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Hastings has a variety of events going on over the next few months to keep the town entertained and bring in more tourists to our seaside town.

Here is a list of what is happening in the town between June and September.

Hastings Town and Country Fair

Hastings town and country show

Now in its 8th year this popular family event takes place in pretty Alexandra Park on Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 June. All day entertainment will include the Dog & Duck Show, 1066 Reptile Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Mario Magic, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy.

Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival

Hastings Fringe

The 2nd annual Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival will be taking place from June 14 – June 18. With some of the best established and up and coming circuit comedians bringing previews and working progress shows to some of Hastings favourite venues in the Old Town.

St Leonards Festival

st leonards festival

Back with a brand new look, this event takes place on Friday 30th June (evening only) and Saturday 1st July 2017. There will be activities happening across the town including the Kings Road Market, Street Theatre and Performances, musicians and a beach zone. There will be plenty of family entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this unique and reinvented festival. Don’t miss out!

Hastings Pier Jam

Hastings Pier Jam 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 you can have the opportunity to get your jam on at this lively event at Hastings Pier. The line up includes Gorgon City, Amine Edge & Dance and Redlight. Tickets are available to buy but they’re selling out quickly! The event will be held between 3pm and 11pm but the minimum age to get in is 18. Click here to buy your tickets.

Hastings Beer & Music Festival

Hastings Beer and Music Festival 2017

This is the best music event of the summer and is held in Alexandra Park in Hastings. This event runs between Thursday 6th July until Saturday 8th July 2017. So if you’re looking to have a bit of fun in the sun and enjoy great music, good company and a lovely atmosphere, make sure you get yourself along to this event. The best part is that it’s all for charity! There’s something for everyone, even the kids!

Hastings Pirate Day

Hastings Pirates Day 2017

If you’re up for dressing as a pirate, want to hear some good music and get involved in some awesome entertainment, then don’t miss Hastings Pirate Day on Sunday 16th July 2017. Get yourself to Hastings Old Town for a day of festivities. You can expect a golf competition (pirate themed, of course!), a pirate and craft market, a fancy dress competition and lots more.

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

hastings old town carnival

This exciting event takes place from Saturday 29th July until Sunday 6th August 2017. It will include the Pram Race, Sea Boot Race, Bike Race and the spectacular carnival itself. You can expect lots more events throughout that week including competitions for both men and women.

Let’s Do Business have been shortlisted by NatWest bank for their 2017  Skills and Opportunities Fund.

The Let’s Do Business Group (South East) Limited, are an awarding-winning social enterprise, based in St Leonards-on-sea. The area has pockets of very high deprivation and relatively high unemployment, particularly among the young population. Our aim is to support the economic development of Hastings and the wider East Sussex area by helping new and budding entrepreneurs.

We are asking for you to support our Business Builder project – a project that comprises an innovative series of start-up workshops, mentoring support, online training and specialist advice for deprived communities.

The project aims to provide access to enterprise skills and learning opportunities to increase participants’ financial capability, and it will also offer a Level 2 qualification in setting up a business, in order to support them with this process.

Funding will allow us to cover the numerous delivery costs of the project, which as well as many others, include activities such as administration, marketing, recruitment, training and certification, plus the costs of employing trainers and hiring venues.

With your support, we believe that we can directly benefit over 120 people through this project.



At the Beautiful South Awards held earlier this month in Southampton to celebrate the cream of the region’s tourism industry, the Hastings Seafood and Wine festival won the coveted Highly Commended award for Tourism Event of the Year.

“The Awards are run by Tourism South East to recognise excellence in the tourism industry with the aim to raise standards in quality, innovation and customer service. We are delighted that the Seafood and Wine Festival has been highly commended for Tourism Event of the Year; it’s gone from strength to strength since it started in 2006” said Cllr Kim Forward, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for marketing and tourism.seafood-and-wine-festival-award

She added: “The event has grown over the years and offers delicious foodie treats made with locally sourced produce to celebrate the local fishing industry, wine and beer and great entertainment from bands and musicians from the area. Our thanks and congratulations must go to Rosie Leech, festival organiser and her team for their continued efforts that have made this event the success it is today”.

Winners have the opportunity to represent the South East in VisitEngland’s national Tourism Excellence Awards which take place in April 2017.

The inclusive sport programme Sports For All has been awarded the Community Impact Award at the Sussex Sports Awards on Friday 25th November.

The Sport For All programme is delivered by the Active Hastings Team with support from Active Rother; a partnership set up by Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council to provide people with learning disabilities increased opportunities to take part in physical activity.

This inclusive sports programme is part of a wider county initiative hosted by the charity Grace Eyre which encourages people to take part in physical activity.

“We are delighted that scheme has won the Community Impact Award. Congratulations must go to all, a very well deserved result.” said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for leisure.

