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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.



With nearly three quarters of all trips abroad made by Britons in 2014 being to EU countries, EU countries are by far our most popular foreign destination. As many families prepare for their trips, both in the UK and abroad, Anneliese wants to make sure people are in the know on latest developments for travelling in Europe.

Anneliese said: “This summer, like thousands of people in Sussex, I’m looking forward to going on holiday with my family. Whether you’re flying to mainland Europe, or visiting one of our excellent Blue Flag beaches in the South East, like the Littlehampton Coastguards beach in Sussex, it’s important that you know your rights and what to expect on your holiday.

“From introducing a cap on roaming charges across the EU to make mobile phone bills cheaper, to bringing in high standards for clean beaches so you can be sure you’re swimming in safe water, the EU has done much to make holidays both at home and abroad safer and easier. Getting ready for a holiday, with all the packing, planning and remembering passports can be stressful, so it’s great that being part of the EU means you don’t have to worry about emergency healthcare, or spending thousands of pounds on phone calls back to the UK.”

Here are Anneliese’s six top things to remember before going on holiday:

  1. It’s easier than ever to move around Europe – you don’t need to worry about getting a visa to travel in the EU – all you need to move between countries is your passport.
  2. The beaches are cleaner than ever – there are 18 Blue Flag beaches in the South East, which means they meet the highest standards for water quality and safety.
  3. You don’t have to worry about healthcare bills – The European Health Insurance Card allows you access to the best free emergency cover anywhere in Europe – and best of all it’s completely free to get one.
  4. Making calls will soon be as cheap as home – from April 2016, you can’t be charged more than 4p per minute for calls, 1p for texts and 4p per MB of data. Better still, from June 2017 there will be no charges at all.
  5. Flights are the cheapest in years – meaning that holidays on the continent don’t have to break the bank. This is thanks to the EU ending airline monopolies.
  6. You can shop with peace of mind – no matter where you are in Europe, you are entitled to a refund within 14 days of unwanted items being returned. Also, if you have flight difficulties, and are travelling with an EU airline, they must help you if your plane is cancelled or delayed. This can involve booking you on the next flight or giving you a full refund.