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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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  • Easter Fun

    Saturday 28th March for 16 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Battle

    Come along and join in the fun at Yesterday’s World this Easter. Children can take part in the Easter quiz ... more

  • Spring Clean Your Wardrobe

    Saturday 28th March @ 11:00am
    Location: St Leonards

    Spring Clean Your Wardrobe Practical Workshop with an Image Coach and Smart Guide to cost effective styling smart way to ... more

  • SAS Big Spring Beach Clean

    Sunday 29th March @ 11:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Please join us on Hastings beach and be part of a nationwide beach clean happening over March and April. If ... 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 Annual Marbles Match

    Friday 3rd April @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Local teams compete in the traditional annual competition dating back to 1945. Local pubs and clubs enter teams of 5 ... more

  • Easter Egg Hunt - Battle Museum

    Friday 3rd April for 4 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Easter Egg Hunt 50p per child. Adults admission £2 at Battle Museum, The Almonry, High Street Battle East Sussex TN33 ... more

  • Easter Adventure Quest - Battle Abbey

    Friday 3rd April for 4 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Young adventurers wanted this Easter. Meet one of the abbey monks who needs your help. Rise to the challenge on ... more

  • Easter at the Museum

    Friday 3rd April for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Easter at the Museum, Venue: Battle Museum of Local History, The Almonry, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0EA. For further details ... more

  • Saffron Gallery - The Garden of England

    Saturday 4th April @ 9:00am
    Location: Battle

    The Spring exhibition, 'Garden of England', is a seasonally uplifting show focusing on all things flora, fauna and outdoors - ... more

  • Slimming World

    Saturday 11th April for 367 days @ 9:30am
    Location: Battle

    New Slimming World Group launching on Saturday 11th April at 9.30am at The Emmanuel Centre, Harrier Lane, Battle. Cannot wait ... more

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