Hastings Borough Council has decided that, as a consequence of the pandemic, no ‘large’ public events will be held on its land until at least the end of October. Accordingly the Seafood & Wine Festival scheduled for 19th/20th September, and all events planned for Hastings Week in mid-October, including the Town Criers Championship, the Classic Car Show, the Classic Motorbike Show, and the Sprat and Winkle Commercial Vehicle Run, have been cancelled.

A council spokesperson said: “We are committed to keeping Covid rates low in Hastings. Although a lot of work had gone into planning these events, and they are very popular with local residents and visitors, it is with a very heavy heart that we have cancelled them for this year.”

There will also be no battle re-enactment at Battle Abbey during the week. However English Heritage plan to go ahead with a socially distanced 1066 Battle Weekend at the site on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October, with a 30-minute open air “theatrical performance”, a newly-created trail across the battlefield, falconry displays and archery opportunities. 

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