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Fun House Festival returns to St. Mary in the Castle

This summer St Mary in the Castle will once again play host to the Fun House Festival – an immersive event offering an array of arts and crafts workshops designed for kids and their families to have fun, relax and express their creativity. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.

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A centenary celebration – 100 years of adult education

In 1919, the Report on Adult Education was published and served as a template under which adult education could flourish. To mark its 100th anniversary an open exhibition is being held on Friday 12 July at the White Rock Hotel, hosted by the Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill branches of the Workers Educational Association. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.

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Summer Fun at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

HOT family correspondent and intrepid Mum, Vanessa Alves, wants to spread the word about what’s happening locally during the school holidays. Here she writes about Hastings Museum and Art Gallery quickly becoming a safe haven for her family: “a lovely place to go, wandering around the collections, all very child friendly with lots of things for kids to dress-up in, colour-in and explore”. 

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Automata on the Pier: a visit

HOT’s Vanessa Alves received an email from a friend telling her there was an Automata exhibition on at Hastings Pier and suggested it would be great for her boys. Here she writes up her experience of this fascinating exhibition.

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Putting Dickens on the map this Easter

Expectations are high for the ATownExploresABook festival which launches on Good Friday with events and spectacles at 34 sites around St Leonards-on-Sea. HOT’s Erica Smith shares her inside knowledge with us and tips us off about egg-rolling on Easter Sunday.

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What the Dickens is going on in St Leonards?

With St Leonards #ATownExploresABook18 festival opening on Good Friday, many of the twenty five local businesses involved are putting the final touches to their projects. HOT’s Erica Smith caught up with a few of the impressive explorations of Dickens’ Great Expectations taking place.

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Coastal Currents 2017

Our annual culture Fest, Coastal Currents is almost on us again. The time when strange things can turn up in Hastings – yes, even stranger than normal ­– animate the streets, puzzle onlookers, make us laugh, scratch our heads and visit places we don’t normally visit. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths spoke to Director Tina Morris about what was in store this year.

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Call out to cartoonists and cartoon fans

Local residents and devotees of Hastings and St Leonards on Sea, Penny Precious and Erica Smith, have been – and are still – working their creative and innovative socks off to make the first Hastings and 1066 Cartoon Festival an event that everyone will remember. They’ve sent out a final call for cartoon submissions, announced a T Shirt competition and asked for volunteers on the BIG Day!

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