Leisure & Travel
by Aspect County

A festival feast of seafood, music and more

Hastings Midsummer Fish Fest 25th and 26th June.

Hastings Fish Fest is a free event which is back for a third consecutive year. The event is perfectly positioned in Hastings Old Town, right next to the fishing beach and surrounded by the picturesque East and West Hills. 

Visitors can meander through the marquee and discover tasty seafood from local restaurants, street food, local beer, wine and cider, baked goods and delicious gifts to take home. Hastings fishing fleet will also be showcasing their net making skills and getting messy with fish printing.

Throughout the weekend there is a selection of live music on offer, kicking off on Saturday with Hastings Sinfonia who will be playing a programme of short, popular pieces and will be joined by two exciting soloists; Christopher Beaumont on xylophone and soprano Thomasin Trezise. 

Many acts will grace the stage including local favourites as well as Katey Brookes and Blues singer Randolph Mathews. Other entertainment will be provided by Mad Jacks Morris on Sunday and a special performance as Stade Saturdays returns.

If this isn’t enough to whet your appetite, you can also learn some new recipes by local chefs and how to fillet fish like a pro from Sonny at Rock a Nore Fisheries. These demonstrations will be held in Classroom on the Coast; a unique seafood training kitchen based next to the Stade Hall with view out to sea. 

Children can also be entertained in the Stade Hall where there will be craft activities of a fishy nature.

The Midsummer Fish Fest was set up to promote Hastings Fishing Fleet. After enjoying the festival fun, take a wander round the net huts, speak to the Fishermen’s Protection Society and get inspired to buy and cook with local, seasonal fish.