HASTINGS OLD TOWN CARNIVAL WEEK 2011

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Hastings Old Town carnival Events 2011

Exhibitions and Events at Hastings History House 21 Courthouse Street
Open every day from 10am to 5pm. Wheelchair access.

Every Day:
Exhibition ‘Broderick and Blomfield, Hastings Photographers’
Exhibition ‘Roman Excavation 2011’ A new display by Hastings Area Archaeological Group

Saturday 30th July at 10.15am
Official opening of the OHPS exhibition ‘Broderick and Blomfield. Hastings Photographers’ by the Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Kim Forward.

Sunday 31st July.
Exhibitions open 11am to 4pm

4.30pm:
Illustrated talk by Dennis Collins ‘Smuggling in Hastings’. Tickets £2

Monday 1st August at 4.30pm
Illustrated talk by Brian Lawes ‘The Development of Ore’. Tickets £2

Tuesday 2nd August 11am:
Walk starting at the History House ‘Features, Fanlights and Fenestrations’ – an architectural exploration around Hastings Old Town with John Shirlaw. Tickets £2

2.30pm:
Old Town Walk from the top of the West Hill Lift. See ‘Walks’ section

Wednesday 3rd August 11am to 1pm:
Coffee Morning and informal opportunity to share attitudes and perceptions of the relationship between Hastings and St Leonards, in preparation for the forthcoming OHPS exhibition

2.30pm:
Old Town Walk from the top of the West Hill Lift. See ‘Walks’ section

4.30pm:
Illustrated talk by Christine Hayward ‘The Great Pelham Family’. Tickets £2

Thursday 4th August2.30pm:
Old Town Walk from the top of the West Hill Lift. See ‘Walks’ section
4.30pm:
Illustrated talk by Marilyn Sakvatlava ‘Hidden Connections and Strange Coincidences’. Tickets £2

Friday 5th August from 12noon:
Cheese & Wine.

Saturday 6th August
Family History Day at the History House. Come along with your genealogical enquiries.

Sunday 7th August at 2pm:
Walk starting at the History House ‘A Regency Walk’ including a chance to visit a flat in Pelham Crescent. Refreshments will be available. Tickets £3.

Fundraising raffle tickets are on sale at the History House to raise money towards the installation of a lift. Tickets £1 each, with a cash prize of £50.
Tickets where indicated can be booked in advance by phoning the History House on 01424 424744. 

Hastings Old Town Week Walks Planner Twittens OHPS walks Stade Walk Original Ghost Walk Hastings Horror walk Twilight Smugglers Walk Regency Walk Fanlights & Fenestrations Foyles Walk Churchyard walk Supernatural Stroll After dark Ghost Walk Health Walk Hidden Old Town Walk Original Ghost Walk

Old Hastings Preservation Society Old Town Walk
Tuesday 2nd August 2.30pm;
Wednesday 3rd August 2.30pm;
Thursday 4th August 2.30pm
Meet at top station of West Hill Lift (at west end of George Street  - Take a trip up in the lift or walk up via Cobourg Place and over the west hill).
The official Old Hastings Preservation Society walk, with experienced guides, proceeds gently downhill into Hastings’ historic Old Town, with its wealth of historic and picturesque buildings, hidden byways and literary associations and takes approx 90 minutes. There is no charge but donations to the Old Hastings Preservation Society are welcome.
Old Town Walks were started many years ago by founding members of OHPS who wished to share the atmosphere and history of the unique Old Town with visitors and residents alike. Over the years, research has uncovered more fascinating facts and our guides are well versed in the history of the area, having personal interests in the subject and most of them living in the Old Town. Our guides are happy to arrange walks at any other time of the year. Please phone 01424 420555 for more information. Groups of 10 or more - please book in advance. Student groups welcome but must be booked in advance.  The Old Town Walk booklet, price £2,  is available from the History House, 21 Courthouse Street, and the Fishermens Museum, Rock a Nore.

Twittens and Cat Creeps Walk
Saturday 30th July 3pm;
Sunday 31st July 4pm;
Tuesday 2nd August 2.30pm;
Wednesday 3rd August 2pm;
Friday 5th August 3.30pm;
Saturday 6th August 1.45pm;
Sunday 7th August 3.30pm
Meet at Shipwreck Museum, Rock a Nore
An interesting and unusual guided walking tour of hidden narrow footpaths, flights of steps and nooks & crannies, many with a tale to tell. The tour, lasting approx 1hr 20mins, involves some steps and steep inclines and will include amusing factual and historical anecdotes. Conducted by Clive Richardson, British Tourist Authority Blue Badge Guide. Tickets in advance £4 adults, children £3  under 14, from Shipwreck Museum, Rock a Nore or from guide on the walk at £4.50 adults, £3.50 children under 14. Donation to Shipwreck Museum and OHPS.

