Pop Ups Hastings campsite is planning for an extended season and to be open for all of July – August, hopefully giving everyone the chance to detoxify from indoor isolation and their digital world.
The Woodland campsite and Meadow campsites are close to many of the most amazing East Sussex beaches including the revived Hastings area. Hastings is great for swimming, walking, fishing and paddle boarding and our campsites offer open space, freedom, outdoor activities suitable for all and a family-friendly holiday close to Surrey, Kent, London and Essex.
Hastings Beach with its lifeguard service, dog-free zones and high standards of cleanliness, make for a great bathing and swimming spot where beach games and building sandcastles can be enjoyed.
Hastings is reinventing itself as a one of Britain’s great seaside towns. Located on England’s south coast, this East Sussex town has the white cliffs of Dover to its east and Brighton to its west. The town is split into the charming postcard pretty old town and the new town with high street shops. The Hastings old town area has traditional seaside holiday attractions like enjoying an ice cream along the seafront and a walk on the pier. Whilst, the new town offers an unexpected side to Hastings with things like the Electric Palace arthouse cinema and the modern British art of the Hastings Contemporary Jerwood Gallery.
Hastings hosts the largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats than anywhere in the world. However, fishing is carried out in a more sustainable fashion. Having smaller boats as opposed to trawlers the fishermen do things on an environmentally friendly scale. The Stade area along the edge of the town’s beach is named after the Saxon word for landing place. Freshly caught fish like herring and mackerel are available at the stalls on the beach. Or there is a wealth of fish restaurants. Enjoy dinner at Webbe’s Rock-a-Nore where fish cookery classes are also held. The strange, tall, black wooden buildings are where the fishermen store their nets. Head to Hastings Fishermen’s Museum, set inside the old Fisherman’s Church, if you would like to find out more about the town’s other fishing traditions
All about the unusual and unique the old town of Hastings is a charming mix of half-timbered pubs and wooden-fronted houses linked by narrow passageways called the Twittens. There are art galleries, antique and vintage shops, bookstores and local crafts. With plenty of seaside town cafés and some quirky eateries too you can spend the whole day at this location; there is the country’s only bookshop-come-Thai restaurant called Boulevard Books and home-brewed ales can be savoured at the First In Last Out (FILO) pub.
Britain’s steepest funicular railway built in 1903, the East Hill Lift carries passengers 80 metres up to Hastings Country Park. The park stretches along the clifftop and provides perfect bird’s eye views of the Stade, the old town and along the coast to St Leonard’s, The grassy areas and woodlands are great to explore and for funicular fans, there’s the West Hill Lift across the other side of the old town. This takes you up to some of the old smugglers’ caves and what remains of Hastings Castle via a tunnel.
Built by William the Conqueror, with a prime lookout position over the English Channel, Hastings castle started off as a wooden version that was then rebuilt in stone. It survived decades of attacks from invaders but could not beat the sea. Large chunks of the castle vanished from the soft sandstone rock crumbling away as the cliffs were battered by storms over the years. What remains are the ruined walls and arches, the dungeons and that Channel view.
Built in the 1870s Hastings fine Victorian Pier had an Art Deco theatre and music venue where the likes of the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd played. Following the damage suffered by the storms of the 1990s and huge fire ten years ago, Hastings pier is another historical landmark that is part of the town’s regeneration. Having now reopened after a £14.2 million redevelopment it has a lovely open space for outdoor concerts and film screenings, a brand-new visitors’ centre and restaurant.
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