Hastings Pirate Weekender 2022

A note from the Captain…

The event will be spread over a weekend – from Saturday 16th July through to Sunday 17th – with pirate fun for everyone in our town’s pubs, venues and attractions. There will be live music on 2 separate stages at the Stade and on the Pier, side shows, pirate acts, parrots, storytelling, quizzes and treasure hunts… some fantastic prizes too, and other surprises along the way.

This year’s main event we celebrate 10 year’s of being the unrivalled Pirate Capital of the World!

We hope our brethren enjoy dressing up, and making more pirate memories in what the pirate capital of the world has to offer, and please donate generously to Captain Windsor’s voyage fund so we can continue into 2023.

Captain Windsor

Programme of Pirate Shenanigans

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July

HASTINGS PIERSaturday 16th July – 5pm till 10pm

Shiver Mé Timbers Pirate Cabaret
(Raising funds for Hastings Pirate Day)
Ticketed event, entrance fee applies. An evening of piratical shenanigans and debauchery. Put on your glad rags, stockings and boots and walk the plank to the hottest show in town! (no under 14s)
HASTINGS PIER – Sunday 17th July – Pirate Day
Main stage
12pm -1.30pm The Old Time Sailors
2pm – 3pm Admiral Finns
3pm-4pm Parade break. Join in the procession and head east to Pelham beach to join in the celebrations of our 10 years of being the Pirate Capital of the World!
4pm-5pm Jolly Roger band
5.15pm – 6.15pm Blair
The bands above will be supported by various nautically themed acts for your amusement and delight. Watch out for other wandering acts, Pirate offers and shenanigans.
STADE OPEN SPACE – Sunday 17th July – Pirate Day
11am – 6pm Blackbeard’s market, Hog Roast, Vegan and vegetarian food and Pirate bar, Sea Shanty Stage. Bar available, no alcohol permitted to be brought in from outside the event area
Sea Shanty Stage line-up:
11.30am – 12.30pm The Twitten Revellers
12.45pm – 1.45pm Jolly Roger Band
2pm – 3pm Hope Cove
3pm – 4pm Parade break Join in the procession and head west to Pelham beach to join in the celebrations of our 10 years of being the Pirate Capital of the World!
4.15pm – 4.45pm Completely Scuppered
5pm – 6pm Four Tea’s and a Sugar – a fun livener to see you on your way
For full bio and information on the above bands please see our FaceBook page 
FOR THE FAMILY – Saturday 16th July
11.00am – 5.30pm Happy Harold…Free transport on the open top trolley bus! For those that want to explore the shores of Hastings from the Goat ledge to Rock a Nore, let our most ancient combustion engine be your carriage… free, donations recommended
11am – 4pm Children’s Craft Workshop. Make your props or dastardly sea cretins to show off in Sunday’s parade. FREE (Between the Aquarium and shipwreck museum,  Rock a Nore Road)
12pm – 4pm Pirates and Parrots. Meet the Seadogs and their real life avian companions and get your picture taken for the scrapbook! FREE (Between the Aquarium and shipwreck museum,  Rock a Nore Road)
Saturday 16th July – Sunday 17th July
11am – 6pm Sideshows
ALL Day – Shipwreck Museum. Explore artefacts and learn about the real shipwrecks along our coastline here in Hastings. Open to all, FREE admission
Sunday 17th July
10am – 5.30pm Hastings Aquarium. Swashbuckle Sunday! Visit and learn about the creatures of the deep, hosted by the ghost of Captain Rigby with free adventure trail and craft activities. Admission fee applies.
ABOUT TOWN – Saturday 16th July – Sunday 17th July
  • Town Centre Pirate Treasure Trail. Explore the ghetto’s, find the letters to make the password to enter the grand prize draw. All day. FREE.
  • Hastings Smugglers Adventure. (St Clement’s Caves, West Hill). Join Captain Courage to hear the tales and adventures of the Diamond ship and get to hold and learn about real Pirate artefacts, Entrance fee applies. 3 Sessions daily (11am, 1pm and 3pm)

Pelham Beach

  • 11am – 4pm Tot’s Treasure hunt and tales presented by the Hastleons at the Volleyball court. Let the little pirates dig in the sand and listen to tales whilst they hunt for their treasure. FREE. Donations recommended.
  • Pirate Express. Running from Pelham beach to Rock-a-Nore. Fee applies
  • Pirate Crazy golf. Fee applies
  • Drum-off, Cannon fire and screening of 80’s family favourite pirate adventure  ‘The Goonies’. Take yourself a picnic and some grog. Sit and enjoy the show as a relaxed way to end your weekend. Please drink responsibly and take your rubbish home with you. No barbecues. Screening starts 4.15pm approx.

