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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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  • Smallfoot film showing

    Saturday 23rd March
    Location: Battle

    Smallfoot, an animated comedy adventure film ( PG ) is being shown. Doors open at 2.30. Film starts at 3pm. ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 30th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next CRAFT FAYRE will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 30th March 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Coming Up Roses

    Saturday 6th April for 78 days @ 9:30am
    Location: Ticehurst

    An exuberant, uplifting collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery in the garden and across the fields. Join us for ... more

  • Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair

    Saturday 6th April for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    At half-hourly intervals throughout the day, Nurserymen will give talks at their stalls on plants of particular interest. N.B. Times ... more

  • Hall of Crafts at Peasmarsh Memorial Hall

    Saturday 13th April @ 11:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    The Hall Of Crafts / Art Show is being held at Peasmarsh Memorial Hall. All handmade crafts and arts sold ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 22nd April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Wildflower Meadow Project) gates ... more

  • Open Garden and Plant Fair

    Wednesday 24th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    Open Garden and Specialist Plant Fair being held on a beautiful estate at Hush Heath Winery, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 6th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye & District Community Transport) ... more

  • Biddenden Flower Festival 2019

    Saturday 25th May for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    This year "Memories are made of this" is the theme for the flower festival, held in All Saints Church High ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 27th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Hospital) gates open at ... more

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