Hastings, East Sussex

It’s been a couple of weeks since I updated our Friday challenge with the latest day out Emma and I have gone on. It’s not because we have nothing to report, but that life has been pretty crazy. Full on schedules, chaos and I’m just so pleased to be on the other side. So without further ado, here’s one of my favourite places we have visited so far.

As Brighton girls, we love being by the beach whatever the weather. So many weekends, we’ve sat on the stones in our warm coats, determined to soak up that little bit of sunshine peering through. To me, Brighton has it all but it wasn’t until we made a chance visit to Rye (another gorgeous place) that we discovered Hastings and in one afternoon fell in love with it. Hastings is like an old-fashioned Brighton – you can squint and imagine the who town just as it is in the 1950’s. I thought that was something quite rare, and I loved it.

On the afternoon we drove over to Hastings, I was probably being a bit ambitious as we’d already had one trip out that day and it was past 2pm. The journey takes just over an hour via the A27 towards Lewes – but it’s an easy drive and the sun was belting down when we left. As we arrived, it was pretty busy and I didn’t realise but parking was a little bit of an issue. I had in my mind it would be like Eastbourne and we’d glide into a parking space in an instant, but it was a real struggle. There is a lot of street parking but in the end, we decided to park at the St Leonard’s open car park (just off the seafront) – it’s a 10 minute walk to the pier but Emma loves a little ramble.

We walked all the way up to the pier and sat on the beach, inspecting all the stones. The beach is truly beautiful and even though it was an extremely windy day, it was lovely to visit somewhere new for a change. Emma is always so calm on the beach for some reason and for us it is the perfect thing to do together, where we can both just chill out and watch the waves go by.

The pier was a lot bigger than the Brighton Pier but perhaps it was because the layout is so wide and open. I loved it and thought it was much more modern than Brighton’s. They had a little cafe there to grab a cheeky coffee and Emma loved running around from one end to the other! I could see that the windy weather was turning stormy so we decided to have a little look around the town before heading home. There were lots of shops and it reminded me of Eastbourne in its own way – what a perfect little town for us to visit.

As it approached 5pm, I suddenly realised that I had mistimed it all and wouldn’t arrive home until past 6pm. Ah another classic from me, and sure enough the little lady fell asleep in the back before we even got off the motorway. But it was worth it – a huge thumbs up from us to find another seaside town we love and hope to return back some day with the boys in tow!

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  1. May 9, 2017 / 7:46 am

    I love discovering new places and these photos are just beautiful. I am so glad you had a lovely time xx

  2. May 9, 2017 / 8:37 am

    We love Hastings! We took Baby Lighty there last year when we stayed in a cottage near Rye. My late Nan and Grandad used to live in a little village between Hastings and Battle, so I have lots of fond memories. Thanks for sharing this with #DreamTeam xxx

  3. May 9, 2017 / 8:41 am

    This looks lovely! We’re taking ours girl’s to the beach for the first time in a couple of weeks, I’m so excited! #dreamteam

  4. May 9, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Oh I’ve never been but it looks beautiful. May plan a trip there shortly with my gang. I love old quaint seaside towns and your photos are, as always, lovely. #DreamTeam

  5. May 9, 2017 / 9:11 am

    I’ve heard Hastings is good. Lovely pictures. I know the cafe is good for a coffee but is there anywhere good to eat? Or would you take a picnic? #DreamTeam

  6. May 9, 2017 / 9:42 am

    This looks so lovely! It’s really not that far from us, so I think I will plan a visit soon to try somewhere a bit different #DreamTeam

  7. May 9, 2017 / 10:57 am

    What a gem of a place! We have friends in Hastings and have been meaning to go for ages but I never realised it was this magical. We may give it a go soon! Our son loves the beach as well, I think it’s in his DNA with a Portuguese mum and a British/Ghanaian dad šŸ˜‰ #dreamteam

  8. May 9, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Lovely pictures. A child who sleeps in the car is a blessed treat to parents!
    #dreamteam

  9. May 9, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Hastings looks lovely! I adore Brighton though, I’m so envious of you living in such a great spot. I’m taking the kids there over the next half term and visiting friends in Worthing too – very excited for our little trip to the seaside šŸ™‚ #Dreamteam

  10. May 9, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    I love the photos of her exploring the rocks! I wish my daughter liked the beach – she hates sand and thinks waves are ‘too noisy’ – but we’re working on it. #DreamTeam

    • May 9, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      Haha aww bless her. Emma basically wants to be in the sea at all times…tricky to say the least!

