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Carnival - Frank Cooper

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

This year’s Hastings Old Town Week takes place between Saturday 28 July to Sunday 5 August 2018

A week of festivities - everything from a free beach concert to a spectacular carnival

Listed below are 2017 events -

Saturday 29 July

10.30am-12.30pm - Tug o Warr, outside Lifeboat Station The Stade

Teams of 8 men or 8 women

RNLI 'Nearly' Beach Concert - 2pm-8pm - Free entry but donations welcomed.


2pm-2.15pm   Rythm Fields; 2.45pm-3.30pm   The Rocking Ambassadors; 4pm-4.45pm   Dead Calm;  5.15pm-6pm  Local Heros;   6.30pm-7.45pm  Blues Bros Show

Sunday 30 July

Nearly Beach Concert 2pm-7pm.  Line up for today includes: 

10am  The Swing Breakfast (Posh Nosh - Oysters, Bubbly and Breakfast Baps)

10.30am-11.15am  Swing Street (1st Set);   11.45am-12.30pm  Swing Street (2nd Set);  1pm-2pm  DJ: Wendy May;   2pm-2.30pm  Alibi;  3pm-3.45pm Brent Hutchinson Blues;  4.15-5.15pm  Pete Presscot Band;   The Sgt. Pepper Album 'Live' 5.45pm-7pm  The Rockitmen

Winkle Tossing

From 2pm at Winkle Island, Rock-a-Nore Road.   The ancient game of Winkle Tossing.  See how successful you are to tossing winkles into various size containers.  Entry fees £1 adults and 50p child under 13.

Monday 31 July

Seaboot Race

At Courthouse Street from 6pm

Will you be the fastest runner wearing Seaboots and a top hat along the length of Courthouse Street, around a lobster pot and back again?  A carnival week favourite is organised in memory of Peter Trickett, an Old Towner who died in 2002, is open to entrants of all ages.

Put your £1 into the bucket and get your wellies on, ready to run the course with the crowd cheering you on! Timed Certificates presented to all entrants. Adult and Children’s races. The winner is presented with Peter Trickett’s walking stick, to be held for one year.

Blessing of the Animals

From 6.30pm at All Saints Church, All Saints Street.

All creatures great and small warmly welcomed.  Make sure your pets are under control and well behaved.

Treasure Hunt

Meet at Winkle Island, Rock-a-Nore Road

Teams race around the Old Town with collecting boxes to find answers to questions, which are all in pubs of course!  Great fun whilst raising funds for charity.  Not suitable for children due to pub visits.  Register at Winkle Island by 6.30pm and fancy dress is a must!

Tuesday 1 August

Winkle Club Annual Putting Competition

Tee off is 6pm at Adventure Golf, Marine Parade.

Concessionary fees, open to all with trophies for winning lady/gent and junior.

Crown Lane Bike Race

From 5.30pm at Crown Lane, off All Saints Street.   All welcome, turn up and pay a donation to the starter.  The Bike Race has no organisers.  The timekeepers, flagman and all other helpers turn up year after year to make the event happen.  Please don't bring dogs to this event and young children should be under the supervision of adults.  Give generously to the "bucket rattlers" collecting for local charities and good causes.

Wednesday 2 August

The Pram Race

Start 7.30pm

Get your team together for a great night (with decorated pram) and register a The Cutter Pub, on the seafront opposite the boating lake by 6pm on Tuesday 1 August.

Each team has their own theme and lots of money is raised for local charities by them who enter in the pub crawl.  This is a strictly over 18s event.

Thursday 4 August

Great Whelk Eating Competition

From 5pm on the stage at Reeves Corner, High Street

This is the 6th annual competition for the title of the "Hastings Champion Whelk Eater".  Give a £5 donation to Hastings Lifeboat and try your luck at breaking the time record for eating a pint of fresh Hastings Whelks.  The Winner receives an engraved cup and a unique crown. 

Friday 5 August 

Old Town Carnival Last Supper

At 4.30pm - Courthouse Street

The Bangers & Mash Blowout !! - only £5.50 from your host “Deeday.   A Street Party with a difference. Compliments of Peter and Jo.

Have succulent local homemade Pork Sausages with creamy mashed potato, baked beans and rich onion gravy and a complimentary bottle of French Beer or water. Only 150 seats available, so it’s best to book in advance. Tickets from The History House or The Cobblers in the High Street or Deeday’s yard in Courthouse Street.

Saturday 6 August - Carnival Day

Music and Street Performers on Carnival Day.

Live Music from 3pm at various places along the carnival route, the seafront and in the Old Town from:

The Fabulous Red Diesel The Rhythm Section Sambalanco The Hastings Ukulele Club Crackdown The 6Ts Redwood

Lots more music in the Grand Carnival Procession including Section Five and Styx Drummers and Wimbledon Scout Band, Street Performers – stilt walker, Pulse Community Circus and sport displays.

Grand Carnival Procession – 5pm

More events can be found at the Old Town Carnival Week website or pick up a brochure.


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