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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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  • The Wam Bam Club Cabaret

    Friday 29th September
    Location: Hastings

    Direct from London’s West End, the prestigious Wam Bam Club brings an explosive cocktail of Burlesque, Circus, Comedy, Music and ... more

  • The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

    Saturday 30th September for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    To see the very best art and crafts from the Sussex area visit this event where over fifty designer makers, ... more

  • Women Who Kill

    Saturday 30th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    WITCHES, BITCHES & Riches which were HIS! SHOWS at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. The True Crime Museum invites you to ... more

  • P'opera - with Opera South East

    Saturday 30th September
    Location: Battle

    An evening of popular opera at the Emmanuel Centre. A sell out and much acclaimed last year. ... more

  • PURE Autumn Art Fair

    Saturday 7th October for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    #Creativity is contagious… Pass it on! The Prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair returns to the PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex ... more

  • Hastings Oktoberfest

    Saturday 7th October
    Location: Hastings

    Wilkommen to Hastings Oktoberfest - Part Zwei as we return bigger and better to the atmospheric St Mary in the ... more

  • Grizzly Bear

    Tuesday 10th October
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    The American rock band are back on the road and return with new music from their upcoming album 'Painted Ruins' ... more

  • CRIME Walk of Hastings

    Tuesday 10th October
    Location: Hastings

    THIS OCTOBER…In the heart of Hastings, intriguing cases and hidden crime scenes await… Journey through the past on a tour ... more

  • Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra: Beethoven

    Friday 13th October @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra - Kenneth Broberg - Piano Marcio da Silva - Conductor. Programme: Coriolan Overture Piano Concerto no.5 Symphony ... more

  • Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank

    Friday 13th October
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    50 years on from the first Mothers Of Invention album release ‘Freak Out’, Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil and his amazing ... more

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