Things to Do with the Kids in or around Hastings during the Summer Holidays.
7th July 2017
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With only a few days to go now to the Long Summer Holiday break from school, there is much to do to keep the youngsters entertained. From the youngest children to the more adventurous teens Hastings and the surrounding 1066 Country offer some wonderful fun things to keep them busy.

Hastings and St Leonards Sailing Club has an excellent Summer Training programme aimed at helping young people to be safe at sea whilst enjoying the very best of boating around our wonderful local shoreline. Sailing is fabulous family fun, with proper training and safety in mind it can become a firm family activity for years to come.

Broad Oak Park is ideal for leisurely outdoor activities, walks with a Countryside feel, picnics and enjoying the fresh air. The park links with Little Common Recreation Park that has swings and a trim trail. For a free day out this is a lovely place to go and chill-out. Free and suitable for younger children ages 4 and up to 18’s.

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve covers 345 hectares of coastal woodlands and cliff top pasture, plus the soft rock cliffs. The reserve consists of Hastings Cliffs Special Area of Conservation, Hastings Cliffs to Pett Beach Site of Special Scientific Interest and Hastings Country Park, as well as heritage designations such as scheduled ancient monument. The site is renowned as an area of archaeological importance. With Some of the most stunning views of the south-east coast easily visible from the cliff tops, this is a magical place to spend a summers day. On clear days, there are spectacular views overlooking the coastline from Beachy Head to Dungeness and as far afield as Folkestone and the coast of France.

Battle Festival 9th Battle Scarecrow Competition which has a 'Magic' theme.  Prizes for the best scarecrows. As usual visitors to the town will be invited to vote for their preferred scarecrow. Runs between 21 July – 6 August.

A little way out of town but 7 days a week at Herstmonceux Castle. East Sussex Falconry has a stunning range of birds of prey including Harris Hawks, Kestrel, Barn Owl and a Lanner Falcon and you can experience what it is like to handle and fly these beautiful birds. A very different day out for the family.

And whatever the weather, cool down if it’s too hot or stay dry if the weather turns, there is something for everyone at 1066 Target Sports – try archery, rifle shooting or even axe throwing! Or, maybe a game of Nerf Wars. Check out their extensive range of reviews on thebestof Hastings.

And finally, summer in Hastings wouldn’t be summer without the White Rock Theatre’s Summer Youth Project. This year, Hastings’ youngsters will be working hard on the classic musical Oliver! Four performances to choose from in mid-August – make sure you support this great community theatre event.  

There are many exciting things to do to keep youngsters interested during the summer, mostly family fun things to do to wrench the kids away from the telly. The suggestions mentioned are a snapshot of local places to go and things to do.

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