Hastings spent an alarmingly long time getting overshadowed by some of the biggest names in the seaside town industry. But no longer. Luckily for Hastings (but unluckily for those of us who wanted to keep it a secret), people have now caught on to the wonders of this brilliant place, and a cultural explosion (partly due to an exodus from London’s art scene) has followed.
But despite its newfound trendiness, Hastings’ heart remains very much the same. Famed for the Norman Conquest of 1066, (and subsequent Hastings Direct advert), Hastings is full of history. Here you’ll find vintage shops, an old pirate town and the rather brilliant Hastings Contemporary Gallery, as well as some of the finest Art Deco architecture around. Here are the best things to do in Hastings right now.
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