On our way to Camber Sands we stopped off at the seaside town of Hastings. Awesome history, a quaint old town, the beach and a funicular <3 it sounds like Dandy Does perfection to us!
Hasting is most famously known for the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Having grown up in Kent a lot of my school trips were dominated by this local(ish) history but for Dan this was fresh territory.
We aimed to arrive at lunchtime and it couldn’t have been a more glorious day. Clear blue skies and a warm sun. Our first stop was Hastings Pier, this years “Pier of the Year”. Sadly, storm damage and a fire had left the pier closed and redundant for a many years. But in 2012, Lottery funding allowed a full restoration to the pier and it reopened last year. The considerate restoration has now won probably, the best accolade a pier can receive!
We stopped for cake and refreshment at The Pavillion cafe before exploring the rest of the pier’s offerings. Brightly coloured beach huts, beautifully clad decking and a little museum, the pier has been very tastefully restored.
Next we wandered down the beach! It’s a shingle beach, like many of the beaches on the south coast. But we always do enjoy the soothing sound of waves pulling back over the shingle.
Funicular = Fun
We headed in the general direction of the Old Town, as we’d seen a funicular in the distance from the pier. You should know by now we love a funicular so we couldn’t resist a ride to the top. Hastings Castle sits on the top of the cliff overlooking the town below and was once home to William the Conqueror. At the top is also a spectacular green and a perfect place to stop and watch the world go by.
We headed back into the town and fell in love with the charming shopfronts and buildings, perfectly preserved in time.
Finally we couldn’t resist some old school fun – because what would a trip to the seaside be without pinning all your hopes on winning the loot of a 2p machine in the arcade, and wasting £££’s?
We loved our time in Hasting and would absolutely recommend it for a day trip to the coast, there was an absolute tonne of beachside activities, lots of interesting history and have we mentioned, Pier of the Year 2017!