What's Happening in Hastings and St. Leonards Issue #1

What's Happening in Hastings and St. Leonards Issue #1

19 May 2017 Posted by: Guest blogger


 Well, Half term is on its way with yet another bank holiday too, so there are lots of upcoming events for the diary.

Gardens are starting to come into bloom and it's nearing time for planting out seedlings, which is a fantastic experience for your children to share with you.

If you haven't got a garden, you could always make a small indoor garden. All you need is a large plant pot, compost and a few plants.

I'm sure if you ask friends and family who do the odd bit or gardening they would be able to help you gather these resources and possibly have an overflow of plants that they would quite happily let you have for your child to plant and look after.

the weather

The weather is still teasing us with sunshine but also showers so it's very hard to plan too far ahead, but hopefully we will be lucky enough to enjoy the local events in traditional British style, come rain or shine.

parks and recreation

Alexandra park, Hastings


Chelsea Fringe festival of flowers, gardens and gardening, including plant and book sales, music, cream teas in park cafe, miniature train rides, and guided walk.

A great way of finding out about more gardening groups within the area.


at the theatre

Alice in Wonderland

Pulse School of Movement Presents

White Rock Theatre, Hastings

FRI 26 MAY 7PM £13

Come and join Alice in her magical adventures in wonderland where Alice meets a host of characters including The Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, The King and Queen and don’t forget to watch out for the Jabberwocky!

A family pantomime performed by pulse studios panto group Written by Susan Mosley Scripts provided by spotlight publications


Jack & the Beans Talk

Phoenix arts Theatre

Saturday 10 June 2017, 02:00pm

A fresh and funny retelling of the traditional story and an ideal gentle introduction to theatre.

Was it a dream or did I hear a talking bean?

Jack lives on a small farm with his mum and very little to eat. He likes to talk to the birds, his cow and anyone who will listen.


Imagine his surprise when he swaps his cow for some magic beans and starts to hear a whispering in the breeze and a giant rumble in the sky ...

Charming and inventive with plenty of interaction, an enormous beanstalk, bags of gold and a smelly old giant!

For ages 3-7.

Tickets: Adults £6.00, Kids £4.00, Family (2+2) £18.00

at the cinema

Electric Palace cinema (old town Hastings) £8

Sun 28 May // 20:00 /


Hosted by Hastings Triratna Buddhist Group

PG / 118mins / Bernardo Bertolucci / 1993 / Italy | France | Liechtenstein | UK

This modern day re-telling of Siddhartha's story and the founding of Buddhism, stars Keanu Reeves as the Prince who undergoes the Five Ascetic principles to achieve Nirvana. Bertolucci presents the 2500-year old story of Siddhartha's path to enlightenment with a view to saying something contemporary and relevant about the possibilities of metaphysical truth.


Odeon Hastings Town Centre 10th June

NT Live: Peter Pan

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie's much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

fairs and events

hastings summer fair

An annual event, which is filled with great community spirit. this is usually the launch of the parks diary of summer events, with a beer festival and play days in the park to follow over the next few months.


activities and offers

There are a couple of fabulous deals from KalliKids accredited providers this week:

Summerfields Leisure Centre - Family swim happy hour

Every Saturday 3.30-4.30pm for all the family. Join us for a family swim with the interactive water features and floats all at the reduced price of just £1.40 per person. Active members go FREE.



diddi dance - Baby and Pre-school activities, Baby, toddler and pre-school classes, Baby, toddler and pre-school Dance Funky pre-school dance classes for boys & girls aged 18mths - 4.5yrs. Learn rhythm & co-ordination and boost confidence & social skills with our high energy classes!

Address: Summerfields Leisure Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings, TN341ET

Age groups catered for: from 1 to 4

other news

SPAR is recalling its own brand of Chicken Tikka Chunks because the product may contain small pieces of glass.

The product details are:

Product: SPAR Chicken Tikka Chunks

Pack size: 140g

Use by date: 19 May 2017

Barcode: 501035823355

No other SPAR products are known to be affected.

The Food Standards Agency say that if you have bought the product do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was purchased for a full refund.


Parents are being warned after reports children were offered sweets containing ecstasy.

East Sussex County Council released a warning to schools of schoolchildren being offered sweets containing the drug on Thursday evening.

An ESCC spokesperson said, “We take any suggestion that the safety of children in East Sussex is under threat very seriously.

“On Thursday evening we received information that schoolchildren were being offered sweets which contained Ecstasy.

“We have shared the information we received to ensure schools can discuss the dangers of accepting sweets from strangers with pupils, and warning the wider school community.”


The Double Decker bus café, is run by 1066 bakery which is also Mr Beans in Hastings Town Centre. this café is located near Hollington Tesco's and offers a safe environment for your children to play outside whilst you enjoy a relaxing cuppa.

Their Play area "Double Decker Towers" is a great place for the kids to let off steam while you chill out with a coffee. Situated next to the Double Decker it has its own sun deck and is fenced to offer your children a safe play environment.

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