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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.

Rye Station is holding a small yet nostalgic exhibition of train and station memorabilia from the 20th February until 2nd April 2017

Local resident Stuart Searle has loaned the exhibits to provoke memories for travellers along the Marshlink line.

Kevin Barry, the Community Rail Development Officer for the Marshlink line said :- “ Stuart has been collecting train and station memorabilia for many years, he used to be work along the Marshlink line and is very knowledgeable of its history. The hardest part of organizing this exhibition was not what to put on display but what to leave out! With much more available it means we can hold these exhibitions on a regular basis.”

Kevin Boorman, the chair of the Marshlink community rail partnership, added :- “Rye is a lovely, traditional station, and Stuart’s memorabilia is just perfect here, and very nostalgic. We’re very grateful to Stuart for lending us some of his collection, and to Kevin Barry for the work he has done to put this fantastic exhibition on.

“At 1200 on Monday 20th February, the Mayor of Rye will officially open the display and we are hoping Stuart will be able to attend, and talk about his collection.”


With the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings coming up fast, the ROOT 1066 International Festival is getting under way. September kicks off with 10 cracking new exhibitions across 1066 Country – in Hastings, St Leonards, Pevensey, Robertsbridge and Rye.

“There’s so much happening in and around Hastings at the moment, it’s wonderful to see the energy building as we approach the 950th anniversary,” said Cllr Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council. “These exciting exhibitions give us an insight into how our history informs our modern-day life and identity.”

  • I Am A Norman
    This outdoor photography exhibition explores ‘living history’ by depicting Hastings residents with Norman-derived surnames. Photographs will be on display at the Queens Road bus shelters and Hastings Station from 1 September to 2 October.
  • We work in the dark
    In a poignant year for unions remembered and ruptured, this free exhibition from the New Road Artists is inspired by Henry James’ The Europeans. The work will be exhibited at Rye Creative Centre from 3 September to 2 October. Free.
  • Fishermen of Quiberville
  • John Cole has been in Normandy, capturing French fishermen (with a camera). From 3 September to 16 October their portraits will be hung around Rock a Nore, alongside their Hastings-based counterparts.
  • Coastal Currents Open Studios
    Hastings’ annual arts festival is back with ROOT 1066-tinted spectacles. The ever-popular programme allows free access to a range of local artists and the way they work. Open studios will run over two weekends: 3-4 and 10-11 September.
  • Another Crossing
    Bern O’Donoghue and Giovanna Del Sarto explore hazardous journeys and dangerous crossings, along with some of the issues and myths surrounding migration in 2016. Murmurations Gallery, 3 September and 2 October, free.
  • Harold’s Grave
    Much has been made about King Harold’s death – including this installation by international artist Alice Schÿler Mallet. Mallet’s golden-stone structure will open at Pevensey castle from 7 September to 1 October. See English Heritage for entry prices.
  • Edith Digital Pinholes
    Anonymous Bosch accompanied Andrew Kötting on a walk from Waltham Abbey to St Leonards for a new film about King Harold’s mistress, Edith Swan Neck. His pinhole camera photographs from the journey will be exhibited at the BlackShed Gallery, from 7 September to 1 October. Free.
  • A New Language
    Curated by Chris Winter, an international group of artists will exhibit their work at the Observer Building. Unique and challenging, the exhibition explores the culture shift initiated by 1066. From 10-25 September, free.
  • Drift
    Project Art Works work with people with complex needs, and this three-part sound and video installation invites you to experience your town from new perspectives. It will be on display from 10 September to 16 October in Warrior Square Station, Bottle Alley and the East Hill Lift.
  • Martin Honeysett 

A major exhibition of cartoons including historical works, a retrospective of artwork by Martin Honeysett and contemporary work produced by cartoonists and workshop participants on the theme of ‘when cultures collide’. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, 15 September to January 2017, free.

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

The hit dinner party series, Come Dine With Me is back with a new series and are on the hunt for contestants from the Hastings and Bexhill area.

If you’ve never seen the show before it goes like this: Over five days, five strangers take turns to cook for each other get voted on by their peers to win a £1000 cash prize at the end of the week.

