1. Take a stroll on the refurbished Hastings Pier and enjoy its wide open spaces and alternative perspective on the town. Watch the sea sparkle, gaze at the horizon and visit the heritage centre.

2. Spectate at The Source – the world's largest underground skate park. While the cool curves of the park draw skaters from far and wide, the fascinating history and architecture of this former hot baths complex will be fascinating for all.

3. Sun's out? Time for a visit to one of our beautiful beaches, of which Camber Sands  is the undisputed queen.

4. Go nature spotting at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, take cover in one of the network of hides and watch the wildlife. Or visit Alexandra Park and feed the ducks and squirrels, tour the rare trees, or try out the two playgrounds.

5. Visit a museum – there are loads to choose from and several of them are free, including Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Battle Museum of Local History, (home of the world's oldest Guy Fawkes), Bexhill Museum (home of Eddie Izzard's family train set), the Shipwreck Museum, Fishermen's Museum and Flower Makers' Museum, and Hastings History House. There's also the nearby Hastings Lifeboat.

6. See the Brede Steam Giants, the massive steam pumps that used to supply the area's water. They're open the first Saturday of every month, plus every Monday bank holiday.

7. Visit the Hastings Contemporary (formerly Jerwood Gallery), which usually charges an entrance fee but is free the first Tuesday of every month between 4pm and 8pm.

8. Learn how to grind flour at Stone Cross Windmill, which is open 2-5pm every Sunday until the end of September. 

9. Walk around the wonderfully eccentric Fuller's Follies, created by 'Mad Jack' Fuller, a Victorian squire. See lots of other walk suggestions here too.

10. Try out one of these free events – from guided walks to music festivals and carnivals, there's plenty to do without breaking the bank. Also, check out our special offers!

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Hastings Lifeboat
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Hastings Lifeboat

The Lifeboat Station is located at The Stade in Hastings Old Town – right next to the fishing fleet berths on the working beach.

Hastings Pier
Pier
Hastings Pier at low tide viewed from the beach on the eastern side

Promenade 272 metres out to sea on rebuilt and revamped pier, which won a RIBA award for its slick and sustainable architecture.

Source Park BMX
Velodrome
Source Park BMX

The Source Park is the World’s largest underground skate park; a hidden gem under Hastings seafront.

Camber Sands
Beach
Children playing at low tide on Camber Sands

This stunning stretch of sandy beach is home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex. Camber Sands is the perfect get-away with unspoilt views of sand and sea stretching for miles.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Nature Reserve
a photograph of Rye Harbour visitor centre. Wooden and glass structure against a blue sky.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is an important wildlife site set in an exceptional coastal and wetland landscape. It is home to more than 4,355 species of plants and animals including 300 that are rare or endangered.

Hastings History House
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Hastings History House

Located between High Street and The Bourne, Hastings History House is the headquarters of the Old Hastings Preservation Society.

Alexandra Park
Garden
Alexandra Park

A 10 minute walk from Hastings town centre, this Grade II Listed Victorian park is one of the finest to be found anywhere in the country.

Bexhill Museum
Museum
Child reading information by a display of seashells at Bexhill Museum

It’s curious, it’s quirky, it’s packed to the rafters with diverse objects with a surprise in every cabinet and around every corner.

Battle Museum of Local History
Museum
Battle Museum of Local History

Special displays of Battle's industries over the centuries including the famous gunpowder production.

Shipwreck Museum
Heritage / Visitor Centre
The Amsterdam Shipwreck - East Sussex

The Shipwreck Museum, situated in the historic Old Town of Hastings, contains a truly astonishing array of maritime artefacts which contains 3000 years of historic treasures from local shipwrecks

Fishermen's Museum
Museum
Fishermen's Museum

A former fishermen's church by the old net shops, now a museum on local fishing with ship models, nets, old photos and the Lugger 'Enterprise' which was built in 1912

Flower Makers' Museum
Museum
Flower Makers' Museum

The Shirley Leaf & Petal Company, an extraordinary family business which dates back over 110 years, can be found in Hastings Old Town. Despite its humble surroundings, the company has an extraordinary global reputation as a leading supplier of artificial flower and plant props for film, theatre and television productions.

Brede Steam Giants
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Brede Steam Giants

The Giants of Brede. Varied collection of water pumps mainly from the steam era including 1904 Tangye and 1940 Worthington Simpson triple expansion engines located in their original buildings.

Hastings Contemporary
Gallery
Hastings Contemporary Art Gallery, East Sussex

Nestling between the fishing beach and Hastings Old Town, Hastings Contemporary is sensitively and intuitively designed by HAT Projects to complement the surrounding environment.

Stone Cross Windmill
Windmill
a photograph of a white windmill against a blue sky. Taken from below windmill looking upwards.

Stone Cross Windmill was built in 1875/6 for Samuel Dallaway and fully restored in 2000. It now produces real stoneground flour, which is on sale in the Mill Store.

Fuller's Follies
Historic Site
a photograph of a bright green grassy field from a distance, with dark grey moody sky. At the top of the feild is a round domed monument.

Set in the Sussex in countryside in a village called Brightling, these bizarre structures are testaments to the eccentricity of John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, a Victorian Squire who was prone to outlandish wagers and daring endeavours.