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Hastings and St Leonards are culturally and historically rich, from the moment you arrive whether it be in one of our properties tucked away in the old town. Minutes away from Europe’s largest beach launched fishing fleet, from the net huts, and shacks selling fresh fish from the shore, to visiting the fishermen’s museum – (free) full of local artists work depicting the ever changing beach and stormy seas. A fully restored vessel you can board and packed with stories of the fisherman, the life boat team and full of sea faring antiquities, you have arrived!.
Explore the twittens of the old town known as the best walking neighbourhood in England. Stop off at the local hostelries, bars, cafes, restaurants and shops with an eclectic vibe from ‘Roberts rummage’ to bespoke print and book shops to the LA kinsfolk vibe of ‘Reste’ brimming with plants and life style living there is something for everyone to enjoy.
For the Family, a little train can ferry you towards the new town, or a short 5 minute walk towards the bustling centre and its local produce market on Thursdays including fine cheeses from France only 22 miles away, and all within a few minutes’ walk of Hastings Main line station and our Seafront apartments, which also accommodate larger family parties.
Along to the pier, perhaps booking a show at the White Rock Theatre and passing the infamous Palace Court, location for the film Byzantium and which housed 100’s of Canadian soldiers during the 1st world war.
Visit the Hastings museum and arts gallery (free) on nearby Cambridge road with fully interactive exhibits for children and a wonderful permanent collection of works, housing our very own Jurassic coast artefacts, a gifted Durbar Hall, romantic venue for weddings and our very own resident Grey Owl formally Archibald Belaney, situated next to Somerfield’s swimming pool and leisure centre. On the oval opposite a summer season of music, events, fairs and attractions are on offer.
For greenery and the big outdoors enjoy Alexander park with the largest collection of Victorian tree specimens following a traditional diamond shape that winds through the town, formal and wild gardens, a peace garden, play areas, and three lakes including one for fishing and a central café, adjacent to the much used band stand with outdoor summer cinema making it the perfect spot.
Along the Seafront promenade towards St Leonards by bike or foot (with our award winning cycle path) enjoy the stunning seafront residences the work of the famous Georgian architect Decimus Burton. From specialist dealers, reclamation yards, vintage boutiques to heaving charity shops and house clearance, St Leonards is where Portobello dealers come for their stock. On the “Kings Road", which leads from St Leonards Warrior Square station to the front and in particular around the photogenic intersection of London Road and Norman Road in St Leonards, cafes, restaurants and unique shops are in abundance. The arts cinema Kino on Norman Road gives you an idea of the Bohemian scene that has been developing over the years.
If you are staying in our west st Leonard’s properties of Marina and family friendly Grosvenor gardens, boards for the beach only a minute away and bikes are provided to take you along to the wreck of the Amsterdam and the petrified forests or indeed to the old town.
With a heritage in Hastings of celebration check your dates and enjoy festivals from Fat Tuesday Jazz festival in March, through to the May Day celebrations a plethora of Pagan rituals complimented by the rumble of much admired bikes descending on the town. a Carnival in August, Seafood and Wine festival in September which is complimented by the Coastal Currents arts and crafts festival including installation pieces, performance, theatre and music one to match the Edinburgh festival with something for everyone and much of it free. Our final major event and increasingly popular is the Bonfire Society in Mid- October, the most extraordinary processions and gatherings of bonfire groups pulling lit truckles through the streets and one of the finest displays of fireworks in the country.
Bexhill only a 10 minute drive or a ½ hour cycle ride you arrive at the Del la war pavilion offering 1920’s classic architecture, great coffee, and a full programme of contemporary and classical music, shows and extravaganza’s we will be adding apartments directly opposite the De la war in the near future perfect for enjoying the entertainment at the del la war a step away. With its classic car shows, and family friendly clean beach awards this is a great place to relax.
Beyond Hastings to the east and accessible easily by a picturesque bus ride, train or car one of our sister Cinque Ports the town of Rye. This beautiful ancient port boasts a Kino cinema, art galleries, the renowned George hotel and is the port of call for many a film and drama, including, ‘Map and Lucia’, ‘Foyles war’, ‘the theory of everything’, and close by on the sunlit stretches of camber ‘the monuments men’ and the 1958 version of Dunkirk, amongst the dunes enjoy a barbecue, kite flying, Catamarans and horses on the beach are a spectacular sight.
