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Hastings is my favourite resort for a day trip in England. I have driven down but mostly arrive by train from London Charing Cross. It is also connected to London Victoria.
The town consists of the Old Town and the New Town. The old town is a delight, attractive with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The pace of life just seems different there, people walk in the road, shops display "gone fishing" signs if the mood has taken the owners, shops may be left open with customers in while the owner pops off to do something else. "If you want anything pay the man next door" I was told on my last trip by one departing shopkeeper leaving me alone in his premises!
The main street of the Old Town is pedestrianised. Most of the shops are still independent. There are numerous antique shops, cheaper by far than the famed ones in nearby Brighton. I also enjoy visiting a gem and fossil shop called Stone Corner. The old town also has a child friendly arcade with many 2p machines, a new art gallery called the Jerwood, a Sea Life centre ( big queues in summer; expensive for small size, walk through underwater tunnel very short), a Shipwreck museum ( free, interesting) and two cliff lifts. The latter are vertical lifts where you sit in a square rail type carriage to go up to the clifftops. You can also use steps but kids love the lifts. At the top is the start of the lovely Hastings country park and the ruins of William the Conquerer's castle.
Hastings is historically known for the battle of Hastings 1066, I really enjoyed my visit to Hastings, we only visited for the day, I loved the history of the battle and all the stories behind Hastings. We went to the Hastings castle, it was fascinating and so much to see. Hastings castle was the first Norman Castle, there is a 20-minute audio and visual available for you, which was fantastic and interesting and explained so much which I didnnt know. We went through the whispering dungeons, which was great a little spooky but fun. We also went to look at the eastern gate, we took lots of photos at Hastings castle as it was stunning and beautiful, and to see all the ruins.
When we were in Hastings we also went to clamber play centre, it was great it was like a play ground full of balls, and my son really enjoyed it here, I believe the play centre is for 12''s and under, i found there was lots to play with and the children were very well supervised.
the last place we went to was underwater world, it was a nice place you got to see the breeding and conservation plans in action and in the sea life nursery there was all baby sea horses and jelly fish, it was very well run and nice to see they are taking action to breed such stunning creatures.
Hastings is a lovely place and when my son gets older we shall be visiting again.
i live in Eastbourne but love going to Hastings, in the summer there is lots to do for the kids. Hastings has a carnival in the summer although this year was a bit of a wash out due to the weather but in October there is the torch light, fireworks and bonfire which made up for it. Hastings always starts the bonfire parades as its the first one and is one the best, the costumes are excellent and the fireworks are breathtaking always a good night out. My sons loves Hastings for the mini crazy golf as he calls it the one with the blue water. The old town is excellent with its shops, olde pubs my fav being The Cutter and fish and chip shops. Not forgetting the funfair and arcades which i always seem to win a cuddly toy from. I still want to do a ghost walk in the Old town maybe next year now. The town centre isn't bad at least it has a Woolies and Poundstrecher and Priory Meadow shopping centre is always clean looking and has a good amount of shops. Hastings is easy by train and has a newly refurshed station. I recommend it.
I have been living in Hastings since I have been living here that?s coming up 19 years and boy has it change alot in that time. Hastings is a busy town just on the outside of St. Leonard?s-on-sea and near Fairlight. ***Activities*** Hastings has many activities for all ages for example: The Mini Golf on the seafront. The Adventure Golf, which has only just been finished, is superb for people wanting to find out if they are going to be the next Tiger Woods. A fairground called Flamingo Park (I used to work there seasonally) which has very little ride for people of all ages to go on. What they do have are the Most ever Popular BUMPER CARS, 007 which is not for the faint hearted. Hastings is a big place for all those gamblers out there who want to put money in those dreadful slot machines. You can find most of these on the sea front. We have recently got a new ODEON cinema put in over the road from the Town Hall. ***Shopping Centres*** We have got a new shopping Centre directly in the middle of the town, which has been there for about 7 years now. Priory Meadow, which is the name of the shopping Centre, has got everything inside it. If you want to get some music you can go to Virgin, If you ladies want some Clothes you can either go to Etam, BHS or Burtons. If you wanted some computer games lads you could go to either GAME or Virgin. The shopping Centre has brilliant facilities for all walks of life. They have Disabled access and muti story car park, Toilets, and regular shows that may be of interest to some of you. ***Radio Stations*** Hastings has its own radio station called Arrow Fm which is on the frequency of 107.8. You can listen to all kinds of music from the golden oldies to modern day music 24 hours a day 7 days a week. ***Local Events*** Hastings has lots of local events, which happen on a yearly basis. You have the Beer Festival, Bonfire night and much more. It does depend on the time o
f year though as most of these do get cancelled. ***Parks and Scenery*** Hastings has a variety of parks. In Hastings the biggest being Alexandra Park which is where I live over the road of. It has Ponds, Wildlife, Tennis Grounds, Rowing Clubs and even CLEAN public toilets. This park is a must see for those of you who like a bit of piece and quiet. ***History*** Hastings has alot of history to its name. It is renowned for the Battle of 1066 where the Norman?s from France invaded. It has a Bombsite, which no one can even go near as the legend say's there is still some live bombs from the World Wars 1 & 2. ***Education*** This area has a brilliant schooling system. If you read my review on getting electrocuted you will know what I mean. You have a variety of primary and secondary schools to choose from. ***Hastings Pier*** Hastings has a new refurbished pier, which is over the road from the well-known theatre White Rock. ***Old Town*** Hastings has a very old, old town which has been there. I have just remembered something about the bourne in Hastings, which is now a road, but it was a river leading down to the sea. Hastings old town is renowned for its fishing boats and fish. Those people get out of bed at 2am in the morning to catch Kippers. I used to have them for breakfast at the weekends, but have recently stopped, as they are too expensive. ***Close by Towns*** Hastings is surrounded with so many towns, which offer such a wide range of attractions for visitors. These areas include the following: 1) Fairlight - This has a country park, which is about twice the size of Alexandra Park, one of the biggest parks in the southeast to this day. 2) Camber Sands - This is the best place to be in the summer, I can just vaguely remember my first day trip to this amazing beach. THERE ARE NO STONES OR PEBBLES. JUST PURE SAND! ***Food*** Hastings offers alot of food t
o tourists within the summer months. You have a wide selection of cafe's, Restaurants, even bars and clubs. ***Clubs*** Hastings is a bit like London with all these nightclubs in action. My favorite on is called the Crypt, which is a kind of Grunge nightclub. For all those people who wish to try these out I would recommend the following: 1) G-Spot (Just on the outskirts of the Old Town) 2) The Crypt (Brilliant for live rock music) 3) The Green Room (Quiet nightclub for singles and Couples) I would not recommend the following: 1) Papa Joes- this is the worst in Customer Service. 2) Visions - This is based on the seafront. Poorly priced drinks and not so lively. 3) JR?s - This has been shut down due to drugs being delt there with the managers consent. ***Family Pubs*** Every pub in Hastings is a family pub from the hours of 11am till 5pm. A highly recommended pub by myself is The TUBMAN, which is on the outskirts of Hastings Town Centre.
