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Hastings seaside outing

The London Photographic walkabout crew invite you to join your hosts, Daniel and Andrew, for a summer visit to the seaside town of Hastings, East Sussex

The Location

Hastings is a town on the south east coast, commonly known for its connection to the Norman Conquest, though the actual Battle of Hastings took place some 8 miles to the north. It offers a variety of interesting sights for photographers not seen in other seaside towns accessible from London, including the largest beach-hauled fishing fleet in England, a derelict pier currently undergoing rebuilding, two cliff face funicular railways, castle ruins on top of the hill and more.

On the day attendees will be provided with a printed map showing locations of the interesting sights around the town. Being a fishing town, we plan to sample the local Fish & Chip shops, eating our lunch on the beach, though other options are available for anyone with special dietary requirements. At the end of the day we'll (optionally) stop at a local pub for refreshments before the return journey to London.

Outward Journey

We will meet at Victoria Mainline Station at 09:15 in order to catch the 09:47 departure which is direct to Hastings, arriving at 11:49. Note that there is only one direct train per hour to Hastings, so we regret that we cannot wait for anyone who is late for the initial meeting point.

We will meet on the concourse near platforms 15-19, opposite the Ladbrokes shop and (the small) WHSmith. Look for people holding a meetup sign and camera bags.

Train Ticket Offer

Although the route leaving Victoria is not the fastest, travelling on Southern Railways lets us take advantage of their Off-peak Daysave ticket offer. This reduces the cost of the train ticket by 50% to only £15 making the day significantly more affordable than the normal £30+.

NB: you can only buy the Off-peak Daysave ticket directly from South Railways website and must purchase the ticket at least 3 days in advance of travel. Do a ticket search on their website for the London Victoria to Hastings route on July 12th. The results will initially only show expensive full price tickets. When viewing results click the "Daysave" link in the top banner of the page. It should now show the £15 special return. There is no need to select a specific train departure time when buying this ticket, it is valid for any Southern Railways train on the chosen route & day.

Return Journey

Trains from Hastings back to London Victoria on Southern Railways depart once per hour, at 16:55, 17:55, 18:55, 19:55. We will choose an appropriate service depending on how long we wish to stick around taking pictures, though attendees are of course free to leave any time they need to. Remember that the daysave ticket is only valid on the Southern Railways service to Victoria.

Footnotes

We trust that July will offer glorious sunshine for our outing. For the walk, we will be predominantly outside, with little shade available, so please remember to bring a good hat and apply plenty of sun screen during the day.

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  • Takeshi S.

    It was a great day out. Nice to meet everyone + thanks to Dan + Andrew for organising it. Hope to see you again on the next meet up :-)

    July 14, 2014

  • Imaginary l.

    Lovely day out, impeccable organisation and nice bunch of photographers. Thank you so much Dan and Andrew for arranging this. It was great. :)

    July 14, 2014

  • Daniel

    Thanks to everyone who joined us yesterday for making it a very enjoyable & successful day out.

    2 · July 13, 2014

    • Adrianna

      Thank you, Daniel, and Andrew too, for arranging the trip. It was a lovely day!

      1 · July 13, 2014

    • Imaginary l.

      Thank you so much for arranging this meeting. It was a lovely day indeed

      July 14, 2014

  • John F.

    I nice day out, especially when the sun made the effort to show itself. Thanks to the organisers for sorting it all out....

    1 · July 14, 2014

  • Will C.

    Another great meet up guys - a really fun day out enjoying the seaside sun! Thanks very much for the great organisation Daniel and Andrew!

    July 13, 2014

  • Sibi

    Once again a fantastic day!
    I did really enjoy this group as people get along quite well
    See you all soon

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day out..
    Roll on Cambridge trip Andrew??? you know you want to 'go travel' with us all again!!

    July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great day out and learnt so much. Thanks for saving my day with the filter and tripod plate Andrew!

    July 13, 2014

    • Andrew M.

      the invoice is in the post ....

      July 13, 2014

  • Brian P.

    Long journey, but we'll worth it. I'm inspired to go again and mop up the areas I missed.

    July 13, 2014

  • Aggie M.

    It was nice meeting you all guys. Thanks for the great day out. :)

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Bernice

    I'm envious of you all and would have loved a day in Hastings but crocked my knee and had to be back for a theatre trip. So elected not to try. Love the pics I've seen and look forward to seeing more.

    July 13, 2014

  • Brian P.

    Hi Christine, don't forget to look up Derek Jarman's garden: http://www.gardenvisit.com/garden/derek_jarman_garden_prospect_cottage_dungeness

    July 8, 2014

    • Andrew M.

      Christine - here and on the way to the pier -my number is[masked]

      July 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cheers Andrew, apologies, I think we were always about 10 minutes behind your part of the group. I blame the photogenic seagulls!

