You know those events you hear about afterwards whose titles alone make you wish you'd known sooner? Well, may I offer you the Hastings Winkle-Tossing competition? But I'm afraid it's already happened this year, so if you want to join in you'll have to book your Sussex holiday cottage for next year.
Seriously though, it's a fun fundraiser run by the Hastings Winkle Club, which before you go any further on that train of thought is a venerable institution formed to help underprivileged local children back when fishing was the town's main industry. Now the club supports all sorts of community events, such as the Hastings Jazz Festival every June - another reason to book early for next year. We have a lovely selection of holiday cottages around the Hastings area, so do check out our website.
And if it's a family beach holiday you're looking for, we have seaside apartments within easy reach of some of this year's award-winning beaches. Hastings' very own Marina Beach received a coveted Blue Flag again - showing truly consistent quality - while won a Seaside Award from the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. They're gorgeous places and we think that's worth shouting about.
Talking of beaches, I swam in the Sussex sea the other day and although it wasn't a scorcher I was amazed how warm the water felt. In fact, I can't recall ever walking straight into an English sea like that; usually it's the 'dip a toe in, squeak, shiver, brace yourself and launch' routine. And this despite the strong, chilly breeze that made for some big waves, and made me look carefully before deciding to swim. My first thought was 'maybe not', especially as the beach was very quiet. Then I saw a few clusters of people near the breakwaters, and a couple of relaxed-looking swimmers, so I based myself near them and took the plunge.