Hastings Festivals

Hastings has, on average, almost a festival every week. This is a list of all of them…

 

FEBRUARY

Chinese New Year

Date(s) – early February

What to expect – Chinese performers celebrating the new year

Venue(s)/Location – Priory Meadow / White Rock Theatre

Inside or outside? – Both

Website – NA

Facebook – NA

Hastings Fat Tuesday

Date(s) – Thursday to Shrove Tuesday (February)

What to expect – Five days of live music and parades celebrating Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) the best way possible. Recognised as one of the best events of its kind in the world.

Venue(s)/Location – various venues across town

Inside or outside? Both

Websitehttps://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hastingsfattuesday/

Hastings’ International Piano Concerto Competition

Date(s) – Late February

What to expect – An international array of some of the best young pianists who are given the chance to reach the ‘pinnacle’ of many performers’ careers by demonstrating their mastery of the concerto.

Venue(s)/Location – White Rock Theatre

Inside or outside? Inside

Websitehttp://www.hastingsconcertocompetition.co.uk

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HastingsConcertoCompetition/

Hastings International Musical Festival

Date(s) – late February to mid-March

What to expect – An international competition showcasing some of the best musicians, singers, dancers, and actors of all ages from around the world

Venue(s)/Location – White Rock Theatre

Websitehttp://www.hastingsmusicalfestival.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hastingsmusicalfestival/

 

MARCH

Hastings Easter Festival

Date(s) – Easter Sunday

What to expect – Live music

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade Open Space

Website – not available

Facebook – not available

Streets of Battle (March)

Date(s) – Last Saturday in March

What to expect – Free street arts festival in Battle, showcasing the finest in street arts.
Annually, last Saturday in March, April, May.

Venue(s)/Location – Battle

Inside or outside? Outside

Websitehttp://18hours.org.uk/streets-of-battle-2/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/18HoursEvents/

APRIL

Beatles Day

Date(s) – First Sunday in April

What to expect – Beatles Day, created and organised by local singer Pete Prescott, first saw the light of day at Pissarro’s, Hastings in December 2000. It has since gone on to raise almost £250,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Venue(s)/Location – White Rock Theatre

Inside or outside? – Inside

Website – http://www.hastingsbeatlesday.org.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hastingsbeatlesday/

Automata on the Pier

Date(s) – Saturday 24 March

What to expect – A one-off event for 2018 Join Craftivist Network partners to celebrate their work in the exhibition, and enjoy performances from The Ctrl; The Seaview Choir, Boathouse Theatre’s ‘Human Automata’, a screening of Active Arts and Autism Sussex’s Automata film as well as drop in Automata workshops for all ages.

Venue(s)/Location – Hastings Pier

Inside or outside? – inside

Website – http://hastingspier.org.uk/event/automata-fest/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/160100608125785/

Pier Jam Hastings

Date(s) – Last Saturday in April

What to expect – A feat of electronic music above the waves

Venue(s)/Location – Hastings Pier

Inside or outside? Outside

Websitehttp://www.pierjam.com/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pierjamhastings/

Eat Global

Date(s) – Last weekend in April

What to expect – An annual festival of international cuisine, with festival menus and events in restaurants across Hastings and St Leonards. With presentations, cooking demos, celebrity talks and other entertainments.

Venue(s)/Location – St Leonards

Inside or outside? Outside

Websitehttp://18hours.org.uk/eat-global/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/18HoursEvents/

Streets of Battle (April)

Date(s) – Last Saturday in March

What to expect – Free street arts festival in Battle, showcasing the finest in street arts.
Annually, last Saturday in March, April, May.

Venue(s)/Location – Battle

Inside or outside? Outside

Websitehttp://18hours.org.uk/streets-of-battle-2/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/18HoursEvents/

MAY

Mayday Bikers Run

Date(s) – First weekend in May

What to expect – Britain’s biggest free-to-attend motorcycle festival.

Venue(s)/Location – Hastings

Inside or outside? – Outside

Websitehttps://www.bike1066.com/

Facebook – n/a

Jack in the Green

Date(s) – May Day Bank Holiday weekend

What to expect – Hastings Jack in the Green is a revival of a 19th century custom that used to be common across southern England. On May Day the sweeps would parade a massive garland around town. These days it attracts colourful characters, morns dancers, dancing giants and still even the odd sweep.

Venue(s)/Location – Hastings Old Town and West Hill

Inside or outside? – Outside

Website – http://www.hastingsjitg.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HastingsTraditonalJackintheGreen/

Hastings Folk Fest

Date(s) – First week in May

What to expect – The festival is taking a break in 2018 after four successful years. If it returns you can expect a huge range of traditional bands and musicians playing across the town.

