HASTINGS OLD TOWN CARNIVAL WEEK
July 26th - August 3rd 2014
WALKS PROGRAMME 2014

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Not to be confused with Hastings Week, 11th - 19th OCTOBER 2014
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This programme is published in good faith, the organisers regret if any item is withdrawn or cancelled due to circumstances beyond their control

Can’t decide which walk to go on and when? Plan your week from this list....

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Old Hastings Preservation Society

Old Town Walk
FREE OLD TOWN WALKS DURING CARNIVAL WEEK
Monday 28th July,
Tuesday 29th July,
Thursday 31st July
Friday 1st August
 

All at 2.30pm and start at the TOP of the West Hill Lift and proceed gently downhill, taking about 90 minutes.
Join us for a fascinating tour of Hastings Old Town, the premier ancient Cinque Port, with its wealth of medieval, Tudor and later historic buildings and twittens and cat-creeps. It is a town steeped in history, going back to long before 1066 and forward beyond its front-line position in the Second World War.
Find out why famous artists, authors and celebrities of their day flocked to the town. It has been said that there are more paintings of Hastings than of any other English resort! Hastings also attracted famous authors such as Byron, Keats, the Rossettis, Dickens, Lewis Carroll and Catherine Cookson.
Although there is no charge for these walks, OHPS welcomes donations to the charity.
Student groups must pre-book on 01424 420555 or email ohpswalks@gmail.com Steps make this unsuitable for wheelchairs.

By public demand there will be a special Carnival Week Early Bird FREE Morning Walk led by members of the Old Hastings Preservation Society - not in the printed programme
on WEDNESDAY 30TH JULY AT 10.30 AM.
The walk starts at the TOP of the West Hill Lift and descends gently into and around the Old Town, although there are some steps.
No booking - just turn up. The walk is free but a donation is welcome.

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Stade Guided Walk

Saturday 26th July
Sunday 27th July
Monday 28th July
Tuesday 29th July
Friday 1st August
Sat 2nd August
Sunday 3rd August


All at 11 am, meet at the Lifeboat station
Join our volunteer guides for a guided walk of the Stade and explore the history of our unique Fishing Community. The walk takes a maximum of one and a half hours and is free but donations are appreciated to support the continuing work of the Fishermen’s Museum. Maximum 15 people. Walks for groups can be arranged through the Fishermen’s Museum. Suitable footwear advised. If you have mobility needs please contact the museum in advance.
Hastings Fishermen’s Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW tel: 01424 461446.E mail stadewalks@gmail.com

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Twittens and Cat Creeps

Saturday 26th July 3.30pm
Sunday 27th July 3.30pm
Tuesday 29th July 1.45pm
Saturday 2nd August 1.45pm
Sunday 3rd 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 £4.50 adults, children £3 under 14, from Shipwreck Museum, Rock a Nore or from guide on the walk at £5.00 adults, £3.50 children under 14.
Donation to Shipwreck Museum and OHPS

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Twilight Smugglers Walk

Saturday 26th July 7.15pm
Thursday 31st July  6pm
Friday 1st August 7.15pm


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 £5 adults, children £3.50 under 14, from Shipwreck Museum, Rock a Nore or from guide on the walk at £5.50 adults, £4.00 children under 14. Donation to Shipwreck Museum and OHPS

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The Hastings Horror Walk

Sunday 27th July 7.30pm
Tuesday 29th July7.30pm
Thursday 31st July 7.30pm
Sunday 3rd August 7.30pm

Meet St Clements Church steps, opposite Swan Gardens, High Street, Tickets Adult £7 accompanied Child £4 no reservations necessary. Duration approx 1 hour 20mins. Dogs on short leads permitted. Wheelchair accessible. Grim and Gruesome local history featuring true tales of terror from the Old Town’s less illustrious past. Definitely not for the squeamish! Content may not be suitable for some children. Donation to OHPS

