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Award winning composer, Gwyneth Herbert performs at Stade Saturdays this weekend (Saturday 24th June).

Cllr Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for Regeneration and Culture said:

“Following on from last weekend’s fantastic funky bike band LaDinamo and Liane Carrol’s virtuoso performance in the Hastings Jazz and Blues Festival, this week’s Stade Saturdays features another spectacular musical performance by our own internationally renowned singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert.

“This weekend’s concert by Gwyneth is going to be another highlight as she’s freshly returned to Hastings from a triumphant gig last Wednesday in Hanoi, Vietnam”.

“Gwyneth is a talented composer, lyricist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. She has released six critically-acclaimed albums and toured across the world, sharing stages with artists such as Boy George and Amy Winehouse so we’re very excited to have her perform in Hastings. Gwyneth’s performance will start at 7.30pm on Saturday.

“Stade Saturdays is a series of free performances run by Hastings Borough Council that takes place from June to October on the Stade Open Space, just next to the Jerwood Gallery in the Old Town. Now in its sixth year, the ever popular summer series shows no sign of letting up on its quirky mix of oddball street circus and musical excellence, with forthcoming shows from the likes of Skinny Lister and the hit of the 2016 season, Cirque du Platzak.”

For further details see https://www.visit1066country.com/whats-on/stade-saturdays


The 1066 Cycling Festival is a FREE two day festival celebrating everything cycling. The festival will take place on Saturday 17 in Hastings and Sunday 18 June in Bexhill.

The event is organised by Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council’s Active Hastings team in partnership with Active Rother at Rother District Council.

Cllr Andy Batsford, the council’s lead member for leisure said:

“This is a fantastic family event with so much to see and do. On both days visitors can see Savage Skills Stunt team, bike decorating with Treasure Tots, have your bike MOT’d by Handsome Bicycles, make bike powered smoothies with Sustrans and  try the Freedom Leisure Challenge. Pav Bryan will also be sharing cycling and nutrition tips.”

“Thanks must go Stade Saturdays and Coasters for funding La Dinamo Funky Bike Band who are parading along the seafront and performing on the Stade Open Space and Hastings Lions Club for funding Rollapauza in Hastings where you can battle it out on static bikes at speeds in excess of 50 miles an hour”.

On Saturday 17 activities will take place on the Stade Open Space, Hastings between 11am to 3pm. The Source Park will showcase BMX demos at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. A 50 mile bike ride will take in some of the best of 1066 country in Handsome Bicycles Historic Half Hundred and the Bottle Alley Bike Bomb (next to the Pier) will start at 7pm.

The fun continues on Sunday 18 at the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill with events including The Brompton Challenge, Local Modern Vintage ride around Bexhill led by Classic Cycle Club and 1066 Coastal Cultural Trail Ride and Picnic led by Bexhill Wheelers.

For more information and to view the full festival programme visit www.visit1066country.com/cyclingfestival or call Eugenie on 01424 451051

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.

Active Hastings, a partnership project between Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council launched a new 16 week programme of free activities in Alexandra Park.

ParkLives, run in partnership with StreetGames was launched on Saturday (13 May) in Alexandra Park, Hastings with RAW Family Games and Family Nature Hunts. The 16 week programme of activities aims to get families and young people active throughout the summer. Activities on offer include family games, tennis coaching, girls football, body weight boot camps, a football tournament and family nature hunts.

ParkLives will run from 13 May to 30 August in award winning Alexandra Park. It’s an easy way to get the best out of your local park and all the activities take place in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

Why not get out and get active – the full programme of activities can be can be found at www.activehastings.org.uk/parklives


The celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the twinning of Hastings, East Sussex with Hastings, Sierra Leone continue next week with a concert by Sussex Brass. Following on from celebrations in Hastings Sierra Leone in February when a team of teachers and health workers visited our twin town, Sussex Brass will perform at St Matthew’s Church, St Matthews Road, St. Leonards on Friday 26th May starting at 7.15pm.Sierra Leone friendship link

Richard Homewood, Chair of the Friendship Link said, “This year has been extremely busy so far with the team visiting Sierra Leone to promote education skills and good practice whilst others worked with the Hastings Health Centre team to help improve facilities for health care. The local Community and the Government in Sierra Leone took part in the tenth anniversary celebrations there and we were fortunate to have the Deputy Mayor accompany our team and meet with Ministers and local government officials in Sierra Leone. We are pleased to say the Mayor will be supporting this local event.”

He went on to say, “We have achieved a tremendous amount over the past ten years helping extend the Health Centre, helping them through the Ebola crisis and continuing to expand the number of twinned schools. But there is still a lot to do and we need the continuing support of the community here in the Hastings, UK to enable our work to continue. We would be delighted to see everyone there at 7.15pm  on Friday 26th, Sussex Brass always put on an amazing performance and we know from past experience that it will be a truly enjoyable event.”

All funds raised will go directly to the work in Education that we are supporting in Sierra Leone. Tickets are £10 (£5 for students) and can be obtained in advance from our secretary by calling 01424 436603 or purchased on the door. Refreshments will be provided during the interval.

More information about the Friendship Link and its work can be found at:-  http://www.hastingshastings.org.uk/

Now in its second year, the 1066 Cycling Festival is a FREE two day festival celebrating everything cycling. The festival will run over the weekend of 17 and 18 June at two venues in Hastings and Bexhill.

