Jack in the Green Festival
On the May Day Bank Holiday, 24,000 bikers converge on Hastings and the Carlisle pub in particular. A magnificent sight - all gleaming chrome and black leather - shaved heads, tattoos and BIG beards are the order of the day.
As well as this we have the Jack in the Green festival - an ancient Mayday tradition in Hastings welcoming in the summer by slaying the "Jack" originally a heavily garlanded chimney sweep boy - now it's a huge procession of drumming and pipes and pagan groups from all over the country - we had red dragons, gold-painted fire eaters, men in stag head-dresses ravens, bogies (who slay Jack at the end of the procession at Hastings Castle and thereby releasing the spirit of Summer) and all kinds of musicians and Morris dancers. It is an extremely entertaining day (helped along by a little of the amber nectar of course.)
101 things to do with an old boat.
Well, only one actually! Due to an ancient regulation , the huts on the beach to house the fishing nets were not allowed to be any larger than eight feet square, so the enterprising fishermen just built them upwards. Historically, the net huts were made from old boats, "planted" end on in the shingle, although now they tend to be custom built affairs - still conforming to the regulation size! I must admit, I've never seen anything like these anywhere else in England.
Nowadays, one of them is even a souvenir shop.
Town hall and tourist information center
In the city center, close to the bus station at at Queen's Road, I found a neogothic building looking like a church. It was the town hall, built in 1823, reviving elements of the "decorated period". In this building, you will also find the tourist information. There, you can not only inform yourself about accomodation, attractions, events etc., but you can also get a free map of the town center (something I did NOT in the internet!). A small turret, obviously belonging to the building too, is used as a fast food grill.
i visited Hastings on a day trip from the settlement i was staying in. As Hastings is a town, almost a village, there are not many places to shop and most of the attractions have historical value behind them. it is a really pretty place that i would return to