From coast to countryside, seaside to historic towns and villages, there are many things to do in Hastings and Tonbridge area, including excellent days out and places to see.
On the coast visit the unspoilt sand dunes of Camber or visit the quirky lively resort of Hastings.
For free things to do in Hastings, why not experience the beauty of the countryside by taking a walk through Combe Valley or Hastings Country Park via woods and ancient forests; be inspired by exotic planting and old-fashioned roses in the glorious gardens of Great Dixter and Pashley Manor.
For the more active there are adrenaline sports, cycling and boat trips. Go for a bike ride along coastal cycle path which starts in Hastings Old Town behind the net shops right the way along the beach to Bexhill providing a safe alternative to the road.
Go on a Kayaking tour with friends and family. Hastings & Tonbridge is the home of a number of excellent canoe & kayaks clubs. Canoe clubs are a great place to learn kayaking and canoeing skills as well as being a great place to meet fellow paddlers. The majority of local canoe clubs run the BCU Star Award Schemes and various other training courses throughout the year. In addition to paddling in home waters many of the local canoe clubs organise trips to locations throughout the UK and some even abroad.
Ride the West Hill Cliff Railway up to the Smugglers Adventure in St Clements Caves and afterwards have a game of crazy golf on the UK's biggest adventure golf complex, home to the annual World Crazy Golf Championships!
Or take the steepest cliff railway in the UK up to the East Hill or the 197 steps for views over the Old Town and Channel.
Hastings-Tonbridge region offer a range of attractions for the short break visitor and families looking for what to do in Hastings. From Britain's steepest funicular, to the meandering alleyways of the Old Town, it's a great place to explore for a few days.
Events in Hastings. 2016 marks 950 years since the Battle of Hastings and there are plenty of special events taking place throughout the year to mark the milestone.
When it comes to amazing theme parks in England you will be spoilt for choice in the Hastings & Tonbridge region, with some of the best theme parks in the UK found right throughout the region, ideal for your summer holiday. Flamingo Park is an amusement park and entertainment centre offering a range of rides for all the family including a rollercoaster, dodgems and boating lake. There is also a range of rides for smaller children. There is an amusement arcade adjacent to the park with over 300 modern machines.
A perfect day out for families with children, whether you are on holiday, enjoying a weekend break or simply having a day out with the kids is Drusillas Park in East Sussex. One of the most renowned zoos in England, award winning Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic family day out that includes the best small zoo in Europe where you’ll come face to face with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas. But animals are just part of the Drusillas experience – kids will love riding on Thomas the Tank Engine, playing in Go Bananas and Go Wild, exploring in Eden’s Eye maze and experiencing our three new theme park rides in Hello Kitty Secret Garden.
Hastings also boasts a lively (and growing) arts scene. Every year the coastal Current Arts Festival brings a stunning variety of works and performances to Hastings. This innovative, creative side to Hastings comes out in unexpected places. The seafront is now decorated with several impressive light displays – including the wonderful Sticks of Rock!