Posted 22 November 2013 by Andrew Gardner
The Battle of Hastings is a cornerstone of British history and I'm already excited about plans to celebrate its 950th anniversary in October 2016. A committee has been set up to decide how it will be done, but we know the day's myriad events will include a memorial service for the Saxons and Normans who were killed, a military band and marching display through Battle town centre and a dusk flag-lowering ceremony. This will be a great time to visit Sussex and I do urge you to book your holiday cottage in plenty of time - though we'll always endeavour to help those seeking a late availability booking.
The announcement was probably timed to make up for the cancellation of this year's re-enactment, which should have taken place last month but couldn't because bad weather earlier in the year meant it would have caused irreparable damage to the field. This event is one of the biggest of its type and is supposed to take place every year (wouldn't it be nice if real battles could be cancelled, too?). Still, English Heritage quite fairly pointed out that it's not just about damage to the field surface but what lies beneath - archaeological remains of all kinds - as well as the physical landscape, all of which need to be preserved for future generations and visitors to enjoy.
The site of Battle Abbey is open throughout the year, albeit only at weekends through the winter months, and I do urge you to visit. The atmosphere is quite extraordinary and in some ways even better in winter than in the summer. We have some fabulous holiday lets in the area including nearby Hastings, such as one right on the seafront and a fisherman's cottage tucked away in the heart of the old town. Staying near Battle puts you in the rural heart of East Sussex yet within easy reach of other major attractions such as the historic town of Rye and delightful Bexhill-on-Sea, with its famous De La Warr Pavilion arts centre. These places are so accessible yet you can quickly get that miles-from-anywhere feeling: a Sussex holiday really does have it all, so do have a look at our website for the best and most cosy cottages to stay in.