  11. May 9, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    It looks lovely, yet another place I haven’t been! I know what you mean about going out late and coming home late though, it’s getting them back in bed once home x
    #DreamTeam

  12. May 9, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    I love these posts as I am across the pond so all of these places are foreign and magical to me,
    #dreamteam

  13. May 9, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    We love a good stoney beach. Great for an adventure and a bit of stone throwing… Into the sea! #dreamteam

  14. May 9, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Your photos are breathtaking! Just a lovely outing! Wish I could visit! #dreamteam

  15. May 9, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Hi, I need to pop down to Hastings soon, we seem to visit Worthing instead #dreamteam

  16. May 9, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Stunning photos! On my ‘to go’ list for definite #DreamTeam

  17. May 9, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    My father-in-law ahs recently retired to a static caravan in Hastings and we absolutely love visiting him! The last time we stayed with him, we also visited Rye which is truly beautiful, and Camber Sands which was also brilliant, and far quieter than anywhere else we’ve been! Sounds like you had a wonderful day #DreamTeam

  18. May 9, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    I love beach towns! Last time we were in the UK, we took a weekend trip to coastal towns in Wales (Tenby and the surroundings). This just makes me want to go back and explore more. #dreamteam

  19. May 10, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Another fab day out. My nan lives in Bexhill so when I next pop down I must remember to venture into Hastings again. Last time I was there I was looking at apartments on the seafront. Haha. Never did make the move. šŸ™‚ x

    #dreamteam

  20. May 10, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Sounds a great beach. Must visit one day
    #DreamTeam

  21. May 10, 2017 / 10:39 am

    A lovely adventure. I love all of these seaside towns you mentioned. The nostalgia is palpable.
    Brilliant photos too #dreamteam

  22. May 10, 2017 / 11:01 am

    I spent many a happy day in Hastings, from being a tiny tot into my twenties, it is a fabulous place. So pleased you enjoyed it too #DreamTeam x

  23. May 10, 2017 / 11:29 am

    Looks lovely! We go down to Brighton alot, but have never been to Hasting. Might suggest it next time we’re down at the in-laws. You’ve made sound wonderful šŸ™‚

  24. May 10, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    I’m totally swooning over this post Bridget! We LOVE the beach, and this looks picture perfect. I think we need to make a trip down your way soon. The beach is calling me LOL. Thanks for being a brilliant co-host with me on the #DreamTeam xx

  25. May 10, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    What a beautiful place. My trio are calmer on the beach too and I get some down time too then! Love the huge rocks perfect for investigating for mini beast #dreamteam

  26. May 10, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    Ah I never went to Hastings when I lived down there as everyone said it was too far! I’m regretting it now! #dreamteam

  27. May 10, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Sounds like a great place for a visit! The pictures are fab!
    #dreamteam

  28. May 11, 2017 / 6:48 am

    Sounds beautiful, we’ve never been before either, will add it to our list of places to go as planning a couple of seaside & south coast trips this summer! Thank you x #DreamTeam

  29. Looks like a lovely place and sounds like a great outing! You may think you have timed it badly but you are much more adventurous than me going out for an afternoon trip – I’m quite envious. Little H sleeps until about 3:45pm so after that we don’t do anything other than go for a walk or drive over to town! Hope you have a fun outing tomorrow to report back on next week x #DreamTeam

  30. May 12, 2017 / 8:38 am

    It’s been many years since I’ve been to Hastings so it’s good to get a flavour of it again. Great pics too.
    Mainy
    #dreamteam

  31. May 12, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Wow this looks BEAUTIFUL!! I’ve never been, it’s a long way from us, but your photos are gorgeous and I will definitely be putting it on my list of places to visit! #dreamteam

  32. May 12, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    OMG I wrote a LONG comment and it never went through sob. In a nutshell the more I read posts like this from fab lifestyle bloggers like you, the more I’m wistful for/have a new respect (which I really didn’t feel before due to negative memories of hectic big Indian family day trips to the ‘seaside’ as a kid) for the British coastline and its towns. I wish we didn’t have hectic trips to the UK each time or I really would try to explore this side of the UK more. Next time I’m down in Brighton visiting my sis I’ll look you up xx #dreamteam

  33. May 12, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I’ve never been to Hastings but it looks so lovely! Thanks for the English holiday inspiration! #DreamTeam

  34. May 12, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I love Hastings, we’ve been there a few times and I also loved the views, so picturesque as confirmed by your stunning photos! #dreamteam

  35. May 12, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    Ah it’s lovely to explore new parts of the world. #DreamTeam

  36. May 12, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Love this post! I really want to visit more seaside towns (I’m new to the country and have only visited Hunstanton and Ulverston so far)! šŸ™‚

  37. May 13, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    I just love your photos of Emma – she is so adorable! That blue sky too. Just amazing. #DreamTeam

  38. May 14, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Looks like a really lovely day out. The rock pools look especially fun, growing up my brother would have spent hours exploring those! #dreamteam

  39. May 14, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    We haven’t been able to explore much of the south coast at all but this place sounds lovely. I find seaside resorts so whimsical when they still have that historic character and charm to them. Thanks for co-hosting #DreamTeam with me lovely xx

  40. May 18, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    I’ve never been to Hastings but I think I want to go now! Looks beautiful #dreamteam

  41. May 21, 2017 / 11:10 am

    What a brilliant find and your shots are beautiful I really love the one along the pier the perspective is fab! Thank you for joining us on #PointShoot

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