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What's Happening in Bexhill

It’s hard to believe that so many events of this standard could emanate from a town of Bexhill’s size, but true to form, Bexhill is storming ahead with another jam packed schedule of fantastic festivals and events in 2019.

Celebrating its unique and impressive history with events such as Motofest,The Great Gatsby Fair and the Bexhill 60s Revolution, plus traditional celebrations such as The Festival of the Sea and Bexhill Carnival week (not forgetting the glittering programme at the iconic De Le Warr Pavilion!)  there’s so much to choose from in Bexhill this summer.

We’ve put together this selection to help you plan your visit to Bexhill, you can read more about Bexhill Modern Vintage here. #BexhillModernVintage 

June

The Bexhill Festival of Music runs throughout the month of June, packed full of music delights across the town, please read more about it here.

6th  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto (part of Bexhill Festival of Music)

£18, £26, £33 @ DLWP. Tickets here.

23rd - Historic Half Hundred (part of 1066 Country Cycling Festival 22-23rd June)

The Historic Half Hundred is a challenging hilly 50 mile ride. The route showcases the best views, scenery and historic buildings in the 1066 region. Starting and finishing at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion. Organised water stops with free food, Medals for all finishers.

More information here:

30th - History of the Pages Estate

Bexhill Museum Local History Group’s Heather Morrey takes walkers out for another of Bexhill Museum’s ever popular Stepping Out walks & talks. This walk will examine another area of Bexhill where 20th century housing almost hides the evidence for a somewhat complex story of development from the pre- railway rural landscape. We’ll hear about ‘gentlemen’s estates’, a ‘New Bexhill on Sea’ which never happened, half a dozen private schools and then the spread of ‘desirable’ bungalows built largely by the Larkin brothers. Distance: 2 ½ miles, duration: three hours.

There is a charge of £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for accompanied children on each walk. We regret that no dogs are allowed on these walks. The walk leaders are Museum volunteers and all proceeds go to Bexhill Museum.

14:00-17:00 @ The Denbigh Pub, Little Common Rd, Bexhill,TN39 4JE

www.bexhillmuseum.co.uk / 01424 222058

An Accredited Museum & Registered Charity no 11026

30th - Last Night of the Bexhill Proms featuring the Sussex Concert Orchestra

£10, £15, £20 @ DLWP. Tickets here.

July

13th - Bexhill 60s Revolution

The team behind the Bexhill Roaring 20s returns in 2019 to bring you the biggest town-wide 1960s event in the UK.

Celebrating the decade of fashion, music, dances and events that changed history.

Confirmed acts for the inaugural, free Bexhill 60s Revolution include:

Counterfeit Stones, Beatles For Sale, Freak Flag, the Meyer Dancers, ‘Licence To Thrill’ stunt action.

Visit the Carnaby Village Retro Market to re-live the fashion and culture of the 1960s. See a replica of the A7L Apollo spacesuit and a replica of the Time Machine, featured in the fiction film by H. G. Wells.

With a huge gathering of classic 1960s cars and motorcycles, this day is a must for any 60s fan.

More information here.

14th - Bexhill Artists' Workspace at Bexhill Museum

Local artists meet at Bexhill Museum for tea and cakes and a chance to display and share their work. Normal museum admission fees apply. The Artists' Workspace is open every second Sunday of the month until December.

www.bexhillmuseum.co.uk / 01424 222058

An Accredited Museum & Registered Charity no 11026

19 - 21st  - The Great Gatsby Fair

The Great Gatsby Fair will take place on 19th - 21st July 2019 on Bexhill seafront and in the large marquee enclosure at the Metropole Lawns. This year the Great Gatsby Ball has been added on the Friday evening, and the artists are Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra

They played at William and Kate's Wedding, Madonna's birthday party and are resident at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club London.

On Saturday evening we have the Vintage Swing Night (Rock n Roll). Both of the evening events are from 7 pm - 10.30 pm and they are ticketed.

There will also be a full food festival this year and vintage fair, and we shall have the big Charleston dance again.

Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm are free entry to the public.

More information and tickets here.

21st - Good Times By The Sea with Norman Jay (MBE), David Rodigan (MBE) and The Cuban Brothers + more.

£30, £35, £40 @ DLWP. Tickets here.

20 - 27th  - Bexhill Carnival week

Information here

28th - Bexhill Motofest

A FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVAL of motorcycles and music – including GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Stunt Show, Motorcycle Market Place, FANTASTIC LIVE MUSIC headlined by a QUEEN tribute as re-imagined by the Rockitmen. Over 50 pubs, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops with motorcycle display parking throughout the town.

