‘Bursting with pride’ Swan House scores a hat trick

Swan House Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Hastings old town has scooped another prestigious tourism award. For the third time it has picked up Gold in the Beautiful South Awards an awards scheme open to tourism businesses across not just 1066 country but the whole of the south east. It’s the third time […]

West Hill lift to remain closed for longer than expected

The West Hill lift, the 127-year-old funicular railway connecting George Street to the top of the West Hill in Hastings Old Town, will remain closed for longer than expected. Kevin Boorman, marketing manager for the Hastings Borough Council, explained: “We are very disappointed to learn that the damage to the West Hill lift’s main drive […]

Roll-up roll-up town hall for sale!

Here’s your chance to bag a property bargain and a bit of Hastings history at the same time. The Old Town Hall, in Hastings Old Town’s High Street is on the market. Hastings Borough Council announced this morning that it is inviting expressions of interest from potential purchasers. The Old Town Hall was built in […]

Bathed in sunshine seafood and wine festival hailed ‘best yet’

The weekend’s Seafood and Wine Festival, held on the Stade open space, has been hailed as one of the biggest and best ever. “It was a brilliant weekend in every respect.” Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council said yesterday. The weather was kind and the sun shone throughout the weekend as thousands of local […]

Are you ready for a weekend of eating, drinking an being merry?

Next weekend sees the  return of the popular Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival. Now in its 14th year, the festival showcases not just the quality but also the variety of Hastings fish and other local produce. Held on the Stade open space, in Hastings’ historic Old Town, the event runs from 11am until 6pm on Saturday […]

Got a plan for the Isabel Blackman Centre? Step forward now…

Community groups with a plan for the Isabel Blackman Centre are being asked to come forward. Yesterday Hastings Borough Council (HBC) announced that it was ‘inviting expressions of interest’ in the Winding Street building right in the heart of the Old Town that is owned by East Sussex County Council (ESCC). At county level councillors […]

The Stables at 60 – celebrating a ‘massive capacity for fun’

Actress Barbara Flynn helped Stables Theatre members celebrate 60 years of fun and entertainment at a celebration lunch on Sunday. The meal at Powder Mills Hotel, Battle, marked the anniversary of the opening of the Stables by Sir Ralph Richardson on June 16th 1959. Barbara, a patron of the Stables grew up in Hastings and […]

The Stables at 60 the history of a local gem! (Part 1)

The Stables Theatre celebrates the 60th anniversary of its opening this year and there is a packed programme of events to celebrate the occasion. The history of the theatre and how it came in to existence in the first place is a fascinating one. Here, in the first of a series of features about The […]