Hastings is a seaside town with a population of 87,000 located in the South East corner of East Sussex. The town is located 53 miles from London via the A21 or 85 minutes to London Bridge station by train.
In historical terms, Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England; and also because it became one of the medieval Cinque Ports. Hastings was, for centuries, an important fishing port; although nowadays much reduced, it still has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in England. The town became a watering place in the 1760s, and then, with the coming of the railway, a seaside resort.
Hastings has a range of pubs and wine bars from the quaint taverns of the Old Town to the lively and funky town centre bars. There is also a lively club scene including Tintin’s, French’s, Brass Monkey and Fluid.
There are plenty of places to eat around the town. Ranging from specialist restaurants offering exotic cuisine, welcoming cafés and bustling Italian eateries, to some of the best fish and chips around.
There are a mixture of shops in Hastings. You’ll find all the familiar high street names at the new Priory Meadow Centre and more specialist and antique shops in the Old Town.
- Hastings is one of the best places this side of Brighton for its range of excellent live music venues. Many pubs regularly host live bands.
- Old Town carnival week includes a free beach concert, featuring local bands.
- The Annual Hastings Beer and Music Festival in July attracts well-known groups. Keane performed in 2012