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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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  • William James Neatby

    Monday 16th March @ 2:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    One of the best known tile interiors in Britain is the ceramic extravanganza by W.J. Neatby in the meat hall ... more

  • Battle Floral and Horticultural Society

    Wednesday 18th March
    Location: Battle

    Battle Floral and Horticultural Society Monthly meeting. Wednesday 18th March 7.30 p.m. NOTE: Meeting will be in the Library of Battle ... more

  • Mothers Who Kill!

    Sunday 22nd March @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    A chilling experience for MORBID Mums and their AWFUL offspring who are Partners in CRIME! The True Crime Museum invites ... more

  • Easter Wreath Workshop

    Tuesday 7th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Wreaths are not just for Christmas, they’re a beautiful way to add colour and texture to your door or home ... more

  • Easter Wreath Workshop

    Wednesday 8th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Wreaths are not just for Christmas, they’re a beautiful way to add colour and texture to your door or home ... more

  • Easter Wreath Workshop

    Thursday 9th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Wreaths are not just for Christmas, they’re a beautiful way to add colour and texture to your door or home ... more

  • Rumer

    Thursday 7th May
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    We proudly present a wonderful concert with the award-winning British vocalist Rumer as she performs at the De La Warr ... more

  • José Feliciano Plus Support

    Friday 8th May
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    José Feliciano is a true music legend, nine-time GRAMMY award-winning artist including lifetime achievement honours, plus multiple other nominations with ... more

  • Booker T. Jones

    Saturday 9th May
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Join us at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Saturday 9th May to see one of the ... more

  • Battle Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

    Saturday 23rd May for 3 days @ noon
    Location: Battle

    Come and see a wide variety of photographic prints and projected digital images. Knowledgeable members will be on hand to ... more

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