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From old English battles to modernist art, Hastings in East Sussex is a British seaside resort that’s full of surprises and offers a ton of fun things to do. In Hastings, yes, you’ll find traditional beach-based fun—promenades along the seafront and kiosks selling rock—but this town has a deeper soul than you would expect. Its history is the stuff of storybooks: from that famous battle in 1066 to centuries of smuggling to England's coast. The architecture here has an art-deco vibe that isn’t often seen outside cities like New York, and recently it’s made a name for itself as home to a huge range of independent traders. Pressed for time? Check our guide to the most perfect day in Hastings. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

A perfect day in Hastings

From William of Normandy in 1066 to the eighteenth-century smugglers who made for its cliffside caves, people throughout history have flocked like gulls to this seaside town. Nowadays they come to seize generous plates of freshly caught fish and find the bubbling creative scene Hastings has cultivated. As for the town itself, that’s out to conquer some of Brighton’s glory and come out victorious.