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  1. Covid-19 information for visitors
    Please check here for the latest advice on whether it's OK to travel to 1066 Country, and how to enjoy it safely.
  2. Stay safe, stay home – there's lots to do
    We may be staying in, but we're certainly not missing out. From the comfort of your sofa you can enjoy robotic gallery tours, virtual museums, festivals on Facebook and live streams from the zoo – here's what's happening online.
  3. Covid-19 business information
    Links to the latest government advice, free resources, and what's happening in the tourism industry.
  4. Destinations
    Visit the towns and villages of Battle, Bexhill, Bodiam, Camber, Hastings, Herstmonceux, Pevensey, Rye and Winchelsea.
  5. Things to do in 1066 Country
    Ancient settlements meet modern lifestyles, sparking a vibrant culture with so much to see and do.
  6. What’s on
    There's loads happening in 1066 Country – from theatre to music to children's activities. Find out what's on here.
  7. Food and drink
    The freshest fish, the best vineyards in England, and a wonderful array of healthy produce – eat with us.
  8. Your stay
    From boutique hotels to shepherd's huts wreathed in woodsmoke, 1066 Country opens its doors in welcome.

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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. Wooden henge sculpture on the 1066 Country Walk in East Sussex
    Work is under way to give the 1066 Country Walk a makeover. The 31 mile route starts at Pevensey and ends at Rye, taking in Battle along the way.
    1. 1 Jan 201531 Dec 2015
    2. 1 Jan 201631 Dec 2016
    3. 1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017
    4. 1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018
    5. 1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019
    6. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
    7. 1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021
  2. Large coastal nature reserve with a vast array of wildlife. Network of footpaths leading to 5 birdwatching hides (3 wheelchair accessible). Information centre.
    1. 1 Jan 201531 Dec 2015
    2. 1 Jan 201631 Dec 2016
    3. 1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017
    4. 1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018
    5. 1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019
    6. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
    7. 1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

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. Bottle Alley Light Show in Hastings © Alan Roberts
    In 2017 Bottle Alley was given a new injection of colour, with the installation of new multi-coloured programmable lighting, which you can enjoy during its two light shows every evening.
    1. 1 Jan 000131 Dec 9999
    2. 18 Sep 201931 Dec 2021
  2. Bewl Water is a fantastic place to stay active, whilst enjoying the wonderful outdoors. Bewl Water is great for running, walking and cycling as you might be aware, however, here at Bewl you can also incorparate your gym workout too.
    1. 1 Dec 202028 Feb 2021
  3. Poster for Rye Bay Scallop Week
    Rye's mouthwatering locally caught scallops are said to be some of the best in the country and are at their plumpest and most succulent in the winter months.
    1. 20 Feb 201628 Feb 2016
    2. 22 Feb 20201 Mar 2020
    3. 20 Feb 202128 Feb 2021
  4. Live streaming through the lockdown, showcasing local musicians, speakers, performers and news from Hastings, St Leonards and surrounds.
    1. 1 Apr 202030 Jun 2021
  5. Wooden henge sculpture on the 1066 Country Walk in East Sussex
    Work is under way to give the 1066 Country Walk a makeover. The 31 mile route starts at Pevensey and ends at Rye, taking in Battle along the way.
    1. 1 Jan 201531 Dec 2015
    2. 1 Jan 201631 Dec 2016
    3. 1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017
    4. 1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018
    5. 1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019
    6. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
    7. 1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021
  6. Roman Kosyakov
    Please join us for the first concert of the 2021 series with the former winner of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Roman Kosyakov, performing his 2020 Summer Recital, set in the grounds of Fairlight Hall in the glorious Sussex Countryside.
    1. 12 Jan 202131 May 2021
  7. Sylvia Jiang
    Please join us for the second concert of the 2021 series with the former prizewinner of the 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Sylvia Jiang. This event will be available from 7pm on Tuesday 9th February until 31st May 2021.
    1. 9 Feb 202131 May 2021
  8. Fumiya Koido
    Please join us for the third concert of the 2021 series with the former winner of the 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Fumiya Koido. This event will be available from 7pm on Tuesday 9th March until Monday 31st May 2021.
    1. 9 Mar 202131 May 2021
  9. Tzu-Yin Huang
    Please join us for the fourth concert of the 2021 series with the winner of the 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Tzu-Yin Huang. This event will be available from 7pm on Tuesday 13th April until Monday 31 May 2021.
    1. 13 Apr 202131 May 2021
  10. Finale Concert
    This event will be available from 7pm on Tuesday 11th May until Monday 31st May 2021.
    1. 11 May 202131 May 2021

Upcoming highlights

  1. Hastings International Piano is delighted to announce an exciting new concert series to celebrate the new year, performed by prizewinning pianists from around the globe, who are all now rising stars in the classical music world.
    1. 12 Jan 202131 May 2021

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.
Wooden henge sculptures on the 1066 Country Walk at Westfield. Sculptures by Keith Pettit, photo by Jim Holden.

1066 Country Walk sculptures take their place

Installation has begun of the impressive oak sculptures that will be an integral part of a major makeover for a long-distance walk in East Sussex. The 31-mile 1066 Country walk, which begins at Pevensey, passes through Battle and ends at Rye, is being transformed into a major 1066 visitor attraction. Taking the Bayeux Tapestry as his theme, East Sussex sculptor Keith Pettit has spent months working on a series of large impressive wooden sculpture to mark key sites along the route.

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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