Yarn bombing on Hastings Pier
If you live around Hastings, or are heading there over Easter, be sure to catch the yarn bombing fun on the pier.
Schools, community groups, clever knitters and artists have produced a brilliant temporary exhibition of seaside-themed art with pirates, mermaids, gulls, crabs, even fish and chips rendered in wool.
It’s up until just after Easter but it’s bound to look better the earlier you go, before it gets too rained on. Though I saw it at the weekend on the second day it was up and it was holding up a lot better in the gale force wind than my matted hair.
Kids will love it and there were several scooting around the creations when I was there. Plenty to make adults giggle too. Most creations are fixed to the railings around the side but there are also some octopi and even a near full side mermaid amusingly perched on benches.
There’s even this woolly take on the traditional seaside selfie…
The pier, of course, reopened last year after a major reconstruction following a long closure as a result of fire damage. They’ve done a lovely job with minimal clutter and plenty of space for gigs, circuses and other events. There’s a cafe, a shop/community building with a small exhibition about the pier’s history, and a vantage point on top which currently (until May 31) has a free camera obscura booth, in which you can trace the moving view that is refracted through a pinhole onto the table.
If you are visiting with children keep an eye out also on the many free craft workshops and the like that are run here, especially in the school holidays. There’s also, until Fri 7 April, a free trail for children to spot hidden items among the wooly exhibits (details available from the pier shop). The yarn bomb exhibition runs until April 17.