Venue(s)/Location – Various venues

Inside or outside? Inside

Websitehttp://hastingsfolkfest.org/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HastingsFolkFest/

Sussex Street Food Festival

Date(s) – Friday – Sunday, 18-20 May

What to expect – A three-day long free foodie extravaganza in the sun, there will be delicious food and drink for everyone to enjoy!

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade Open Space

Inside or outside? – Outside

Website – http://www.streetfoodwarehouse.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SussStreetFoodFestival/

Music First Festival

Date(s) – Last weekend in May

What to expect – Two days of mainly original bands harking back to the classic sounds of the late 80s and early 90s.

Venue(s)/Location – The Oval, Bohemia Road, Hastings

Inside or outside? – Outside

Websitehttp://www.musicfirstfestival.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/MusicFirstFest/events

Streets of Battle (May)

Date(s) – Last Saturday in March

What to expect – Free street arts festival in Battle, showcasing the finest in street arts.
Annually, last Saturday in March, April, May.

Venue(s)/Location – Battle

Inside or outside? Outside

Websitehttp://18hours.org.uk/streets-of-battle-2/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/18HoursEvents/

JUNE

Stade Saturdays

Date(s) – Various Saturday’s during the summer

What to expect – A wide range of free live entertainment held on the Stade Open Space.

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade Open Space

Inside or outside? – Outside

Websitehttps://www.hastings.gov.uk/arts_culture/stadesat/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Hastingsboroughcouncil/

Hastings Winkle Club Jazz & Blues festival

Date(s) – First weekend in June

What to expect – Backed up by most of the pubs and bars in Hastings Old Town, each presenting jazz, blues or funky soul each evening from Friday – plus the main stage on The Stade Open Space.

Venue(s)/Location – Various venues around Hastings Old Town

Inside or outside? – Both

Websitehttps://hastingsjazzandbluesfest.com/

Facebook – NA

TN32 Festival

Date(s) – Second weekend in June

What to expect – TN32 is a brand new boutique music festival taking place over the weekend of 15th-17th June in Bodiam East Sussex. Featuring the best in local talent carefully selected from all genres across three stages!

Venue(s)/Location – Bodiam

Inside or outside? – Outside

Website http://www.tn32festival.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TN32festival/

Crazy Golf World Championships

Date(s) – Second weekend in June

What to expect – The best players from across Europe descend on Hastings to play for a big prize fund in this international test of skill in the spiritual home of crazy golf.

Venue(s)/Location – Hastings Adventure Mini-Golf

Inside or outside? – Outside

Websitehttps://www.hastingsadventuregolf.com/worldcrazygolf.asp

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HastingsAdventureGolf/

Little Gate Big Festival

Date(s) – Second weekend in June

What to expect – Live music, children’s fun and games, activities for all, animals, food and drink plus camping at this beautiful farm. Enjoy the fun & experience all Little Gate Farm has to offer.

Venue(s)/Location – Little Gate Farm

Inside or outside? – Outside

Websitewww.littlegate.org.uk

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/littlegatefarmsussex/

The Gin & Rum Festival

Date(s) – Second Saturday in June

What to expect – The UK’s first Gin and Rum Festival tour is coming to Hastings. Get ready to be spoilt for choice with over 60 different Gins and 60 different Rums all easily found in one of the exclusive themed bars.

Venue(s)/Location – Sussex Coast College

Inside or outside? – Inside

Websitehttps://ginandrumfestival.com/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/GinAndRumFest/

Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival

Date(s) – Wednesday to Sunday, mid-June

What to expect – An explosion of laughter, not to be missed. One of the best small comedy fringe festivals in the UK.

Venue(s)/Location – various venues around Hastings

Inside or outside? – Both

Website – https://www.hastingsfringecomedyfestival.com/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hastingscomedy/

St Leonards Festival

Date(s) – Last Saturday in June

What to expect – Annual free festival celebrating St Leonards community and arts.

Venue(s)/Location – Warrior Square and Kings Road

Inside or outside? – Outside

Websitehttp://stleonardsfestival.org/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/stleonardsfestival

 

JULY

Independents Day

Date(s) – first weekend in July

What to expect – Celebrate the story of the America Ground with a modern day take on the spirit of independent traders.

