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Welcome to Hastings Old Town

The Old Town Hastings offers a unique visitor experience. Independent fashion boutiques jostle for your attention with fine art galleries, antique dealers and bookshops many offering unique products you simply won't find anywhere else! The place exudes a heady bohemian atmosphere and it is hard not to fall in love with the place and the people.

And the New Jerwood Gallery on Stade is opening on March 17th (see below) adding a major new visitor attraction. Not to be missed!

Visit The Old Town Hastings... we are sure you will want to keep coming back!



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Bells Bicycles Hastings

Retail therapists!
If you enjoy a bit of retail therapy find your perfect treatment with the independent traders of Hastings Old Town...

If you are looking for a different shopping experience with small independent shops offering the sort of gifts and atmosphere that are hard to find in the high street multiples you could be in for a treat.

Hastings Old Town offers a warm welcome in an atmosphere that makes your shopping trip an event. You will find everything from high end fashion to local artists and makers in small friendly shops in a beautiful setting.

Why not treat yourself and take a trip...

Hastings Pirate Day 2013 Hastings Pirate Day 2013
Sunday 21st July

Guinness World Record Attempt
Largest Gathering of Pirates

A Pirate Hat or Bandana, Pirate style Trousers or Skirt, Shirt and an accessory along the lines of a Sword, Hook, Eye Patch, Pistol, Flag or Parrot and YOU qualify to become a Record Breaker on Sunday 22nd July when Hastings once again attempts to create Pirate History.

World Record attempt, Sword Fighting, Stunt action, Cannons, Muskets, Live Pirate music, Hog Roasts, Real Pirate Ale, Pirate Market, Jugglers, Fiddlers. Pirate Dance, Massed Pirate Drums, A Pirate Wedding, Creation of wonderful giant Pirate portrait throughout day and a truly spectacular finale when the SKY TURNS RED but the most spectacular element of the day ………YOU !!!

For more information

Stade SaturdaysPileau Stade Saturdays is a series of music, dance and artistic performances that will take place on the Stade Open Space every Saturday evening from May to October. This will provide entertainment for local residents and visitors alike to complete their day out in Hastings. The 2012 season program is a pilot project, so we are keen for you all to try out everything we are offering and give us feedback to help us make next year's program even better! Stade Saturdays, with a few exceptions, start at 7.30pm. So why not visit us every week?

Next Event:
Hastings Sea Shanty Festival
Saturday, 20 July (1pm and 7.30pm)
Once again a selection of the country's finest performers of traditional sea shanties will descend upon the Hastings seafront, including our own wonderful Hastings Shanty Singers whom many will know well from their regular Thursday night sessions at the Stag in All Saints Street

For more information visit Hastings Borough Council Stade Saturdays website here.
Jerwood Gallery Hastings

Jerwood Gallery Hastings

The Jerwood Gallery Hastings opened its doors for the first time on March 17th 2012 bringing a fantastic new attraction to the Stade in Hastings.

The striking building occupies a strategic position on the Stade in the heart of Hastings Old Town. The gloss black tiles of the exterior reflecting and mirroring its historic surroundings.

The Jerwood Gallery is an exciting project to create a permanent home for the Jerwood Collection, and a new regional venue for the Jerwood Visual Arts programme on the Stade in Hastings. Developed and fully funded by the Jerwood Foundation, the ambition is to create a major new cultural venue with regional and national importance, contribute to the regeneration of Hastings, and build fruitful partnerships with local organisations.

for more information visit the Jerwood Gallery website

The Smugglers' Caves The Smuggler's Caves
by Fiona Cullen

Jack spends a lot of time in the Hastings caves - who wouldn't if they lived with Beth, stepmum from hell? What kind of hold does sinister Beth have over Jack's dad? And why is a frightened little terrier with a bulging stomach led into the caves one evening and dragged out the next morning looking very thin? What is hidden in the cavern at the end of the spooky Monks' Walk?. William the Conqueror put Hastings firmly on the map in 1066. The Smugglers' Caves, with its busloads of foreign students and its eccentric local characters, puts it firmly on the map today.

Copies of the book will be on sale soon at the Smugglers' Adventure, the Tourist Information Centre, Hastings Waterstones and the West Hill cliff lift.

Copies can also be puchased on Amazon here for £4.37 plus £2.80 p&P.


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