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Festivals and all-day events in Hastings 2022

With more and more festivals every year, Hastings is probably the least boring town in the UK.

Queer on the Pier (Sat 30th July, 2022)

Queer on The Pier 2022 A outdoor queer festival celebrating the brilliance of our community in an incredible setting! Showcasing local talent and bringing International drag, cabaret and DJs to[…]

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Hastings Storytelling Festival (November 2022)

Hastings Storytelling Festival Spoken word, dance, puppetry, carnival, theatre, conversation or digital media:  diverse artists in exciting and accessible venues Most Hastings Storytelling Festival events are free and ALL are[…]

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Hastings Bonfire (October 2022)

HASTINGS BONFIRE Bonfire societies from all over Sussex come together to march through the streets of Hastings in a procession of drums, flares and flaming torchlights. Along with a huge bonfire[…]

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Hastings Week 2022 (October)

A festival remembering the famous date of 1066 and demonstrating the interest, skill and activity in Hastings TODAY. Website – Facebook –

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Battle Festival (October 2022, various venues)

Battle Festival is an arts and music festival in Battle, East Sussex. Now in its eleventh year, Battle Festival has quickly become a cultural gem in the South East’s calendar,[…]

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PhotoHastings (Sept-Nov 2022)

About Photohastings aims to inspire an appreciation of contemporary photographic art through an annual festival programe, regular e-newsletters, talks, exhibitions, workshops and mentoring. Set up in 2009 and initially working[…]

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Hastings Oktoberfest (1st October, Horntyne Park – indoors)

Details Event by Hastings OktoberfestHorntye Park Tickets · £16.76 BEER. BANDS. BRATWURST We are delighted to announce details for Hastings Oktoberfest 2022: Saturday 1st October 2022 2-10pm at Horntye[…]

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Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival (mid-September 2022, The Stade)

What to expect – The Seafood & Wine Festival has grown into one of Hastings’ biggest and most popular events in an already packed calendar. This much-loved foodie festival showcases[…]

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Hastings LitFest (September 2022)

What to expect – Writing for writers – Hastings Lit Fest is a festival like no other – a celebration of writing and writers across all the genres. Workshops, talks,[…]

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Coastal Currents (September 2022, various venues)

What to expect – A visual arts festival showcasing the creative hubs of Hastings and St Leonards, and featuring the talents of both the local arts community and profiled artists.[…]

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Hastings Pride (August Bank Holiday, 2022)

What to expect – A true celebration of all things LGBT+ with a parade and a huge party featuring live bands and DJs Venue(s)/Location – The Oval, Bohemia Road, Hastings[…]

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Hastings Old Town Carnival Week (29th July – 7th August)

Old Town Carnival Week is back for 2022. A week of exciting events from Pram Racing to Treasure Trails, Open Houses to Walking Tours, Art Shows to Historical Talks, Live[…]

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The Fratcave presents – Beatwave (22-24 July, The Pig, Hastings)

BEATWAVE 2022 The Post-Pandemic 60’s Punk Party by the Sea is back for Round 5! …or is it 6! in fact it should be 7. If you’ve already fallen under[…]

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Hastings Fringe, (July 2022, Stables Theatre)

The Hastings Fringe Festival offers theatre performance, local musical talent, comedy and spoken word / poetry. Held throughout July. The idea of running a fringe festival at the Stables was[…]

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Hastings Pirate Weekend (15-17th July, 2022)

The date is set for Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th July, all over the town. We have held the Guinness World Record for the most pirates in one place since[…]

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St Leonards Festival (9th July, 2022)

A day of free family fun by the sea in this beautiful East Sussex seaside Victorian resort town. This culturally diverse event has something for everyone, including street arts, festival market, live[…]

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Hastings Midsummer Fish Festival (25th June 2022, Hastings, The Stade)

Start date: Saturday 25 June 2022 at 9am End date: Sunday 26 June 2022 at 5pm RNLI open day at the festival, see the boats, volunteers on hand to answer[…]

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Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival (15th – 19th June, 2022 – various venues)

The Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival originates from an idea from two local Hastonians Chris and Jake. The independent festival showcases a large variety of professional comedians and emerging comics from[…]

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Ben & Jerry’s UK – Sundaes On The Pier Festival (Sat 6 August 2022, Hastings Pier)

This summer we’re teaming up with everyone’s favourite ice cream team, Ben & Jerry’s UK and UK event producers Good Life for a brand new music & ice cream festival, situated on[…]

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World Crazy Golf Championships, Hastings Adventure Golf, 10-12 June 2022

Hastings Adventure Golf are delighted to announce the details of the 2022 World Crazy Golf Championships. The 2022 competition will be taking place 10th,11th & 12th June. This is seen[…]

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Hastings International Composers Festival (20-22 May, 2022, De La Warr Pavillon)

Performing the most exciting classical music being written today This is a unique three-day festival on the south coast of England, which celebrates music of passion and melody created by[…]

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Viva La Queens, (2nd June, 2022 – Hastings Pier)

Jubilee weekend – Viva la Queens! Hastings Pier 12 midday – 10pm This is a live music event, where Hastings is celebrating all the queens of music … with an[…]

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Love Hastings supports local events

The money raised from local businesses goes into many local events that pull visitors to the town every year.