      July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a lovely day out. Fully expected it to be raining all day, so sunshine and being able to sit on the beach were an absolute plus. Need to start sifting through my circa 5023 seagull pics now...Thanks for organising!

    July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great day. Many thanks for organising and see you next time

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Lynnette

    Great Day - Once again the weather turned out fab. Thank you Daniel & Andrew

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Andrew M.

    Hope you all enjoyed yourselves and are not to exhausted. Please upload your wonderful photos to this meetup page, but 5 only please!

    July 12, 2014

  • Isabella (.

    I m at George street

    July 12, 2014

  • Isabella (.

    Hi where r u guys now?

    July 12, 2014

  • Andrew M.

    At lift to castle, going up

    July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be joining you guys from Clapham too.

    July 11, 2014

    • Daniel

      We're in coach 2 but you'll struggle to get past the people standing. We'll look out for you on route or at Hastings station

      July 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm in coach 4, I might try and make my way up, if not I'll see you guys in Hastings

      July 12, 2014

  • Isabella (.

    Please inform which carriage are u guys in!

    July 12, 2014

  • Isabella (.

    From Victoria.

    July 12, 2014

  • Mark O.

    Will catch up at East Croydon. See you all tomorrow.

    July 11, 2014

  • Isabella (.

    Hi i am on the train. Please inform how to find you.

    July 12, 2014

  • Lynnae

    Oops, that message was for Merryl

    July 12, 2014

  • Lynnae

    Sooo sorry, bus went on diversion, cant get there in time. Hope there's enough warning for you to get a ticket. Again I'm really sorry!

    July 12, 2014

  • Aggie M.

    I will meet you in Hastings guys.

    July 12, 2014

  • Aggie M.

    Aaaaarrrggghhh, why didn't I hear about it before? The tickets are £30 now.......

    July 11, 2014

  • Adrianna

    I'll likely be getting on the train at Clapham as well, so will either see you all on the train or on the platform at Hastings!

    July 11, 2014

  • Bernice

    Would have loved to but am booked into a theatre that day.

    July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Recommendations from a work colleague whose home town is Hastings: fish & chips from Blue Dolphin at Rock-a-Nore (old town opp car park). Tudor streets in old town and The Pump House is a very old pub. Also, if it is working, apparently there a vernacular trolley up to the hills -East Hill - where you get fantastic views of town and coastline. West Hill one is not as long or high...

    2 · July 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will probably join the train at Clapham Junction and find you on it.

    July 7, 2014

    • Daniel

      Assuming it is the same formation as when I did the recee, it'll probably be a 12 coach train with the middle 4 going to Hastings. For anyone joining on-route, I'll try to remember to post a comment on this page when we've left Victoria saying which coach we're in

      July 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. I am sure that a group of camera equipment carrying people will be fairly easy to find.. See you Saturday. Looking forward to meeting you all.

      July 10, 2014

  • Lynnae

    hi, I have a £15 daysave train ticket to sell as I'm no longer able to attend. I will come to the station to give it over on the morning.
    Please let me know if anyone needs it.
    Thanks Lynnae

    July 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I think I'll drive down and do some early morning shots at Dungeness before Hastings, will meet you in the station for the 11:49.

    1 · July 8, 2014

    • Imaginary l.

      I'm so jealous. I really want to go to Dungeness too. It seems like must for all photographers in the UK

      July 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      John, haha- what I don't have in quality of pictures, I aim to make up for in sheer quantity of locations. But I'm driving from SE London, and last time I went to Dungeness, it didn't take much more than an hour to get there, then over to Camber from there is another 15 mins or so, and on to Hastings...really not that much of a distance. Imaginary Land - it's a short day trip from London, you can always go again another day? But don't expect too much, it's nice and eery, but every single one of those boats has been snapped at least 1.7 million times... :-)

      1 · July 8, 2014

  • Imaginary l.

    Hello. It's the first time I'm joining you and I'm wondering, are you just bringing your camera or will you bring your tripod too?

    July 7, 2014

    • Imaginary l.

      Thank you so much for your answer Daniel. I love long exposures, so I think I'll bring mine too :)

      July 7, 2014

    • Imaginary l.

      Looking forwards to meeting you too.

      July 7, 2014

  • Daniel

    Just a reminder that if you're intending to get the Daysave rail ticket (only £15 instead of normal £30+) then you want to buy it by Wednesday, as Daysave must be purchased 3 days in advance of travel.

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Sibi

    Hi Jeanette, Enjoy Mallorca. Hope you will show us some pictures

    July 6, 2014

  • John F.

    I'll meet you guys on the train at East Croydon.

    July 5, 2014

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Apologies. Catching up with my calendar, I find that I'm already due to be away that weekend.

    June 24, 2014

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