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Bodiam in East Sussex

Bodiam Castle, alongside the River Rother, could have come straight out of a fairytale complete with drawbridge and moat. It was built in the 14th century by Sir Edward Dalymgriggenot as defence against invasion by the French and also as his family home. The castle remains much as he built it, being maintained by the National Trust.

At the beginning of the last century the area around Bodiam was full of hop gardens, producing hops for Guinness. It was where Londoners would look forward to come with their children in the late summer and early autumn to harvest the bines in beautiful countryside.

The church of St Giles is situated in the centre of Bodiam village, but the village pub, which dates back to the 14th century, was built to provide accommodation for visitors to the castle and is opposite the castle entrance. Steam trains of the Kent and East Sussex Railway from Tenterden and Northiam stop at the recently refurbished Bodiam station which is a short walk from the castle.

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  • The Elements

    Saturday 30th September for 85 days @ 9:30am
    Location: Ticehurst

    The Elements, when all that glitters is not gold but that doesn’t stop us dreaming. An underlying connection between science ... more

  • Bee and Honey Show

    Saturday 30th September
    Location: Cranbrook

    Annual Weald of Kent Beekeepers Bee Show where you can come and see live bees and learn more about them, ... more

  • P'opera - with Opera South East

    Saturday 30th September
    Location: Battle

    An evening of popular opera at the Emmanuel Centre. A sell out and much acclaimed last year. ... more

  • PURE Autumn Art Fair

    Saturday 7th October for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    #Creativity is contagious… Pass it on! The Prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair returns to the PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex ... more

  • The Battle of Hastings

    Saturday 14th October for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Re-live the atmosphere and tension, as more than 600 soldiers clash in the infamous Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Step foot ... more

  • Battle of Hastings Story Competition

    Saturday 14th October for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    We're looking for talented young authors to craft a 1066 tale for the chance to win fantastic prizes at this ... more

  • Northiam Bonfire Procession & Fireworks

    Saturday 21st October
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam's Bonfire Procession will be held on Saturday 21st October, leaving the Bonfire Field (on the A28 south of the ... more

  • Battle Bonfire

    Saturday 4th November
    Location: Battle

    Battle Bonfire - a fantastic event for full details visit: http://www.battelbonfire.co.uk/2017/Bonfire/Bonfire.php ... more

  • Christmas Tree Festival

    Saturday 25th November
    Location: Battle

    Annual Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church Battle, with Christmas stalls, refreshments, light lunches, afternoon teas closes at 6pm ... more

  • World of Wine Tasting and Supper

    Saturday 25th November @ 7:00pm
    Location: Ticehurst

    Enjoy a fantastic Saturday night tasting dozens of superbly crafted wines. Meet some amazing people. The people who make the ... more

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