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 and shop.

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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. 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. Summer holidays
    Find out what's happening for children this summer - you won't need to listen to a single 'I'm boooored'!
  2. Outdoors
    Beaches, gardens and beautiful walks – there's so much to enjoy in the great outdoors.

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. Crossings: community and refuge
    Engaging audiences in questions of identity, belonging and sharing our world, 'Crossings: Community and Refuge' brings the Lampedusa cross and Issam Kourbaj's poignant boat artwork, ‘Dark Water, Burning World’, to Hastings.
    1. 10 Sep 20215 Dec 2021
  2. photograph of three small children playing in the grass, woman with backpack showing them a box.
    Do you have a little one who likes playing outdoors? Curious about nature? Would like to find out more about bugs, birds, and beasties?
    1. 22 Sep 2021
    2. 29 Sep 2021
  3. Fairlight Hall gardens
    Visit Fairlight Hall gardens and take in the magnificent horticultural sites such as the Tropical Border, Glasshouse, Walled Garden, along with the many wonderful areas of the garden. At this time of year you'll be able to see the start of the autumn colours in the garden.
    1. 24 Sep 2021
    2. 24 Sep 2021
    3. 25 Sep 2021
    4. 25 Sep 2021
    5. 25 Sep 2021
  4. a photogrpah of a building at sunset, with orange lights in the building and blue and pink sky. Obstructed by large with letters that say Stargazing E
    View the extraordinary night sky through some of the largest telescopes in the country.
    1. 25 Sep 2021
    2. 8 Oct 2021
    3. 9 Oct 2021
    4. 23 Oct 2021
    5. 12 Nov 2021
    6. 27 Nov 2021
    7. 4 Dec 2021
  5. Artwork at Hastings Contemporary
    A cornucopia of visual mastery awaits our audiences in Hastings, including paintings, sculptures and drawings produced by many of the most revered artists of the 20th century such as L.S. Lowry, Richard Eurich, Paul Nash, Laura Knight, William Roberts, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
    1. 27 May 202126 Sep 2021
  6. a photograph at Rye Harbour nature reserve. Shows a redshank bird sat on a fence post, with old lifeboat hut in the background.
    Throughout Rye Arts Festival, the poetry trail takes you past saltmarshes, the beach and birdwatching hides.
    1. 10 Sep 202126 Sep 2021
  7. Two children roaring like a gruffalo in the woods. For an even at Bedgebury Pinetum.
    Follow the Gruffalo Spotters trail at Bedgebury, spot the signs and see what creatures you can find!
    1. 11 Jun 202130 Sep 2021
    2. 1 Oct 202110 Oct 2021
    3. 11 Oct 202121 Oct 2021
    4. 22 Oct 202131 Oct 2021
    5. 1 Nov 202118 Nov 2021
    6. 19 Nov 202131 Dec 2021
  8. A celebration of writing and writers, featuring workshops, talks, interactive sessions and more.
  9. Conductor of the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra - East Sussex
    The Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra is the first fully professional orchestra in Hastings since the 1930s when the Hastings Municipal Orchestra* was based at the White Rock Theatre, then a major national centre for classical music and the favourite recording studio for the Decca Record Label.
    1. 22 May 202131 Dec 2021

Upcoming highlights

  1. Battle Festival 2021 poster
    BATTLE FESTIVAL is a firm fixture on South East England's cultural calendar, winning public and critical acclaim. The Festival stages performances in iconic settings and attracts world-class performances and audiences to 1066 Country.
    1. 24 Jul 20218 Aug 2021

Food & Drink

  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.
Castle taken from the trees, reflected onto the moat

Historic Residences that Shaped the Monarchy

The UK is renowned for its historic castles and royal residences – the most iconic naturally being Buckingham Palace. This summer, if you’re interested in viewing some of these landmarks across 1066 Country, here are some of the most influential residences that will conjure up images of monarchs and noblemen.


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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