Hastings, East Sussex.
Hastings is a town I have visited many times over the years, and I’ve loved it every single time. There is so much to do, and it is a suitable location for the whole family. Whether you’re looking for an action packed day, a slow stroll along the beach, or a day of shopping and eating out, Hastings has got you covered.
The Beach & Pier
Hastings has a pebble beach with a long pier that you can wander down to get some beautiful views. Along the beach there are so many things to do for everyone. There is go-karting, football, trampolining, miniature railway and an aquarium!
The adventure golf at Hastings is located by the beach front, alongside children’s playgrounds, trampolining and a mini football pitch. This ‘crazy’ mini golf is great for everyone, whether you’re on a family day out, couples stroll or out for some fun with friends. There are three different courses to choose from, and at the end of each one, you have an opportunity to win a free game! They are open from 10am-4pm in the Winter (5pm on weekends) and 8:30am-10pm in the Summer. Prices start from £7.50 for an adult, £3.75 for a child and £5.75 for a Senior Citizen based on one course pp.
As per any popular British beach, Hastings has multiple Arcades to entertain yourselves and try your luck. Win a few games, or collect tickets to spend over the counter, but remember to play responsibly! There is something for everyone, 2p Machines filled with key-rings and other useless junk, air hokey (our personal favourite), basketball, simulators and plenty of claw machines. There is also a section for over 21’s, for you to try your luck with gambling (I personally do not use these machines).
Cafes & Restaurants
Hastings is packed full of restaurants, cafes and bars so you’re spoilt for choice! There are endless fish and chip shops along the beach front, and if you walk into the town, there are restaurants to suit everyone, including Italian, Classic Pubs, Indian, Turkish, Burger Bars and Vegan Spots. If you choose to get fish and chips, there is plenty of choice to eat in a restaurant, or get a takeaway and eat on the beach (watch out for seagulls!!). Ice cream shops are around every corner, and there are endless choices of pretty cafes and coffee houses. Some our favourites include:
– The Cake Room
– The Fig
– Bullet Coffee House
– Hanushka Coffee House
Views from East Hill & The Lift
Going up to the top of East Hill is a MUST DO when visiting Hastings, the views are spectacular, so sit back and take it all in! We usually walk up to the top of the hill (a lot of stairs), however this time we decided to take advantage of the railway/lift which has been around since 1902! Return tickets for one adult is £3.00, and even if you don’t mind walking the stairs, you should definitely experience the railway/lift at least once! Once you get to the top, you’ll be able to enjoy a walk around the beautiful Hastings Country Park or enjoy views over the beach front. You can see houses, overlook one of the many activities or even spot your car (we did!).
That pretty much wraps up a day out in Hastings. If you go, I’d love to hear what you get up too, and see your photos too!
As always, love Elise x