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Survival Guide – Jack In The Green

This Is Hastings has been out and about, compiling a list of handy tricks and tips to help you enjoy Jack In The Green to its fullest!


Use your head, by using your feet – parking is incredibly limited with seafront car park reserved for motorbikes. You don’t want to be stuck in traffic and miss all the fun.

There is a lack of working cash machines in the Old Town, so make sure you’re prepared – withdraw money in town!

Although the spirit of summer will be released, there is also a good chance of rain. Also wrap up warm if you’re heading to The Castle, as the West Hill gets a good old sea breeze chill.

Getting Around
Although the fun will be on the main streets (High Street / George Street) if you need to quickly get to where you’re going, use the twittens / sidestreets – a quick nip down West Street will save you the hassle of barging through the crowds.

Getting To The Castle
If you want to enjoy the procession en route, but don’t want to queue until next May Day, we suggest you take one of the many sneaky side-routes up to the West Hill.

1. Steps by Castle Curry House / opposite Optical Lounge (George Street)
2. West Hill lift (admission charge)
3. Steps by the side of Ye Olde Pumphouse
4. Steps by Swan Twitten (next door to Wardrobe / opposite Harris’ & Shirley Leaf and Petal Co.)
5. Steps by All Saints Church (opposite Judges Bakery)
6. Woodland path half way up Croft Road

In town centre:
1. Path from Castlehill Road / access also through Wellington Square

You’ll want to look the part, as well as cracking into your green based wardrobe you may wish to top off the look with a lovely flowery head-dress or facepaint

There will be numerous stalls offering fake foliage, but if you want to go au natural head towards The Old Town Florist (George Street) where you can get a freshly made headdress for £5.00!

– Facepainting will be available in the Old Town, but local talent Charlotte Rogers will be face-painting at Shakeaway from 9.30am, so make sure to pay her a visit!

Most usual eateries will be full to the brim, or not serving inside. So street eats will be widely available. Don’t blow your cash too early, or you may miss out on a gourmet street eat treat!

Restaurant 27:
– Indian Street food (chickpea / pacora etc
– Battle bangers in baps
(Price: up to £5)

Unwind Cafe
– Sausage rolls, bacon baps, pasties
(Price: £1/3)

Black Market
– Breakfast baps (9.30am – noon / Price: £2/3)
– Burgers, pork belly roll, hot dogs (noon onwards / Price £2/4))
– Burger & beer / small wine (£6.50)

Ali Ali’s
– Bacon butties (10am onwards)
– Burgers / hotdogs
(Price: £3.50)

Dragon Bar
– Burger (locally sourced, Rockfort mayo / mature smoked cheddar, home-made chutney)
– Hot Dog (!00% pork cumberland)
– Vegi chilli curry
– Spring Pea salad
(Price: £4.00)

Royal Standard
– Hog Roast in beer garden
(Price: £4)

Anyone familiar with the Old Town will be aware that there are plenty of pubs in which to quench one’s thirst. All drinks will be served in plastic glasses leaving punters free to roam around and spill beer down their sleeves.

Revolver Lounge are offering special Jack In The Green shot (green absinth and Jack Daniels) for those brave enough.

There will be a number of local food and drink stalls up at the Hastings Castle, including the FILO beer tent and Trappers Cider

Please note that drinking from glass bottles is not allowed, and they will be confiscated.

For anyone not in the know. The Bank Holiday fun is not just reserved for leafy greeners. Hastings plays host to a national motorbike meet (Hastings May Day Run) for more information, check out their website.

This Is Hastings wishes all the best of luck on your Jack In The Green adventures – have fun and stay safe!

Check out the procession guide we posted earlier, as well as full programme on the official website.

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