If you or anyone else are from Hastings, Bexhill, Rye & surrounding areas thinks they’ve got what it takes to win to the prize money then all you need to do is get in touch with the shows organisers either by email (Free) cdwm@itv.com or you can call 0871 244 4142 (Callers from a BT landline will be charged a set up fee of 14p per call plus 10p per minute. Calls from other networks may be higher
and from mobiles will cost considerably more.)

Either way you need to be quick as shooting is scheduled from Feb 7th to Feb 12th 2016.

Oh and one more thing, to be on Come Dine Witb Me contestants have to over 18 years of age.

The Westfield based family-owned vineyard has won a valuable order to supply Combe Haven with hampers which welcome their hundreds of caravan buyers to their caravan park in St Leonards.

The hampers feature the prize-winning 1066 white wine made from grapes grown on the picturesque vineyard just 6 miles from Combe Haven on the A28 to Rye just outside Hastings.

Uniquely the hampers include a vineyard tour and wine-tasting gift voucher so that recipients may visit the vineyard and see where their wine originates.

Chairman David Carr Taylor told Business in Hastings ‘We love to show-off the local produce the area has to offer, whether it is Sussex honey or Hastings chocolate or one of our range of still and sparkling wines. I know visitors are amazed by the diversity of fine products available on their doorsteps now they have chosen to frequent the area.’

The Carr Taylor Vineyard is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and offers free wine-tasting.  Guided tours with a tutored wine-tasting, with or without a buffet lunch, are run frequently all year and gift vouchers are available.  Hampers can be made to order and can be sent to any mainland UK address.

Summer is finally here and although the beaches in the area are a top hit with both tourists and locals, there is plenty more things to do in Hastings to keep you busy on those sunny days. Here you will find our list of 10 places to go in the area that will make your day a whole lot more exciting. There is something for everyone including festivals, golf, museums and more.

St Leonards Festival: 10th – 12th July

On Friday the 10th July, there will be fringe events held in local venues and the full programme will soon be announced. On Saturday the 11th July, there will be a free family day with a street market, parade, live music, street arts, crafts, nature zone, family zone and much more. Sunday the 12th July will be for ticket holders only, however free for 16’s and under. This day will hold a garden party with picnics, live music, bar, craft and a garden zone. The event will be organised on behalf of the St Leonards Town Team.

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week: 1st – 9th August

Held on the 1st – 9th August, the carnival week offers many special events. Some people in the community are opening their gardens and providing refreshments. During this week, the funds that are raised go towards supporting a variety of charities, many of which are local and are for the good of our own town and community. The events will celebrate all that the Old Town has and will be a great week during the summer. One of the best parts about this week is the carnival itself, with lots of exciting floats for everyone to enjoy – you can even get involved yourself.

Alexandra Park

Filled with grassy areas and flowerbeds, Alexandra Park has lots to offer and is especially nice on a sunny day. Many people walk their dogs here on a daily basis as it has woody areas, a reservoir, tennis courts and even a café. There is plenty of space to play games with the kids or benches to sit down and relax in the sun with the wildlife. You can also do some fishing in the park, take the kids to the big play park and also go to the odd event that is held there. In 2010, the park achieved the Green Flag Award for the sixth year running – it is well maintained and is a place that the wider community values.

Smugglers Adventure
Here you can discover the secrets of the smugglers and learn about the history of the caves. The caves are dark and mysterious and offer over 70 life-sized characters that bring everything to life. There are even sound effects and dramatic recreations, interactive and hands-on displays to play games so the children will never be bored. This is a great activity for all the family and there is a lot to learn about the history of smuggling.

Hastings Fisherman’s Museum

The museum is open everyday (apart from Christmas Day) and over 140,000 people visit every year. It is located inside a church, which was built on the Stade in 1852, which fell out of use after WW2. In 1956, people became concerned about the area and wanted to preserve the maritime history of Hastings. As a result, they took over the old Fishermen’s church and knocked down part of the wall and there onwards, the museum came to life. Here you will find models, photos, paintings, nets, ropes and a variety of fishing artifacts. A joint committee of the Fishermen’s Protection Society and the Old Hastings Preservation Society runs it and admission is free.

