Postcard from Hastings, East Sussex


Postcard from Hastings on Hecticophilia

As you read these lines, I will be on a train to Margate to spend the weekend by the seaside. I suspect there will be some antique shopping, old town wandering, ice-cream indulging involved, as well as a bicycle ride along the coast all the way to Broadstairs. We plan to go to Dreamland, Turner Contemporary, the Shell Grotto and the Tom Thumb theatre (in no particular order) – of course I am taking my camera. I have been looking forward to this trip all week!

In honour of the seaside, I wanted to share with you a little photo-diary of my recent visit to Hastings, organised by the lovely Ruth at Gathered Cheer, who arranged for Jeska from Lobster and Swan to be our guide. She had planned a wonderful itinerary through the labyrinthine streets of the old town, which are dotted with the most darling independent shops from interiors to haberdashery, antiques, novelty gifts, and stationery. It was the first time I visited Hastings and I loved it! Here are some photos I made on the day:

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We wrapped up our day with a visit to a lovely pub called The Crown, which was the occasion to properly catch up with Teri from The Lovely Drawer, Katie from Apartment Apothecary, Amy from Daisy Fay Interiors and meet with some new friends including Juliet at J.O.Y, Melanie at Geoffrey and Grace and Sarah-Louise at Lapin Blu.

Have you been to Hastings before? Are there any seaside towns you would recommend me to visit? What are your favourite weekend getaways? Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

If you ever go to the area and are interested in independent shops and antiques, those are the ones we popped into and that I would recommend: Bobo Flowers, Wayward Vintage Haberdashery, Tilt Originals and SHOP in St LeonardsRoberts Rummage, Butlers Emporium, Hendy’s Home Store and Warp and Weft in Hastings.

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