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Free Things to Do

Free things to do on a rainy day (or anytime) in 1066 Country

Just in case there’s a heavy downpour threatening to spoil your holiday fun here in 1066 Country, we thought we’d give you a few ideas of how to keep dry and have a great time.  And what’s more, the list below won’t cost you a penny or very little!

Hastings

Fishermen's Museum - good for all the family as children can climb onto the old lugger and watch a film about the fishing fleet (with a boat coming ashore in heavy seas), plenty of stuffed giant fish and albatrosses to marvel at.  Donations appreciated.

Shipwreck Museum -  tells the unique story of the maritime Hastings area – encouraging you to explore the ‘maritime park’ shore at low tide. Discover how to find the two major historic shipwrecks on the beach nearby that are protected by English Heritage; see how to walk through a prehistoric forest 4000 years old; learn how to collect rocks and fossils from the age of the dinosaurs 135 million years ago; see a replica of a dinosaur's footprint found just along the Hastings coast. There’s a nice film too which tells the story of a boat found in the Thames and has been reconstructed in the museum. Great shop.  Donations appreciated.

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery - Hastings Museum contains a rich and exotic mixture of fine paintings and china, the cultures of other lands, well-known personalities such as John Logie Baird (TV) and Robert Tressell (Ragged Trousered Philanthropist), and a contrasting view of local wildlife today and as it would have been 150 million years ago.

There are plenty of special features for children, with fossils that transform into dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodiles and fish, a diorama of local animals and birds, Native American Galleries complete with tipi and buffalo, and a display on Hastings born conservationist, Grey Owl.

Celebrate the 125 years of Hastings Museum on 16 August at their special anniversary party!

The Flower Makers Museum in Hastings Old Town. This Victorian working museum manufactures the artificial flowers and plants for clients who include the West End, Hollywood (Gladiator and Reign of Fire (Disney)), German National Opera, Bruce Oldfield and Alexander McQueen. A fascinating story lies behind this tiny, unassuming museum, which reaches its centenary in October 2010.

Outside Hastings

Village of Brede

Giants of Brede - massive water pumping engines hidden behind Baroque and Art Deco buildings. Part restoration workshop, part exhibition, 'the Giants of Brede' offers visitors several period examples of the best British engineering being renovated to impressive high standards. Open first Saturday of every month and Bank Holidays

Rye

Rye Heritage Centre - What the Butler Saw! - end of the pier working models. You’ll need to buy the old one penny pieces which operate these, but the fun is definitely worth it. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.

Stone Cross, nr Pevensey

Stone Cross Windmill - restored working windmill, built in 1875.   The windmill is open to visitors on Sunday afternoons between 2pm to 5pm.  It is also open at the same times on Bank Holidays.  Admission is free and includes a guided tour of all floors of the mill.

Battle

Battle Museum, in keeping with the town’s Guy Fawkes connections with the gunpowder mill in the town, has the oldest Guy Fawkes effigy in the world and many other interesting artefacts. (Children go free).

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Historic Itinerary

Historic Itinerary

Divide your day between the two major sites bound up with the history of the Norman Invasion - Battle and Hastings.  William marched first...