Dolphin Cottage- By Amber Mutter
The seaside town of Hastings is most well-known for the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and for its unique fishing business but more recently it has been the vessel for many festivals and performances over the last couple of years. Whilst there are many to be announced yet, here are a few that you may want to visit, especially if you love food and drink!
Midsummer fish festival is the perfect opportunity for the family to go out and enjoy fishy treats which have been sourced locally and cooked by some of the best local chefs! The majority of us get stuck in the same routine and never come out of our comfort zone when it comes to trying new fish, and this festival provides the chance to take risks and find something new. As well as food tasting stalls there will be demonstrations by chefs and fisherman whilst you are sweetly serenaded by local musical talent.
Hastings seafood and wine festival is held a little later on in the year in September and is an ideal way to get rid of post summer holiday blues. All of the seafood will be sourced off of the shores of Hastings which will be accompanied by wine from local vineyards such as Biddenden Vineyards. On top of that there will be a range of musicians playing a variety of genres anywhere between Rock ‘n Roll and jazz.
Hastings herring fair is one of the best ways to try one of the most underrated fish in the UK, herring. At this fair you will be able to discover a variety of different ways that you can cook and eat herring through cooking demos by local chefs. The fair also includes a beer festival, live music and activities for small children.
If none of these festivals take your fancy there are plenty of other areas you can visit in Hastings that you may find more fascinating. If you enjoy history Hastings is home to three different museums prominently about local history which are the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings Fisherman Museum and finally the Shipwreck Museum. Hastings is also home to many art galleries including the Jerwood Gallery which was recently built in 2012; it holds both temporary and permanent exhibitions from artists ranging from L.S. Lowry to Prunella Clough. For those with younger children Hastings also has its own aquarium which is a fantastic way for youngsters to see and experience wildlife locally. There are also many arcades spread across the new town and the old town as well as Flamingo Park which has small rides ranging between the Ghost train and bumper cars!
If Hastings sounds like the perfect holiday location for you why don’t you check out one of our cottages? Dolphin cottage is only 300 yards away from the beach and is on the door step to many of the activities previously mentioned. The cottage was originally built in 1850 and has been rustically furnished with a seaside theme including two fishing net installations as well as local Sussex paintings. The cottage accommodates up to 4 people and is spaciously spread out over 3 floors and includes a stylishly furnished courtyard.