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Foyle’s Walk

Saturday 26th July1.45pm
Sunday 27th July 1.45pm
Tuesday 29th July 3.30pm
Sat 2nd August 3.30pm
Sunday 3rd 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 £4.50 adults, children £3 under 14, from Shipwreck Museum, Rock a Nore or from guide on the walk at £5.00 adults, £3.50 children under 14. Donation to Shipwreck Museum and OHPS

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Old Town Churches and Chapels

new for 2014 OTCW
Sunday 27th July 3pm
Sunday 3rd August 3pm


Meet Chessboard Square, George Street. Tickets Adults £6. Duration approx 1 hour 45 mins. No dogs please. Route includes some steps. A historically and visually interesting combination of medieval parish churches and post reformation nonconformist chapels. Brief interior viewings are subject to arrangement and cannot be guaranteed

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Exploring the Lost Road of the Old Town (TBC)

Wednesday 30th July 10.am

Meet at Hastings History House.
The Old Town lost roads, twittens and rows when the “slum” clearances began which ultimately paved the way for the A259 to drive its way through the heart of the community. This walk looks at the traces of these that can still be seen in the Old Town today. Tickets £3.50 from Hastings History House

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Old Town Health Walk

Monday 28th July 2pm

Meet Opposite the Jenny Lind. An hours walk along the twittens of the Old Town. Please wear suitable shoes.

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After Dark Ghost Walk

Saturday 26th July 8.30pm
Monday 28th July 8.30pm
Wednesday 30th July 8.30pm
Friday 1st August 8.30pm

Meet St Clements steps opposite Swan Gardens, High Street, Tickets Adult £7 accompanied Child £4 no reservations necessary. Duration approx 1 hour 20mins. Dogs on short leads permitted. A gimmick free, intelligent and perceptive account of a wide variety of local paranormal activity with thought provoking explanations of the inner workings of the elusive spirit world,
Donation to OHPS

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Dandies and Dragoons

Monday 28th July 4.30 pm

Meet Hastings History House 21 Courthouse Street. Tickets £3.50 from Hastings History House The Georgian period was a time of great change for Hastings; explore the evidence in Hastings Old Town and discover the legacy of some of the characters who helped put Hastings on the map. There will be hills and steps on this walk.

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Exploring the Architecture of High Street

Tuesday 29th July 10 am

The walk will start with a short presentation in Hastings History House, Courthouse Street followed by a walk with John Shirlaw looking at the wealth of building styles and details in historic High Street. Tickets £3.50

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Haunted Experiences -21st Birthday WALK

Monday 28th July 6.50 for 7pm start

Meet at the Chess board area George Street. Tickets Adults £7 concessions (OAP/Children) £5 Join Tina Brown, local tour guide and writer of the original Old Town Ghost Walk to celebrate 21 years of spookiness. Hear tales of Hastings past brought to life by this talented team and also learn about how the Ghost Walks were first created back in 1993. Donations to OHPS and Alta Conservation Trust.

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Pubs Past and Present

(new for OTCW 2014)
Saturday 26th July 2pm
Saturday 2nd August 2pm

Meet Chessboard, George Street. Tickets Adult £6, no reservations necessary. Duration approx 1 hour 30mins. Dogs on short leads permitted. Route wheelchair accessible. Focusing on the significant role the once numerous pubs of the Old Town have played in local social history. Please note not a drinkers’ pub crawl! Donation to OHPS

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Hidden Hastings Revealed

Saturday 26th July 11am
Sunday 27th July 11am
Saturday 2nd  August 11am
Sunday 3rd  August 11am

Meet Chessboard, Butlers Gap, George Street Tickets Adult £6, no reservations necessary Duration approx.1 hour 40mins. Dogs on short leads permitted. Includes steps and steep inclines.  A trail of discovery through concealed byways, some little known and rarely explored; featuring obscured and obscure evidence of bygone Old Town life. Donation to OHPS.

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Outside the Wall –exploring the “suburbs”

Thurs 31st July 10 am

Meet at Hastings History House, 21 Courthouse Street. Discover traces of the Old Town Wall and the life outside it. George Street was known as the “suburbs” as Hastings began to expand along the sea front; from gentlemen’s club to the poor house all human life was there. Tickets £3.50

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