|Where:||Battle, Sussex at the Abbey|
|When:||Weekend nearest 14th October|
The Battle of Hastings is one of the most significant events in British history and each year a re-enactment takes place in memory of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It’s organised by English Heritage at Battle Abbey which was built on the spot by a grateful Williamthe Conqueror after his victory. The battlefield itself is situated in fields immediately behind the impressive buildings of the Abbey, which is now used as a school. Expect plenty of blood-curdling screams as the Normans and Anglo-Saxons hurl themselves into the fray. There are also plenty of living history displays and activities over this two-day event including talks, plays and demonstrations – something for all ages and it makes a very interesting day out.
Large crowds turn out for this event so allow plenty of time for parking etc as Battle is a small town. Best views of the battle are from the sides rather than the top – don’t stray too far downhill from the PA system if you want to hear the commentary. The field car parking in 2014 could have done with a sign approaching the entrance gate as we almost drove straight past and it was very muddy indeed following heavy rain- take your wellies! Plenty of interesting food and drink are available on site as well as English Heritage merchandise and lots of stalls selling Saxon and early medieval themed goods.
In 2017 it takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October (to be confirmed).
For the event website click here : http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield/events
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