!

Don't Do It

posted by Ed on 10 Jan 2013 at 5:18 pm

Hi Andrea...We moved from London to Kent where we lived for 20 years...We then moved to Bexhill thinking it would be nice to live by the sea.Bexhill is a freindly safe place to live but it lacks any kind of vitality soul or atmosphere.I still work in London the train service is slow and unreliable,and more like an endurance test.We moved from the Farningham area in Kent a warm friendly village and only 30 mins. Sevenoaks to Charing cross.It may not be a good idea to move this far from London Andrea but good luck with what you decide.


posted by dave on 13 Jan 2013 at 3:12 pm

As with any town/village etc there is good and bad,but In my experience life is what you make of it,The commute to London can be a pain,but that will soon just become a habit,as opposed to a chore,so that aside ,bexhill isn't a bad place at all, battle is also another good town as are the surrounding villages etc,It all comes down to what do you want from life, 5 mins from work and a hectic life or 1 hour from work and peace of mind.

Moving To The Area

posted by Laura on 06 Feb 2013 at 10:41 pm

Hi Andrea,

I think Bexhill is lovely! Definitely a good place to bring up a young child (I have two). The surrounding area offers a lot of opportunities for days out at the weekend as well. Another area to consider would be Tenterden (about an hour from Bexhill). I used to live there and there's a very strong community spirit and it's less than an hour from London Bridge (I think!).

Is Bexhill Right For Me ??

posted by Dean on 18 Feb 2013 at 8:56 pm


51 year old 'semi' retired Yorkshireman who moved to East Sussex in 2012. After spending 22 years in the increasingly crime ridden streets of Leeds I was looking for a quieter life. Started in Eastbourne, didn't like it, now in Polegate, lovely quiet, friendly place but very little to do here and NO sea.

Considering a move to Bexhill. I love walking, cinema, theatre, arts, live music (jazz) dining out, meditation, voluntary/charity work and relaxing ... is Bexhill the place for me?

Finally are the people of Bexhill tolerant of 'outsiders'? In Eastbourne (and to a lesser extent) I've encountered some antipathy due to my Northern accent, in Eastbourne would be hardman/gangster types were downright hostile, in Polegate VERY rude shopkeepers.

Any advice appreciated.


Moving To Bexhill

posted by jan on 21 Feb 2013 at 7:53 pm

Dean. Do it! I'm from the North and most of the people I know in Bexhill are all incomers to the town. Very safe, friendly place. Scratch the surface and there is lots going on. There is a social group called Chatterbex that does most of the things you are interested in ( not a singles group) mixed. 45 to 65ish. Lots of meet -ups for meals, music, walks etc.

Welcome To FRIENDLY Bexhill!

posted by Julie Rossall on 21 Feb 2013 at 9:24 pm

Dean, Bexhill is the place for you!
I co-ordinate a informal social group for the 40+ age group - ChatterBex - and many of the 50-strong members originate from 'oop North'!! My hubby and I included! We arrived here 2 years ago and have found the residents of this town SO friendly and welcoming. Please join in - 'you can't have too many friends'! Contact Julie (jellylegs61[AT]yahoo.co.uk) or find ChatterBex on Facebook.

Hello & Thank You

posted by Dean on 23 Feb 2013 at 11:11 am

Jan/Julie .. TWO responses bless you both. Certainly encouraging from what you tell me, I'd certainly consider a move there IF I can secure accommodation (not a lot of people want a retired person as a tenant) Do have a 'prospect' at the moment .. fingers crossed as they say.



Scared Of Moving

posted by maggi on 05 Mar 2013 at 2:36 pm

Hi, Im 58 years old and have lived in the same town all my life. I really want to move and Bexhill is where I have decided I want to be. However after all these years of living in same town Im very scared of moving. Its just me and my little dog so its quite a frightening prospect, but one I intend to take. I would really like to keep my house for the moment and just rent a place for a while (like the other message, Im retired so not many places willing to take me on) and of course I have a dog. Just to make sure Im doing the right thing. Not sure how to go about it though as ideally I would want to rent a room in a house for a while to see how I get on. Is that a possibility do you think ? Is Bexhill a friendly enough place to help me live somewhere like that and come to a final decision ?