“The Sports For All programme works hard to provide a wide and varied range of activities including badminton, boccia, kickboxing, gymnastics and Zumba to enable people with learning disabilities to get active” added Cllr Poole.

The Sussex Sports Awards are held every year and organised by Active Sussex, one of 45 County Sports Partnerships across England.

The Community Impact Award recognises exemplary projects in the county that have made a significant positive impact through sport to targeting social, cultural or health inequalities.


The Source BMX is proud to announce the final lineup of riders for the Battle Of Hastings BMX contest to be held at The Source Park on September 10th and 11th.

The contest is one of the most hotly anticipated in the BMX World in years and features the 44 best BMX riders on the planet. The International field is made up of 18 Americans, 16 Brits, 3 French, 2 South Africans, 2 Australians, 1 German and 1 Spaniard. The World’s BMX media and industry are also making the journey to watch the 2 days contest to be crowned as the first winner of the Battle of Hastings.

Local interest is strong with professional BMX riders Dan Lacey and Bas Keep being joined by 20 year old Source employee Tom Wilson who qualified his place in the event through a qualifier contest held in July.

Tickets are on sale for the contest at www.sourcebmx.com/boh and priced at £10 per day or £15 for both days (plus booking fee) and the event is on track to sell out soon. Practice on Friday 9th September is free of charge for spectators and the event will also be live streamed from 15.00-18.30 on the Sunday to a huge global audience at www.sourcebmx.com/boh

About the Source BMX Battle of Hastings

The Source BMX Battle Of Hastings is presented by Monster, in association with Etnies and is proudly sponsored by BSD, Cinema, Cult, Federal and United.

The original Battle of Hastings took place in 1066 and this year with the 950 year festivities, we ́re putting Hastings back on the international contest scene with our version of the Battle of Hastings to celebrate the first big BMX contest at the Source Park.
To say we’re excited about this is an understatement; putting on amazing events was our biggest motivation when getting the Source Park opened.

Follow the @sourcebmx Instagram account and #BoHBMX for regular updates or head to: www.sourcebmx.com/boh
Press opportunities are available before and during the event and photos, video clips and quotes will be available afterwards upon request.
Press Contact : The Source on: boh@sourcebmx.com , Tel +44 1424 460943

More than 1,600 parks and green spaces will be flying the Green Flag award this year and three are in Hastings.

Hastings Country Park, Alexandra Park and St Leonards Gardens are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that will have received (21 July) the prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

Cllr Warren Davies, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for environment said:

“We are absolutely delighted to receive the Green Flag accolade for excellence again this year as a testament to the quality of not one, but three parks in Hastings, a truly exceptional achievement!

“Our green spaces are essential to happy, healthy communities and are fundamental to our quality of life – we are so proud that residents and visitors are benefitting from parks of the very highest quality.

“Our thanks must go to our grounds maintenance contractors, The Landscape Group for their tireless efforts in making our parks and gardens look great and the park managers, staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication which has helped to create these fantastic places for us all to enjoy.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.” 

Hastings Town Crier, Jon Bartholomew has returned home triumphant this weekend after having won the prestigious Loyal Company of Town Criers British Championship.

Jon, accompanied by his wife Victoria, was one of only 15 top Town Criers from around the UK to be invited to attend the Championship, held in Biddulph, Staffordshire on Saturday (23rd July).

The Criers were required to perform two separate themed cries during the day and were judged on five different disciplines :- confidence and bearing, diction and inflection, volume and clarity, content of cry, and engaging  the  public audience.  With a combined total of 50 marks per cry, in total Jon came away with a score of  90.2, having  lost only 0.2 marks for missing out one word scrutinised by the “accuracy” judge.

The event was rounded off for Hastings when the colourful couple in their period costumes were also awarded the prize cup for best dressed town crier and escort.

Jon said :- “The whole day has been a great success for Hastings, and indeed Sussex, and I’m absolutely chuffed to now hold the title British Champion, and I’m so proud to bring home the cup and title, as the other criers competing were some of the best in the UK. It’s also a great accolade for my wife and I to win best dressed couple too.”

Jon has been the official Town Crier of the Borough of Hastings since 1998 and although he has won a number of tournaments both nationally and internationally, this is the first time he has attended and won the British Championship. Jon now has his sights firmly fixed on attending and maybe being placed at the World Championships in Chester in 2017.

A magical three-day theatre show will take place up on Ladies’ Parlour this September, inspired by Hastings and performed by Hastingers. Could you be one of them?

