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A red-roofed hut at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, with yellow flowers in the foreground.

1066 Country of Origin


  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. Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day out at Battle Abbey this half term. Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. There's a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day – just come in your scariest outfits to be in with a chance of winning.
    1. 24 Oct 20201 Nov 2020
  2. Come and join the frightful fun as Drusillas launches another family friendly Halloween! Shriek Week runs from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November 2020. Get ready to lose yourself in the spooktacular atmosphere at Drusillas Park!
    1. 24 Oct 20201 Nov 2020
  3. Join us this half term for a ride through the glorious Weald behind a real steam train! We're giving free 'Peter's Railway' activity books to all children travelling with us.
    1. 24 Oct 202025 Oct 2020
    2. 27 Oct 202029 Oct 2020
    3. 31 Oct 20201 Nov 2020
  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. It's Halloween at Knockhatch Adventure Park from the 26th - 31st October. Bring the family along for an exciting day out. Huge indoor & outdoor play areas, animals, rides and more!
    1. 26 Oct 202031 Oct 2020
  7. Join the fiendish fun at Blue Reef Aquarium this half-term week for the 'spooktacular' Halloween adventure trail.
    1. 24 Oct 202031 Oct 2020
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Halloween Horrors at Herstmonceux Castle
    Pumpkin trails in the gardens, ghostly garden scenes and a spooky graveyard. The play area and rope maze will be open, plus our vintage tea van will be serving Halloween snacks.
    1. 26 Oct 202031 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.
View of Battle High Street from above, taken from Battle Abbey

Discover Battle’s heritage and history through its sculpture trail

Tucked away down Battle’s alleyways, in gardens and in secret corners of the town are a series of sculptures depicting the town’s history and heritage. The sculpture trail is one of three Battle Heritage Walking Trails supported by Lottery funding and created by the community of Battle. I’ve been a resident for over ten years and had no idea that the Battle sculpture trail existed so I headed into town to check it out, along with a few other of Battle’s gems. Read on to discover where Battle’s sculpture trail will lead you…


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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