Hastings Pier Charity

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Following a £14.2m refurbishment and over two years work, Hastings Pier will re-open to the public in spring this year with a gala celebration being planned for May 2016.

There will be a full-service restaurant in the one remaining original, and now restored, building, plus a bistro in the newly built Visitor Centre will follow. The two-storey Visitor Centre doubles as a Heritage Centre, a digital archive of different aspects of the pier’s history, much of it contributed by local residents. It will also be licensed for weddings, with function rooms for private events, receptions and meetings plus a roof terrace café. The pier will host a Summer Circus and also has plans for farmers’ markets, outdoor cinema, concerts and theatre, Christmas fairs, an ice rink, art installations and night sky-watching as well as the more traditional seaside promenading.