Hastings beach

HASTINGS has one of the most famous beaches on the south coast of England.

This hotspot has everything you need for a family day out from arcade amusements to the newly-refurbished pier.

Is Hastings beach worth visiting?

Hastings – which is situated in East Sussex – has everything you need for a great day out with the family.

The main family beach is also known to locals as Pelham beach.

It is a great place to the kids – and even has specific colour coded areas on the beach so that it is near on impossible to get lost.

If you fancy a bite to eat, there are plenty of beautiful restaurants in Hastings town centre to choose from.

Hastings pier is a great place to explore with the family (Credit: Diamond Geezer/Flickr)

The beach stretches all the way from the fishing quarter and the Old Town in the East to the Bulverhythe in the West.

Hastings Pier – which reopened to the public in April 2016 after being reconstructed – is a great place to explore.

Does Hastings have a sand beach?

Hastings beach is predominantly made up of a combination of sand and shingle.

However, large areas of sand are revealed at low tide.

Don’t panic if you’re worried about sunbathing on pebbles all day – you can hire a deck chair for the chair.

Can you swim at Hastings beach?

Hasting’s local council urges beach goers to remember F.L.A.G.S when taking a swim in the sea.

F: Find the red and yellow flags and swim between them. Only swim where there is a Lifeguard on duty and stay inside the area marked by the red and yellow flags. Never swim where a sign says not to or when a red flag is flying.

L: Look at the safety signs. Always read and obey the safety signs. They will help you avoid potential dangers on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.

A: Ask a Lifeguard for advice. If in doubt, it’s always best to play safe and ask the experts.

G: Get a friend to swim with you. Make sure there are other people around, because you never know when help might be needed.

S: Stick your hand in the air and shout for help if you get into difficulty.

Should you see someone struggling in the water, tell a Lifeguard immediately.

Failing that, call 999 as quickly as you can and ask for the coastguard.

Lifeguards should be on duty at the beach everyday from the start of May until the end of September.

Hastings’ Lifeguard Station is situated on the Promenade at Pelham Place if you need to pay them a visit.

Is Hastings beach dog friendly?

You can take your dog with you as Hastings beach is dog friendly.

However, there are two parts of the beach where you cannot take a dog between 1 May and 30 September.

These are between the Harbour Arm and the Pier and between Warrior Square and the Royal Victoria Hotel.

Hastings council also state that dogs are required to be kept on a lead in the area when on roads, pavements, footways and verges.

What facilities are at Hastings beach?

As the beach is so close to the town centre, there are plenty of facilities nearby including shops, restaurants, pubs and bars.

There are car parks nearby including Pelham Place which sits between the Pier and the Old Town.

This has direct access to the beach and there are public toilets near to the entrance.

There is a total of 278 spaces up for grabs including five electric car charging bays and 20 motorcycles bays.

But remember to get a ticket – at the machine or on RingGo – to avoid getting slapped with a fine.

Where can I stay near Hastings beach?

With so much to do in the area, you might need to spend the night in Hastings see it all.

Check out the Royal Victoria Hotel – with prices starting at a minimum of £99 per night.

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.

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