 

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Stade Guided Walk
Saturday 30th July 3pm;
Sunday 31st July 2pm;
Monday 1st August  2pm;
Tuesday 2nd  August 2pm;
Wednesday 3rd August 5.30pm;
Thursday 4th August 5.30pm;
Friday 5th August 5.30pm;
Saturday 6th August 11am;
Sunday 7th August 2pm;
Meet at the Lifeboat Station
An opportunity to learn about the Hastings fishing fleet and to enjoy finding out about the cultural and environmental heritage of the Stade. Walks last approx one and a half hours and are led by Stade Education Project Volunteers. Walks are free but donations are appreciated and are given to the Fishermens Museum, Shipwreck Museum, Fishermens Protection Society and the Stade Lifeboat Station. The ground can be uneven so the walks are not suitable for people with mobility difficulties. See www.hastings.gov.uk/stade_education for more details or phone the Stade Education Officer on 01424 451167.Top of page

Behind the Scenes of the Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk – Tour
Sunday 31st July 7pm;
Friday 5th August 6pm
Meet at the Chessboard, George Street

Join local author and tour guide, Tina Brown, on the Ghost Walk’s 18th birthday as she takes you on a unique and rare behind the scenes tour of the Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk. Hear about how it all began, visit the places, learn about the people and not forgetting the ghosts, who have made this magical experience one to remember. There is so much more to the ghost walks than things which go bump in the night and this tour proves that. Share with Tina the happy, sad and sometimes hilarious moments. Tickets £6 or as a joint ticket for the Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk £10 Limited number of places so book early. Signed copies of Tina’s book to accompany this walk also available. Tour lasts approx 75 mins. Suitable for all. Some steps involved but anyone not able to manage steps will be taken on an alternative route. Any enquiries please call Tina on 07817 686781 or see www.hauntedexperiences.eu for more details

The Hastings Horror Walk
Saturday 30th July 8pm;
Tuesday 2nd August 8pm
Meet at Swan Gardens, High Street
Macabre meander visiting sites associated with grim and gruesome aspects of Old Hastings less illustrious past. Definitely  not for the squeamish! May not be suitable for some children. Walk lasts approx 1hr 20mins. Tickets £6 adults, £4 accompanied young person under 16. Dogs on short leads permitted. Suitable for wheelchair users. Donation to OHPS.
Behind the Scenes of the Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk – Tour

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Twilight Smugglers Walk
Saturday 30th July 7.30pm;
Tuesday 2nd August 7.30pm;
Friday 5th August 7.30pm;
Sunday 7th August 7.30pm
Meet at Shipwreck Museum, Rock a Nore
An atmospheric and entertaining guided walk of approx 1hr  20mins around the Old Town and fishing quarter, recounting true stories of smuggling  in Hastings in the 18th and early 19th centuries and the involvement of local people. Conducted by Clive Richardson, British Tourist Authority Blue Badge Guide. Tickets in advance £4 adults, children £3 under 14, from Shipwreck Museum, Rock a Nore or from guide on the walk at £4.50 adults, £3.50 children under 14. Donation to Shipwreck Museum and OHPS

Foyle’s Walk
Sunday 31st July 2pm;
Wednesday 3rd August 6.15pm;
Saturday 6th August 3.30pm;
Sunday 7th August 1.45pm
Meet at Shipwreck Museum, Rock a Nore
A fascinating ‘war time’ guided walk of approx 1 hour, taking in most of the Hastings TV film locations used for this popular TV series. Conducted by Clive Richardson, British Tourist Authority Blue Badge Guide. Tickets in advance £4 adults, children £3 under 14, from Shipwreck Museum, Rock a Nore or from guide on the walk at £4.50 adults, £3.50 children under 14. Donation to Shipwreck Museum and OHPS

Historic Old Town Churchyards Walk
Sunday 31st July 3pm;
Saturday 6th August 3pm;
Sunday 7th August 3pm
Meet at Stables Theatre Car Park entrance, The Bourne
Exploring atmospheric local burial grounds with evidence of three centuries of funerary art and vivid descriptions of bygone, sometimes bizarre and gruesome, burial customs and practices. Walk lasts approx 1hr 30mins. Uneven surfaces, suitable footwear recommended. Tickets £6 adults, £4 accompanied young person under 16. No dogs please. Not suitable for wheelchairs.  Donation to OHPS.

