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

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  • A History Filled Weekend in Hastings & 1066 Country
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    A History Filled Weekend in Hastings & 1066 Country

    When Visit Britain got in touch to take part in their Escape the Everyday campaign I was quite excited because so many of my favourite trips in the last few years have been local ones. The United Kingdom is such a gorgeous place; full of history and legends, cozy cottages and breath-taking landscapes. Visit Britain seemed well aware of my penchant for the old and charming as they packed me off to 1066 Country with a weekend in Hastings learning about smugglers, wandering through castles and cloisters.

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  • Where to stay in 1066 Country
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    Where to stay in 1066 Country

    A few weeks back we were invited over to England by VisitBritain, for the weekend to explore a bit of what 1066 Country has to offer. The region is best known for the Battle of Hastings which took place in 1066, hence the moniker! We stayed in several lovely hotels with some of the most charming rooms and ideal locations for exploring the region.

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  • View of Battle High Street from above, taken from Battle Abbey
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    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…

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  • Boy looking at fish at Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings, East Sussex
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    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.

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  • Michelham Priory in East Sussex, viewed across the lawns.
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    A visit to Michelham Priory

    Why not head for Michelham Priory, a grade I listed house, near Hailsham this autumn. Spend an hour or two meandering in the tranquil gardens and a take tour of the Elizabethan manor house which incorporates parts of the former medieval monastery. Surrounded by England’s longest water-filled moat, the priory was founded in 1229. It was visited by King Edward I, has been owned by both Thomas Cromwell and Anne of Cleves during its long history, and housed evacuees during World War II – if it's history you're after, come and get your fill.

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  • Wine and vineyard at Gusbourne Wine Estate, Kent
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    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.

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  • Child on steps at Swallowtail Hill glampsite in East Sussex
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    Swallowtail Hill: a luxury glamping staycation with kids

    We didn’t have to leave London for long to feel like we had escaped from it all. In the beautiful Sussex countryside lies Swallowtail Hill farm, a 40 acre conservation farm and glamping site made of wildflower meadows, ancient woodland, hedgerows and ponds. After months of unlimited screen time, this rural idyll proved the perfect place to down our devices and relax in nature. Read on to hear more about our post-lockdown staycation.

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  • View of reservoir at Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, on the boundary of East Sussex and Kent.
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    Bewl Water – an active day out for families

    Bewl Water is a scenic reservoir located between the villages of Lamberhurst, Wadhurst and Ticehurst in East Sussex. Not only is the 800-acre site set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s the perfect spot for family activities both on and off the water. From walking, cycling and sailing to picnics, fishing, play areas and a fabulous aqua park, Bewl Water is all about getting active outdoors – and it’s opened up again after lockdown.

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  • Customers drinking wine at a marquee on a summer's day, slightly out of focus with an apple tree in the foreground.
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    Welcome to England's wine country

    It’s all about location, location, location. The land here is triple blessed, you only have to follow the same line of latitude west and find yourself in a rather frosty Canada to realise that something different is going on. The Gulf Stream brings a constant flow of warming currents, the prevailing south west wind combined with topography deflect much of any bad weather, and the geology here is part of the same famous beds that have brought Champagne and Burgundy so much fame and fortune.

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