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Hastings in East Sussex

Hastings is on the South Coast and grew from a small settlement between the East and West Hills. Hastings was attacked by the French during the Hundred Years War, and in 1377, a second attack all but destroyed the town.

The Old Town's architecture ranges from Medieval to Victorian. One of the oldest buildings, the Court House is believed to have been built around 1450. There are ancient churches and the Old Town Hall, which now houses a museum. There are lots of passages and narrow streets (called twittens) that are worth exploring that go off the Old Town High Street. There are cafes, bars and restaurants that add to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Old Town.

Hastings has the largest fishing fleet in Europe that is launched from a beach, which is known as the Stade. The Castle built by William the Conqueror but now in ruins is at the top of West Hill and offer wonderful views of the area and Channel. The steepest funicular railway in Britain takes passengers from the Old Town up to the Castle.

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery has amongst its highlights exhibitions dedicated to American Indians and Grey Owl, an early conservationist, who came from Hastings and John Logie Baird who pioneered television in Hastings. There is also a reproduction of an Indian Durbar Hall, which was created for an Indian and Colonial Exhibition in Kensington in 1886.

There are many other attractions in Hastings, both architectural and cultural, which include a theatre, parks and gardens. The town hosts several events throughout the year, which include the Hastings Half Marathon, the Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings Beer Festival, Coastal Currents and the Old Town Carnival.

There have been many famous and illustrious residents and visitors to the town, which include J M F Turner, Beatrix Potter and Charles Dickens. The Old Town and beach are important locations in the popular television series 'Foyle's War' starring Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks.

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What's On in Hastings?

  • Here Come The Girls!

    Sunday 8th March for 26 days @ noon
    Location: Battle

    On Sunday March 8th, International Women's Day, Saffron Gallery in Battle launches a major exhibition of female artists to celebrate ... more

  • Wedding Day Flowers

    Saturday 14th March @ 9:30am
    Location: Battle

    Wedding flowers are the final touch to make your wedding day perfect. Get beautiful floral ideas for your big day, ... more

  • Some Like It Hot Cookery Course

    Saturday 14th March @ 9:30am
    Location: Battle

    What a feast! Create a sumptuous Indian Saturday night takeaway to enjoy for your supper. You will produce a range ... more

  • Cripps and Saunders - Clasical Vocal Duo

    Saturday 14th March @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Jill Saunders (soprano) and Alison Cripps (mezzo-soprano) are performing a classical vocal recital at Battle Methodist Church, The Emmanuel Centre. ... more

  • Spring Flower Show

    Saturday 21st March @ 2:00pm
    Location: Crowhurst

    Crowhurst and District Horticultural Society are holding their Spring Flower Show. Visitors from 2pm Entry free but donations welcomed Light ... more

  • ESSPA's 'Sleeping Beauty'

    Wednesday 1st April for 2 days @ 7:15pm
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Not sure how to entertain the family during the Easter Holidays? Then come along to see ESSPA’s innovative musical production ... more

  • Battle Medieval Fayre

    Sunday 24th May for 2 days
    Location: Battle

    A Maypole, May Queen, mix of juggling, jesting, and general tomfoolery are all part of Battle Medieval Fayre. Further details ... more

  • Bexhill Men's Open Bowls Tournament

    Monday 3rd August for 6 days @ 9:00am
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    The venue is The Polegrove, Richmond Road. The tournament consists of singles, pairs and triple. Further information can be obtained ... more

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