Sunday, October 18

- Photo Diary: Hastings...

Missed me? Did ya, did ya?

Well I've definitely missed blogging, and I'm keen to get back into the swing of things. Rather than posting every other day, I'm in the process of working out what will work best for me. As you probably saw in my previous post life is crazy busy at the moment, plus my next few weekends are pretty much booked up. I think I've forgotten what a duvet day is...

So what did I get up to last weekend? Well I was lucky enough to be invited by the tourist board for East Sussex, Visit 1066 Country*, to Hastings and the surrounding areas for a fun day trip. Both me and Rob love exploring places but neither of us had headed in this direction before, so we were really looking forward to it. This post is extremely photo heavy; I guess you could say it's an attempt to make up for my absence.

The trip came at the perfect time as it was after my first week at my new job, so we decided to book a hotel for the Friday and Saturday night to make a weekend of it. We woke up in Hastings early on Saturday and were excited for our adventure to begin! First though, breakfast...

After stumbling upon The Bullet Café in the hotel breakfast recommendations we decided to see what it was like in person. With rumbling bellies, we were greeted by quaint, cosy settings and an impressive menu (particularly for all you vegans out there). We decided to share energising green and antioxidant berry smoothies, both of which were delicious alongside our food choices of the fluffiest pancakes ever and tasty full English. Oh and Rob couldn't resist the sausage rolls...

With our stomachs satisfied, we took the short drive to Battle. We got to pick which activities/attractions we'd like to visit during our stay, so first of all we chose the Battle Abbey.

BATTLE:

During October, there's a festival set-up at the Battle Abbey which is definitely worth visiting if you can make it. It was really fun wandering around the various tents in both the Norman and Saxon camps and learning what the quality of life was like back then. There were various food camps as well as pottery, weaving and craft stations. Apparently an even bigger event is taking place next year to mark the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, including a big arts festival and contemporary interpretations of the Battle of Hastings.

As you can see, there was a wonderful display of birds of prey, along with an explanation of how hawks and falcons symbolised power. Soldiers and cavalry then took to the field, with the various armour and weapons described in detail. The reenactment then started and the story of the Battle of Hastings unfolded.

Admittedly, it was more targeted towards children and there was a lot of school trips and families present, but this didn't bother us at all. The overall atmosphere was really fun, interesting and a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of London. It also reminded me of my childhood as my parents used to take me and my brothers to similar things when I was younger, which I have fond memories of. Other fun activities included an outside theatre performance and archery.

After our fun at the Abbey and the festival, we headed across the cobbled street to Pilgrims Rest for lunch. The decor of this place was traditional, chic and homely. We treated ourselves to a pot of tea and scrumpets (Sussex crumpets) and managed to resist the 'cakeaway' service they do - totally regretting that decision now.

HASTINGS:

It was mid-afternoon by the time we drove back to Hastings to begin our nosy around the preserved Old Town. I don't know what it is, but whenever I visit a seaside town I immediately feel calm and comforted. It was nice to see your typical high street stores blended in with historical architecture and local shops.

There's a funicular railway which takes you a little way up the cliff, but we actually decided to take the steps. The view over Hastings really was stunning, especially with the sun setting and seagulls flying overhead. Despite it being really blustery we then plodded down onto the beach (cue beach selfie obvs) where Rob laughed at my attempt to beat him at stone throwing. It was so peaceful and there really is something about seeing the sun reflect on the waves, which I'm pretty sure I mentioned in my Wales photo diary.

At this point my camera battery decided to die, but it was actually quite nice timing as we had been taking photos all day, so away technology went. We headed back to the cute streets and had a romantic dinner out - I had some super tasty local smoked fish, followed by a brownie and some prosecco. Because #yolo

I want to thank everyone who was involved in arranging this trip for us, we were pleasantly surprised. Hastings boasts some real character whilst having a laid-back vibe; it's been classed as a hidden gem of Europe, and I have to agree!

Have you been to Hastings before? Let me know what you think of these photos in the comments below!


*I was invited along to this event and received food expenses, all opinions are 100% my own.


KAREN
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18 comments:

  1. The pictures of the food oh my goodness I would so gladly sit down and eat it right now :') The place looked so lovely and I loved your outfit! x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming

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  2. Your breakfast looks sooo yummy! The Hastings event looks brilliant, I love a bit of history too so that would have been right up my street. When I went to Warwick there were quite a few school trips too but they took them around separately :)

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  3. Yay, welcome back! Loved the post my lovely xx

    Jessica Ann ♥

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  4. I've always wanted to go to one of those battle events, never seem to see them in Leeds though! Looks like fun. That pilgrims rest lunch looks SO good!

    Gabby xo

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  5. I always miss you <3 *not weird at all* Loving all these pics, so good. Also, how cute are you two *secretly hates you both* hehe x

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

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  6. Soooo happy to see an update from you, I definitely missed you! My sister in-law is into this medieval stuff, I've never attended any event like this but she would have been really excited to be part of it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  7. That looks like a fun place to go . The food looks delicious too
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  8. I've never ventured outside of London much so haven't been here but it's on my list now as it looks like such a great day out. Looks like you had so much fun & omg the food looks delicious, especially the breakfast x

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  9. I love Battle for Bomfire night they go absolutely all out with a street parade. It is quite a sight to behold. Hastings is lovely too and you look like you had. Lovely time percent way to celebrate a first week at work Lucy x

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  10. I've been to this Abbey like years ago and had no clue about the battle. Would be such a great thing to see!!! Lovely post Karen :)
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  11. Absolutely love the sound of this place Karen! Yay The Hill Lift looks ammmmazing! will need to visit Hastings ASAP! YOUR FOOD LOOKS TOO DAMN DELICIOUS YUMMMMY :D

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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  12. Gorgoeus outfit Karen, looks perfect for Autumn! I think it's always good to take a break away from blogging now and again, I've been so busy lately too and definitely forgot what a duvet day is as well... Glad that you are back though, cause I love your blog!

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  13. You guys are the absolute cutest! Hastings looks like such an awesome place to visit and so does Battle, I think the re-enactment would be really interesting. Such a scenic region full of history!

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  14. I have missed you a lot, Karen! But I'm so glad everything is going great in your life. I aboslutely love the pictures, it seems that you guys had a blast! Hope you have an amazing weekend, lovely! xx

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