Venue(s)/Location – Hastings America Ground

Inside or outside? – Both

Website –

Facebook

Midsummer Fish Festival

Date(s) – first weekend in July

What to expect – Enjoy a variety of delicious summer fish dishes from local restaurants along with a range of the best produce the area has to offer. Locally made wine will also be available, as well as a beer festival, and the fishermen will be showcasing their skills and their catch. There will be non-stop live music and entertainment, and cooking demos, craft and fish related activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade Open Space

Inside or outside? – Both

Website – https://www.visit1066country.com/whats-on/fish-festivals

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Hastingsboroughcouncil/

Stade Saturdays

Date(s) – Various Saturday’s during the summer

What to expect – A wide range of free live entertainment held on the Stade Open Space.

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade Open Space

Inside or outside? – Outside

Website – https://www.hastings.gov.uk/arts_culture/stadesat/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Hastingsboroughcouncil/

Hastings Beer & Music Festival

Date(s) – first weekend in July

What to expect – like it says on the tin, lots of beer and loads of live music. Running from Wednesday to Sunday, expect a night at the proms, Ibiza Classic House DJs, family entertainment and a huge live finale in the big tent. The event has grown a reputation as the best beer and music festival in the South East

Venue(s)/Location – The Oval, Hastings

Inside or outside? Both

Websitehttps://www.hbmf.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hastingsbeer/

Pirate Day

Date(s) – Sunday, mid-July

What to expect – Pirates, lots and lots of pirates. The event holds the record for the most pirates in one place at the same time, and has become an institution. Not to be missed.

Venue(s)/Location – Throughout Hastings

Inside or outside? Both

Websitehttp://hastingspirateday.org.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hastingspirateday2018/

Hastings Fringe

Date(s) – Throughout July

What to expect – Hastings Fringe is an annual, independent, inclusive, and friendly festival dedicated to nurturing local, national and international performances by emerging and established artists from all arts disciplines. It celebrates a diverse range of performance including theatre, spoken word, cabaret, opera, music, film and visual arts.

Venue(s)/Location – venues throughout Hastings and St Leonards.

Websitehttp://www.hastingsfringe.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Hastingsfringe/

Beatwave

Date(s) – Third weekend in july

What to expect – A weekend of Surf, Beat and Garage Frenzy by the Sea.

Venue(s)/Location – The Palace

Inside or outside? – Inside

Website – N/A

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thefratcave/

Hastings Film Fringe

Date(s) – Last weekend in July

What to expect – Now in its fourth year of running, The Hastings Film Fringe has linked with The Hastings Fringe to create a platform for filmmakers and performers alike, to showcase their work; features and shorts respectively.

Venue(s)/Location – The Electric Palace

Inside or outside? – Inside

Websitehttps://filmfreeway.com/HastingsFilmFringe

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hastingsfilmfringe/

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

Date(s) – Last week in July/First week in August

What to expect – A week of open houses, walking tours, treasure trails, art shows and historical talks – plus pram racing, live music and street parties, culminating in a grand carnival procession. Old Town Carnival Week started in 1968, gradually increasing in popularity until the present day. Organised by volunteers and supporting numerous local charities, Hastings Old Town Carnival week has become a fun week for visitor and locals alike.

Venue(s)/Location – various locations and venues around the Old Town

Inside or Outside? Both

Websitehttps://www.oldtowncarnivalweek.co.uk

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Hastings-Old-Town-Carnival-2018-1246015742107042/

 

AUGUST

Stade Saturdays

Date(s) – Various Saturday’s during the summer

What to expect – A wide range of free live entertainment held on the Stade Open Space.

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade Open Space

Inside or outside? – Outside

Websitehttps://www.hastings.gov.uk/arts_culture/stadesat/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Hastingsboroughcouncil/

Hastings ‘Nearly on the Beach’ Concert

Date(s) – First Saturday in August

What to expect – One of the highlights of Carnival Week, a chance to see some of the best local bands playing on a big stage on The Stade (nearly on the beach…)

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade Open Space

Inside or outside? – Outside

Website – https://www.oldtowncarnivalweek.co.uk/events/

Facebook – n/a

Journeys Dance Festival

Date(s) – August bank holiday weekend

What to expect – Free, culturally diverse dance events for all, located in outdoor spaces across Hastings and Rother. Mainstreams high quality diverse professional dancers, including dancers with disabilities. Three dance events in three locations across three days.