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Sunday Supernatural Stroll
Sunday 31st July 6pm;
Sunday 7th August 6pm
Meet at Fishermens Museum, Rock a Nore
Dare you join us to learn of strange local close encounters of the supernatural kind with thought—provoking insights of the elusive spirit world? Walk lasts approx 1hr 30mins. Tickets £6 adult, £4 accompanied young person under 16. Dogs on short leads permitted. Suitable for wheelchairs. Donation to OHPS. 

Old Town Health Walk
Monday 1st August 2pm
Meet opposite The Jenny Lind, High Street

Enjoy a short walk through the twittens of the Old Town, along interesting architecture and with occasional sea views. Please wear sensible shoes. The walk lasts an hour. Free event but donations to OHPS are welcome

The Original Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk
Monday 1st August 7pm;
Friday 5th August 8pm
Meet at the Chessboard, George Street
Join local author and tour guide, Tina Brown, to celebrate 18 years of the Original Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk. Step back in time and see history brought to life with Tina’s unique and fascinating research. Bring a pen along as there is a quiz to take part in to win one of Tina’s books (a signed copy). Tour last 75 mins and is suitable for all ages. Tickets £5 or buy a joint ticket for the BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE HASTINGS OLD TOWN GHOST WALK for £10. Limited numbers so book early. Any enquiries please call Tina on 07817 686781 or see www.hauntedexperiences.eu for further information.

After Dark Ghost Walk
Wednesday 3rd August 8.30pm;
Thursday 4th August 8.30pm
Meet at Swan Gardens, High Street
Surely there is nothing to fear here by the seaside at Carnival time? But as the shadows lengthen and night approaches, old buildings and more contemporary locations conceal disturbing and sometimes frightening secrets. All will be revealed to the intrepid! Walk lasts approx 1hr 20mins. Tickets £6 adult, £4 accompanied young person under 16. Dogs on short leads permitted. Wheelchair friendly. Donation to OHPS

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Hidden Old Town Revealed: walk
Friday 5th August 3pm;
Saturday 6th August 11am
Meet at the Chessboard, George Street
A trail of discovery through concealed byways, some little known and rarely explored. Featuring obscured and obscure evidence of bygone Old Town life. Walk lasts approx 1hr 40mins. The route includes some inclines and steps. Tickets £6 adult, £4 accompanied young person under 16. Dogs on short leads permitted. Donation to OHPS

The First Hastings: Walk
Meet at the east end of Pelham Place Car Park, near Pirates Golf Course entrance
Monday 1st August 2pm
Before William the Conqueror arrived, the port of Hastings was not located in the Old Town valley, but…..where? Find out about the early history of Hastings (and St Leonards), at a guided walk by local historian, Steve Peak. Donations to OHPS.

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Features, Fanlights and Fenestrations: Walk
Tuesday 2nd August 11am
Starting at the History House, 21 Courthouse Street
An architectural exploration around Hastings Old Town with John Shirlaw. Tickets £2

Regency Walk
Sunday 7th August 2pm
Starting at the History House, 21 Courthouse Street
‘A Regency Walk’ including a chance to visit a flat in Pelham Crescent. Refreshments will be available. Tickets £3.

Exhibitions & Events throughout the week

Hastings History House
21 Courthouse Street
Every day from 10am to 5pm.
Lots of information and books at the History House.
Exhibition ‘Broderick and Blomfield, Hastings Photographers’
‘Roman Excavation 2011’ - new display by Hastings Area Archaeological Group.  Wheelchair access.
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Exhibition ‘Recalling and Restoring’;
Hastings Fishermens Museum, Rock a Nore
Every day from 10am to 5pm
Words and pictures recalling Hastings fishing and the Stade from 1914 to 1945 and the restoring of RX90, The Valiant, at present a project being carried out at the Fishermens Museum by Steve Barrow, boat builder, and students from Sussex Coast College, Hastings.

