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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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  • PURE Autumn Art Fair

    Saturday 6th October for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    The Prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair returns to the PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex for its 9th consecutive edition between the ... more

  • PURE Autumn Art Fair

    Saturday 6th October for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    PURE Autumn Art Fair 2018 The Prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair returns to the PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex for its ... more

  • Battle of Hastings

    Saturday 13th October for 2 days
    Location: Battle

    Relive the atmosphere and tension of the Battle of Hastings as more than 600 warriors enact the Battle of Hastings. ... more

  • Battle of Hastings 2018

    Saturday 13th October for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Re-live the atmosphere and tension, as more than 600 warriors clash in the infamous Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Witness the ... more

  • Bernini and Baroque Rome

    Monday 15th October
    Location: Hastings

    Amongst the many glories of Rome – churches, fountains and monuments – are the spectacular works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. ... more

  • Haunted Abbey

    Saturday 20th October for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Feeling brave enough to take on the haunted abbey ruins of Battle? Be prepared to be scared this autumn half ... more

  • Halloween CRIME Walk

    Tuesday 30th October @ 7:30pm
    Location: Hastings

    This Halloween Eve… Take a frightful after-dark tour through the old crime scenes of Hastings! Start/Finish: The True CRIME Museum ... more

  • Berthe Morisot: Impressionists's First Lady

    Sunday 18th November
    Location: Hastings

    With her privileged background Berthe Morisot was, perhaps, an unlikely recruit to the Impressionist cause. Yet she was at the ... more

  • St Mary's Church Christmas Tree Festival

    Saturday 24th November for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Battle

    Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church from 24th/25th November and 1st/2nd December. All trees decorated by local groups or ... more

  • Bottoms Up: A History of Wine, Rituals and Vessels

    Monday 21st January
    Location: Hastings

    Andy McConnell, the humorous glass specialist on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will take us through the history of wine and a ... more

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