Venue(s)/Location – Various locations

Inside or outside? – Outside

Website – http://18hours.org.uk/journeys-dance-festival/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/18HoursEvents/

Hastings Pride

Date(s) – August Bank Holiday Sunday

What to expect – A true celebration of all things LGBT+ with a parade and a huge party featuring live bands and DJs

Venue(s)/Location – The Oval, Bohemia Road, Hastings

Websitehttps://.HastingsPride.org.uk

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/hastingspride

Through the Lens Festival of Photography

Date(s) – Last weekend in August

What to expect – This is a must-see event for any photographer, photo-enthusiast, keen amateur or anyone who wants to see the world through a different lens. A mix of world-class guest speakers, with new emerging photographic talent exhibiting alongside well-established photographers where viewers can see contemporary photography and reportage all under one roof.

Venue(s)/Location – St Mary in the Castle

Inside or outside? – Inside

Websitehttp://ttlfest.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TTLFEST2018

 

SEPTEMBER

Coastal Currents

Date(s) – September

What to expect – A visual arts festival showcasing the creative hubs of Hastings and St Leonards, and featuring the talents of both the local arts community and profiled artists. Coastal Currents is organised by Sweet and Dandy Ltd. and funded by the Arts Council England and Hastings Borough Council.

Venue(s)/Location – Multiple venues around the area

Inside or outside? Both

Websitehttp://coastalcurrents.org.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CoastalCurrents/

Big Green Cardigan

Date(s) – First weekend in September

What to expect – No particular musical theme, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t heard of them, let’s discover someone new. Real Beer at sensible prices. Home cooked food at sensible prices. Plenty of clean toilets.

Venue(s)/Location – Seddlescombe

Inside or outside? – Outside

Websitehttp://www.biggreencardigan.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TBGCardigan/

Hastings LitFest

Date(s) – first weekend in September

What to expect – Writing for writers – Hastings Lit Fest is a festival like no other – a celebration of writing and writers across all the genres. Workshops, talks, interactive sessions, book sales, readings, masterclasses, and performances – held in the beautiful and vibrant town of Hastings, East Sussex.

Venue(s)/Location – Multiple venues around the area

Inside or outside? Inside

Website – http://hastingslitfest.org

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HastingsLitFest/

Hastings Steampunk Day Festival

Date(s) – Second Saturday in September

What to expect – A riotous celebration of all things steampunk. A fantastic affair for all the family. Live music, dancing and loads of delightful whimsy.

Venue(s)/Location – Horntyne Sports Centre, Hastings

Inside or outside? Both

Websitehttp://www.steampunkdayhastings.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/eventsinsussex/

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival

Date(s) – Friday to Sunday, mid-September

What to expect – The Seafood & Wine Festival has grown into one of Hastings’ biggest and most popular events in an already packed calendar. This much-loved foodie festival showcases all that Hastings and surrounding areas have to offer, with over 50 food and drink traders, non-stop live music in the music marquee, cooking demonstrations from Billingsgate Seafood Training School and top local chefs, and plenty of entertainment for children.

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade Open Space

Inside or outside? – Both

Websitehttps://www.visit1066country.com/whats-on/fish-festivals

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hastingsboroughcouncil/

Hastings International Composers Festival

Date(s) – Third weekend in September

What to expect – The first and only festival of its kind in the world with the mission to promote and showcase high quality classical music that is tuneful, full of passion, accessible, universally appealing, and created by living composers – all of whom attend the events. It is held over three days, with four major concerts in Hastings and Bexhill offering an ideal opportunity to enjoy wonderful music, exchange ideas, make new friends and meet world-famous and up-and-coming composers.

Venue(s)/Location – Opus Theatre (Hastings) / De La Warr Pavillion (Bexhill)

Indoors or outside? Indoors

Website https://www.composersfestival.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/ComposersFestival

Oktoberfest (The Oval)

Date(s) – Last weekend in September

What to expect – A great selection of beers and all the fun of the German celebration of brewing.

Venue(s)/Location – The Oval, Hastings

Inside or outside? inside

Website – TBC

Facebook – TBC

PhotoHastings

Date(s) – September through to November

What to expect – PhotoHastings (PH), was formed as a collective of photographers in the South East of England in 2009 by Grace Lau and Andrew Moran. It aims to inspire an appreciation of contemporary photographic art through a festival programme, regular talks, exhibitions, workshops and mentoring.

Venue(s)/Location – Various venues

Inside or outside? Inside

Websitehttp://photohastings.org

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photohastings/

 

OCTOBER

Battle Festival

Date(s) – Throughout October

What to expect – World-class events, with performances by internationally renowned musicians, visual arts, & fringe events.

Venue(s)/Location – Various venues around Battle

Inside or outside? – Inside

Websitehttps://www.battlefestival.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BattleFestival/

Afrikaba

Date(s) – Various dats in October

What to expect – AfriKàBa is an annual festival that showcases high quality work from artists with African and Caribbean heritage. AfriKàBa delivers the official Black History Month celebrations in Hastings.