Hi Maggi

posted by lynne marney on 08 Mar 2013 at 11:19 pm

Maybe be able to help you with lots of your concerns re moving to bexhill .Please email me lynneinspain[AT]hotmail.com


posted by Laura on 13 Mar 2013 at 2:14 pm


Bexhill is a lovely place! The town is really pretty and most people are very friendly. It is a far cry from London of course but that seems to be what you need!

Good luck with whatever you decide!


posted by Dean on 16 Mar 2013 at 6:53 pm

Thank you Laura, I have a few places to look at next week so all being well I'll be in Bexhill by the end of the months.

I'm looking forward to the move.




posted by Dean on 16 Mar 2013 at 7:22 pm

Hello Maggi

I empathize with your trepidation having done similar myself last year. I made the move to East Sussex at the age of 50 having lived in the same part of Leeds for 22 years (I came down here alone too no dog sadly)

The move was made even more difficult by the fact I have Aspergers (we Aspi’s are creatures of habit, we like familiarity, routine and have real difficulty meeting new people and forming friendships). I have encountered a few problems (not all of my own making) but all told it has been positive. It’s a joy being near the sea and beautiful countryside, the life is less frenetic down here and best of all I feel MUCH safer (Leeds can be a very hostile place and one felt under threat constantly)

I started off in Eastbourne but having discovered Bexhill I prefer it and hope to move here by the end of the month. So if you do make it down here soon feel free to get in touch then at least you’ll ‘know’ one person.

I can also put you in touch with people who have suitable rooms to rent too?




Possibly Moving To Rye

posted by Chris on 13 Apr 2013 at 9:45 pm

Hi all, I am thinking of moving to Bexhill from Crawley as I have visited a few times & really like the area. My children live in Rye with their mum so want to be closer to them. Can anyone tell me how long it roughly takes to drive from Bexhill to Rye. I know the bypass is due to be built, at some point & wondered what effect this would have on the journey time. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks

Brighton To Bexhill

posted by Tom on 05 May 2013 at 5:56 pm

Hi - I've just got a job in Bexhill and was thinking of moving to Brighton. Does anyone commute from Brighton to Bexhill, what's it like? Is the traffic bad? Very grateful for any info that you have :-)

Thinking Of Moving To Bexhill

posted by sandra jackson on 13 Jun 2013 at 2:59 pm

I am thinking of moving to Bexhill, can anyone comment on the following areas. Cranfield Road, Terminus Road, and Brookfield Road. Are there any areas to avoid.
Thankyou, new to this forum.

Moving Back To Bexhill

posted by Annika Akerlund-Wheble on 20 Jan 2014 at 6:29 pm

My ex.bf was from Bexhill and I lived there with him, lived in hastings for a year and I also lived in Brighton, lived in East Sussex for the better part of three years, and as myself being Swedish I find that Bexhill and Hastings are my home, and now when I have split up with my ex.husband (he's also English)and living in Suffolk, I find myself missing Bexhill more and more, and so I will move back home to Bexhill when my tenancy agreement runs out in May. The only downfall is that my daughter (who wants to stay with her dad) and my son only will see each other on holidays and some weekends.

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Liz Beddoe on 14 Feb 2014 at 8:52 am

Hi everyone

We have bought a bungalow in Grange Court Drive in Bexhill and hope to be in there by the end of February. We are both approaching retirement and are moving from Selhurst in South East London so it will be a big change for both of us. It would be nice to keep the chat going as I only know one other person who lives in East Sussex. I must say, I'm really looking forward to the move and if anyone can give me any tips on the area it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for any advice you can give me.

