Finally the sun is out again, just in time for my birthday! And like the old woman I am, no girls night out to celebrate. Instead a weekend in Hastings Old Town with my mum and friends because pretty buildings, sun and lunch keeps me happy!
I know Hastings like the back of my hand (it’s where I grew up) so I may be slightly biased but I think it’s amazing. When the weather is nice the Old Town comes alive with pubs and bars opening onto the street. Meanwhile, people explore the mixture of quirky shops, florists, bookshops and antique shops. Plus it is only 1.5 hours from London Charing Cross, making it the perfect day trip for those wanting to experience a traditional English seaside town. If you have the time, I’d recommend staying a night or two. It’s the best way to soak up Hasting’s quirky, artistic landscape.
WHERE TO STAY
To make the most of your weekend in Hastings, I recommend you stay in the Old Town. Look to be in walking distance of Hastings Castle, George Street and The Old High Street to be in the best area.
To start the weekend we had a falafel mezze at Waterfalls which was amazing. I had lemon drizzle cake for dessert which was also amazing! Afterwards we headed for The Old Town, wandering along George Street and The Old High Street. This is where I took the majority of my pictures. We were lucky with the weather so sat outside with a drink and people watched, enjoying the liveliness of many Old Town locals!
MUST DO’S IN HASTINGS
As a former local, I have a lot of experince guiding friends and family from afar around this beautiful seaside town. You mustn’t miss The Jerwood Gallery, the fishermans huts and seafront. Hastings Pier is lovely in the sun as is the nearby kayak and paddle board hire. In the old town, Ye Old Pump House is a must as is The Albion for real olde English pub feel. The Electric Palace is a lovely little cinema on The Old High Street. There you can also find many antique shops, all with never ending room after room! Judges Bakery is also on this road which you HAVE to stop in.
MUST DO’S IN ST. LEONARDS ON SEA
Norman road is also a lovely place to wander around. There are little galleries and independently run shops to explore as well as The Kino. Nearby you’ll find Half Man, Half Burger for the best burgers in town!
HASTING’S FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS
Throughout the year, various charities and societies in Hastings but on events. If you can time your weekend in Hastings with Bonfire Night, Jack In The Green, Pirate Day or Carnival Week, you are in for a treat!! This is when the real English seaside town essence of Hastings shines. I won’t give too much away because what an amazing surprise it will be. Google for dates!