Eventful times in 1066 Country

1066 Country has a fabulous calendar of upcoming events. Ideally situated for day trips into or out of London, explore the region’s beautiful gardens, vineyards, historic castles and picturesque towns and villages. You will be tempted to stay longer…

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A packed programme of spectacular summer and autumn events awaits you in 1066 Country. Ideally situated for day trips into or out of London, the region’s beautiful gardens and vineyards, historic castles and picturesque medieval towns and villages offer so many attractions that you will no doubt be tempted to stay longer.

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week begins August with a bang, bringing a carnival atmosphere to the fascinating old fishing quarter of the town. Many of the events will take place in the new dedicated Stade Open Space area, right next to the soon-to-open Jerwood Gallery.

For more things maritime, try the Rye Maritime Festival (14 August), which celebrates life on the ocean wave in the hometown of Captain Pugwash’s creator, John Ryan. Stroll along Bexhill’s newly developed seafront, and call in at the iconic 1930s modernist De La Warr Pavilion, which takes a quirky look at beach life, turning its rooftop into a sandy beach complete with deckchairs, Tiki Bar and even pedaloes until mid September.

1066 Country 2Medieval history lovers will delight in Bodiam Castle’s Grand Medieval Weekend (13-14 August) and Herstmonceux Castle’s Medieval Festival Weekend (27-29 August). 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 Arts Festival and Open Studios taking place at venues across Hastings and 1066 Country all month.

The celebrated Rye Arts Festival runs from 10 to 25 September, hosting its customary top-quality line-up of nationally and internationally respected speakers and performers.

New for 2011, Battle mounts its own art trail, with an original look at life in The World Turned Upside Down (17-25 September). Finally, Warhol at the De La Warr Pavilion (from 24 September) takes us into January 2012.

Food lovers: Don’t despair! The colourful Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival rolls into town on 17 and 18 September for its 6th year, and won’t fail to delight with its mix of local seafood stands, vineyard owners from around the region, fisher folk demonstrations and talks and live music provided by talented local musicians.

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