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1066 Country of Origin

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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
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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. February half term
    From train rides to crafting sessions, dragon hunts to animation workshops, there's plenty to do this February half term – indoors and out.
  2. Mother's Day
    This Mother's Day visit beautiful gardens and National Trust properties, stop for an elegant tea break, or take in an exhibition.

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. Music Month
    Music Month runs from Valentine's Day to St Patrick's Day. Highlights include Fairport Convention, Baxter Dury and Craig Charles. Plus hundreds of free gigs in pubs and smaller venues.
  2. February half term
    From train rides to crafting sessions, dragon hunts to animation workshops, there's plenty to do this February half term – indoors and out.
  3. Mardi Gras troupe
    In New Orleans and Rio they call it Mardi Gras, in Venice it’s known as Carnivale and in Hastings it's “Fat Tuesday”.
    1. 21 Feb 202025 Feb 2020
  4. Poster for Hastings International Piano Festival 2020
    A celebration of all things piano, with free workshops and masterclasses for young people, plus big-name headliners.
    1. 26 Feb 20208 Mar 2020
  5. Airborne is the latest in an ongoing series of artworks Blake has created for the gallery, all featuring flying creations and characters in his distinctive style.
    1. 18 Jan 202022 Mar 2020
  6. The Age of Turmoil features work by three ground-breaking Modern British artists: Edward Burra (1905-1976), Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) and Graham Sutherland (1903-1980).
    1. 18 Jan 202029 Mar 2020
  7. Rye Bay Scallop
    Rye's mouthwatering locally caught scallops are said to be some of the best in the country and are at their plumpest and most succulent in the winter months.
    1. 20 Feb 201628 Feb 2016
    2. 22 Feb 20201 Mar 2020
  8. Anne Ryan (born in Limerick, Ireland) is a celebrated and influential contemporary artist, best known for her 'cutouts' - highly coloured, three dimensional paintings.
    1. 18 Jan 202029 Mar 2020
  9. Varied collection of water pumps mainly from the steam era including 1904 Tangye and 1940 Worthington Simpson triple expansion engines located in their original buildings.
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    2. 7 Mar 2020
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    8. 31 Aug 2020
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    12. 5 Dec 2020
  10. Mother's Day
    This Mother's Day visit beautiful gardens and National Trust properties, stop for an elegant tea break, or take in an exhibition.

Upcoming highlights

  1. Music Month
    Music Month runs from Valentine's Day to St Patrick's Day. Highlights include Fairport Convention, Baxter Dury and Craig Charles. Plus hundreds of free gigs in pubs and smaller venues.

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.
Mardi Gras in Hastings

Mardi Gras in Hastings

Hailed as Hastings’ answer to SXSW in Texas, or Brighton’s Great Escape festival, Hastings Fat Tuesday is one of the jewels in the town’s cultural crown and celebrates its 11th year in 2020. With heavyweight headliners Baxter Dury and Craig Charles, as well as hundreds of free gigs, a vibrant Umbrella Parade and free workshops for children, it's bound to be another big one.

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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