@ DLWP

More information here.

August

10th - DUBS at DLWP

All “Dubbers” – VW Camper and classic/custom VW car owners – are invited to head down to the De La Warr Pavilion for a family- friendly day of music and fun and a chance to show off their VWs to a big crowd.

Free entry, more information here.

17th - Record Fair

+ DJs, live music and screening of Labyrinth.

Free entry @ DLWP. More information here.

September

6 - 8th - The Festival of the Sea

The festival kicks off with a brilliant weekend event next to the De La Warr Pavilion with over 50 stalls highlighting local Sussex produce and global seafood cuisine, English wine, arts & crafts, local charities, marine and wildlife conservation, cooking demonstrations, free angling coaching, dancing and a fantastic lineup of live music.

This year's festival brings something special to the beach, with the Guinness World Record attempt for Largest Gathering of Mermaids on Saturday 7th September and special guests over the weekend, Les Derniers Trouveres.

Marine Conservation Society brings the wonders of our ocean and will share their vast experience of our marine environment. All helping to protect our sea life and beaches for generations to come!

The Angling Festival presents a number of major competitions over several weeks in September and October. Competitions reflect all sea angling pursuits and with conservation in mind, our beach matches are all catch and release! Come visit this popular family event in a beautiful coastal setting.

More information here.

14th -  The Lost Village of Northeye – COASTAL CURRENTS 2019

Bexhill Museum presents a guided walk and drawing event exploring the remains of a deserted medieval village, led by artist and researcher Leah Fusco.

Once forming part of an archipelago on the southeast coast, Northeye once sat on an island until ecological changes cut off its access to the sea. The settlement is currently visible as a series of shallow earthworks on protected agricultural marshland.

Using creative and experimental approaches to drawing, you will explore this unique landscape and contribute to Northeye's ongoing documentation. The resulting work will be added to Bexhill Museum’s archive on Northeye and displayed in an exhibition at the museum.

All ages, levels and abilities are very welcome and no previous training or experience in drawing is necessary. The walk includes uneven ground and stiles.

Please meet at The Star Inn car park, 1.15pm for 1.30. All drawing materials and paper are provided (though feel free to bring your own). Food and drink is not provided. This event is kindly supported by Bexhill Museum and the London Doctoral Design Centre.

3:30-16:30 @ The Star Inn, Sluice Lane, Normans Bay, BN24 6QG

Please contact the museum for booking details.

www.bexhillmuseum.co.uk / 01424 222058

An Accredited Museum & Registered Charity no 1102638

23rd - Gary Numan

£32.50, £42.50 @ DLWP. Tickets here.

26th- The Average White Band

The Average White Band is one of the top Soul, R & B, and Funk groups, first known for the timeless instrumental hit Pick Up the Pieces.

£30, £45 @ DLWP. Tickets here.

OCTOBER

7th - Fisherman’s Friends

Following their Winter Warmer tour this month renowned Cornish shanty singers Fisherman's Friends are coming to the Pavilion this autumn.

£25, £32.50 @ DLWP. Tickets here.

16th - Amanda Palmer

Join Amanda Palmer at the De La Warr Pavilion for an evening of piano, pain and laughter as part of her solo tour, ‘There Will Be No Intermission’.

£23.50 @ DLWP. Tickets here.

23rd - Bexhill Museum Wednesday Talks: From Common Shore Crab to Chardonnay

Bexhill Museum invites Dr Sarah McKenzie to tell the story of the South Downs – its formation, wildlife and human interaction over time. Sarah is a landscape ecologist at the Centre for Community Engagement and was Warden of Warnham Local Nature Reservation in Horsham.

There is a charge of £4.00 per person, per lecture, reduced to £3.00 for Bexhill Museum members, with refreshments included.

www.bexhillmuseum.co.uk / 01424 222058

An Accredited Museum & Registered Charity no 1102638


November

20th - The Lighthouse Family

Lighthouse Family return with their first studio album in 18 years, celebrating 25 years and over 10 million records sold.

£25, £35, £47.50, £99 @ DLWP. Tickets here.

30th - Josh Widdicombe.

The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand new stand up tour: ‘Bit Much’.

£20 at DLWP. Tickets here.

December

3rd - Adam Ant

Music legend Adam Ant’s "Friend or Foe" tour is coming to the Pavilion this December.

£38.50 at @ DLWP. Tickets here.

11th - George Hinchcliffe’s Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

The original ukulele orchestra, the group that made the uke cool, the band who gave us uke mania invite you to join them in a bit of festive frivolity!

£26.50, £28.50 @ DLWP. Tickets here.