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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
    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. Christmas inspiration for an unusual year
    Why not treat loved ones to an imaginative experience this year, vouchers for a favourite restaurant, or a handmade local gift?
  2. 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. 4 Dec 202010 Jan 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. Regular stalls include wine, cheeses, meat, fresh bread, fruit and veg, flowers, jewellery, vegetarian meals, apple juice and much more.
    1. 5 Dec 202019 Dec 2020
  2. Covid-secure indoor mini golf for all the family. Come and check out all nine Hastings-themed holes, including a 'Fat Tuesday' hole, a 'Source Park' hole and many more.
    1. 4 Dec 20203 Jan 2021
  3. Advent calendar
    Every day from the 1st -24th December a new piece of work is unveiled at a variety of locations around Hastings and St Leonards. The works will range from 2D work, sculptures, soundscapes, illuminations, installations and projections, created by the wonderful people that live in this town!
    1. 1 Dec 202024 Dec 2020
  4. Feeling crafty? Join in with our new lockdown series Festive Makes. Over four weeks we'll be sharing ideas for budget-friendly making projects using things you already have at home, or can get from the supermarket. There's a version for adults and a separate version for families and kids.
    1. 23 Nov 2020
    2. 30 Nov 2020
    3. 7 Dec 2020
    4. 14 Dec 2020
  5. Father Christmas at Drusillas Park in East Sussex
    Bring your little monkeys to visit Santa Claus in his cosy Christmas Cottage, meet our lovable husky dogs in the husky ice cave, sample some festive food and drink and marvel at our giant Christmas tree.
    1. 4 Dec 202023 Dec 2020
  6. 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. 4 Dec 202010 Jan 2021
  7. This year due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event is going virtual, which means you can do the event where and when you are ready.
    1. 6 Dec 202013 Dec 2020
  8. For over twenty years, these two award winning jazz artists, both with internationally acclaimed careers, bring to their hugely popular duo show a shared love of classic American standards, show songs and beautifully arranged new takes on the pop and soul canon.
    1. 19 Dec 2020
  9. Pevensey Mini Market is back, 1-4pm on Sundays: 4 October, 1 November, and 6 + 13 December.
    1. 4 Oct 2020
    2. 1 Nov 2020
    3. 6 Dec 2020
    4. 13 Dec 2020
    5. 1 Jan 000131 Dec 9999
  10. Boats at Bewl Water, Kent.
    Do you want to catch a big one? During winter, you can fish for predators at Bewl Water - and even (on particular dates) pike!
    1. 30 Oct 202031 Jan 2021

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. 4 Dec 202010 Jan 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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