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Fra on 12 Apr 2014 at 10:04 pm

Hi Liz . We moved to Cooden from Croydon in 2010, though miss Croydon wouldn't want to live there again. Bexhill much gentler! Bit of a culture shock initially but ok now. Enjoy theatre at eastbourne, and the de le warr pavilion. Cinema at sovereign harbour and nice walks round harbour. Can also still get to London ok for shows, found it best to park car at battle and take charing x train. Plenty of stuff to do around ..husband(ex Selhurst grammar) and I sing with bexhill choral which we enjoy. I also swim, work at conquest hosp. Part time

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Liz Beddoe on 17 Apr 2014 at 7:46 pm

Hi Fra - Thank you for responding to my message. We made it! We moved in a couple of weeks ago and I have to say I don't miss Selhurst at all! We're still finding our way around but love the peace and quiet here - it's a million miles away from where we were before. The only drawback is that I still have to work in Central London until I retire early next year, but it's a small price to pay. I'll keep you posted as to how it's all going, but so far so good. Keep in touch.

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Emily on 06 May 2014 at 8:44 am

Hi all, I have family that live in bexhill, which me and my young children visit there often, it's lovely as more calmer than in london where I live at the moment. I have been considering moving there to be nearer my family, but this means changing my kids school, I must say it is a lot quieter than in london so a big change, I would need to try and find a school for September. Anyone else moved there children into the bexhill area, any advice on good primary /secondary schools would be a great help. Is it worth the move.

Should I Move To Bexhill

posted by Emily on 09 May 2014 at 9:11 am

Hi all, I'm a young mum with 7 & 9 year old boys. I live in forest hill, london at the moment, my parents now live in bexhill, so we often visit them in the school holidays, and have nice mini holidays, it's very nice, as my parents are quite unwell I was considering moving there, but it is very different to london, & am worried about uprooting my kids, changing schools etc. has anyone else done this move & had experienced changing there kids schools, anyone know of any good primary/secondary schools in the area, and what's is the process. Any info/advice would be a great help. Many thanks, emily

Moving To Bexhill Aug, Should We Move From Liverpool To Bexhill

posted by Victoria Bruns on 03 Jun 2014 at 5:31 pm

Hi my name is Victoria and me and my husband and two kids 3, 5 are thinking of moving to Bexhill come the end of the summer to give them a better furture than in Liverpool where we live now. what beneifts are there? are the schools good? I am thinking of studing at Brighton university, is it far to travel? has anyone moved from Liverpool?

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Fra on 08 Jun 2014 at 8:35 pm

Hi Liz, want to meet up for a coffee?

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Liz on 13 Jun 2014 at 4:42 pm

Hi Fra

What a great idea - I'd love to. I have a day off on Wednesdays if that's any good for you?


Moving To Bexhill

posted by Arcturis on 15 Jun 2014 at 7:01 pm

Hi Victoria

Schools are Ok - there is only one high school in a newish building. Brighton is an hour on the train. Benefits - quiet, peaceful low crime town, great seafront couple of nice parks - good place for kids to grow up in. Mine loved it anyways. Easy to get to Eastbourne ( 20 mins) or Hastings (10 mins) by train for better shopping and entertainment

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Fra on 18 Jun 2014 at 10:48 pm

Hi Liz. How about 2.30 on 2nd July at Kerry's ...corner of Sea Rd?

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Liz on 24 Jun 2014 at 8:16 am

Hi Fra

2nd July sounds good to me - I know Kerry's so I'll see you there at 2.30.



posted by sharon melville on 25 Jun 2014 at 9:13 pm

hi all i am thinking of moving to bexhill. it is me and my son who is 10 and our labrador. thinking of sidley as can get house at right price. can anyone help me re which primary to contact for entry at yr 6 for one year and generally the area. wanted little common , or collington but c ant find little house to suit, but the one i have in mind looks lovely cant wait to view. my plan is to move aug or sept.

