Hastings Old Town

Hastings seafront

There’s always something going on in Hastings Old Town! Whether it’s Jack in the Green, the Old Town Festival, the (in)famous Bonfire celebrations or Pirate Day, there’s something for everyone. It consists of the extent of the town prior to the nineteenth century and lies mainly within the easternmost valley of the current town. The shingle beach known as The Stade (the old Saxon term meaning “landing place”) is home to the biggest beach-launched fishing fleet in Britain.

With its ancient churches and buildings, unique fishing quarter, narrow streets (or ‘twittens’) and a profusion of atmospheric pubs, eating places, tea rooms, museums and antique shops, there’s something truly untouched and timeless about the Old Town.

The Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society preserves the fishing community’s medieval right to carry on using the Stade. The Society looks after a charity, the Fisherman’s Institute, which owns a large building in the heart of Hastings Old Town. The Institute was founded in 1882 to help distressed fishermen and their families.