Hastings Bonfire

Pirate Day


Fat Tuesday

Bike 1066

Hastings Beatles Day

Five Mile Race

Coastal Currents

Local Hastings businesses – recent posts

We follow the social media posts from many of our local town centre businesses.

Latest news from Hastings Pier: This Saturday – More Live Music on our Open Air Stage!!!…

Latest update from Hastings Pier 2022-05-19 14:06:16 This Saturday – More Live Music on our Open Air Stage!!! FREE ENTRY! Source

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Latest news from Hastings Pier: The Countdown is on!! The BIGGEST Celebration of the U.K. Garage Sound… Let’s all go back to the 90s…

Latest update from Hastings Pier 2022-05-16 18:45:06 The Countdown is on!! The BIGGEST Celebration of the U.K. Garage Sound… Let’s all go back to the 90s! Source

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Latest news from Hastings Pier: Hastings Pier News

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Latest news from Hastings Pier: The SHIVER ME TIMBERS Pirate Cabaret

Latest update from Hastings Pier 2022-05-16 14:57:08 One of the Summers Highlights for sure!! Source

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Latest news from The Courtyard Hastingsl: Perfect Courtyard weather come down and catch some sun with @goodmanscoffeespot…

Latest update from The Courtyard Hastings 2022-05-14 13:09:07 Perfect Courtyard weather 🤌 come down and catch some sun with ⬇️ @goodmanscoffeespot ☕️ @goodmans_thecourtyard ✂️ @thebokshop 🐔 @nellysthecourtyard 🍍 @brewingbrothers_2016 🍺[…]

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Latest news from East Sussex College: Studying Hospitality and Catering at East Sussex College Hastings Over the course of the year you wi…

Latest update from East Sussex College 2022-05-14 10:00:10 Studying Hospitality and Catering at East Sussex College Hastings Over the course of the year you will develop skills in how to[…]

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Latest news from Priory Meadow: It’s a pleasure to be sponsoring the Hastings 5 Mile Road Race once again, as we have for many years…

Latest update from Priory Meadow 2022-05-13 09:38:34 It’s a pleasure to be sponsoring the Hastings 5 Mile Road Race once again, as we have for many years. Come down and[…]

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Latest news from Cheese on Sea Cheese baby approves this week’s shop list! And as always he loves a bit of @highwealddairy Chilli M…

Latest update from Cheese on Sea 2022-03-31 18:39:08 Cheese baby approves this week’s shop list! And as always he loves a bit of @highwealddairy Chilli Marble 🌶️ #cheesebaby #hastings #deliciouscheese[…]

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Latest news from Priory Meadow: Priory Meadow News

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Latest news from The Crypt: DON’T miss the The Beatles For Sale tribute band performing #thebeatles classic set from the iconic …

Latest update from The Crypt, Hastings 2022-03-20 10:26:20 DON’T miss the The Beatles For Sale tribute band performing #thebeatles classic set from the iconic Cavern club at #thecrypthastings on 1st[…]

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Latest news from The Odeon: Check out this month’s #ODEONSpotlight screening….

Latest update from The Odeon, Hastings Check out this month’s #ODEONSpotlight screening. Join us on March 21 for Ali & Ava, recommended by our in-house film expert 🎬 It’s not[…]

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Latest news from Hastings Pierl: Dont forget this is a limited capacity situation!! Celebrating FIFTY years since his Fathers very fi…

Latest update from Hastings Pier 2022-02-27 17:54:24 Dont forget this is a limited capacity situation!! Celebrating FIFTY years since his Fathers very first UK Gig – Ziggy Marley performing ON[…]

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Things Love Hastings is great at

As the business improvement district, we work every day on behalf of local businesses to make Hastings a better and safer place.


Love Hastings runs ‘Business Watch’, incorporating ShopWatch and BarWatch for the daytime and night time economies. We are nationally accredited and work closely with the council and the police to keep Hastings safe for businesses and visitors alike.


From Christmas lights and planting schemes to supporting public art projects and trying to get the councils to repair roads and remove graffiti, we care about the look and feel of the town centre and doour best to make it as welcoming and inviting as possible.


The Business Improvement District puts money and time into many annual and one-off events each year – all of which bring vibrancy and colour to the town – as well as attracting thousands of extra visitors.


From free or subsidised training sessions through to lobbying for funding during the COVID crisis – or simply making the town look great with Christmas lights, flowers, and freshly painted railings, the BID is on the side of local businesses.

