What to Do in Hastings, East Sussex

A dynamic contemporary art gallery and wildly beautiful walks are what we’re bookmarking in this creative pocket of East Sussex.

The joy of choosing to spend a weekend (or a week) in a small, creatively minded coastal town lies in its digestibility. Rather than steeping in millennial guilt about galleries not visited, walks not taken, ice cream cones uneaten, and exhibitions left unseen, in Hastings, you can do it all-and do it well. On our schedule of must-sees in this artsy pocket of East Sussex? The latest exhibit at Hasting's Contemporary, a cutting-edge gallery directed with panache by Liz Gilmore, followed by a long walk down the recently restored pier. And maybe an ice cream.

outside hastings contemporary black building


Hastings Contemporary

Formerly known as the Jerwood, this world-class art gallery next to the Rock-a-Nore fisheries celebrates modern art. Alongside seasonally changing exhibitions of local and international artists you’ll often find work by patron and local Quentin Blake, as well as Boatyard, the sister restaurant to Farmyard in St Leonards.


Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW