Hastings and St Leonards Area Event Photos 

Introduction

Hastings in East Sussex is a town I’ve always loved, there are always interesting events going on! Jack in the Green, Pirate Day, Pride, Zombie Day, Steampunk Festival and so many more. St Leonards is the town next door, but many events involve both exciting towns, so I decided to do a joint page, so things like the St Leonards Festival, Frost Festival etc. are on this page too. It’s just a fascinating area that has always appealed to me, I have lived in both towns in the past and even now only live less than ten miles away. If you know of an event in the Hastings and St Leonards area that isn’t on here, but you think I’d enjoy then please suggest it to me.

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Photos of events from other areas

For photos of all events, not just Hastings and St Leonards-on-sea please visit: 

Eastbourne, East Sussex Event Photographs

Battle, East Sussex Area Event Photographs

All Event photography by Dean Thorpe

Hastings Pirate Day, great free event

Hastings Pirate Day, Great Free Event

Every year in Hastings, East Sussex they have a Pirate Day event! Hastings has a long history of pirates, smugglers and lots of other dodgy characters, I even lived there myself for a while and felt I fitted in with the locals! lol Hastings Pirate Day is a free event!

Hastings Pirate Day Photos

St Leonards Festival and Parade

Photo of the 2019 St Leonards Festival

These are my photos from the awesome St Leonards Festival, a great free event that was held on the 29th of June 2019. This great annual event includes lots of things going on in Warrior Square Gardens, a street market in Kings Road and a parade along the seafront.

The 2019 St Leonards Festival

Hastings Cat Lovers Summer Fayre

Hastings Cat Lovers Summer Fayre

In July 2019 we went along to photograph and support a Summer Fayre that was held to raise much needed funds for HCL / Hastings Cat Lovers, a local very good cause. The event was officially opened by Hastings Mayor Nigel Sinden and Hastings Deputy Mayor James Bacon.

Hastings Cat Lovers Summer Fayre

Eastbourne Pride - Annual LGBT+ Event

Eastbourne Pride - Annual LGBT+ Event

This was a full on Brighton Gay Pride style event, complete with a parade, lots of flags for every part of the LGBT spectrum, lots of people in fabulous and flamboyant costumes, LGBT support groups and basically everything you expect at a big Pride event, except free!

Eastbourne LGBT Pride Event

1066 Zombie Walk Of The Dead Hastings

Hastings 1066 Zombie Walk Of The Dead

Every year in the Hastings area of East Sussex we have many great events Jack in the green, Pirate day, Frost parade, Pride, May Day Run and so many others, but one of my favourites is the 1066 Walk Of The Dead Or Hastings Zombie Day as a lot of local people call it.

Hastings Zombie Day Photos

Hastings Mayday Run Motorcycle Event

Hastings Mayday Run Motorcycle Event

Hastings Mayday Run attracts tens of thousands of motorbikes from all over the country. The run itself is from Locksbottom to Hastings, which is 55 miles, but some just head straight for Hastings, As well as the more traditional motorbikes there are trikes and quads.

Hastings Mayday Run Photos

Hastings Jack In The Green JITG Photos

Hastings Jack In The Green JITG Photos

Jack in the Green is an amazing event held every year in Hastings, East Sussex. It's based on a pagan Beltane tradition which is Jack who runs the winter side of the year is slayed so the summer can begin and releases the spirit of summer for this year.

Hastings Jack in the Green

Hastings Gay Pride Event Photographs

Hastings Gay Pride Event Photographs

Photos from Hastings Pride events, an amazing LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and more!) annual event held in Hastings, East Sussex in August. To me love is love, no matter what gender people are and as long as it's consenting adults then I have no problem!

Hastings LGBT Pride Event

Hastings Steampunk Extravaganza Photos

Eastbourne SteampunkExtravaganza Photos

Photos are all from the Hastings Steampunk Extravaganza Festival held in Hastings, East Sussex in 2018. The location was Horntye Park Sports Complex. So many great cosplay style costumes and amazing Steampunk clothing. Victorian steam powered technology and things like that.

Hastings Steampunk Extravaganza


Jeremy Corbyn Labour Leader In Hastings

Jeremy Corbyn Labour Leader In Hastings

17th of January 2019 the Shadow Prime Minister Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn came to visit the seaside town of Hastings in East Sussex. Being local and a member of the Labour Party I was invited to come along, I wasn’t actually asked to take photos, but I enjoy it.

