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Aerial view of canoeing at Bewl Water in 1066 Country, East Sussex

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. We're Good to Go
    Visit with confidence – these businesses have been certified under the We're Good to Go scheme, and are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.
  2. Step back in time to 1066 with a weekend of fun, family-friendly activities exploring the famous Battle of Hastings.
    1. 10 Oct 202011 Oct 2020

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 hi-tec laserbeams provide a fab display in the ring at this year's new Santus Circus production.
    1. 10 Sep 202020 Sep 2020
  2. This is Our Battle is an exhibition by local photographer Darren Buss and the people of Battle, recording and reflecting on their experiences of the 2020 lockdown.
    1. 12 Sep 20203 Oct 2020
  3. Heritage Open Days at Alexandra Park Greenhouse. Find out about the charity's Crowdfunding campaign to put a permanent roof on this structure that is used for community events. Buy and donate plants, see our carnivorous plants and cacti collection.
    1. 12 Sep 2020
    2. 13 Sep 2020
  4. 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
  5. Walk around the saltmarsh and beach to look for seabirds, ducks and waders refuelling on the pools and perhaps some raptors hunting them.
    1. 27 Sep 2020
  6. 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
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  7. We are back for the fifth installment of Hastings Oktoberfes, under a marquee at Horntye Park, with social distancing in place. Expect all the usual shenanigans alongside great German beer & bratwurst.
    1. 3 Oct 2020
  8. Step back in time to 1066 with a weekend of fun, family-friendly activities exploring the famous Battle of Hastings.
    1. 10 Oct 202011 Oct 2020
  9. 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

Upcoming highlights

  1. This year's medieval event will be somewhat different, due to Covid-19. It is not a 'festival' in the usual sense, but instead a weekend celebration of Medieval England.
    1. 28 Aug 202031 Aug 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.
Wine and vineyard at Gusbourne Wine Estate, Kent

Discovering wine perfection at Gusbourne Wine Estate, Kent

Kent and Sussex lead the way when it comes to producing superb English wines. A diversity of soils, excellent climate conditions and stunning countryside means the region is perfect wine-producing country. 

A visit to the wine garden of England wouldn’t be complete without dropping by a local wine estate for a vineyard tour, English wine tasting and lunch featuring the best of the area’s home-grown offerings. A visit to Gusbourne Wine Estate ticks all those boxes plus a few more.

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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