East Sussex, the home county of the Battle of Hastings, boasts a fabulous calendar of events at Bodiam Castle, Rye and Hastings itself.
A packed programme of spectacular summer and autumn events awaits you in Hastings & 1066 Country. Ideally situated with excellent rail and road links, the region’s beautiful gardens and vineyards, historic castles and picturesque medieval towns and villages offer so many attractions.
Hastings Old Town Week begins August with a bang, bringing a carnival atmosphere to the fascinating old fishing quarter of the town. For more things nautical, try the Rye Maritime Festival, which celebrates life on the high seas in this beautiful medieval town.
Stroll along Bexhill’s seafront, and call in at the iconic 1930s modernist De La Warr Pavilion, which celebrates 80 years since the 9th Earl De La Warr laid the foundation plaque.
Medieval history lovers will delight in the architecture of Bodiam Castle and England’s Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux. Both feel straight out of a glorious storybook, and are renowned throughout Britain.
In September, just as other destinations are winding things down, 1066 Country steps up the pace, with an Indian summer of events. Art is high on the agenda, with the Coastal Currents Contemporary Arts Festival taking place at various venues across Hastings & 1066 Country. The Rye Arts Festival attracts an inspiring array of authors, performers and artists, while Battle takes on its own form of art with the acclaimed Battle Arts & Music Festival in October.
Food lovers: Don’t despair. The colourful Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival rolls into town on 19 and 20 September, and is sure to delight with its mix of local seafood stands, vineyard owners from around the region, fish-cooking demonstrations and talks, and live music provided by talented local musicians.
In October, Hastings Week celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The National Town Criers Championship and the Hastings Bonfire procession are two of the main events, and one of the biggest, which is sure to delight history lovers, is the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings on the historic battlefield itself.
For more information about any of these events, visit 1066 Country.
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