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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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  • Cheese & Wine Evening

    Friday 26th January @ 7:15pm
    Location: Westfield

    Come along to our Cheese & Wine evening at the Carr-Taylor vineyard in Westfield on the 26th January 2018! The ... more

  • Mrs Yarringtons Music Club - Brooks Williams

    Tuesday 30th January
    Location: Battle

    As Mrs Yarringtons Music Club moves into our 10th year we welcome one of Mrs Y's favourites to kick off ... more

  • Mrs Yarringtons Music Club - Brooks Williams

    Tuesday 30th January
    Location: Battle

    As Mrs Yarringtons Music Club moves into our 10th year we welcome one of Mrs Y's favourites to kick off ... more

  • Jailbreak

    Saturday 10th February for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Time to break out! BUST out some of the most notorious JAILBIRDS in history, snatch the keys and use the ... more

  • Hastings Philharmonic: Chamber Music Recital

    Saturday 10th February @ 7:30pm
    Location: Hastings

    Christ Church - St Leonards-on-Sea. Ayşen Ulucan - Violin Marcio da Silva - Baritone Francis Rayner - Piano Love and ... more

  • Knights and Princesses

    Monday 12th February for 5 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Join our academy with hands on medieval fun this half term and transform yourself into a courtly Lord or Lady ... more

  • The Damned

    Wednesday 14th February
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    British punk royalty The Damned hit the road for their Evil Spirits UK tour and are set to rock the ... more

  • Date Night at the Museum

    Wednesday 14th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    A unique Valentines experience for ‘Killer Couples’! Tickets are available for £20 per couple, including a free glass of bubbles ... more

  • Rebecca Ferguson

    Friday 16th February
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Runner-up on the seventh series of UK’s The X Factor, Rebecca Ferguson comes to DLWP in February 2018. Having co-written ... more

  • Brede Farmers' Market

    Friday 23rd February @ 10:00am
    Location: Brede

    Brede Farmer’s Market is a weekly farmer’s market which takes place in Brede village hall every Friday 10 – 12noon. ... more

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