The project, which is part of the ROOT1066 International Festival, is being led by WildWorks – a theatre company who have developed a national and international reputation for their unique style and the way they involve local participants. It is inspired by the Domesday Book of 1086, a manuscript record of the ‘Great Survey’ of England and Wales. But whereas the first Great Survey focused on the country’s physical wealth in terms of land, livestock and other possessions, this one will focus on the town’s greatest riches: its people and communities.

“This promises to be a fascinating event and a real opportunity to celebrate everything we know and love about our town and community,” said Cllr Peter Chowney, the leader of Hastings Borough Council. “WildWorks are known for attracting new people to the performing arts, both as participants and as audiences, and it’s a privilege to welcome them to Hastings.”

No previous performance experience is necessary – WildWorks will simply be asking you to share your experiences and be yourselves. It will be a gentle research and rehearsal process, to create a rolling performance installation, rather than a traditional theatre show.

“We want to celebrate everyone who has chosen to live here,” says Bill Mitchell, the director of WildWorks. “We want to work with as diverse a cross section of the community as possible, to make an artistic archive of people who care for Hastings now.”

Performances will take place from 9 to 11 September at 1-7pm on Ladies’ Parlour (next to Hastings Castle) with a rotating cast of around 50 people.

Participants need to be available for weekend rehearsals (at least one day per weekend) on:

  • Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August
  • Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August
  • Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September

There will also be evening rehearsals on:

  • Wednesday 24 August
  • Friday 26 August
  • Wednesday 31 August
  • Friday 2 September

To register your interest, contact Stella Landau on slandau@hastings.gov.uk or call 01424 451363.

ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund. For the latest news visit www.1066contemporary.com, follow @ROOT1066 on Twitter, or like facebook.com/ROOT1066.


Business support service Locate East Sussex is backing a competition to celebrate the unique creative offering along the East Sussex coast.

The 2016 Coastal Culture Trail Film Competition has been launched to promote the East Sussex coast’s unique contemporary art journey and its wide appeal throughout the country. The winning film maker will receive £1,000 to cover costs and will also get a year’s membership of Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

The Coastal Culture Trail is the brainchild of the three venues which are located along a beautiful 20-mile stretch of coastline in East Sussex and is supported by Locate East Sussex, which promotes the county as a great place to live and work.

Philip Johnson, Director of Locate East Sussex, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Coastal Culture Trail to support this fantastic competition. In East Sussex, we are very proud of the Jerwood Gallery, Towner Art Gallery and De La Warr Pavilion which attract audiences of all ages from across East Sussex, the south east and well beyond with their broad range of events and exhibitions.”

Jessica Courtney Bennett, of Coastal Culture Trail, said: “We are delighted to be working with Locate East Sussex to showcase the universal appeal of East Sussex through our new competition. We want all budding directors to get involved and have a go at getting our vision onto the big screen.”

Designed to challenge perceptions and increase awareness of the arts and culture offering in the area, the trail also aims to highlight other points of interest, like the natural beauty of the South Downs, historic attractions, and local food and drink, encouraging visitors to discover their own Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings.

The search is now on for a film maker to create a short one-minute promotional film for the Coastal Culture Trail. Individuals or small groups can enter.

The deadline for initial story board submissions is Sunday, July 31.

For more details, visit www.coastalculturetrail.com/film or on twitter using the hashtag #MyTrail

The project has been funded as part of the Driving Devonshire Forward (DDF) initiative by the Coastal Communities Fund. DDF is managed by Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes Limited.

A partnership between Normandy Tourism and 1066 Country Marketing, based in Hastings and which promotes the eastern part of East Sussex, has produced a medal-winning garden at Hampton Court flower show.

The Norman medieval garden, called ‘Le Clos D’Hastings’ was designed by Normandy native Stephane Marie, the respected celebrity gardener presenter of the number one French TV horticultural show, who has a huge fan base. (The French Monty Don). The medal-winning garden is divided into two sections. The first represents the ancestral meadows on both sides of the Channel, the second a densely planted area designed like a tapestry, featuring plants from around the world that the English and Normans, with their shared passion for gardening, have enjoyed sharing for centuries.

Kevin Boorman, manager of 1066 Country marketing, explained :- “We were very pleased to work with our friends from Normandy tourism on this project. And Stephane Marie is a great fan of 1066 Country, having previously visited the area and featured Great Dixter on his show.

“As well as helping provide financial support, 1066 Country marketing staff are on the stand every day promoting this area, including its splendid and varied gardens and parks, the 950th anniversary events, and the ROOT1066 international contemporary arts festival.

“We also helped decorate the stand, and I’m very grateful to Sue Bower of Nelson Antiques in Hastings High Street who provided a fantastic oak table, two benches and a blanket box.

“Hampton Court flower show is an incredibly popular event, with well over 100 000 visitors expected over the next few days. It is a great opportunity to market our own fantastic gardens and for us to promote the many events that are taking place here this year.”