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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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  • A Case of Death

    Saturday 28th September @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    An intriguing MYSTERY night…The True CRIME Museum proudly presents a Murder Mystery to sort the Miss Marples from the Inspector ... more

  • Pure Autumn Art Fair 10th anniversary

    Saturday 5th October for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    PURE Autumn Art Fair Battle 10th Anniversary edition 5 – 13 October 2019 The prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair will be ... more

  • Battle of Hastings 2019

    Saturday 12th October for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Hear the clash of sword on shield and feel the thunder of galloping hooves, as over 600 warriors clash in ... more

  • H.A.R.A.S Hastings & Rother Animal Services

    Tuesday 22nd October @ 10:30am
    Location: Brede

    Our monthly network meeting. This month Yvonne Zackim will be sharing her experiences with us on how our emotions effect ... more

  • Halloween Hacker

    Saturday 26th October for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    A mass murder has taken place… a serial killer is on the loose! Search the museum for evidence. Identify the ... more

  • Spooky Battle Abbey

    Saturday 26th October for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Grab your broomsticks for a bewitchingly brilliant day out at Battle Abbey this Halloween half term. Get hands-on with creepy ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Sunday 27th October @ 11:00am
    Location: Icklesham

    Craft Fayre at Icklesham Village Hall, Workhouse Lane, Icklesham, TN36 4BJ on Sunday 27 October 2019 from 11.00 am to ... more

  • Battle Christmas Lights Switch On

    Saturday 30th November @ 1:45pm
    Location: Battle

    Santa comes to town on his sleigh and at 5pm the Christmas lights are switched on. ... more

  • Hundred Watt Club - Burlesque and Vaudeville

    Saturday 30th November
    Location: Hastings

    Pop the champagne, Hundred Watt Club are back in town! Join them at St Mary In The Castle with a ... more

  • Battle Christmas Late Night Shopping

    Thursday 12th December @ 6:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Christmas festivities all around town with businesses in fancy dress, Choirs, Bands and Competitions. ... more

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