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Top Twelve

1 - one unique fishing fleet

Hastings has the largest beach based fisihng fleet in Europe - awarded the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council accreditation.

2 - two famous artisits

Many JMW Turner paintings are of local views.  Dante Gabriel Rossetti lived in Hastings and was a member of the Pre-Rapaelite Brotherhood.

3 - three vineyards

Carr Taylor, Battle Vineyard and Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

4 - four renowned writers

Kipling lived at Batemans; Henry James lived at Lamb House, Rye; Catherine Cookson lived in Hastings and John Ryan, creator of the swashbuckling Captain Pugwash, lived in Rye.

5 - five castles

Bodiam, Herstmonceux, Hastings, Camber and Pevensey.

6 - six gardens

Great Dixter; Merriments; King John's Lodge; Pashley Manor; Herstmonceux Gardens and Batemans.

7 - seven Fuller's Follies

Jack Fuller (Mad Jack) an eccentric English MP who enjoyed building follies - the Brightling Needle; Sugar Loaf; The Temple; The Observatory; The Watch Tower and the Pyramid.

8 - eight golf courses

Beauport Park; Cooden Beach; Highwoods; Rye; Battle; Sedlescombe; Hastings and Bexhill crazy golf.

9 - nine areas of natural beauty

Hastings Country Park; Camber Sands; Cuckoo Trail; Rye Nature Reserve; Pett Level Pools; Bedgebury Pinetum; Alexandra Park; South Saxons and Pebsham.

10  - ten major events

Battle re-enactment; Jack in the Green; Rye Bay Scallops; Rye Arts Festival; Hastings Half Marathon; Coastal Currents; Seaford & Wine Festival; Herstmonceux Medieval Festival; Hastings Week; Bexhill Sea Angling Festival.

11 - eleven miles of steam travel

Kent & East Sussex Railway to Bodiam.

12 - twelve museums

Battle Museum of Local History; Bexhill Museum; Hastings Museum & Art Gallery; Hastings Old Town Museum; Hastings Fishermen's Museum; Hastings Flower Makers; Hastings Shipwreck Museum; Hastings History House; Rye Castle Museum; Rye Art Gallery; Rye Heritage Centre; the Giants of Brede.

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