The excitement builds.
The festival got off to a great start yesterday evening with local band Jiggery Pokery entertaining the crowd at St Mary in the Castle. Elsewhere much fun was had throughout the town as old friendships were renewed and new friendships started.
Today sees the festival get into its stride with Morris dancing taking place throughout Hastings old town from midday. The sun is shining so pop down, give them a wave and a hearty cheer and soak up the atmosphere in the heart of the old town.
Having cheered on the Morris sides you can take the weight off your feet by popping into The Stag public house on All Saints Street where talented female harmony group Rattlebag will be leading a song session.
You should also take a moment to visit the Jack In the Green Exhibition at History House on Courthouse Street in the heart of Hastings old town to learn more about the revival of the festival and how it has grown over the last 30 years.
This evening sees The Sugar Loaf Band get people dancing at a ceilidh at St Mary in the Castle. So if you know how to weave your willow, or would like to learn, get your dancing shoes and glad rags on and come join the fun. Keith Leach is calling and we may try to persuade him to show us how it is done!
Now in its sixth fabulous year, the Jack In the Green Exhibition is an exciting taste of the weekend's festivities, providing a cultural and historic reference point for the event. Crammed full of vivid images, giants and costumes all framed by luscious greenery, it is easy to feel immersed in the magic of Jack In The Green.
History House, Courthouse Street, Hastings Old Town
Opening 2nd May to 12th May from 11am-4pm Thursday - Sunday