Or to Rye Harbour and its nature reserve, the iconic walk past the red hut, or charter a boat to take you out to view the shore from rye to Hastings via the red beaches of Pett level and Winchelsea beach all accessible by a coastal bike route.
Battle to the North West of Hastings is worth a visit to the Majestic Battle Abbey, a great day for the family with trails and interactive sites along route meeting many of the characters of the 1066 Battle.
THE BLUE REEF AQUARIUM
Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy incredibly close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of amazing aquatic creatures. At the aquarium’s heart is a giant ocean display - walk through an underwater tunnel and come face to face with shoals of colourful fish
With three, 18 hole courses, Hastings Adventure Golf is the UK centre for miniature golf and the home of the annual World Crazy Golf Championships. The three courses are Crazy Golf, Adventure Golf and Pirate Golf. Crazy Golf is the traditional seaside game, with windmill, watermill and ramps
Following an extensive reconstruction project, Hastings Pier reopened to the public in April 2016. The pier is a modern, 21st century attraction with its history and heritage at its heart. Open 7 days a week all year round (opening times vary depending on the season and event). Free entry (apart from ticketed events).
THE EAST HILL LIFT
The United Kingdom's steepest funicular railway is not only a structure of national importance but also a source of immense local pride.
The East Hill Lift provides access to Hastings Country Park which overlooks the Old Town and Rock-a-Nore. It was in the country park that Hastings resident John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, got the inspiration which led to his first TV experiments.
This 109-acre park was originally laid out by Robert Marnock, a renowned landscape gardener, in 1878. It was formally opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on June 26 1882.
Alexandra Park is a Grade II* designated site in the "Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest" and is one of the best parks in the country for its tree collection. A 10 minute walk from the town centre, the Lower Park has large lawns, wildlife ponds, War Memorial, bowls green, information points, cafe, event areas, bandstand, adventure playground and tennis courts. A great place to enjoy a stroll or take the kids!
HASTINGS COUNTRY PARK
set atop the East hill with fantastic views out over the town and the English Channel. The country park is a beautiful nature reserve full of stunning walks and a great place for visitors to to take in the majestic panoramic views of the South East Coastline. On clear days there are spectacular views overlooking the coastline from Beachy Head to Dungeness and as far afield as Folkestone and the coast of France.
Soon to be relaunched as Hastings Contemporary. Since opening in 2012 the Jerwood has hosted an acclaimed exhibition programme paying tribute to modern and contemporary art. With the relaunch coming in July 2019 we can expect to see a lot more from this gallery which has really put Hastings on the cultural map. Hastings has a huge arts scene and often run artists open house festivals over the spring and summer months with many of the local artists, attracting many visitors to the area. Have a look at upcoming events and exhibitions here
THE WHITE ROCK THEATRE
host many different events from opera, pantomimes, rock nights and comedians you will always find something of interest. You can check their events and programme list here
HASTINGS MINIATURE RAILWAY
A tribute to the steam trains of yesteryear and great fun! Opened in 1948, Hastings Miniature Railway operates along half a mile of Hastings Old Town seafront between Rock-a-Nore and Marine Parade. The railway provides transport between local attractions and museums as well as being a historic pleasure railway.
Hastings Castle is a huge part of England’s history as it was the first Norman motte and bailey castle to be built here. William of Normandy, known as William the Conqueror, landed in England in 1066, he ordered Hastings Castle to be built. Later that year, William went on to defeat King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings at a site close to the town of Battle. The Castle has had a turbulent past – when King Henry VIII declared himself the head of the Church of England, he commissioned the Castle’s church to be destroyed leaving the site in ruins
HASTINGS MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
The Hastings Museum and Art Gallery contains a rich and exotic mixture of fine paintings and china, the cultures of other lands, well-known personalities such as John Logie Baird and Robert Tressell, and a contrasting view of local wildlife today and as it would have been 150 million years ago. It's a fun and fascinating visit that's interesting to all ages and tremendously educational and best of all it's FREE!!
Deep in the heart of Hastings West Hill lies the Smugglers Adventure, acres of caverns that conceal the thrilling history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring bloodthirsty gangs. Visitors can explore the labyrinth of secret tunnels and passages and discover the dangers and hardships faced by Sussex smugglers in the eighteenth century. More than 70 life-size characters, interactive displays, eerie lighting and sound effects and dramatic recreations bring this mysterious and often bloody world vividly to life