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Hastings 13th annual seafood & wine festival has been hailed as a huge success, attracting around 20 000 visitors to Hastings Old Town over last weekend (Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th October). The event is organised by Hastings Borough Council, and showcases the very best in local produce.

Council leader Cllr Peter Chowney, who opened the festival on Saturday morning with Hastings mayor Cllr Judy Rogers, explained: – “The event started in a quarter of the old coach park, and has grown ever since.

“Around 20 000 people came to the Stade last weekend, with visitors from across the UK and beyond joining local residents for the biggest seafood & wine festival we’ve ever had. The feedback has been fantastic, with stallholders describing it as ‘excellent’ and ‘tremendous’. One said it is the best event he does in the year, even taking into account the London shows he attends, and another, who increased his stock by 50% on last year, was sold out by mid-afternoon Saturday. He spent most of the night making more.

“It was Norman and Saxon themed this year, for obvious reasons, and it was good to see the stallholders joining into the spirit of the event. ‘Coast’ – the Sussex Coast College Hastings catering team – won the best dressed stall competition, and looked resplendent in their mediaeval-looking costumes.

“The event does cost the council a significant amount of money to put on, but we consider it a worthwhile investment because of the benefit it brings to our local economy. Few other resorts can have been as busy as we are on the third weekend in September!”


The leader of Hastings Borough Council, Cllr Peter Chowney, has called on BT to improve broadband in Hastings Old Town.

Significant difficulties had been experienced in finding a suitable site for a particular cabinet in this conservation area. However, this has been resolved. With the help of planning officers, and a lot of work from a number of people, the cabinet can now be installed, but BT has indicated this could take another 18 months.

In a letter to Mr Bill Murphy, Managing Director, Next Generation Access, BT, Cllr Chowney said :- “There are a number of businesses who would benefit from this broadband extension and, conversely, are suffering now with very slow internet speeds.

“They were therefore very disappointed to learn, as we were, that providing this cabinet, which is part of your own investment programme, is not in your commercial programme for this financial year. Indeed, we have been told that this cabinet might not be live until December 2017 which is, frankly, unacceptable.

“We are in the middle of a major programme to regenerate Hastings, which has enjoyed very considerable success. Nevertheless, we remain the 20th most deprived borough in the country, and the most deprived town in the south-east, and it is vital that we do all we can to improve our prospects. A number of small businesses, including a boutique hotel, are dependent on this cabinet being provided to enable them to access broadband.

“I would ask you to do all you can to expedite the installation of this vital cabinet, allowing this part of the Old Town to enjoy the broadband, and the benefits it brings :- and which have been enjoyed by most of the country for some time now.”

Cllr Chowney added :- “It is very frustrating for local businesses to be told that they may have to wait another 18 months to enjoy the kind of service most of the rest of the country have taken for granted for ages. I do hope Mr Murphy is able to bring pressure to bear and get our Old Town businesses their broadband connection as soon as possible, and certainly by the end of 2016, not 2017.”

The third Hastings Fish Fest has been hailed as another great success.Mayor cutting ribbon IMG_4826  SM Tracy Hobden

Held on the Stade Open Space, in Hastings historic Old Town, last weekend (Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th June), the festival attracted around 25 different stalls, and some great musical entertainment.

Hastings Borough Council organised the event, and Cllr Kim Forward, deputy council leader and lead member for marketing, explained :- “We love our events in Hastings. Tourism is big business for the town, worth around £260m to the local economy and supporting well over 5000 jobs, and visitors and residents alike love our events. This one is particularly special as it celebrates our local fishing heritage, and takes place almost literally on our fishing beach.

“I was delighted to officially open the festival, and then look around the many stalls. The atmosphere was fantastic, with many thousands of visitors enjoying themselves. I’ve heard some great reports about it over the weekend, from both stallholders and visitors. One visitor from Swindon apparently enjoyed themselves so much they’re coming back specially for our Seafood & Wine Festival in September. The music and entertainment was also superb, to suit a wide range of tastes, from Lumpy and the Lumpettes through to Mad Jack’s Morris!

“I’d like to thank all stallholders for taking part, and also the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society, who helped ‘dress’ the marquee with a boat and nets, and also put on a great display and children’s’ activity

“Our next fish festival is ‘Seafood & Wine’, over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th September, and I’m already looking forward to that.”

Once again Hastings is in the press this week with another article from the Independent.

Hastings Old Town has been described at the cool place of the day, with The Stade, the Jerwood Gallery, the Castle and of course the brand new pier.

Check out the full article here


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Hastings has plenty of events going on this year.  There is something for everyone to go to or take part in.  Here is our list of some of the things that Hastings has to offer us for 2015.

The Fat Tuesday Festival


Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival is a fantastic event for music lovers with a five day music festival raising money for local charities especially as in 2014 Hastings was tipped to be the place with the highest level of musical ability.

Fat Tuesday’s started in 2010 with the idea to create the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the UK.  The festival proved to be really popular with the local people and music loving tourists from out of the area.

Jack In The Green

Jack in the Green returns to Hastings again this year on May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Jack in the Green will be leading an annual procession of Mad Jack’s Morris Dancers through the streets of Hastings Old Town, starting from the Fisherman’s Museum and ending at Hastings Castle where Jack is slain to release the spirit of summer.

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Every year on the May Day Bank Holiday, 41,000 bikers and 90,000 people visit Hastings.

This is when we see Hastings at its best, with the South East’s biggest and best free motorcycle event, fantastic entertainment, top exhibitors and a great day by the seaside, checking out all the fantastic bikes that have travelled to Hastings and are parked up along the promenade.

Hastings Folk Festival

The Folk Festival will be following this year’s Jack in the Green celebrations.  This again is an event for music lovers of the town.

Working with local venues, promotors and folk musicians will be pulling together a programme of events providing entertainment such as concerts, music, gigs in pubs and lots more.

Old Town Carnival Week

Hastings famous Old Town Carnival Week will be returning.  With events running all week leading up to the annual carnival and firework display.

Every year this proves a popular event for families with lots going on throughout the week for everyone to take part in.

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Once again the Stade will be holding the Seafood and Wine Festival.  This event is very popular for the locals in to indulge in some delicious Seafood and luscious wines.

With live music and entertainment this is a fantastic event for Hastings which was proved when we won a tourism South East award in the category ‘Flavour of The South East’

With all this happening in 2015 we hope you have a brilliant year and your business continues to grow.