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/