Hastings (and its next door neighbour, St Leonards) is located on the south east coast nestled neatly between Rye to the east and Bexhill and Eastbourne to the west. It is a lively seaside town offering a wide variety of activities and places of interest.
There’s a great variety of places to eat, drink and enjoy the atmosphere of the towns within walking distance of Anne’s House and we can provide an up to date list of recommendations on arrival.
Hastings and St Leonards has a vibrant arts scene – and as far as cultural activities are concerned ‘punches way above its weight’. It has its own philharmonic orchestra, two opera companies including Barefoot Opera, two theatres, The Stables Theatre and The White Rock Theatre, a unique venue, Kino-Teatr, that screens movies and holds live music and events in St Leonards plus another independent cinema and live music venue The Electric Palace in Hastings Old Town. There is also the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition which takes place in the early Spring and offers a series of connected events throughout the year.
There are so many art galleries and various museums it would be impossible to list them all – but as an example and to give an idea of the variety: Hastings Contemporary, Hastings Arts Forum, The Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and The Fleet Gallery. Many of the local restaurants and cafes also display the work of local artists on their walls.
Hastings and St Leonards is home to many renowned artists, writers, actors, musicians and others involved in the arts so it is perhaps no wonder that there is just so much on offer.
Hastings and St Leonards host a whole range of festivals and one-off events – in fact there is always something happening. For an update on what’s going on check out the listings from Hastings Independent Press.
The towns are also known for having an astonishing range of antique and quirky independent shops and visitors from far afield can always be found searching for treasures in the shops in Norman Road and the sea front in St Leonards and the streets of Old Town.
Hastings is also surrounded by wonderful countryside and is a favourite setting out point for many famous walks.
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There are many interesting National Trust properties to visit in the area. Charleston Farmhouse, home to the Bloomsbury Group in Sussex is a forty minute drive away. A visit to Farley Farm where Roland Penrose and Lee Miller set up home is also recommended as is the famous garden at Great Dixter.
For up to date events information, go to visit1066country.com.