1066 Country Walk Sculpture - Far Banks Henge

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
    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. May half term
    Find out what's on this May half term to stretch your young ones' legs and stimulate their brains.
  2. Father's Day
    It's time to celebrate the Dads, and treat them to a day of pampering – check out these top ideas.

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. Claire Martin and Nikki Iles
    A Spring Celebration of Jazz takes place at 7.30pm on Friday 28th May 2021 at the newly refurbished concert hall at Rye Creative Centre with multi-award winning jazz artists vocalist Claire Martin OBE and pianist Nikki Iles.
    1. 28 May 2021
  2. Fairlight Hall gardens
    Visit Fairlight Hall gardens and take in the magnificent horticultural sites such as the tropical border, glasshouse, walled garden, peony border along with the many wonderful areas of the garden.
    1. 28 May 2021
    2. 28 May 2021
    3. 29 May 2021
    4. 29 May 2021
  3. Cream teas with the alpacas at Fisherwood Farm
    Afternoon tea with our Alpacas. At Fisherwood Farm you get the opportunity to enjoy delicious food whilst immersed in nature and surrounded by friendly animals.
    1. 17 Apr 202131 Aug 2021
    2. 1 Sep 202130 Sep 2021
    3. 1 Oct 202117 Oct 2021
  4. Kids Rule! at Battle Abbey
    Kids rule at Battle Abbey this May half term! Join us in the grounds of the abbey to watch performances, listen to storytellers and spend time as a family in the great outdoors.
    1. 29 May 20216 Jun 2021
  5. Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex
    Get nose-to-nose with over 100 amazing animals, go WILD in epic adventure play areas and soar to the skies on the rides! All the rides are outside and the whole Park is 90% outdoors so you can enjoy a safe day out with your family!
    1. 29 May 20216 Jun 2021
  6. A hugely popular gourmet evening that centres around the best of our local Hastings catch. Seven course with five matched wines. £79pp, call to book.
    1. 10 Jun 2021
  7. Barefoot Opera Contemporary Art Auction
    An art auction aiming to raise funds for the new 'people's opera' - Bloom Britannia, with paintings, sculptures and other artworks by more than twenty established contemporary artists, as well as two works to be commissioned.
    1. 30 May 202113 Jun 2021
  8. What better way to get outside and explore the beautiful Sussex countryside with new tastes and an abundance of the freshest fruit all ripe for the picking.
    1. 1 Jun 202116 Jul 2021
  9. Poster for Hastings Reggae Festival
    The day is finally arriving! the festival we have been hoping to throw since 2020 before the pandemic stopped us in our tracks. NOW it is almost time to spread our wings, leave lockdown in the past and unite TOGETHER at THE OVAL, Hastings, for a full day of REGGAE music.
    1. 31 Jul 2021
  10. Now in its 8th year, Rye Jazz is welcoming the fantastic Richard Thompson and Beverley Knight.
    1. 26 Aug 202129 Aug 2021

Upcoming highlights

  1. Farm Feasts at Charles Palmer Vineyards
    JOIN US this summer for an evening of Feasting, Friends and Frivolity, a celebration of the best farm to table produce, glass in hand at the beautiful Charles Palmer Vineyards.
    1. 4 Jun 2021
    2. 18 Jun 2021
    3. 16 Jul 2021
    4. 30 Jul 2021
    5. 6 Aug 2021
    6. 27 Aug 2021
    7. 3 Sep 2021
    8. 17 Sep 2021
    9. 22 Oct 2021
    10. 29 Oct 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.
Sailors at Pevensey with groyne in foreground

What changes from 17 May 2021

Hurrah! It's that date we've all been waiting for – 17th May is confirmed as the day we can reopen hotels, B&Bs, indoor hospitality and indoor attractions. Here in 1066 Country we're delighted to be welcoming our visitors back. Here's a summary of what that means if you've been waiting to visit.


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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