Press Releases week beginning 9 May 2016
Discover the seafront - Hire a bike at Pelham Beach
The 7km beachside traffic free cycle route is the perfect way to discover Hastings' seafront and further afield.
The council's Seaside Cycle Hire is now open at weekends offering an extensive range of bicycles for hire to explore the town and the seafront cycle route.
Cllr Dawn Poole Hastings Borough Council's lead member for leisure said:
"We are pleased to announce that Seaside Cycle Hire is now open at weekends until the beginning of June when it will be open seven days a week 9:30 - 17:30.
"Bikes can be hired from as little as a couple of hours to a full day or even a week if required and discounts are available for families and groups of four or more.
"Cycling is a great way to explore the town and now with the newly opened Pier and The Source BMX and Skate Park there is so much more to see and do. This year we have used our Coastal Communities Funding to buy an additional six electric bikes and one electric tricycle - these are great for those not used to riding a bike or with mobility issues. Prices for hiring an electric bike start at £14 for a half day.
"Seaside Cycle Hire offers adult's bikes, children's bikes, electric bikes, helmets, locks and even cycle maps - why not give it a go!"
Bicycles can be booked for the 1066 Cycling Festival which will take place in Hastings and Bexhill on 11 and 12 June.
For more details including hire rates visit the council's website www.hastings.gov.uk/cycle or telephone 07580 426200 or Hastings Tourist Information Centre 01424 451111.
Hastings Tourist Information Centre Re-Opens
Hastings Tourist Information Centre at Muriel Matters House has had a makeover and is now set to provide a full service to both residents and visitors to Hastings.
With more and more people opting to stay at home for their holidays, the town's Tourist Information Centre is gearing up for the busy summer season ahead.
Cllr Dawn Poole the council's lead member for regeneration explained:
"We are delighted with the newly completed works at the Tourist Information Centre; it's now modern, light and airy allowing us to present local attractions and our town to the best advantage. It's vital that we provide this specialist service to visitors and our residents. Tourism contributes over £260m to the Hastings economy and supports over 5400 jobs here in Hastings.
"The all new dedicated team are on hand daily to provide a wide range of information and advice on and including attractions, coach tours and bus tickets, Southern Day Save train tickets, theatre and event tickets, National Express Coach bookings, souvenirs and gifts. The team can also assist with parking permits and pink recycling sacks!"
The most recent Tourism South East data shows that in 2014 434,000 staying trips were spent in Hastings, up 1.6% on 2013 and in total, staying visitors spent over £95m on their visits here.
The Hastings Tourist Information Centre is open Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm and on Sunday 10:30am - 4:00pm.
The team can be contacted on 01424 451111