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Relax your body and open your mind at 1066 Country's weird and wonderful festivals

Festivals

The desire for distant and lost sensations is what brings thousands of visitors to the Herstmonceux Medieval Festival every year.  The largest three-day celebration of the Middle Ages offers an immersive, compelling journey into history's forgotten chapters.

Hastings' Jack in the Green Festival of Morris Dancing is a similarly overwhelming experience.  The festival's centrepiece is its May Day climax where a glorious parade of dancers, drummers, sweeps and 'bogeys' follow 'the Jack', a symbolic representation of Spring that's slain at the top of the West Hill to release the spirit of the Summer.

Savour tastes of the world at a spectacular celebration of a vibrant community, St Leonards Festival.  Wonder at the stunning music, food and activities and enjoy a jaw-dropping finale on a balmy summer evening.

The Pashley Manor Gardens Tulip Festival bursts onto the scene in a riot of colour at the end of April, kicking off their extensive programme of events which runs until September.

Get back to nature and take part in one of the many wildlife events organised during the week long RX Wildlife Festival in several local beauty spots including Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Hastings Country Park.  Many events are free or donation only and there's something to interest all the family.

Enjoy an unusual and entertaining day out in July by following the Battle Scarecrow Festival trail, with over 60 scatty scarecrows to discover around the town centre.

Coastal Currents in September showcases a wide-range of art exhibitions, performances and events throughout Hastings & St Leonards and Rother to enchant local people and visitors to the area alike.

Learn from the best at our popular Seafood and Wine Festival, a highlight of the Autumn.  With a suitably sophisticated mix of music and other entertainment to complement the local produce on offer, this one is not to be missed!

Battle Abbey is the staging ground for an elaborate Re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings every October that draws hundreds of specialist performers from around Europe.  If there's one season when the towns of 1066 Country truly come alive it has to be late Autumn.

The Hastings Bonfire and Fireworks Display is a truly awesome sight that begins with a wild and spectacular procession through the town's narrow streets and culminates in a pyrotechnic fantasia that enthrals tens of thousands of people from all over the UK and Europe.  The market town Battle holds its own bonfire celebrations shortly afterwards and Robertsbridge and Rye also have celebrations which bring the season to a spectacular close.

Winter is barely a frosted breath away and there are late night shopping events in all of 1066 Country's towns with Battle High Street being transformed into a Dickensian wonderland for the night, a magical Christmas event in Rye and an ice rink and reindeer in Hastings town centre!

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Jack in the Green Festival

Jack in the Green Festival

A festival of Morris and other traditional dance with visiting teams from all over England and Europe. Procession on Bank Holiday Monday with music,...

Battle Medieval Fayre

Battle Medieval Fayre

Medieval Madness is coming to Battle again - the costumes are being dusted down; the maypole has been woken from its yearly hibernation ready for 2...

Bexhill Roaring 20s

Bexhill Roaring 20s

A vibrant period event on Bexhill's elegant Edwardian seafront. Featuring: The only formation wing walking team in the world - Breitling Wing...

Pirate Day 2014

Pirate Day 2014

Come on you Pirates - another day to enjoy! Grand parade from 12noon - more information to follow.

The Grand Medieval Weekend

The Grand Medieval Weekend

Start summer with a bang at our Grand Medieval Weekend. Celebrate with Sir Edward and his household as the building work starts on his new home,...

England's Medieval Festival

England's Medieval Festival

Welcome to England's Medieval Festival - 23-25 August 2014 Nestling within the Sussex countryside is a 15th century moated castle - Herstmonceux...

Coastal Currents Contemporary Arts Festival

Coastal Currents Contemporary Arts Festival

Tapping into the unique heritage of the coastal location, the festival encourages residents to rediscover their area and visitors to explore new...

Bexhill Festival of the Sea

Bexhill Festival of the Sea

For the second year - the Biggest & Best Sea Angling Festival in the South The festival showcases local businesses selling delicisious food dishes...

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival

Indulge in a mouth-watering weekend of delicious seafood and luscious wines at this spectacular festival. The festival site and the marquees on...

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