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1066 Country of Origin


  1. Things to do
    Ancient settlements meet modern lifestyles, sparking a vibrant culture with so much to see and do.
  2. What’s on
    There's loads happening in 1066 Country – from theatre to music to children's activities. Find out what's on here.
  3. Food and drink
    The freshest fish, the best vineyards in England, and a wonderful array of healthy produce – eat with us.
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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.

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Things To Do

Passionate about the countryside, sea, history and culture — then you’ll find much to please you in 1066 Country. This part of the south east is one of the most beautiful with its uplifting scenery, tranquil majestic villages, clean beaches and historic castles.

  1. Sport
    Enjoy a spot of golf, glorious cycle routes, and plenty of adrenalin-pumping watersports.
  2. Discover
    Visit fairytale castles, gaze at the stars through giant telescopes, or get cultural in our museums and galleries.
  3. Outdoors
    Beaches, gardens and beautiful walks – there's so much to enjoy in the great outdoors.
  4. Family
    Adventure parks, water sports, castles and beaches – there's loads to do for children both young and old.
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    Want to be inspired? Let us make some suggestions – choose from brave, hidden or quirky.
  1. Bexhill Festival of the Sea
    A brilliant weekend event next to the De La Warr Pavilion highlighting local produce and seafood cuisine, as well as marine and wildlife conservation, live music – and a Guinness World Record attempt for Largest Gathering of Mermaids.
    1. 6 Sep 20198 Sep 2019
  2. Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival
    The Seafood and Wine Festival shows the best of life by the sea. Indulge in a mouth-watering weekend of delicious seafood and luscious wines at this spectacular festival, with cooking demos, children's entertainment and lots of live music.
    1. 14 Sep 201915 Sep 2019
    2. 1 Jan 000131 Dec 9999

What's On

Looking for something to do in 1066 Country? We’ve plenty to keep you entertained during your stay. Here are some upcoming highlights, or see the full listings here.

  1. The Great Gatsby Fair
    A fabulous Roaring 20’s themed weekend celebrating the swing eras from 1920 -1950 with fun for the whole family.
    1. 19 Jul 201921 Jul 2019
  2. Free to enter, free to spectate, head to the Source Park for this year's Battle of Hastings Kids' Jam.
    1. 20 Jul 2019
  3. Want to ride against the world's best at this year's Battle of Hastings BMX? Here's your chance to join the wildcard team.
    1. 20 Jul 2019
  4. Explore the streets to discover the scarecrows, created by community groups and local businesses.
    1. 19 Jul 20194 Aug 2019
  5. Have you got what it takes to get a job at Bodiam Castle in 1385? This summer Sir Edward is looking for new servants to run his castle.
    1. 24 Jul 20194 Sep 2019
  6. Hastings Old Town Carnival Week
    A week of exciting events from pram racing to treasure trails, open houses to walking tours.
    1. 3 Aug 201911 Aug 2019
  7. Children's puppet making drop-ins at Bateman's
    Be inspired by Kipling's animal and fairytale characters and create your own simple puppets.
    1. 8 Aug 2019
    2. 9 Aug 2019
    3. 27 Aug 2019
    4. 28 Aug 2019
  8. Bexhill Carnival Week
    A week of fun, free community events. The theme of this year's Carnival Week is 'Best of Britain'.
    1. 20 Jul 201927 Jul 2019
  9. Rye Jazz Festival
    This August bank holiday, visit the boutique music festival that packs a punch.
  10. Enjoy swing, bossa nova and easy-listening tunes, along with a delicious meal.
    1. 25 Jul 2019

Upcoming highlights

  1. Rye Arts Festival
    A packed fortnight of opera, classical and contemporary music, drama, walks, authors, performers and artists.
    1. 14 Sep 201928 Sep 2019

Food & Drink

  1. Webbe's at the Fish Cafe
    Webbes at the Fish Café in Rye is a lively and vibrant restaurant that is located in a four-storey converted…
    1. 1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018
    2. 1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018
    3. 1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019
  2. Eggs to Apples
    An award winning farm shop and café showcasing the best in fresh, local produce – from vegan cakes and…
    1. 1 Jan 201731 Jan 2018
    2. 1 Jan 201831 Jan 2019
    3. 1 Jan 201931 Jan 2020
  3. The Bell In Ticehurst
    On the face of it The Bell is a quintessentially English pub but poke your head through its welcoming doors…
    1. 1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018
    2. 1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019
Group geo-caching at the beach

One to watch: England’s Creative Coast

Hastings and Bexhill are to take part in a creative project connecting the coastline of East Sussex, Essex and Kent, as well as the world’s first art geo-tour. 


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.

  1. Swallowtail Hill
    Swallowtail Hill offers a beautiful setting in which to spend a deeply relaxing holiday safe in the knowledge that its impact on the environment will be absolutely minimal.
    1. 1 Jan 201431 Mar 2014
    2. 1 Apr 201431 Oct 2014
    3. 1 Nov 201431 Mar 2015
    4. 1 Jan 201631 Jan 2016
    5. 1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017
    6. 1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018
  2. Anne's House
    Newly opened, Anne’s House is a stylish and comfortable bed and breakfast in the heart of Hastings.
    1. 1 Oct 201831 Dec 2018
    2. 1 Jan 000131 Dec 9999
    3. 1 Oct 201931 Dec 2019
  3. The George in Rye
    1. 1 Jan 201331 Dec 2013
    2. 1 Jan 201431 Dec 2014
    3. 1 Jan 201531 Dec 2015
    4. 1 Jan 201631 Dec 2016
    5. 1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017
    6. 1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018
    7. 1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019
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