Fairlight Glen

The beach here lies on the coast between Hastings and the town of Rye. In 1978, the beach was recognised as a naturist beach and was used for many years before that. Although the official path was destroyed years ago by a landslip, locals have repaired the path and installed new steps. A landslip may not sound like a particularly good thing, but since it has greened over and is now a great place to visit if you’re into swimming (watch out for the submerged rocks) or fancy a long walk along the bay.

Hastings Adventure and Crazy Golf

Although being outside on a rainy day isn’t very appealing, smelling the seaside air and feeling the light breeze on a summery day whilst playing golf is more relaxing than you’d think. People of all ages can enjoy both the adventure and crazy golf. This activity in Hastings is the national centre for Miniature Golf in the UK and is the home of the annual World Crazy Golf Championship held every October. It can be very busy during peak periods but is worth the wait and is well built with some interactive courses and water features.

Battle Abbey

Explore the heritage of the Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey. Home to the battlefield, this attraction offers a whole lot more with the Abbey ruins, a museum and the walled garden.
Events that are coming up include:
Battle Abbey Guided Tours – Monday 6th July to Monday 31st August

Knights’ Tournament – Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July
Battle Abbey Bat Walk – Friday 31st July
Conquest Alive! – Saturday 1st August to Monday 31st August

There are more events happening after this date, but these are great opportunities to take advantage of during the school holidays.

Find out more here.

White Rock Theatre

This is a large venue for classical and rock music, stand-up comedians, circus, and pantomime and community events.

Here are the upcoming events for the next couple of months:
Roy Orbison and Friends – Friday 19th June 7:30pm
Fawlty Towers – Saturday 20th June 7:30pm
Ultimate Elton & Rocket Band Meets Pop-Up Bowie – Friday 26th June 7:30pm
Kast Off Kinks – Saturday 27th June 7:30pm
Aladdin-Ballet Theatre UK – Saturday 28th June 2:30pm
Avenue Q – Monday 29th June to 1st July
Rhythm of The Dance – Thursday 2nd July 7:30pm
Princes of Pop – Friday 3rd July 7:30pm

Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans – Saturday 4th July 7:30pm
St Pauls Presents – Back to the Future – Friday 10th July 7:00pm
Tree Fu Tom – Friday 12th July 2:00pm

Let’s Hang On 0 Thursday 30th July 7:30pm
The Wizard of Oz – Saturday 15th August 7:30pm
Magic of the Movies on Stage – Sunday 23rd August 2:30pm and 7:30pm

De La Warr Pavilion

If you love art and exhibitions, this is the place to be. Located in Bexhill, it hosts many events including music events, talks and tours, theatre listings, family activities and workshops. It is also a great place to stop for a drink or food, with a view of the sea and greenery nearby.

Have you ever walked down the street and had to double take because the person you just walked past was a dead ringer for someone famous? Well it might just be that the person is who you thought it was as Hastings, Bexhill and Rye have had a few famous residents over the years.

Here is our list of ten famous faces that have been born or have lived in these area’s.

Jo Brand 

Comedian Jo Brand lived in Hastings when her Mum and Dad decided to move to the seaside town from Tunbridge Wells.  Jo attended the  Hastings High School for Girls.  Jo then went onto university where she studied Social Science and Nursing.  Once graduated she became a psychiatric nurse. Jo made her first appearance as a comedian on Have I Got News For You.

Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney MBE and musician gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles.  Paul has had a house in Peasmarsh since the sixties where he spent most of his married life with his wife Linda McCartney .

Graham Norton

Graham William Walker better known by his stage name Graham Norton is a much loved radio presenter, comedian and actor. Graham currently has his own talk show.  Graham lives in a contemporary house in the Cooden Beach area.  As a resident of Cooden Beach he is often seen walking his dogs along the beach.

