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
Sports Activities
Source Park BMX

The Source Park is the World’s largest underground skate park; a huge BMX and Skateboarding facility situated under the seafront in the heart of Hastings.

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
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Large coastal nature reserve with a vast array of wildlife. Network of footpaths leading to 5 birdwatching hides (3 wheelchair accessible). Information centre.

Hastings History House
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Hastings History House
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
Shipwreck Museum

Maritime museum with 3000 years of historic treasures from local shipwrecks. Audiovisual show 'A Shipwreck Adventure', push button videos, talks with slides on shipwreck and coastal history topics.

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 Engine Society - The Giants of Brede
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Brede Steam Engine Society - 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

The Hastings Contemporary is using robots to give virtual tours of the gallery. The Double, a two-wheeled video-conferencing robot, provides real-time tours of galleries and exhibitions.

Stone Cross Windmill
Windmill
Stone Cross Windmill

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
Fuller's Follies

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.