Reclaiming public urban space - one space at a time. Part of Coastal Currents Festival.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event which invites people to transform pre-paid car parking spaces into temporary tiny parks – sites for creative play, political expression and unscripted social interaction.

As part of the Coastal Currents Arts Festival 2018 and Dear Serge*, artists, activists and community groups will create and host installations in the De La Warr Pavilion car park. The event will culminate with arrival of the illuminated bike ride coordinated by Pier To Eternity, music, dancing, drinks and cake until 9pm.

Since PARK(ing) Day’s inception, in San Francisco in 2005, launched by Rebar Art and Design Studio, the quintessentially “open source” project, has been adapted to address a variety of social issues in urban contexts around the world. In recent years, participants around the world have built interventions ranging from a streetside ping pong table in Los Angeles, a succulent garden in Madrid, and a giant inflatable Pokemon in Singapore.

More about PARK(ing) Day:

*Dear Serge is an interdisciplinary programme strand with an experimental and innovative spirit that bridges a diverse spectrum of music, performance, and visual arts. Inspiring installations, intriguing interventions and engaging live events generate dialogue between art forms throughout the De La Warr Pavilion building and surrounds.

Serge Chermayeff is the visionary architect who designed the De La Warr Pavilion’s extraordinary interior. Dear Serge is a letter to him, written across the page of the building.

FREE, no booking required. Drop in.

PARK(ing) Spaces

PARK(ing) day invites people to transform pre-paid car parking spaces into temporary tiny parks – sites for creative play and unscripted social interaction. Tell us about your favourite aspects of park life. Design a micro park and you might see it realized as part of PARK(ing) day next year!

All friendly dogs, owners and dog lovers welcome. Drop in to the park with your pooch to meet dogs of all ages and play with puppies in the park(ing) space!

Mercury Club PARK(ing)
A constellation of chairs and young plants assembled by the Mercury Club (adults living with learning disabilities who meet monthly at DLWP).
Sit, relax and talk to our plants. Plant for sale, £1 per pot. All money raised goes to directly to fund Mercury Club activities.

Stories on the PARK(ing) bench
Relax on a park bench and enjoy a selection of books about greenspaces on loan from Bexhill Library.
Story telling for children with Henry Young from Bexhill Library at 1pm and 3pm.

Bird Bingo on the PARK(ing) bench
Calling all wannabe twitchers! Do you know your Barn Owl from your Kookaburra?
Join us for a quick game of bird bingo at 12noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.

Meteor Tribes
In 1935 there was a large pond on the site of the DLWP car park, surrounded by green open space. Kate Bruce’s fantastical fish-form rises from the past and invites you to hang out inside.


From Pier to Eternity seeks to push the boundaries of creativity, fun, sociability and inclusivity on and around that most wonderful of machines: THE BICYCLE. For eight years they’ve organised evening rides with sound and illuminations along the Hastings and St Leonards seafront.

Join From Pier to Eternity for their final ride of the 2018 season on Friday 21 September on the long haul to the land of Bexhill… That’s right, it’s…


They are riding out to us here at the De La Warr Pavilion and should make it in time to be part of our PARK(ing) Day event.

Meeting at Hastings pier at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:

Online: Tickets booked online are subject to booking fees when purchased through our website. E-tickets for print at at home are emailed instantly on the account you have registered with DLWP and are free of charge. They can also be downloaded from our website within My Account.

Telephone: £3.50 per transaction + £2 postage or free collection at the Box Office.

In Person: There are currently no charges for booking tickets in person.

There is a £2 charge to post tickets.

We strongly recommend ticket buyers to take out Ticket Protection insurance with Secure My Booking available when you book your tickets at check out.


Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be sent 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Eat before the show

Book online: Pre-show dining can be booked online as an add-on when purchasing tickets for selected events. You will be purchasing a ticket to guarantee your meal before the show.
Please note you must be a ticket holder to the show to book pre-show dining.

Already booked your tickets? If you’ve already booked tickets for a show and would like to add dining, please contact Box Office:

On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.

No re-entry

Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.