Jubbs wrote: ↑
Fri, 17th May 2019, 5:40pm
...then through to Bexhill and Hastings where i think CT can fill you in ?
I'd love to tell you how wonderful Hastings is, and it was once, but in recent years has fallen into decline. Unless you like amusement arcades and charity shops.
In Hastings, the old town is a must see with its fishing huts and beach launched fishing fleet. Some good pubs too.
Alexandra Park is nice for a stroll and if you are up for a challenge the Country Park has some stunning views (but cover your eyes when you pass the nudest beach).
The Castle is just a ruin and over the past 50 years seems to have got bigger (comparing old photographs) thanks to the building skills of Hastings Borough Council not the Normans. And as you may be aware, no fighting ever took place at Hastings Castle, the battle of Hastings in 1066 took place (allegedly) in the town of Battle (but exactly where in Battle is still a matter for debate).
The newly built pier is just wooden decking, nothing much on it apart from a few painted garden sheds. It is a shadow of it's former grandeur.
There is the Jerwood Gallery (or whatever they are going to rename it due to a dispute with its sponsor) if you like art. I think it is still open.
https://www.museumsassociation.org/muse ... relaunched
You could visit The Smugglers Adventure (Used to be called St. Clements Caves before they were commercialised). I used to run a bar in the caves when they had pop groups, discos and private bookings. Ideal these days for somebody with kids. They are man made caves allegedly cut out of the sandstone by smugglers.
The days you could go ballroom dancing, have tea dance or sit on the prom listening to a brass band in the bandstand or organ music in the Sun Lounge have long gone.
There is a section called The Marina where you will find a block of flats in the shape of a cruise liner called Marina Court, Marina Pavilion that was has been re-named Azur and is home to Jazz music and shock horror, they never got around to building the actual Marina. If you want to see Yachts, go to the crumbles in Eastbourne.
The famous Albert Memorial clock tower in the town centre was demolished by the council as it was in the way of their road improvement plans
Along with the 1930's Art Deco open air bathing pool (I think up north they called them Lido's).
So, Hastings is possibly OK for a day trip, but I wouldn't think you'd find much else to do if you stayed longer. You'd be hard pressed to find much choice in the way of hotel accommodation. If you want a choice of Hotels, again Eastbourne is by far the better town.
Places worth visiting nearby... Rye is a fantastic old town with cobbled streets and plenty to see. Winchelsea is worth a stroll. Dungeness is an ideal spot to catch The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Steam Railway. In the shadow of Dungeness Nuclear power station you have a unique lonely spit of land full of wildlife. You can visit the lighthouses.