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Festivals 2018

A thrilling selection of wonderful events are on offer in 1066 Country.

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week - a week of exciting events from open houses and gardens, the famous Pram Race, Seaboot Race, Bike Race and ending with the carnival procession.

Rye International Jazz Festival - one of the best boutique music festivals in the area from 24-28 August.  The finest jazz, blues, RnB, Soul, Latin, Cuban, Funk and Contemporary music, with a packed programme of headline concerts, free outdoor music stage and fringe events.

Herstmonceux Medieval Festival - the desire for distant and lost sensations is what brings thousands of visitors to this event every year.  The largest three-day celebration of the Middle Ages offers an immersive, compelling journey into history's forgotten chapters.

Coastal Currents in September showcases a wide-range of art exhibitions, performances and events throughout Hastings & St Leonards and wider afield to enchant local people and visitors to the area alike.

Bexhill Festival of the Sea - the main theme of this event is an appreciation of the sea and beaches, and is a unique event in two parts.  The Festival Weekend - free to enter during the first weekend of September and angling competitions - four weeks of exciting sea fishing.

Hastings Seafood & Wine - learn from the best at this popular festival, a highlight for autumn.  With a suitably sophisticated mix of music and other entertainment to complement the local produce on offer, this one is not to be missed!

Rye Arts Festival - in addition to regular events during festival there will be a coach tour of some of the most famous churches on Romney Marsh.  The Winchelsea Cellar tours and the World War II and Medieval walks in Rye.

Battle Festival in October is committed to staging world-class events, with performances by internationally renowned musicians plus visual arts and fringe events.

Hastings Week is in celebration of 14 October 1066.

The Hastings Bonfire and Fireworks Display is a truly awesome sight that begins with a wild and spectacular procession through the town's narrow streets and culiminates in a pyrotechnic fantasia that enthrals tens of thousands of people from all over the UK and Europe.  The market town of Battle holds its own bonfire celebrations shortly afterwards and Robertsbridge and Rye also have celebrations which bring the season to a spectacular close.

Battle Abbey is the staging ground for an elaborate re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings every October that draws hundreds of specialist performers from around Europe.  If there's one season when the towns of 1066 Country truly come alive it has to be late autumn.


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