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.
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.
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.
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.
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.