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The annual May Day bikes came to Hastings and for enthusiasts it was a day to remember. The turnout was massive considering the weather wasn’t great but the crowds came out from all over to witness and celebrate motorcycle culture. Check out the pictures we took to see for yourself.


Hastings is getting more popular bringing in more tourists every year.  Over the years it has become bigger with more restaurants, an art gallery and plenty of  boutique shops opening up.

It always great to see Hastings in the news for positive reasons.

Have a read of this brilliant article from The Guardian about what you can do in Hastings.100680575

Sussex Coast College are running a series of free Social Media workshops with Talkativeonline. These workshops will cover training in the following areas:

  • How to create an effective Social Media Strategy/ Plan
  • How to upload videos to YouTube and link to a Social Media channelsummer intern
  • How to create effective, impactful content
  • Customer Feedback: How to make Trip Adviser work for your business
  • How to use online tools to ensure long term success

Workshop dates:

  • Social Media Made Simple – 29 October 18:00 -20:00
  • Creating Social Media Content for your Business –19 November 18:00 – 20:00
  • Creating a Social Media Strategy for your Business – 10 December 2014 18:00 to 20:00

These workshops are open to any small businesses registered in Hastings and St Leonards within the Tourism Sector (Retail, B&B, Hotel, Café, Restaurant, Pub, Attraction, Leisure, Creative).

How to book:

Posted by: In: Creative, Tourism, Video 19 Sep 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

Here’s a video of Hastings that you have got to see. The title is ‘Hastings. Quite a small town really …’ and it simply looks amazing.

What makes this video of Hastings different is that it has a look of a model village about it. Everything has a miniature and animated look to it and it really shows the town at its best with thousands of visitors seen enjoying themselves on a hot summers day.

According to the comments from the creator of the video Tony Fox , the technique and style used to make the video is called Tilt Shift and it we’re sure you’ll agree looks absolutely amazing. It also  has a great retro feel about it especially with old film effect and we think it will definitely evoke happy memories of sunny seaside visits to the town by visitors from outside the town and everyone in it.


Posted by: In: events, Tourism 18 Jul 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

Thousands of visitors are expected to make the journey to Hastings this weekend for the annual pirate day.

As Hastings are the current world record holders of the most pirates in one place the emphasis this year is on making it as much fun as possible for pirate day hastingseveryone who goes ensuring that the family friendly day has something for everyone. Here’s the timetable for the day so that you can plan you’re day as much as possible!

  • 10:30am: The Old Town Crier and Drummers will open the event on the High Street.
  • 10am-4pm: The Pirate Market on the Stade
  • 10am-4pm: Sparrows uk will be providing pirate entertainment on the Stade
  • 10am-4pm: Market on Courthouse Street.
  • 10am-4pm: Pirate Cave will be open, pick up your treasure trail map from there as well.
  • 10am-4pm: Dead Man’s Island hosted by the Winkle Club on Winkle Island.
  • 10am-4pm: Hastleons digging for treasure on the volleyball court.
  • 11am-4pm: Walk the Plank at Swan Gardens
  • 11am-4pm: Pirate Arts at St Mary in the Castle
  • 11am-4pm: Pirate Futsal at the multi use games area.
  • 11am-4pm: Tarot readings, face painting, stocks in Swan Gardens.
  • 11am-3pm: T.T.A Dance and Children’s Entertainment in Roebuck street.
  • 11am-4pm: Children’s treasure trail along the High Street, get your map from the Pirate Cave on the day.
  • 11am-4pm: The Skeleton Crew will be roaming the Old Town.
  • Midday-4pm: Music events at local venues around the Old Town (please check the local pubs)
  • 12:30pm: Best dressed pirate competition on the High Street. (Look out for the signs)
  • 1pm-6pm: Pirate Disco at Blackmarket VIP.
  • 4pm: Swallows and Amazons will be shown at the Electric Palace.

Fingers crossed the weather will be great, however given the number of pirates that will be there on the day, we’re sure a squall or two wont harm the fun and enjoyment of the day.

To find out more about this great day for all the family please visit the official website here.

Southeastern is offering customers the chance to explore popular destinations like Hastings for just £10 return which should provide a welcome boost to tourism in the area as a whole.

The promotion aims to boost local tourism by encouraging visitors from London and beyond to take advantage of cut-price travel to Hastings. It also highlights some of the great attractions on offer, including Hastings Folk Festival, the Jerwood Gallery featuring Ansel Krut Verbatim, the Blue Reef Aquarium and, of course, the beach.


Hastings could see more visitors from London over the next few weeks thanks toa new ticket promotion from Southeastern.

The special £10 fare is available at www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/tenpounds and applies for passengers travelling from any London terminal to the town.

It covers travel on off peak services from the capital, departing after 09.00 on weekdays and any-time at weekends, from now until 26 May 2014.

Michelle Ulyatt, customer relations manager for Southeastern, said: “Hastings is a great coastal destination and we’re keen to encourage visitors to take a look at its attractions during the spring and summer months. This offer is just the latest in a series of special deals that we have planned for passengers over the coming months and we’re delighted to be able to do our bit for local tourism.”

