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1066 Anniversary Weekend
Various Artists (Feature image by Jim Holden)
Friday 14 October is the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings - the day that changed the course of history.
The focus is on 1066 Country this weekend, as Battle, Hastings and Pevensey all feature in this commemoration of those who fell in this decisive clash between two cultures.
Concorde 1066, Fri Oct 14, 1 - 7pm
At 1pm, over 600 schoolchildren, led by Kings Harold and William, will meet at Battle Abbey and parade down the High Street. At 3.30pm, at St Mary's Parish Church, a multi-denominational commemorative service will be attended by Bishop Martin of Chichester, with re-enactors taking part. Finally, at 5.30pm a military band will march up Battle High Street, perform a sunset ceremony and lower the flag.
Battle of Hastings Re-enactment, Sat 15 - Sun 16 Oct
Battle Abbey, BOOK HERE
A re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings will take place on the historic battlefield throughout the weekend. Hundreds of re-enactors from all over the world will represent the Normans, Saxons and other armies who took part in the epic conflict.
64th National Town Criers' Championship, Sat 15 Oct, 10am
Priory Meadow Hastings, FREE
Enjoy the spectacle of the criers, resplendent in their ceremonial regalia, shouting for the honour of being the best.
La Grande Promenade, Sat 15 Oct, 4pm
Hastings Old Town, from Stade Open Space, FREE
The first of two gigantic processions around Hastings, from the Stade Open Space, up All Saints Street, down the High Street and along the seafront to the town centre.
Torchlight Procession, Bonfire and Fireworks, Sat 15 Oct, 7.15pm
Hastings Old Town, FREE
Hastings will be lit by hundreds of burning torches held aloft by the many Sussex bonfire societies. The bonfire lighting will be followed by one of the most spectacular fireworks displays you'll ever see.
1066 Way to Battle, Sun 16 Oct, 9am
Pevensey Castle to Battle Abbey, FREE
This 17-mile foot race will follow the 1066 Country Walk from Pevensey (where William landed) to Battle (the site of his famous victory). Limited to 1,066 entries.
Various – see listings
ROOT 1066 website