any views greatly appreciated

Unpretentious And Friendly

posted by Tricia Crossley on 06 Dec 2014 at 12:14 pm

My husband and I bought a flat in the center of Bexhill in 2010 as an investment. I had been a bit lacks with my pension investment ..like I didn't really have one. We continue to live in London where our mortgage is. We know the East Sussex coastline well. We wanted affordable Victorian or Edwardian style, a bearable drive from London and a reasonable alternative train route.
Bexhill offered all of these but ultimatly we chose Bexhill for a number of things we experienced. A couple of adults with learning disabilities treated with respect and understanding in the shops and on the streets. A few Gay men and women and cross dressers relaxed and friendly in restaurants and bars. Different nationallities and races evident. Friendly people who want to pass the time of day and helpful advice and thankfully few wheelie bins on display in the street. Independant shops and businesses are the heart of Bexhill as are its unpretentious and friendly residents. We have since sold the original flat we bought and purchased another and spend an increasing amount of time there. It is a quietly competitive place that has grown on us. I used to vehemently protest when friends asked if I was thinking about moving to Bexhill now it feels like its happening by osmosis because of the 'feel' of the place. Although it should be said that neither of my adult son's can't be there for more than 36 hours before lethargy drives them back to London.
Be patient if you are looking for a place to live the right place will eventually come up but you do need to be really engaged in making it happen. We missed a couple of places because we took our eye of the ball. I can recommend Redwell Property Agents if you are looking for help with a move to Bexhill. We dealt with every agent in Bexhill in our search for property and Redwells by far had the staying power and local knowledge to see us through. They also sold our original flat. They are letting agents so for those wanting to rent this family run business is well worth a call.
I understand that Weathersphoons have just bought the old Cinema building in Western road which will be a disappointments to many including me. Frankly I think its a stroke of brilliance on the part of Weatherspoons business expansion team but a real threat to local businesses. But ultimatley thats up to us, the Bexhill community as to where we spend our money. But then I suppose that's it, Bexhill is kind of what you make it.

Moving To Bexhill - Why?

posted by Steve Gallacher on 15 Apr 2015 at 8:32 pm

Found a house in Old Bexhill, offer accepted, looking to move before the Summer (if all goes well) Have I made the right decision to move to Bexhill? I think I have.................

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Martina Pym on 15 Jun 2015 at 3:55 pm

I just love Bexhill!! So far...getting a bit worried that it is too quiet?
I am 50 and consider moving there!
I am a German native. Are there aby other Germans?
Also, I am working as a "Virtual Assistant" from home. Are there plenty of small companies. entrepreneurs, that may have a need for my services?


posted by Karen on 05 Aug 2015 at 5:54 pm


I was wondering if you made the Bexhill and, if so, how have you found it?


Should We Move?

posted by jane on 23 Aug 2015 at 4:03 pm

Hi everyone. We are both 50 and with family in Pevensey and friends newly moved to Bexhill we are seriously considering it too, and have been for some years. Husband is a very experienced decorator used to working in large London houses and he is worried there will be no work for him, what do people think? I would commute to my job in Surrey 3 days a week which seems manageable from the posts on here. I will be really interested in your views!

Moving To Bexhill

posted by linda on 04 Sept 2015 at 10:40 am

i live in havering i want to move to bexhill -on -sea with my daughter who is 17 i am a disabled person how do i go about getting a council place pls x

Should We Move To Bexhill

posted by Sandra on 06 Sept 2015 at 6:03 pm

We have just returned from a lovely sunny day in Bexhill, we loved walking along the promenade and having coffee in one of the local cafe's to get a feel of the place, we have lived in our present home for 29 years in Surrey and want to semi retire and thought of Bexhill, my husband still plans to travel by car to London maybe twice a week for work, how easy is it to settle into life in the area ? are there plenty of clubs for 60 year olds? also
Many thanks for any advice

Little Common Is Great!

posted by Bridget S on 09 Nov 2015 at 10:35 pm

My husband and I (both around60) moved here 3 months ago and have found the locals to be very friendly, Little Common has over 50 shops and services and the sea is under 1 mile away. Bexhill has loads of cafes and independent shops and the seafront and pavilion are lovely! Having lived in Croydon and Crawly before I can recommend Bexhill as a little corner of England where all the qualities I value are still flourishing!