The company has further offers lined up during the summer that will include travel from East Sussex into London destinations so could save local businesses money if travelling to meetings off-peak.


A collection of new, exotic animals, which include a giant green iguana, tree frogs, tarantulas and two crested geckos, arrived on Wednesday, April 2nd and are already settling in to their new homes.

The newly expanded area, which houses a variety of reptiles and amphibians, is set to be unveiled to the public on Saturday, April 5th.

Blue Reef’s Adam Stockley said: “We originally opened our Jungle Room display area within the aquarium almost two years ago and since then we have been gradually adding to it.


Keith the giant green Iguana at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium

“In addition to showcasing a whole of host of exotic new creatures, we are also increasing the numbers of talks and ‘meet the creatures’ sessions taking place as they have proved to be particularly popular with the public,” he added.

The Jungle Room’s reptilian residents already include bearded dragons Geraldine, Phyllis and Agnes and a boa constrictor named Marley.

The display also features a royal python known as The Professor as well as Macklot’s pythons and Jamaican boa constrictors.

One of the most popular additions to arrive is a giant green Iguana called Keith who measures in at over one metre long. He has already become a firm favourite with the zoological team at Blue Reef.

There are also a series of other interactive activities for younger visitors and a display cabinet containing a selection of shark teeth, coral, shells and sea urchins which are a major education attraction.

The second Hastings Herring Fair will take place on 9th and 10th November at the Stade Open Space, Old Town, Hastings 11am to 4pm.

Run by the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), the fair aims to promote herring and the Hastings fishing fleet to the general public and professional chefs alike.


The Hastings Herring Fair is now in its second year and is a great day our for people of all ages especially if you like Herring.

The fishy weekend starts on Friday evening, 08 November, with a pre-fair ‘Silver Darlings Banquet’. Chef Paul Webbe’s specially created six course menu will be held at Webbe’s at the Jerwood Café.

The weekend continues with stalls showcasing herring cookery and smoking skills.  The History House and the Fishermen’s Museum will tell the history of the herring fishery and there will be talks and exhibitions in the Stade Hall and, of course, no Hastings event would be complete without fine musical entertainment from local musicians and shanty singers.

The Stade Hall will be showing ‘Generations of Hastings Fishing Families’ a photographic exhibition by local photographer John Cole. All money received from sale of prints and postcards will go to Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society.

Cllr Peter Chowney lead member for regeneration and Chair of FLAG explained:

“We are pleased to be able to fund the second Hastings Herring Fair. The aim is to promote the local herring industry and showcase the herring which is so abundant at this time of year.”

“Once again the fair promises to be an exciting weekend full of all things fishy and don’t forget this is an undercover event so will not be affected by wet weather!”

For full details visit hastingsherringfair.com (article originally appeared on HBC’s newsletter @bout)

The 2013 Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is back on the 14th & 15th September 2013 and will be held at the Stade open space on  Hastings seafront.


The Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is a great weekend for food and wine fans and attracts up to 40,000 visitors.

The festival, now in its eighth year showcases the very best food and wine from the region and is a fantastic day (or weekend) out for food and wine aficionados and those who are looking to try different foods, flavours and wines that cater for every palate.

The Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is a major cultural event and attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the UK and also has a large local turnout too so if you love food and wine then this is definitely a festival for you as there will be over 30 stalls selling a varied selection of food and drink.

There is also an eclectic mix of live music and street entertainment that complements the festival atmosphere. Although the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is based around The Stade and Rock-a-Nore Road in Hastings Old Town, restaurants and businesses across the town join in with special menus and entertainment. Entry to the event is only £2 per day.

Check out the video of the previous Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival that gives you a feel for the atmosphere and tastes on offer that this years event will bring.



Bexhill on sea became the centre of the universe for classic car enthusiasts on the August bank holiday when over 5,000 visitors from all over the UK and the beyond descended on the 9th annual Bexhill Classic and Custom Car show.

classic car show bexhill

The Bexhill classic car show attracxted over 5,000 visitors this year.

The event had over 500 classic and custom cars and motorbikes from the 1920’s up to modern day future classics and heavily modified cars including exotic and prestige makes including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Porsche, Aston Martin, TVR and Rolls Royce along with classic Minis, MG’s, Fords and Jaguars.

There was also a big turnout of American Muscle cars with Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs and Pontiac classic cars on display. There was even a classic 1950’s Routemaster Bus on show that was open for visitors to go in.

Whilst the main focus of the classic car event were the actual cars, there were also some brilliant Falconry displays, demonstrations and live music along with 40 trade stalls selling classic car and motorbike memorabilia, parts and more traditional market stalls.

Joint show chairman Tom Mason said;

‘The Show was a huge success and has been growing ever since we began back in 2004 and has become an event on the classic car show calender, not only in the UK but in Europe too. We’re particularly grateful to all the exhibitors who turned up and this year we also invited local young drivers with their cars to the show and they we’re a very welcome addition to the event.’

The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was perfect for a day out for all the family. Most importantly the show has raised a considerable amount for mostly local charities, not including this event they have raised over £36,000 so far and are still tallying up from the 26th August event.

If you missed the event, never fear, next year is predicted to be even bigger given its the shows 10th anniversary. New members are also welcome to the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club so please go their site here for more information.