Thinking of moving? Have you considered Hastings, one of the sunniest and friendliest towns in England?
Located between the sea and open countryside and within easy reach of Brighton and London, Hastings is ideally situated. It has become a popular choice for those looking for a brighter, fresher and more realistic pace of life. It’s an ideal place from which to telecommute, work for yourself or even to relocate your business to.
Hastings and St Leonards are brimming with cool, interesting and creative people. The area has become a choice destination for those that have tired of the city grind and its stresses, yet still desire good fun and positive stimuli. This lively coastal town offers three theatres, two cinemas and numerous music venues, as well as great shopping and dining.
The award-winning beach stretches for miles, drawing visitors and locals all year round while providing a wide range of exciting rural and water leisure opportunities for all the family. Alongside the famous battle site, Hastings retains an historic ambience with its 1000 year old Castle – its old-town’s charming narrow streets delicately contrasting the regal seaside promenade of St Leonards.
The Eastern seafront of Stade hosts the largest and longest running beach-launched fishing fleet in the county, landing fresh fish for consumption in local restaurants and cafes and across the country. There are also extensive public parks and gardens, including the recently revitalized Alexandra Park. The De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill are nearby cultural destinations well worth visiting.
Though its heritage is important, Hastings is not stuck in the past. A wave of regeneration is now underway, with significant investment in local projects and culture, including the forthcoming Jerwood Gallery space.
The Central St Leonard’s district has its own regeneration strategy based around cultural activities and improvements to the local environment and services.
Part of this process involves increased pedestrian and cycling ways across the town, and other green initiatives. With the engagement of Friends of the Earth and local groups, Hastings is also poised to become a flagship green town.
With these considerations in mind we chose St Leonards-on-Sea, as the site for our first eco-development, and Hastings as the pilot for our Green Town Revolution project.