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Ancient history

Ancient history

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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
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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. Let's get cosy
    Baby it's cold outside, so cuddle up with a cup of something mulled, huddle up by the fire, it's time to get cosy.
  2. Christmas
    Magical illuminations, candlelit tours, present-filled grottoes and pop-up shopping events full of locally made produce.

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. Pashley’s shop will be open for 11 days in winter for Christmas shopping, packed with a wide selection of high quality gifts and cards.
    1. 21 Nov 20191 Dec 2019
  2. A magical mile-long, after-dark Christmas trail including a vortex tunnel illuminated by thousands of globes and a flotilla of origami boats on a shimmering lake.
    1. 22 Nov 201930 Dec 2019
  3. Meet Santa in his magical Santa's Grotto, come face-to-face with huskies in the Ice Cave, admire the twinkling 24 foot giant Christmas tree.
    1. 23 Nov 201923 Dec 2019
  4. Local traders, purveyors of fine goods, artisans and artists will be selling their wares in Great Dixter’s Medieval halls.
    1. 23 Nov 201924 Nov 2019
  5. Mince pies and sherry at Bodiam Castle
    Delicious Christmas lunches are served in Bodiam Castle's festively decorated Wharf tea-room, with 2 or 3 course menus available and table service.
    1. 2 Dec 201920 Dec 2019
    2. 2 Nov 201920 Nov 2019
  6. Choir singing at Free First Tuesday at the Hastings Contemporary art gallery.
    On the first Tuesday of every month the gallery and cafe are free to all between 4pm and 8pm, with regular pop-up, musical happenings.
    1. 3 Dec 2019
  7. Join us for a circular walk of approximately 6km, starting out from Rye Heritage Centre.
    1. 6 Dec 2019
  8. On December 5th we'll be 5 years old. To celebrate this milestone, we'll be showcasing the very best of the festive season at Eggs to Apples over two days.
    1. 6 Dec 2019
    2. 7 Dec 2019
  9. Get in the fiendish festive spirit as Scrooge guides you through the creepy caverns telling tales of crimes gone by!
    1. 7 Dec 2019
  10. Every child will receive a hand-wrapped present from Father Christmas.
    1. 7 Dec 201923 Dec 2019

Upcoming highlights

  1. Poster for Hastings International Piano Festival 2020
    In 2020, Hastings International Piano will be launching the first Hastings International Piano Festival – more details coming soon.  The Competition returns in 2021.
    1. 28 Feb 20157 Mar 2015
    2. 25 Feb 20165 Mar 2016
    3. 23 Feb 20174 Mar 2017
    4. 26 Feb 20208 Mar 2020

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. Cafes
    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.
Multicoloured autumn trees at Bedgebury Pinetum

An Autumn Walk at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is the perfect place to soak up all the tranquil forest feels or get active with a range of healthy outdoor pursuits. At this time of year, you’ll discover an assortment of colourful foliage from vibrant reds, rust browns and ochres to the stunning gold and rose-tinted leaves of Cherry Tree Avenue. You may even spot a Gruffalo in the woods.


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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