When winter is over and you’re gasping for some fresh air and relaxation, head for 1066 Country.
660 acres of speechlessness-inducing awe, the Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve is a living, breathing insight into the heart and history of the planet. The park’s ancient woodland, grassland and heathland lie across five kilometres of exposed cliffs that are rich in prehistoric artefacts and fossils. Its glens and wooded pockets are a timeless testament to nature’s ingenuity with whole universes of rare wildlife supported by nothing more than shadow and stray rain. Rural 1066 Country is vast and unspoilt that even the most intrepid ramblers could lose themselves in any direction for days on end.
Nearby Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is generally flat and low-lying although it features some impressive shingle ridges that have been sculpted over hundreds of years by the combined actions of tides and storms.
One of the advantages of 1066 Country’s natural attractions is that they are open all year round and Bedgebury – The National Pinetum and Forest is no exception. Nestling amongst sparkling lakes and sweeping valleys in the Kent/East Sussex, the pinetum has the finest collection of conifers in the world and its owners promise visitors an insight into the secret life of these enchanting plants. Bedgebury has a unique habitat which attracts dragonflies, butterflies and even bats
Bexhill's Anglo Continental Market - 18/19 May
Stade Saturdays - from May - October
Scarecrow Festival, July