 

Old Town Hall Museum
High Street
Monday to Friday from 12noon to 12.30pm
Every day an object from the museum will be chosen by the speaker of the day (see below), who will explain what the object means to them, and to the history of Hastings and St Leonards.
Monday: Brion Purdey
Tuesday: Anne Scott
Wednesday: Catherine Walling
Thursday: John Hodges

Friday: Dennis Collins

All Washed Up: exhibition by local artist Michael Dutton
Every Day during opening times
Harris Restaurant, 58 High Street
All washed up is an exhibition of new work by Michael Dutton created using driftwood and rubbish found on local beaches. It’s amazing how much rubbish we throw into our seas, which eventually gets washed up on the beach. Although it’s sad to see so much junk getting washed up, it also provides the  materials needed for these pieces. You can meet the artist on Wednesday 3rd August between 4pm and 6pm. Entrance £1 includes glass of wine, fruit juice or coffee. Refreshments on behalf of OHPS.

Have a Go on a Potter’s Wheel
Every day 11am to 5pm
Old Hastings Pottery, 3 Courthouse Street

Make yourself a small pot, with professional guidance, and take it home with you for £3.50. Firing and glazing available. Hastings Pottery makes a wide range of handmade pots on the premises, based on traditional English earthenware pottery. Donation to OHPS. Wheelchair accessible

Stables Theatre Art Gallery
Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 2pm
Stables Theatre, The Bourne
Summer Show: an aesthetically pleasing and colourful exhibition from a range of exhibitors. Enquiries 01424 423221, Box Office.  Admission free, donations to OHPS

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The 39 Steps
Friday 29th July to Friday 5th August at 7.30pm except for Sunday 31st July at 3pm
Stables Theatre, The Bourne

A comedy thriller adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock. ‘A spoof it certainly is, but it is also an astonishing theatrical tour de force, joyous and impossible not to enjoy’. A Stables Theatre production directed by Christopher Lacey. Adults £12.50, members, under-18s and groups £7.50. £2 off all Sunday tickets. Box office 01424 423221 or www.stables-theatre.co.uk

Quick Portrait Sketches by Juliette Dodd and Caroline Macey
Carnival Office, on the Seafront
Sat 30th July 2 - 4pm
Sun 31st 2 - 4pm
Mon 1st Aug 2 - 4pm
Tues 2nd 2 - 4pm
Weds 3rd 2 - 4pm
Thurs 4th 2 - 4pm
Sun 7th 2 - 4pm
Portraits take only 10-15 minutes.  
Donation to OHPS

Electric Palace
39a High Street
3rd to 7th August
See individual days Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sunday for details of films
Celebrating Hastings Old Town Week through Film!  From Glenn Veness’s exciting and moving local archive films to a Day in a Life, capturing British life in the fifties and sixties. Ahoy there me hearties - we are celebrating Hastings Pirates Day so come in costume to see the classic feature – ‘The Black Pirate’ featuring a swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks. And for all the beautiful BURLESQUE LOVERS come and watch ‘On Tour’ the comical and moving journey to Paris of a newly formed troupe of burlesque performers. Enquiries: 01424 720393  info@electricpalacecinema.com. 
www.electricpalacecinema.com

Creepy Corner: a collection of images and stories
Saturday 30th July to Sunday 7th  August
2pm to 10pm

Ye Olde Pump House, George Street
Celebrating 18 years of the Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk, this mini museum highlights some of the most haunted places to which Tina Brown, Author and Tour Director and her partner, Jason Neale, photographer, have travelled in search of things which go bump in the night! Ghosts are not just for Halloween!! You will find this display in a dark and creepy corner in Ye Olde Pump House, George Street, Hastings Old Town. Share your spooky thoughts and experiences in the visitors book. Whilst at Ye Olde Pump House why not enjoy one of the specially designed creepy cocktails, from £2.95,  to celebrate the ghost walks birthday or stay and enjoy a meal with good food at great prices. A booklet will be for sale at Ye Olde Pump House for the price of £1. Donation from booklet sales to OHPS.

Hastings HOT Houses - a selling exhibition of contemporary arts and crafts
Stade Hall, The Stade,
Tuesday 2nd August to Sunday 7th August
10am to 4pm

Unique and unusual work available from  talented local Artists & Makers in Hastings. A fantastic way to view and buy contemporary crafts & art. Entry is free and the artists will often be on hand to discuss their work and possible commissions with visitors. Pick up a map from the Stade Hall for further work in artists houses/studios across Hastings Old Town. www.hastingshothouses.co.uk  

Guess the Number of Corks in the Window
Penbuckles Cheese & Wine Shop, 50 High Street
Saturday 30th July to Saturday 6th August

50p a guess. Adults and childrens prizes to those closest to the actual number. Winners will be posted in the window on Carnival Day. Proceeds to OHPS and Hastings Old Town Fan Club

 

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