Jeremy Corbyn In Hastings

Protest Against Tory Austerity, Hastings

Protest Against Tory Austerity, Hastings

These photographs were all taken at a protest march in Hastings, East Sussex that happened back in May 2015. The march was organised by Hastings Solidarity and was campaigning against the Austerity cutbacks that had been introduced by the Conservative government.

Protest Against Austerity

Photos Of Hastings Old Town Carnival

Photos of Hastings Old Town Carnival

Every year in the Old Town part of Hastings in East Sussex they have a Carnival Week which ends with the Grand Carnival Procession. Photos of some of the other floats, dancers, drummers, the RNLI lifeboat, plus photos of the crowd watching the grand procession parade.

Hastings Old Town Carnival

Hastings Pier Commemorative Victorian Stroll

Hastings Pier Commemorative Victorian Stroll

These are my photos of the Hastings Pier Commemorative Victorian Stroll held of the 5th of June 2016. With people dressed in traditional Victorian style clothes or more steampunk versions of them, but everybody looked great! Hastings Pier had been shut for six years.

Hastings Pier Victorian Stroll

Beltane Drumming With Section 5 Drummers

Beltane Drumming With Section 5 Drummers

A local tradition is that every year on the 1st of May / Beltane (Beltane is a Celtic word which means 'fires of Bel') a group of local people from Section 5 Drummers go up onto East Hill in Hastings, East Sussex and drum to welcome the sunrise. These photos are from May 2016.

Beltane Sunrise Drumming Event

Fly Kites Not Drones Event in Hastings

Fly Kites Not Drones Event In Hastings

This event was on Hastings Seafront on the 17th of March 2019, hosted by Hastings Against War and Fly Kites Not Drones. It was great weather for it. Not lots of kites while I was there, but I couldn't stay for it all, plus it was a cold March Sunday!!! A great sight!

Fly Kites Not Drones Event

Vantastic 2019 VW Volkswagen Campers

Vantastic 2019 VW Volkswagen Campers

Photos at Vantastic 2019 there were many types of Volkswagen Type 2 VW Campers, Transporters, Kombi, Microbus, a nice VW Beetle and a 1936 Humber 12 on display when I was there. This was a great free event that was supporting adults with Autistic Spectrum conditions.

Vantastic VW Campers Event

MoDS First Anniversary Party Photos

MoDS First Anniversary Party Photos

MoDs is the local Memory or Dementia Support group, they had their first anniversary party recently and I was invited along. It is a very supportive group!  The group aims to give support not only to those with Memory problems or Dementia, but also their family etc.

Memory or Dementia Support group

Opening Of The Pirate Shop With Drumskullz

Pirate Shop Opening With Drumskullz

Hastings pier now has a new kiosk, an ideal one as it's Pirate themed things!!! A great place to stock up on booty for the annual Hastings Pirate day. The new kiosk was kindly opened in October by Captain Jack Sparrow Not sure if it was the real one or a Pirate copy.

Pirate Shop On Hastings Pier


Photos of The St Leonards Festival 2018

Photos Of The St Leonards Festival 2018

Photos I took at the 2018 St Leonards Festival! Photos include the stalls in Kings Road, the main event in Warrior Square and the parade on the seafront. The parade had drumming groups in it including Section 5 Drummers, Stix Drummers, Drumskullz, Sambalanco and more.

2018 St Leonards Festival

Section 5 Drummers, St Georges Day Parade

Section 5 Drummers, St Georges Day Parade

Section 5 Drummers were invited to lead the parade of local scout groups around Hastings for their annual St Georges day event, I'm a little too old to be a Scout, but it was great fun all the same! I loved being part of Section 5 Drummers when they get asked to do things like that!

St Georges Day Parade Event

St Leonards Frost Festival Photos

St Leonards Frost Festival Photos

The Frost Festival takes over Kings Road in St Leonards and turns it into a great Christmas Market with all kinds of weird and wonderful stalls! There is a Frost Parade which starts from the Royal Victoria Hotel on St Leonards Sea Front and ends at the market event.

St Leonards Frost Festival

Le Cirque Du Platzak At The Hastings Stade

Le Cirque Du Platzak At The Hastings Stade

Le Cirque Du Platzak are very talented and have entertaining circus skills. If you ever get the chance to see their circus performances it is well worth it. Their performance was at the Stade on Hastings seafront and was free to watch, it was great entertainment.

Le Cirque Du Platzak Photos