1066 March – 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings

950 years ago, already weary from fighting an invading Viking force King Harold and his men trekked over 300 miles south from York to Battle to face the Norman army.

To mark this anniversary an intrepid band of warriors are making this journey on horse and on foot between Sunday 25th September and Friday 14th October.  They will arrive in Brightling at 5.30pm on Thursday 13th October on their last stop over before marching into Battle on the morning of the anniversary.

Come and cheer the soldiers on as the ride past Brightling Church and then come back to the Village Hall and join us for a small complimentary beer and a chance to meet the re-enactors and discover more about their historic journey.

Horse riders: If you are interested in joining the re-enactors on their ride into Battle on the morning of the 14th October (we’ll be leaving at around 8-8.30am) please email louise.dando@english-heritage.org.uk

We’re also offering a chance to win one of 4 family tickets to English Heritage’s 950th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings on the 15th and 16th of October. To win answer the following 2 questions and provide your contact details.

  1. What battle is the march from York to Battle commemorating?
  2. What time will the riders be arriving in Brightling on October 13th?

Please email your answers to Jane and Geoffrey Beard at thewatertowerbrightling@gmail.com

Competition closes midnight on October 6th and winners names will be drawn on 10th October. Only one entry per household please. Tickets kindly donated by English Heritage.

To find out more about events and activities marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/1066