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Three towns in one. A place where friends and memories are made.

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ABOUT HASTINGS

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.

HASTINGS TOWN CENTRE

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.

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.

A SAFER HASTINGS

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.

THE PUBLIC REALM

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.

EVENTS SUPPORT

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.

SUPPORTING BUSINESSES

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

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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A nice problem to have? Where are all the empty shops in Hastings?

Hastings Observer – August 2021 A few months ago a BBC headline screamed the bad news that one in seven shops across the UK were standing empty. The stark fact,[…]

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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

Pride

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 The Odeon: Bill Murray finds himself living the same day again… and again… and again… and again……

Latest update from The Odeon, Hastings Bill Murray finds himself living the same day again… and again… and again… and again… Groundhog Day is back on the big screen on[…]

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Latest news from Hastings Pierl: Luv90s – Lets Go Back, Way Back!! – Dreaming Of Long, Hot Summer Days!!…

Latest update from Hastings Pier 2022-01-27 14:04:15 Luv90s – Lets Go Back, Way Back!! – Dreaming Of Long, Hot Summer Days!! 🙌 PERFORMING LIVE 🙌 ☆ ALISON LIMERICK > Where[…]

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Latest news from Cheese on Sea Ewes cheese appreciation post (asheepriation??)…

Latest update from Cheese on Sea 2022-01-27 14:03:02 Ewes cheese appreciation post (asheepriation??) Owd Ewe Lord of the Hundreds Beenleigh Blue #ewescheese #sussexcheese #devoncheese #yorkshirecheese #artisancheese #cheeseplease #hastings #trinitytriangle Source

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Latest news from Priory Meadow: 500 FREE DOUGHNUTS from 11am today in the main mall! Come and #showusyoursmile and receive a free d…

Latest update from Priory Meadow 2022-01-27 10:57:18 500 FREE DOUGHNUTS from 11am today in the main mall! 🍩 Come and #showusyoursmile and receive a free doughnut, compliments of Priory Meadow.[…]

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Latest news from Hastings Borough Council: Plan B restrictions have now ended, this means:…

Latest update from Hastings Borough Council 2022-01-27 10:00:45 Plan B restrictions have now ended, this means: • COVID passes are no longer needed, although venues and events can choose to[…]

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Latest news from The Crypt: Tomorrow Night the Crypt proudly presents…

Latest update from The Crypt, Hastings 2022-01-27 08:30:09 Tomorrow Night the Crypt proudly presents INHOUSE A night of pure quality house music from some of the south coasts finest…. DJs[…]

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Latest news from The Odeon: In need of a horror fix? Friday the 13th is back on the big screen on Friday!…

Latest update from The Odeon, Hastings In need of a horror fix? 😱 🎬 Friday the 13th is back on the big screen on Friday! Book now: https://bit.ly/3nKHhKF Source

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Latest news from The Crypt: INHOUSE

Latest update from The Crypt, Hastings 2022-01-26 18:30:04 Just 2 more sleeps until… The Crypt proudly presents INHOUSE A night of pure quality house music from some of the south[…]

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Latest news from Hastings Borough Council: Whether you’re looking for top tips on updating your CV or videos on how to build your business, Pri…

Latest update from Hastings Borough Council 2022-01-26 15:31:23 Whether you’re looking for top tips on updating your CV or videos on how to build your business, Prince’s Trust’s tools and[…]

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Latest news from Cheese on Sea As per requests!…

Latest update from Cheese on Sea 2022-01-26 14:45:22 As per requests! Beenleigh Blue (that’s right we now also have a blue ewes cheese!) Your favourites Beauvale, Burwash Rose, Goat Butter,[…]

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Latest news from Priory Meadow: Valentine’s or Easter – we’re sure you will agree that these are a NEED M&S Hastings…

Latest update from Priory Meadow 2022-01-26 14:24:19 Valentine’s or Easter – we’re sure you will agree that these are a NEED 🥺 M&S Hastings 🐶 🤍How adorable are Walter &[…]

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Latest news from Priory Meadow: What is ecoATM UK?…

Latest update from Priory Meadow 2022-01-26 11:37:57 What is ecoATM UK? We’re the secure, sustainable, simple and rewarding way to sell or recycle your smartphone. With 4,800 locations and over[…]

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Trinity Triangle

Heritage
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.

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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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Shops

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Walks and cycle-rides

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Hastings Business Improvement District in numbers

Businesses

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

Do you want to know more?

THIS IS THE BID

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,

YOU

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

Address:

Rock House, Cambridge Road, Hastings, TN34 1DT

Phone:

07876 390065

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