Venue(s)/Location – Various venues around Hastings

Inside or outside? – Inside

Websitehttp://www.afrikaba.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AfrikabaFestival/

Hastings & 1066 Country Cartoon Festival

Date(s) – October

What to expect – A one-day Cartoon Festival on The Stade, plus a series of workshops held in community spaces across 1066 Country leading up to the day

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade open space plus other venues around town

Indside or outside? Both

Website http://1066cartoonfestival.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/1066CartoonFestival

Oktoberfest (St Mary in the Castle)

Date(s) – First Saturday in October

What to expect – Plenty of Beer. Bratwurst & Bands all flowing with the promise of all the fun of Munich right in the heart of Hastings.

Venue(s)/Location – St Mary in the Castle

Inside or outside? Inside

Websitehttps://www.hastingsoktoberfest.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hastingsoktoberfest/

Hastings Week

Date(s) – second week in October

What to expect – A festival remembering the famous date of 1066 and demonstrating the interest, skill and activity in Hastings TODAY.

Venue(s)/Location – various locations around Hastings

Inside or outside – both

Website https://www.1066.net/hastings-week/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hastwk1066/

Hastings Bonfire

Date(s) – Second Saturday in October

What to expect – a huge parade or fire and music culminating in a huge bonfire and firework display on the beach

Venue(s)/Location – Hastings Old Town and beach

Websitehttp://www.hbbs.info/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/hastingsbonfire

Indie Rock-a-Nore

Date(s) – Saturday, late October

What to expect – If it returns for a second year in 2018 this is a one-day music festival featuring the best of local indie talent.

Venue(s)/Location – Hastings and St Leonards Sea Angling Association

Inside or outside? inside

Website – TBC

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/724590231046031

Black Huts Poetry Festival

Date(s) – Last weekend in October

What to expect – A festival of writing, music & film, presented by Etruscan Books

Venue(s)/Location – Electric Palace Cinema

Inside or outside? Inside

Website http://llpp.ms11.net/etruscan/index2.html

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BlackHuts/

Voodoo Fest

Date(s) – 31 October

What to expect – Celebrate the end of the Hastings festival season, with a dark night of music and masquerade.

Venue(s)/Location – Parade and The Printworks

Inside or outside? – Both

Websitehttps://hastingsflyer.com/?s=voodoo+fest

Facebook – n/a

 

NOVEMBER

Hastings Storytelling Festival

Date(s) – second week in November

What to expect – Spoken word, dance, puppetry, parades, theatre, talks and digital media

Venue(s)/Location – various

Inside or outside? Inside

Website https://hastingsstoryfest.org.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hastingsstoryfest

Hastings Herring Fair

Date(s) – Saturday and Sunday, mid-November

What to expect – celebrate the ‘silver darlings of the sea’ at this FREE, fishy, foodie, folky festival. Meet the fishermen, learn traditional skills, and witness the blessing of the nets. With around 20 food and drink traders, non-stop live music, a ceilidh, cooking demonstrations from Billingsgate Seafood Training School and top local chefs, and plenty of entertainment for children, there’s lots to do.

Venue(s)/Location – The Stade Open Space

Inside or outside? – Both

Website https://www.visit1066country.com/whats-on/fish-festivals

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Hastingsboroughcouncil/

Hastings Fleadh

Date(s) – Friday to Sunday, mid-November

What to expect – The Hastings Fleadh is an annual festival of traditional Irish music and song. There will be sessions, workshops and concerts. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate

Venue(s)/Location – Various venues around Hastings

Inside or outside? – Inside

Website www.comhaltas.ie

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HastingsFleadh/

Hastings Early Music Festival

Date(s) – Last weekend in Novemeber

What to expect – The Festival’s aim is to venture beyond traditional classical music boundaries, bridging the gap between audiences and performers. One of the ways it does this is by simply talking more and inviting audiences into the players’ creative world. Open rehearsals and pre-concert events ‘artists in conversation’ will create the space to explore the composers’ fascinating lives and give insights as to why some of the best loved classical music today has stood the test of time.

Venue(s)/Location – Opus Theatre

Inside or outside? – Inside

Website http://www.hemf.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hastingsemf

Frost Fair

Date(s) – Last Saturday in November

What to expect – St Leonards annual Frost Fair features the Kings Road Christmas lights switch on, entertainment and a street procession.

Venue(s)/Location – Kings Road

Inside or outside? – Outside

Websitehttp://www.sussexconcepts.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stleonardsmarket/