There’s plenty to learn about ‘1066 and all that’ in a fun way for kids, at the Battle Museum of Local History, and Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Or capture young
imaginations at Smugglers’ Adventure, a labyrinth of secret tunnels concealing the thrilling history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring, bloodthirsty gangs.
Discover and underwater a world of blacktip reef sharks and a giant Pacific octopus at Hastings Aquarium and meet snakes and a colour-changing chameleon, too. Stay in
town for some old-fashioned fun at the seafront amusements and crazy golf. Or burn off energy on 25,000-square-feet of trampolines at Urban Jump.
Catch big-screen action at the Odeon in Hastings or The Sussex Exchange, then nosh down on paella or pizza at the Exchange’s restaurant. Or meet some exotic animals at
Drusilla’s Park, such as red pandas, armadillos, ring-tailed lemurs and capuchins. Don’t forget the maze, the rides and the play area.
Say hi to 390 animals at Howlett’s Wild Animal Park, world leaders in breeding rare species, including western-lowland gorillas, black rhino and clouded leopards. Visit Chessington World of Adventures for rides, animals, feeds and talks. Or travel back through time on the Kent and East Sussex Railway through the lovely Rother Valley.
You don’t need to be a history buff to know the importance of the 1066 area. From your East Sussex base, you can visit Battle, the site of the most-historic conflict in English history, then wander the pretty high street built around Battle Abbey. Or catch one of the many celebratory bonfires and battle re-enactments.
Grab some more history at 14 th -century moated Bodiam castle, beautiful Scotney Castle with its romantic gardens, the world-renowned garden at Sissinghurst Castle, or wonderful cathedrals at Rochester and Canterbury, telling the story of England for over 1400 years. Or get cultured at arts centre the De La Warr Pavilion.
Hike over the Seven Sisters, boat along the river, or potter around charming towns such as Rye, Hastings and Bexhill. Take on the fastest circuit in the south at Lydd Karting. Try the natural, vegan-friendly beers without additives, filtration or chemicals at Battle Brewery or visit the small-batch experts, The Three Legs Brewing Company.
Go Ape at Bedgebury, play either course at Sedlescombe Golf and Country Club and enjoy a delicious meal, or hire two wheels for the trails from Countrybike in Horam. Boat or kitesurf at Bewl Water, blow away the cobwebs on the seafront with crazy golf at Hastings, or fish for your supper at Hawkhurst.