Little Common Is Great!

posted by Bridget S on 09 Nov 2015 at 10:37 pm

My husband and I (both around60) moved here 3 months ago and have found the locals to be very friendly, Little Common has over 50 shops and services and the sea is under 1 mile away. Bexhill has loads of cafes and independent shops and the seafront and pavilion are lovely! Having lived in Croydon and Crawly before I can recommend Bexhill as a little corner of England where all the qualities I value are still flourishing!

Leisure Facilities In Bexhill?

posted by Anne on 02 Feb 2016 at 9:59 pm


Bexhill sounds lovely! Thinking of moving there. However, I was wondering if there are any health clubs and/or gyms nearby?

Haven't seen any mention of these above so would appreciate any info. regarding them.

Also, I have no children - or a dog even - so joining a health club or gym would be important in terms of meeting new people.

Any info. gratefully received!


Still Looking

posted by Angie Gough on 12 Feb 2016 at 7:50 am

in 2007 I was considering moving to Bexhill. my family were younger and the teenagers were not keen. now they are older I can make my own mind up and suit myself. looking avidly now for a good size house near the town.

Response To Romfordians

posted by Geography Police on 12 Feb 2016 at 8:44 pm

Romford was removed from Essex in 1965. Since then Romford has been in London, in the London Borough of Havering in east London.


posted by jo on 05 Apr 2016 at 10:02 pm

How lovely it is to see how many people appreciate Bexhill! I've lived in Bexhill since I was seven years old, I'm just past forty now! We lived in Collington Avenue until I briefly moved to Basingstoke for my job. I have been back in Sidley for the last 20 years with my two daughters, one who is now five and the other twenty. I love it here, Sidley doesn't have the best of reputations but I can honestly say that in all the years I have been here I have never had any problems with either the area or people in it. No towns perfect but it really is such a fantastic place to bring up children. There's activities and groups to join if you wish to and we really are a friendly lot! I dont think a town can ever be criticized for being too quite, in a world that simply never stops, I think its lovely that you can find peace in a small seaside town. I agree that there maybe needs to be a few more things of offer for older children but Hastings is only up the road and they have just opened an indoor skateboarding place that's doing really well already. Brighton is also just fifty minutes on the train. There's a saying that I've heard that says ' Those who have lived in Bexhill, always return ' and going on my friends and people I know who have left and come back, I think its pretty accurate!

Move To Bexhill

posted by Sue on 07 Apr 2016 at 6:02 am

We have loved living in Bexhill for 17 years and just put our house on sale.We hoping to return back one day. We lived around off old town area. There are some beautiful houses and also very popular schools, both primary, secondary and even nurseries. Amidst all this it is such a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood for both kida and adults. With the new road easy access on to A21 . Not very far from staion and beach too. I would recommend Bexhill any day .

Moving From Whitstable To Bexhill

posted by Stephen on 15 Jun 2016 at 7:00 am

I think Bexhill is fantastic and really like the peaceful atmosphere in the town and the great shops. Whitstable has become to crowded and dense. There are so many tourists in summertime, and the area is not as relaxed as it once was because of the number of pubs. Are there any people in Bexhill that have moved from East Kent in the past few years.

Bexhill Is On The Up

posted by Sarah on 03 Aug 2016 at 12:43 pm

I grew up in Bexhill and have family here still and looking to return. I have pleased to see that it has become much more lively, cosmopolitian and outward looking over the years. It is a very beautful and well kept place with gorgeous uncrowded beaches, spacious wide, interesting shops. Punches well above its wait in terms of culture with the De La Warr pavillion putting on world class art, comedy and theatre. It has a lively restarant scene and an amazing independent record store. Many local music events and only a quick and beautiful traffic free bike ride from Hastings and St Leonards. And now has some great places to go for a drink, . Sea salt bar, No 48 etc . Everything is within fair walking distance including beautiful sussex countryside, marshland, pyo farms. The suburbs such as Chantry offer some gorgeous and affordable (although prices are rising fast), family sized housing with a great family atmosphere. Primary schools are all good or outstanding. Sports facilities are fantastic. IMO Bexhill is a great place that is worth the commute from London( drive to west st leonards, battle), or change at warrior square, esp. if your job is near one of the terminating stations and is easily doable from Brighton.

