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1066 Country of Origin

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  1. Destinations
    Visit the towns and villages of Battle, Bexhill, Bodiam, Camber, Hastings, Herstmonceux, Pevensey, Rye and Winchelsea.
  2. Things to do in 1066 Country
    Ancient settlements meet modern lifestyles, sparking a vibrant culture with so much to see and do.
  3. What’s on
    There's loads happening in 1066 Country – from theatre to music to children's activities. Find out what's on here.
  4. Food and drink
    The freshest fish, the best vineyards in England, and a wonderful array of healthy produce – eat with us.
  5. Your stay
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1066 Country is home to some of Sussex’s finest coast and countryside including the famous historic site on which the Battle of Hastings was fought. Use the map below to find out about more about the towns and villages of 1066 Country, as well as what's on, where to stay, things to do, and places to eat, drink, shop and find visitor information.

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Things to do

Get physical with glorious cycle routes and adrenalin-pumping watersports, discover fairytale castles, ancient relics and contemporary artwork, head outdoors to our forests, beaches and gardens, or enjoy a fun-filled family day out exploring an adventure park, braving the smugglers' caves, or getting up-close with the local wildlife. Spoilt for choice? Let us surprise you.

  1. Castles
    Six famous castles: soaring battlements, majestic moats, palatial piles and crumbling ruins.
  2. Family
    Adventure parks, water sports, castles and beaches – there's loads to do for children both young and old.
  3. Galleries
    Four fantastic galleries bring major national and international artists to 1066 Country, through exhibitions and permanent collections.
  4. Gardens
    Lily-covered lakes, beautiful borders, a tulip festival and a national pinetum. Garden fans, you're in for a treat.
  5. Historic sites
    Beyond the famous battlefield, 1066 Country is rich in history – from giant steam pumps to literary inspirations.
  6. Museums
    To really get to know 1066 Country, a visit to its museums is a must. From shipwrecks to flowermaking, our history is here.
  7. Outdoors
    Beaches, gardens and beautiful walks – there's so much to enjoy in the great outdoors.
  8. Sport
    Enjoy a spot of golf, glorious cycle routes, and plenty of adrenalin-pumping watersports.
  9. Things to do in 1066 Country
    Ancient settlements meet modern lifestyles, sparking a vibrant culture with so much to see and do.
  1. October half term
    There's plenty to do this October half term – from autumn walks to museum hunts, and not forgetting Halloween preparations!
  2. Halloween
    A gathering of ghosts, a plethora of pumpkins... there's something spooky afoot in 1066 Country.

What's On

Looking for something to do in 1066 Country? We’ve plenty to keep you entertained during your stay, from festivals to fireworks, music, exhibitions, theatre and guided walks – and plenty of family friendly and free events too. Below are some upcoming highlights, or see the full listings here.

  1. The Hastings Contemporary has reopened with two exhibitions by Quentin Blake and Victor Pasmore. Please book your tickets online in advance.
    1. 1 Sep 20208 Nov 2020
  2. Hastings Open is a major open-entry art show celebrating the creative talent of artists and makers from across the world.
    1. 27 Aug 20203 Jan 2021
  3. Assorted fungi foraged in the Sussex countryside
    Foraging expert Geoff Dann is scouting the land at The Original Hut Company for two hours every other Tuesday morning searching for fungi and other edible wild food, and inviting a small number of people to join him.
    1. 25 Aug 202017 Nov 2020
    2. 1 Jan 000131 Dec 9999
  4. A mass murder has taken place… a serial killer is on the loose! Search the museum for evidence. Identify the Halloween Hacker. (No extra charge on top of standard museum entry).
    1. 24 Oct 20201 Nov 2020
  5. This year's Storytelling Festival will be delivered as a blended event with a mix of online and face-to-face (socially distanced) events.
    1. 17 Oct 202025 Oct 2020
  6. A day of free stories, activities and carnival parade for children and adults to enjoy together.
    1. 25 Oct 2020
  7. Following last year's sell-out success Christmas at Bedgebury returns to the award-winning National Pinetum. Inspired by the landscape itself, visitors can explore a winterland of trees from around the world, dramatically illuminated with stunning lights.
    1. 20 Nov 202031 Dec 2020
  8. Starting outside in the garden we will take a guided walk around the grounds where we will forage and gather materials to use in making our wreath. Back inside working in the Barn, creating under gentle guidance with local seasonal floral designer Spring Nettle.
    1. 17 Oct 2020
  9. Experience laser tag as never before at Bewl Water Laser Challenge. Head into our woodland arena and jump into all-out fun and adventure. Our woodland arena focuses on tactical game play.
    1. 24 Oct 20201 Nov 2020
    2. 7 Nov 202027 Dec 2020
  10. Guided walks by lantern light on the night of Halloween itself. All tickets must be pre-booked. Meet in Castle Car Park, walks last 90 minutes.
    1. 1 Jan 000131 Dec 9999
    2. 31 Oct 2020

Upcoming highlights

  1. Following last year's sell-out success Christmas at Bedgebury returns to the award-winning National Pinetum. Inspired by the landscape itself, visitors can explore a winterland of trees from around the world, dramatically illuminated with stunning lights.
    1. 20 Nov 202031 Dec 2020

Food & Drink

With produce fresh from our fields, ocean and vineyards, here we celebrate honest, hearty food and drink. Get fed up in our cosy pubs, cool and cutesy cafés and top-notch restaurants, or head straight to the source for fantastic fish, micro breweries and beautiful vineyards

  1. Breweries
    Pale ales, IPAs, stouts and ciders – they're all made right here in 1066 Country.
  2. Cafés
    From cute olde worlde tea rooms to modern coffee shops specialising in vegan and gluten free goodies, we do…
  3. Delis and markets
    Pack yourself a picnic full of healthy, locally produced mouthwatering delicacies – and head outside to enjoy…
  4. Pubs
    Historic buildings, cosy fires, sunny gardens – and of course excellent beer and food.
  5. Restaurants
    Specialist seafood restaurants, delicious vegetarian dishes, heart-warming pasta and authentic world food.
  6. Vineyards
    You're in wine country here, and it'd be almost rude not to sample an award-winning vino or two.
Boy looking at fish at Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings, East Sussex

Castle, caves and aquarium: a family day trip to Hastings

Travel blogger Michelle (@Mothergoodofficial) visited Hastings with her family on a blustery day in October. They took in the hilltop ruins of Hastings Castle, descended into the dark caves of Smugglers Adventure, then went underwater at the Blue Reef Aquarium. Heres's what she had to say.

Stay

Hastings & 1066 Country is home to some of Sussex’s finest coast and countryside including the famous historic site on which the Battle of Hastings was fought. Whether you're looking for a hotel, B&B, self-catering property or nights spent camping under the stars, we've got something for you.

  1. Hotels
    Country houses, smugglers' inns, spa treatments and views to die for. Let us put you up in style.
  2. Bed & breakfasts
    Experience the hospitality of 1066 Country in our beautiful B&Bs. Modern boutiques, historic farm houses and restored rectories await.
  3. Under the stars
    Riverside camping, wild glamping, cute little shepherd's huts and gypsy caravans – so many options for sleeping out.
  4. Holiday parks
    With playgrounds, swimming pools and activities on site, these holiday parks are great for a family stay.
  5. Self catering
    Do you prefer to be independent and self-contained on holiday? Have one of these properties all to yourself.
  6. Special offers
    Looking to get more out of your trip? Take a look at our latest offers.
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