BID News

2022 – 2027 Love Hastings BID business plan

Reasons to vote YES for a second Love Hastings BID term Baseline services agreement

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Second term ballot proposals

Pictured: Peter Rolfe, Business Ambassador and John Bownas, BID Manager (click links for what we do) During March, local businesses get the chance to vote on proposals for a second[…]

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Is the government’s COVID business support package enough?

December 2021 – Hastings Observer column So, it’s Christmas Eve 2021, and as things stand it’s hard to predict just what the UK will be doing with regards to COVID[…]

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UK business needs a BOOST

Action is needed NOW on business rates, VAT, and grants for businesses in the retail and hospitality sectors, as well as for freelancers and the self-employed. We are facing a[…]

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Snap survey shows how Hastings will be hit as part of projected £4BN ‘Plan B’ loss predicted for UK hospitality sector

In a snap survey carried out by Love Hastings over half of the hospitality businesses who responded said the current ‘Plan B’ restrictions may cost them an average of around[…]

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Hastings shops ask the public to treat staff with respect this Christmas

A recent national poll found that an alarming 38% of shoppers have witnessed violence against shop staff, and this goes alongside industry data showing 450 recorded incidents every day in[…]

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The Magic Numbers close Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival’s unplugged Saturday.

Saturday 26th February 2022 8pmThe Brass, HastingsGET TICKETSThe Magic Numbers are a UK-based four-piece formed in late 2002 in Hanwell, west London. Comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters (Romeo[…]

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Priory Meadow gets behind the Hospice duck art trail

Priory Meadow Shopping Centre has joined the flock to sponsor a duck as part of Follow That Duck, a live art trail taking place in Summer 2022 from Hastings Old[…]

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Love Hastings

NOTICE OF AGM: 6pm, 8th December 2021

Love Hastings levy payers are invited to the 2021 AGM of Love Hastings (Hastings Business Improvement District). Alongside the usual business of confirming directors and board responsibilities plus the annual[…]

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Does Hastings town centre need a roadmap to the future?

Hastings Observer column November 2021 Over the last two days, as I’ve been swinging above the town centre in the basket of a cherry-picker helping programme the town Christmas lights,[…]

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Another five years?

October 2021 – Hastings Observer column As Love Hastings gets closer to a second-term ballot to decide whether the project should extend another five years, more and more people are[…]

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Hastings & St Leonards One Town – One Voice

Hastings Observer column – September 2021 ‘Love Hastings’ is a great – but currently flawed – brand.   We all love Hastings, there’s no doubt about that.  But right now,[…]

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Enjoy the best hospitality and fun in the South East

With record-breaking sunshine hours, a history that speaks for itself, and scores of great places to eat, drink and shop, Hastings is a town you might never want to leave.

Getting here
St Leonards-on-sea

To the west of the Hastings seafront, St Leonards is a bohemian area well-known for great little bars and shops.


Here is where you will find the pier, the White Rock Theatre, and tonnes of great places to shop and have fun – day and night.

Hastings Old Town

With its working fishing beach and iconic black huts, the Old Town is a maze of historic streets where the past meets the present.

More news from Love Hastings

Trinity Triangle

Action Zone

The Trinity Triangle High Street Heritage Action Zone is a four year regeneration programme supported by Historic England.

The funding programme is designed to breathe new life into a historic part of Hastings town centre: the Trinity Triangle and America Ground. These areas of Hastings are rich in history and built heritage.


What will you do in Hastings today?

Are you here for a day, a long weekend, or longer? Here’s what you need to know about Hastings and ‘1066 country’.

Hotels and B&Bs

Hastings on Tripadvisor

Pubs and bars

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Restaurants and takeaways

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Music and entertainment

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Walks and cycle-rides

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Hastings Business Improvement District in numbers


Annual investment

What is Hastings BID?

In 2017 Hastings town centre businesses voted to contribute to a fund that would pay for the things that they felt make a real difference to the town.

From Christmas lights and planting schemes around the town to supporting the big local events that draw in vistors and creating a safer environment for people to shop and enjoy themsleves, the BID spends some £200,000 every year on making Hastings look and feel as good as possible.

COVID business grants secured

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The team

Here’s who to look out for around the town…

John is equally happy taking an active part in negotiating with the Council for a better deal for the town as he is wielding a paintbrush to tidy up a tatty bollard.

John Bownas

Manager and general all-rounder

It’s a team effort – so if you are a business in Hastings help us to help you by being a part of our mission to make the town the best it can be,


Every business in Hastings

Peter is the friendly face of the town – always to be found on patrol looking for people to help or for things that need to be fixed. He’s a genuine asset to Hastings!

Peter Rolfe

Business Ambassador

Contact us

We are always here to answer questions and listen to ideas

Get in touch


Rock House, Cambridge Road, Hastings, TN34 1DT


07876 390065

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