St. Leonards – Goat Ledge Saturday 16th July

  • 12pm – 2pm Live music from the world famous Old Time Sailors

Sunday 17th July

  • 2.45pm Join us to form up as part of the West side procession

Saturday 16th July – Sunday 17th July

  • 10am – 8pm Kids treasure hunt, On-the-Spot prizes, Kids fun tattoo parlour, Pirate Pétanque, sandpit and ice cream specials
Join us as we celebrate and gloat at our 10 years of being the unrivalled ‘Pirate Capital of the World’. This year we will have two contingents of the procession; both will form up from 2.45pm and leave at 3pm. They will parade to meet at Pelham beach where the commemorations will begin.
  • West side – we form up on the Upper Promenade above Bottle Alley just west of the Pier. If in doubt listen for the drummers!
  • We will move along the promenade and meet the east side contingent at the big screen in Pelham beach.
  • East side – we form up on the Stade on the beach to the side of the Lifeboat station.
  • We will progress along the promenade to Pelham beach to meet the West side contingent.
  • At 3.30pm approximately, there will be a drum-off from all drumming groups involved and a 10 cannon fire salute by the Southern Skirmish Society.

Memories of the last 10 years Pirate events will be played on the big screen. The event will conclude with the screening of 80s family favourite pirate adventure film ‘The Goonies’ for those of you that want to enjoy a chilled end to your weekend at approximately 4.15pm. For those of you that want to continue revelling head back to either one of our stages for more great acts until past 6pm.

IN YE TAVERNS – Friday 15th July  
  • The Clarence (Middle Street, Hastings)
  • For those pirates that have come ashore early, come down for a great evening of Pirate bands and shenanigans. Times to be confirmed.

Saturday 16th July

  • 7pm The Albion (George Street, Hastings) – Live music from the Dirty Spoons
  • 6pm The Jenny Lind (High Street, Hastings) The Wessex Pirates
  • 6pm Duke of Wellington (High Street, Hastings) Live music from Murderers are Optimists
  • 8pm – 10pm The Nag’s Head (Gensing Road, St Leonards) Ella Grant – Pirate Queen (Drag)
  • 4pm White Rock Theatre (White Rock, Hastings) Hastings Symphonia present the Greatest Hits of Queen + Pirates of the Caribbean piano concerto. Entrance fee applies, under-18s free with paying adult.
  • 12pm -10pm The Hempist (Marine Parade) – Pirate music and shenanigan’s
  • All day till 11pm London Trader (East Beach Street, Hastings) Pirate DJ’s 
Sunday 17th July
  • 7pm The Albion (George Street, Hastings) – Live music from The Right Time
  • Hastings and St. Leonards Angling Association. For one day only, open to the general public. Pirate fancy dress competition with prizes. 12pm Pirate barbecue. 3pm6pm The Tonics band
  • Time TBC The Jenny Lind (High Street, Hastings) Caboose
  • Time TBC Hastings Arms (George Street, Hastings) Shaun Fennessy and Friends
  • Time TBC Duke of Wellington (High Street, Hastings) Band TBC
  • All day till late London Trader (East Beach Street, Hastings) Pirate DJ’s
  • 5pm The Stag Inn (All Saints Street, Hastings) Felix Clement
  • 12pm -10pm The Hempist (Marine Parade) – Pirate music and shenanigan’s
  • The Pig (White Rock, Hastings) Free Rum’n’Coke with every adult roast dinner purchased 12pm – 5.30pm. THE OFFICIAL PIRATE DAY AFTER-PARTY for those sea dogs that just want more! 6pm till midnight (child friendly until 9pm). £2 entrance on the door, children free entry.
Please check back as we will be adding more to this section as we are notified. Updates to program will be made on Thursday evenings.