Thinking Of Moving

posted by Kevin on 09 Aug 2016 at 6:33 pm

Hi I am from croydon and thinking of moving to bexhill but by my self .so it will be hard. I still like to have a social life even low I am in my early 50s .I might still have to commute to London 4 work if not what is it like 4 work many thanks

Bexhill A Little Gem

posted by Al Blanco on 28 Sept 2016 at 4:07 pm

Hi, I have lived and worked in London all my life and recently divorced. I am lucky that I can retire next year aged 60 and for the last year or so I have been researching where I would like to live for the next chapter in my life. I have always wanted to live next to the sea so my search started along the M2 corridor.. Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and everywhere in between. I found plenty of reasons to dislike all of these places and then literally by chance I recently stumbled upon Bexhill on Sea and I am now I the process of buying a property here. It ticks all the right boxes and I can see great potential. With the new relief road already in place and the works on widening the A21 due to complete in March next year I think Bexhill will become a very tempting prospect for DFL's ('down from London's' as they call them in Whitstable) and second home investors. This could potentially be a big uplift for Bexhill and the local council need to ensure that the town can grow organically in the best possible way. The town already has some quirky individual shops and café culture and that is exactly how the Whitstable boom started several years ago. It would be great if the business rates on shops could be reduced to attract new businesses and to help those that are struggling to pay. I will want to help and support my local business community and independent shops as well as trades people and the like. I am fairly outgoing but I think that if you retire here and don't mix or venture out it could be a very lonely place.

Thinking Of Moving To Bexhill

posted by Id on 03 Nov 2016 at 2:08 pm

I am thinking of moving to Bexhill - Collington - with my wife & kids but am in 2 minds about it. I live in SW London & have sold my house & am in the very fortunate pisition of being able to buy a beautiful detached house in Collington.

I have visited the area many times in recent werks and am very impressed with how clean the beach & surrounding areas are. I am just not surw if it is a good idea to move down here with 2 young children (8 & 10) & worry that I am doing the wrong thing.

Fprgive me for saying this & I sincerely wish no offence but the population particularly in Cooden does seem to be very elderly & is 1 of the reasons I worry about concerning my kids. I have nothing against d people btw!

My question is, is this a good place to move to with kids & would you recommend it?

I really want a life away from London as I have had enough of rat race. I see beautiful houses, beaches & scenery. IS it as good to live here as it looks on the surface & would you recommend it.

I would love anyone's feedback.


Moving To Bexhill

posted by Helen on 03 Nov 2016 at 10:05 pm

I moved to Bexhill 6 years ago from London. It is a much nicer way of life here.Apart from friends and big shops, I don't miss London at all! The beautiful surroundings here are priceless.I wish I'd had the opportunity to bring my children up here.There's plenty to do here. Yes a lot of people retire to Bexhill but it's not all old people. There are local schools. I hope this helps.

Thinking Of Moving To Bexhill

posted by id on 04 Nov 2016 at 11:47 am

Many thanks for your reply Helen.

So, would you say in the general Bexhill area & immediate surrounds there is a good mix of age groups? I am assuming there must be as there are quite a few schools in the area so younger age groups have to be somewhere!

From a work perspective, are places like Hastings, Eastbourne & Brighton good to find work? I am in IT & my wife is a PA. I am just curious to know how easy (or not) it is to find work that does not involve having to commute to London. I accept that pay is probably much lower down this way, but I have no problem with this.

