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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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  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Symphonic Summer

    Thursday 1st June
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents Symphonic Summer at the De La Warr Pavilion in an evening of outstanding classics from ... more

  • Vintage Trouble

    Friday 2nd June
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective ... more

  • Saint Etienne

    Tuesday 6th June
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    The much-loved trio take the DLWP stage this summer performing new music from their upcoming album. On-sale: Friday 24 March ... more

  • Twelfth Night

    Wednesday 7th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s rib-ticklingly good comedy of old-fashioned trickery ... more

  • Pestalozzi Dog Dawdle

    Saturday 10th June @ 10:30am
    Location: Sedlescombe

    Pestalozzi is opening up its estate for free for its second Dog Dawdle event on Saturday 10th June. The event ... more

  • Pestalozzi Dog Dawdle

    Saturday 10th June @ 10:30am
    Location: Sedlescombe

    Pestalozzi is opening up its estate for free for its second Dog Dawdle event on Saturday 10th June. The event ... more

  • Pestalozzi Dog Dawdle

    Saturday 10th June @ 10:30am
    Location: Sedlescombe

    Pestalozzi is opening up its estate for free for its second Dog Dawdle event on Saturday 10th June. The event ... more

  • Romeo & Juliet

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

    Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s infamous story of whirlwind romance and ... more

  • Secret CRIMES of SUSSEX

    Friday 16th June
    Location: Hastings

    Hidden cases and local secrets await, what really went on in our county? A jealous woman… A drunken soldier… The ... more

  • Dads Go Free!

    Sunday 18th June
    Location: Hastings

    Make DAD an offer he can’t refuse! This Father’s day, treat Dad to a truly unique experience at The True ... more

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