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  • 800 years of history at Michelham Priory
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    800 years of history at Michelham Priory

    From its foundation by Augustinian canons to its dissolution by King Henry VIII, through to its current role as a centre for archaeological study, Michelham Priory is packed with interesting history. And it even features in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy. 

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  • First sculpture for the makeover of the 1066 Country walk, by sculptor Keith Pettit
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    First sculpture completed for 1066 Country walk makeover

    The first sculpture has been completed for the makeover of the 1066 Country Walk in East Sussex, with work set for completion in spring 2021. The 31-mile route, which begins at Pevensey and ends at Rye, is due to be transformed by Rother District Council thanks to a European grant of more than £160,000 from the Rural Payments Agency. 

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  • A gastronomic daydream of 1066 Country
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    A gastronomic daydream of 1066 Country

    The table is laid with cold smoked fish arranged with salted radishes, a rough-cut block of local terrine rests at one side next to a smoky peppered saucisson waiting to be sliced, a colourful salad crisp with condensation, dips in earthy hues, ramson hummus and petal-sprinkled pesto adorned with edible flowers, a rainbow of crudités, a sourdough loaf still warm from the oven, fresh shucked oysters, grapes, cherries and apples. Take a seat.

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  • Source Park takes BMX and skateboard coaching program online
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    Source Park takes BMX and skateboard coaching program online

    The past couple of months of lockdown has seen the thriving Hastings skateboard and BMX community cooped up, with many of them missing their weekly coaching sessions. To help them (and their parents) get through this testing time, the Source Park have taken their coaching program online via weekly sessions hosted on social media.

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  • Turnip the raccoon at Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex.
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    Drusillas Park launches online educational resources

    With schools closed and outings cancelled, many parents have found themselves facing the challenge of home-schooling and entertaining cooped-up kids. Drusillas' new online resources are completely free and provide a variety of learning activities from animal fact files and education videos to word-searches and colouring pages. 

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  • Spring marches on in the gardens of 1066 Country
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    Spring marches on in the gardens of 1066 Country

    If you're anything like us at the present moment and fortunate enough to have your own garden, we expect you are spending more time in it. We don’t think our garden has ever looked so well tended and we have certainly tackled areas that we have in the past overlooked. Like many of you, we have noticed the bird song and the nature around us, which is giving us joy and comfort right now amongst all the worry.

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  • Sunrise at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, East Sussex.
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    Rye Harbour celebrates 50 years of habitat restoration

    Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and what better time to look back over its eventful history of habitat restoration, wildlife protection and extinction reversal. Since 1970, staff and volunteers have recorded the wildlife and managed the special habitats of saltmarsh, saline lagoon, vegetated shingle, wet grassland and reedbed.

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  • Historic route gets major facelift to boost tourism and business
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    Historic route gets major facelift to boost tourism and business

    The 30-mile 1066 Country walk, which begins at Pevensey and ends at Rye having visited Battle en-route, is being transformed into a visitor attraction thanks to a grant of more than £160,000 from the Rural Payments Agency. Due for completion in autumn 2020, the work will include better signage, new interpretation and information boards, guide maps, and bespoke sculptures crafted by local artist Keith Pettit.

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  • Mardi Gras in Hastings
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    Mardi Gras in Hastings

    Hailed as Hastings’ answer to SXSW in Texas, or Brighton’s Great Escape festival, Hastings Fat Tuesday is one of the jewels in the town’s cultural crown and celebrates its 11th year in 2020. With heavyweight headliners Baxter Dury and Craig Charles, as well as hundreds of free gigs, a vibrant Umbrella Parade and free workshops for children, it's bound to be another big one.

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  • Sunrise at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, East Sussex.
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    Fresh air and nature therapy at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    With 1,110 acres of wetlands, shingle and saltmarsh, supporting over 300 rare or endangered plants and animals, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is the perfect place to embrace nature. Its varying routes, accessible paths and bird hides make it suitable for all ages and abilities. And this spring sees the opening of a brand new Discovery Centre, including a café, toilets, classroom and exhibition space.

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