Organised by Hastings Borough Council’s Active Hastings team and Active Rother at Rother District Council, the event will showcase some fantastic cycling events, demonstrations and family fun activities.1066 Cycling Festival

On both days visitors can see Savage Skills Stunt team, Rollapaluza, have a go balance and adapted bikes provided by ESCC, bike decorating with Treasure Tots and have your bike MOT’d by Handsome Bicycles. Pav Bryan Cycle Coaching and Nutritional Fit will also be on hand.

On Saturday 17 June, the festival runs from 11am to 3pm at the Stade Open Space, Hastings. At The Source Park there will be 15 minute demos at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm and adapted and balance bikes will be in The  Multi Use Games Area (near crazy golf). LaDinamo Funky bike band play along Hastings’ seafront, Play Hastings will be running arts and crafts at the Stade Open Space and from 7pm Bike Bomb races will take place in Bottle Alley (next to the Pier). For keen cyclists, Handsome Bicycles have organised Hastings first Sportive – Historic Half Hundred; a 50 mile ride taking in the best of views of 1066 country. There will also be Bikeability taster sessions provided by CycleSafe, plus local rides.

The fun continues on Sunday 18 June at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill from 11am to 3pm with events including LaDinamo Funky bike band playing  along  Bexhill seafront, The Brompton Challenge, Cycle Jumble sale, Molton Bike display, BBQ provide by Bexhill Lions club and local rides; Bexhill/Hastings Greenway Circular cycle ride led by 1066 Cycle club, Local Modern Vintage ride around Bexhill led by Classic Cycle Club and 1066 Coastal Cultural Trail Ride and Picnic led by Bexhill Wheelers.

For more information and to view the full festival programme visit www.visit1066country.com/cyclingfestival or call Eugenie on 01424 451051


The Sussex Community Rail Partnership is today (17th May) helping to launch a nationwide campaign to encourage people to explore ‘Scenic Rail Britain’.

The Sussex Community Rail Partnership will be at Blackfriars Station in London 6.30am-7.00pm today, promoting Scenic Rail Britain and highlighting the attractions of exploring historic Sussex by rail.scenic rail britain

A new website, scenicrailbritain.com, blog and social media campaign are being launched by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships and its members at stations around the country. They will offer inspiration and information to help tourists and day-trippers plan visits to epic landscapes, coastal scenes, historic sites and picturesque areas by train, particularly via Britain’s wonderful ‘community rail’ routes.

Kirsten Firth, Community Rail Development Manager at Sussex Community Rail Partnership, said: “Today’s event and the Scenic Rail Britain campaign is a great opportunity for us to promote our wonderful railway lines to thousands of commuters and potential visitors. We know very well that Sussex has so much to offer visitors: from the coast to countryside, seaside resorts to historic towns and picture-perfect villages to lively ports and marinas. We hope that Scenic Rail Britain will help us get the message across to wider audiences, and encourage people to visit by train rather than car. It’s an enjoyable way to travel that gives fantastic views, benefits the local economy, and means less traffic, noise and pollution in our local communities.”

Jools Townsend, chief executive of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, said: “We are excited to launch Scenic Rail Britain today with help from the Sussex Community Rail Partnership. This campaign is all about people explore our beautiful countryside and fascinating heritage through green, scenic and non-stressful travel. Many people don’t realise how easy it is to explore Britain’s stunning landscapes, pretty villages and historic sites by rail – and making use of our wonderful, often little-known, ‘community rail’ lines is a great way to do this. Anyone thinking of making a trip, or wanting to find out more about what’s on their doorstep, can check out scenicrailbritain.com, for practical tips, itineraries and inspiration.”


Cinema on the Pier will be returning on Friday May 26th with a showing of the 1980’s sci-fi classic Back to the Future.

This is the first of three weekends of film favourites under the stars where you can not only watch the film but also enjoy a wide range of delicious food and drink on offer throughout the evening.

Doors open at 8.15pm with the film starting at 9pm (dependant on sunset)

The list of films being shown over the next few months are as follows:

Weekend 1
  • Fri 26th May – Back to the Future
  • Sat 27th May – Titanic
  • Sun 28th May – Mamma Mia
Weekend 2
  • Thu 15th June – Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Fri 16th June – The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Sat 17th June – Top Gun
Weekend 3
  • Thu 20th July – Jurassic Park
  • Fri 21st July – Quadrophenia
  • Sat 22nd July – Grease

There is a variety of ticket options available here


Organised by Visit 1066 Country Marketing in partnership with Active Hastings and Rother, the 1066 Walking Festival offers nine days of guided urban and country walks across 1066 country to suit all abilities.1066 walking festival

The Walking Festival is an excellent way to explore the area, bring people together and get some great exercise!  Walking is a fantastic way to get and stay healthy and as it’s easy to fit into everyday life; walking to work and to the shops and, people who walk tend to keep it up. Walking is already one of the most popular physical activities. It’s open to everyone and it’s perfect for people who have poor health, or don’t fancy intense exercise.

The festival includes short walks for the whole family, pushchair and wheelchair routes, tougher treks lasting several hours and themed wildlife and history walks. Highlights include Burwash (7 miles), Last day of the Pilgrimage to Hastings Castle (2 miles), Battle-Catsfield via 1066 Country Walk, Around Alexandra Park to Hastings Pier and treasure hunts for families.

Contributors to the festival programme include Battle, Bexhill, Rother and Hastings Ramblers, Hastings Borough Council’s Country Park Rangers, National Trust, Old Hastings Preservation Society, RSPCA Mallydams Woods, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Trust for Conservation Volunteers (TCV).

Some walks require booking and some you can just turn up. For full details about each programmed festival walk visit: Visit1066country.com/walkingfestival

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.