Hastings is a town on the coast of East Sussex and is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe. Renowned for its daily fresh catches sold mainly through Hastings Fish Market, the average catch ranges from snapper to perch, mackerel to tuna and much more. As you would expect, the town boasts an impressive selection of seafood restaurants and cafes – fish doesn't get any fresher than this.
Sticking firmly with the maritime theme, the Fishermen's Museum and the Shipwreck Museum, with their tales of seafaring days gone by and local sunken ships, are very popular with the tourists. Away from the seafront, there is a wealth of other attractions including the remains of Hastings Castle. It was the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror in 1070. There is also Alexandra Park, opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1882, as well as a strong local arts community.
Throughout the year many annual events take place in Hastings including the Seafood and Wine Festival and Hastings Beer and Music Festival. During Hastings Week there is a torchlight procession through the streets, with a beach bonfire and firework display.
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