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Helen on 10 Nov 2016 at 6:28 pm

Yes, I think there is a good mix of age groups although people do to tend to retire to the coast. There are schools in Bexhill and colleges in nearby Hastings and Eastbourne.There are lots of businesses around, Hastings Direct is a large employer in Bexhill. In my experience the pay is less but in some areas so is the cost of living. There are good train links (when they are not on strike). We also have events on the seafront and in the town. As well as the lovely De la Warr Pavilion. Personally, I have no regrets moving here.

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Idris Mehmet on 11 Nov 2016 at 10:02 pm

Thank you kindly Helen for your thoughts & opinions, I am very grateful.


posted by Abbey on 15 Nov 2016 at 7:33 pm

I have been offered a job in Bexhill-on-Sea I'm a bit concerned because it's a sleepy town and there's nothing going on events can somebody help me what is life in Bexhill please

Bexhill Is Calling Me Too ...

posted by Rebecca Mackay on 20 Apr 2017 at 7:26 am

Its been wonderful to see so many lovely comments about Bexhill as I'm another thinking to move down. I've been doing quite a lot of day trips, and was wondering if residents (new or long time) have any advice on areas which they love for particular reasons. Are they in the old town, or further out, near the sea front or further back? It's good to get the insiders perspective, adn for me at 57 I want to take my time and get it right as I don't plan on moving again for a long time if at all!! Thanks.

Moving To Cooden Area

posted by Maura on 21 Jul 2017 at 4:38 pm

Hi everyone - we are looking at moving to Cooden drive and have fallen in love with a property but only just viewed it....long way to go yet. Whilst there we walked along the esplanade but it was so windy we could barely walk in a straight line. Is it always this windy in Bexhill as I really have a problem with it. Also are there any little local shops for everyday bits close to Cooden? We are in our 60's retired and hoping we havent left it too late to start again - we are from Kent.

Looking To Move Away From Croydon

posted by Sunjay Bhogal on 05 Jan 2018 at 8:49 am

Bexhill is on my list. I am very sporty person and love the outdoors especially running the Beachyhead marathon every year. I work in IT at central London at the moment which I will have to endure that commute, just wondering will it be worth it.

Moving here will allow me to buy a cheaper property and also pay off my mortgage, I am 49 years old and I have to seriously think about my future and retirement ;-). I have many friends in the at nearby Eastbourn, Hasting, Brighton, Worthing etc so my social life will be good.

Suggestions For Secondary School In Bexhill For My 14 Years Old Son

posted by Saeed on 03 Apr 2019 at 2:42 pm

I have my new job in Hastings. We want some help from you to find best secondary school for my son. Does Bexhill have any good secondary school. And another suggestion need about life in Bexhill. We are in 40s. thanks

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Alison Armstrong on 15 May 2019 at 9:23 am

Myself & 2 children are planning a move to Bexhill in the summer from Dartford. Im quiet nervous and my son who will be starting secondary school isn't keen at all.

Ive read some of the comments above and now im glad to see most are very positive.

A new start in a lovely place - cant believe so many people have commented since 2007!

Moving To Bexhill

posted by Alison Armstrong on 15 May 2019 at 9:24 am

Myself & 2 children are planning a move to Bexhill in the summer from Dartford. Im quiet nervous and my son who will be starting secondary school isn't keen at all.

Ive read some of the comments above and now im glad to see most are very positive.

A new start in a lovely place - cant believe so many people have commented since 2007!

The Landmark Building, Egerton Rd

posted by Jannene on 12 Aug 2019 at 9:34 am

Hi, I am thinking of buying an apartment in The Landmark apartment block in Egerton Road. I am quite noise sensitive and wondered if anyone knows if noise travels in this building and whether the noise insulation for each apartment is effective. Are there any other issues to take account of with this block? Thanks for any help you can give.

New To Bexhill

posted by Susanna Albertella on 02 Feb 2020 at 4:28 pm

I am thinking of moving to Bexhill but have no idea which are the better areas, as obviously all towns have more desirable places to live. I would appreciate any advice. Many thanks

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