Suggs (Graham McPherson)

Suggs is best known as the lead vocalist for the 1970’s band Madness. Suggs was born in Hastings in 1961. He  was raised by his mother in Hastings who was a Jazz singer until they moved onto Liverpool when he was still a child.

Tom Baker

Tom Baker is the longest running Doctor Who having played the roll for over 40 years. After a prolific acting career which has included working with the National Theatre, Tom has settled in Rye and enjoys pottering about and popping into his favourite local hotspots.

Spike Milligan

Sir Terence Alan “Spike” Milligan was a comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor. Spike was stationed in Bexhill while in the army during the second world war, and most of the first volume of his war memoirs takes place there.

Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley is one of Britain’s high profile actresses and She began her career as a model before gaining her first acting role. Her roles include appearing as a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty’s Service Purdey in the television series The New Avengers and she is best known for playing Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous.  Joanna was educated at St Mary’s Convent School in St Leonards.

Desmond Llewelyn

The late Desmond Llewelyn famous for his role a Q in the James Bond films made his home in Bexhill after meeting his wife after appearing at the De La Warr Pavilion.  Desmond sadly died aged 85 in 1999.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller is probably best known as the former manager of the Spice Girls.  Simon was born in Cyprus and lived out there until his family moved to Hastings where his father became headmaster of one of the schools that Simon was a pupil at.

Eddie Izzard

Stand up comedian and well know cross dresser Eddie Izzard spent part of his childhood years in Bexhill and used to sell ice-creams at the bottom of Galley Hill when he was growing up.  His father is a retired BP accountant who still resides in Bexhill.

So there you have it our list of some of the rich and famous that live or may of lived close by.  Have we missed anyone out? If so then go on over to our Facebook page and let everyone know.





Channel 4’s hugely popular programme Come Dine With Me is looking for couples  from Hastings and Rye to apply to be on the show.

Yes we did say couples as this is a new twist for the programme and as of right now they are looking for couples from Hastings and Rye area to


Come Dine With Me is coming to Hastings and Rye and this time Channel 4 are asking for couples to apply.

apply to be on the programme.  They are looking for three couples who as you may know go to each others houses to cook and entertain their guests for the chance to win a cash prize of £1000.

If you see yourself as a bit of a chef and would love to be on TV at the same time then all you need to do in the first instance is email comedinewithme@itv.com and if you can give the subject line of ‘Hastings Show’ and leave your name and contact details and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

They are looking to come down and meet with prospective couples in the next couple of weeks and it will be filmed the week commencing the 17th November to be broadcast early next year.

Good luck to those that enter.  It is great to see Hastings on TV being featured on such a popular programme and everyone at Business In Hastings is looking forward to seeing it when it goes on air.

Here is the come dine with me flyer.

Celebrate a Taste of Hastings in Parliament, Amber Rudd MP is calling all food and drink producers in Hastings & Rye to showcase the local produce and cuisine to an audience at Parliament.

Join Amber Rudd MP and celebrate summer by showcasing the wonderful local food and drink found in Hastings & Rye. There is room for 15 producers to showcase their products in Parliament on 14 July.

To Apply; Please enter by emailing amber.rudd.mp@parliament.uk and please do forward this on to your favourite food and drink producers.

Check out the promotional flyer below for more details.


Local businesses create thousands of jobs and generate millions of pounds for our local economy but with competition from out of town shopping centres and internet shopping, they face increasing challenges. Amber Rudd’s Shop local discount card encourages residents to shop in their local area, supporting local businesses supporting the local economy.


Get your business signed up with Shop Local and start benefiting as soon as possible

Above all, Hastings & Rye Shop Local aims to support the high street. By offering a range of different incentives – from percentage discounts, buy one get one free or exclusive special offers – shoppers can find great deals on the high street rather than looking elsewhere.

Local businesses that sign up to the scheme benefit from the opportunity to attract new customers with the promotions they offer and reach a wider audience with their business information on the website and directory.

The card is free for both customers and businesses to sign up to.

There are already a wide range of local businesses signed up to the scheme, each offering different sorts of discounts or rewards. For more information on how to sign up for the card or to add your business to the scheme visit www.shoplocalhastings.co.uk