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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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  • English Tourism Week

    Saturday 25th March for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Grab your Free Hastings Card at The True Crime Museum! This English Tourism Week, The True Crime Museum and the ... more

  • Streets of Battle

    Saturday 25th March @ noon
    Location: Battle

    Free family entertainment in the streets of Battle. Top quality Street Performers bring you some of the UK's best street ... more

  • Faure Requiem Workshop

    Saturday 25th March @ 2:00pm
    Location: Battle

    A chance to enjoy a vocal workshop and performance of the Faure Requiem with Roger Wilcox, conductor of Hastings BIG ... more

  • Drawn to the Page

    Saturday 25th March
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    There’ll be lots of inspiration to be had as you learn about the art on display and develop your own ... more

  • Exhibition Tour

    Saturday 25th March
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY. Free, booking recommended Join a ... more

  • Mum's The Word

    Sunday 26th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Treat Mum to an unforgettable day out to Hastings! Delve deep into the mind of the serial killers as they ... more

  • 1st Guestling & Pett Brownies

    Tuesday 28th March @ 4:00pm
    Location: Guestling

    Brownies is an exciting group giving girls between the ages of 7 and 10 the opportunity to experience and learn ... more

  • Hastings Pier Free Family Workshops

    Saturday 1st April for 11 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Come and create with us in the Piers Birch Room - and take what you make home! Each workshop specialises ... more

  • Exhibition Tour

    Saturday 1st April
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY. Free, booking recommended Join a ... more

  • Rockpool Ramble - Pett Level

    Monday 3rd April @ 10:30am
    Location: Pett Level

    Find out more about our wonderful marine life with an exploration of the rockpools at low tide. Please wear wellies ... more

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