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St Leonards in East Sussex

St. Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex is a charming seaside town situated on the South East coast. The original town was created by famous architect James Burton in the early 19th century and was intended as a holiday resort for the bourgeois; attracting both aristocracy and royalty to its grandeur.

St Leonards has some of the most magnificent architecture in all of East Sussex; including the popular Royal Victoria Hotel and the Clock House, as well as many of the seafront houses located along what is now known as The Marina. The striking St Leonards Archway (also created by Burton) was a central architectural feature of the town and was used to separate St. Leonards from the nearby town of Hastings. After being destroyed by builders in 1859, only a small section of archway sadly remains. Another notable building is North Lodge, which was originally used as a tollgate between Hastings and the northern section of St. Leonards. The pyramid-shaped Burton family tomb is located in the old burial grounds of St Leonards' parish church.

St Leonards also has a double-decker promenade which stretches from nearby Hastings to the Warrior Square area of the town. Dubbed "bottle alley" during its construction in the 1930's, the walls are flecked with broken glass decoration that form pretty mosaics. This type of promenade is not only unique to East Sussex, but is also the only one of its kind in Britain. There are also several formal parks in St. Leonards, including the recently renovated St Leonards Gardens (Heritage Fund sponsored), as well as Gensing Gardens, Marwick Square Gardens and Warrior Square Gardens located along the seafront.

St. Leonards' historic buildings, beautiful parks and abundant choice of delightful B&B's, restaurants and hotels means it is the ideal choice for an East Sussex break that is packed with adventure.

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What's On in St Leonards?

  • Smallfoot film showing

    Saturday 23rd March
    Location: Battle

    Smallfoot, an animated comedy adventure film ( PG ) is being shown. Doors open at 2.30. Film starts at 3pm. ... more

  • Mum's The Word

    Sunday 31st March @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    On Mothers Day…Treat Mum to an unforgettable day out to Hastings! Delve deep into the mind of the SERIAL KILLERS ... more

  • Trail of the Golden Goose

    Saturday 6th April for 17 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Cunning conman ‘Albumen Yolk’ has just pulled off a stunning art theft… now he’s on the run with the priceless ... more

  • The Wind In The Willows

    Saturday 13th April for 2 days @ 7:00pm
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    East Sussex School of Performing Arts is back with their brand new production Wind In The Willows. This musical stage ... more

  • Elm Tree Boot Sale

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Icklesham

    Elm Tree Boot Sale - first of the season just off A259. ... more

  • Bank Holiday Craft Fayre

    Saturday 25th May @ 11:00am
    Location: Fairlight

    Bank Holiday Craft Fayre at Fairlight Lodge Hotel, Fairlight Lodge Hotel Fairlight, East Sussex TN35 5DR on Saturday 25 May ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 25th May @ 11:00am
    Location: Fairlight

    Craft Fayre at Fairlight Lodge Hotel. Lots of artisan stalls. Refreshments provided by the hotel. ... more

  • Battle of Hastings 2019

    Saturday 12th October for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Hear the clash of sword on shield and feel the thunder of galloping hooves, as over 600 warriors clash in ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Sunday 27th October @ 11:00am
    Location: Icklesham

    Craft Fayre at Icklesham Village Hall, Workhouse Lane, Icklesham, TN36 4BJ on Sunday 27 October 2019 from 11.00 am to ... more


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