5 rea­sons to visit Hast­ings

If you fancy a good old-fash­ioned British sea­side break, head to this his­toric East Sus­sex town

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1cHeck out tHe pier

The his­toric pier at Hast­ings,

first built in 1869, was al­most de­stroyed by fire in 2010. But, thanks to a £14.2 mil­lion restora­tion, it’s now a very stylish pier for the 21st cen­tury, with min­i­mal­ist de­sign and lit­tle black, wooden kiosks that match the fish­ing huts fur­ther up the seafront.

Stretch­ing out over the wa­ter, there’s a view­ing plat­form in the cen­tre, af­ford­ing even bet­ter views over the beach and the pier it­self. The glass-fronted restau­rant that looks out along the coast is a per­fect spot for a sun­downer, and do keep an eye out for any open-air film screen­ings and con­certs.

2

catcH a lift

As­cend Hast­ings’ East

Hill in clas­sic style on the UK’s steep­est fu­nic­u­lar. From sea level to the top takes just a few min­utes, with stun­ning views, and the exit pro­vides ac­cess to Hast­ings Coun­try Park and its panoramic views of the coast­line. It’s open year-round and is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble. A re­turn ticket for a fam­ily of five is £9.

3 ex­plore tHe old town

Hast­ings Old Town has re­tained its re­laxed charm over the years. Ex­plore the unique jum­ble of shops, bars, cafes, restau­rants and ar­cades. There’s a great se­lec­tion of an­tique shops and bou­tiques, too, par­tic­u­larly around Ge­orge Street, that will keep any shop­per busy for at least half a day. It’s also home to a thriv­ing artis­tic com­mu­nity It’s also home to a thriv­ing artis­tic com­mu­nity – be sure to visit the Jer­wood Gallery.

4 eat fisH and cHips

Who doesn’t want fish and chips by the sea? Head over to the award-win­ning Cod Fa­ther along East Pa­rade for great ser­vice and a bril­liant, ex­ten­sive menu. For a rus­tic lunch, head to the Rock-ANore end of town, where fresh-off-the-boat seafood is sold from the tall, black fish­er­man’s huts.

5 fun witH tHe fam­ily

If you have chil­dren with you, take them on the scary Smug­glers Ad­ven­ture – an in­ter­ac­tive trip through caves and tun­nels. Life-sized ef­fi­gies recre­ate the blood­thirsty days of Sus­sex smug­glers.

Crazy golf on the seafront is great fun, too. And if you man­age to get a hole-in-one on the very last hole, you’ll win your­self a free game.

Try to bag a free game of crazy golf

Take in some con­tem­po­rary art

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