I lived in Hastings until 5 years ago my husband and I up and moved as he had a promotion in retail.I have just come back from seeing my family and read an opinion on Hastings so I thought I could do one too. Hasting in itself is a busy town in the South East of England. It is a Cinque Port town,as it was originally a fishing village, and has two main parts. Hastings town centre if often busy, with all walks of life from business men/women to people begging, not many but I think you get these people in most places.When I used to live there, the shopping facilities were not that good but about 3yrs ago Hastings council built a new shopping precinct. It has all you need for a good shopping spree, like Next, Boots, Marks and Spencers and a lot more. Out side this most of the town is blocked off from traffic apart from one main road that runs though it. You also have a Peacocks, Bhs , Mothercare and a lot os small stores as well as most of the well known banks.There is plenty of places to eat and all of the little cafe are quite reasonable priced for tea etc. The Pier is a must.It hs a childrens amusement park, arcades and gift shops and if you really want to you can fish off the end, but you do need a fishing licence. Just over the road you have the White Rock Theatre.It has all sorts of shows and entertainers showing. Bucks Fizz,Moody blues to name a few and they do pantomines to. Great for a night out on the tiles. The old Town is like being taken back to other time.You still have all the old fishing huts along the beach and the Old Town is full of little quaint antique shops and streets to explore. You have lots of fish and chips shops for evening tea and a stroll across the stoney beach will knock you out to sleep for the night! There is also a small crazy golf and normal golf course,arcades,a small amusement park,gift shops,and a boating lake. Other things to do in Hastings is there is a lovely park ca
lled Alexandra Park and its full of gardens walks and a lake too, Lovely in the summer for walking off that sunday dinner,but wrap up warm for the winter as it an get a little nippy. I must admit I love my home town but I have found that it has got a little scuffy in places.Some of the old houses/flats along the seafront are still boarded up but the council are slowly sorting that out.My favorite place in Hastings is the Park, it it so peaceful and beautiful in summer.I really hate the beach, its stoney and can be dirty but again dont let it put you off, most of the time its ok.Its a lovely place to visit but I dont think I could live there again
It's no longer 1066 and Hastings is a very civilised place to visit. You won't find any great holiday homes in Hastings, housing tends to be run down Victorian. Places to holiday nr Hastings..Bexhill on Sea, Eastbourne ( quiter holidays for older folk), Rye, Camber or Pevensey Bay (family Holidays). I live outside Hastings and although I wouldn't want to live in the town it is a good place to shop. Starting in the Priory Meadow shopping centre on Queens Road, there's Electronics Boutique, a few sports wear shops, shoe shops, M&S, Boots, Superdrug, many fashion outlets, and Mr.Beans coffee house. Queens Road also has a few antique shops, a Safeways, and a bakers, and Danny's Discount stores ( for pocket mony spending). Station road boast a Mc Donald's ( very busy, if you're heading west after visiting Hastings give it a miss and lunch at McD's off the Pebsham roundabout on the A259, nice sea side walk there too), Woolies, Pound Stretcher ( great for childrens clothes). Go under the road bridge east and you'll find gift shops, Argos, a shop stocking Games Workshop models and the chippy, there are others but this one is highly recommended unless you wander the back street, which I don't recommend without a map. Continue east for the old town where you will find all the gift shops you'll ever need in the old High Street. Head south to the sea front for the funfare and Jungle Tumble for the little ones, while you can have a rest and a cuppa in their cafe. There are good sea front toilets in 2 places and a great Mother and Baby room at the Priory Meadow Centre, curtained feeding areas with comfortable seats, and lots of changing tables. The ladies loo is easily accessable with a pushchair, and if you use the end cubicle it's possible to leave the door ajar to keep an eye on baby. Theres also a creche if you're intent on a big shopping trip. Finally the beach. Great fo
r walking the dog out of season, but too stoney for little ones, also also close to traffic, so you ned to be allert all the time. Locally again pop down the A 259 to Mc Donalds and go under the rail bridge after parking your car. If you're holidaying in East Sussex and want sand head for Camber, well worth the drive. If you're after somewhere lively at lunch time head west to the St Leonards area for Biker Pubs, can't miss then they're the ones with bikes outside. So that's Hastings resort with everything, apart from a beach.