Battle of Hastings Trip

  • October 12, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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In 1066, there was a famous battle on the south coast of England called the Battle of Hastings and on Saturday 12th October we will be going back in time to see what live was like leading up to the battle.

Unfortunately the re-enactment has been called off this year, but everything else around it is still going on.

 

About the day

When English Saxon King Harold and William, Duke of Normandy, in France led their troops into battle for the crown of England, the year of 1066 became one of the most important dates in English history.  You can read more about the original battle in 1066 here...

William, the Duke of Normandy won the battle in 1066 and became king of England, changing the country forever.  Even today, 29% of the words in the Oxford English Dictionary have a French origin. 

We will visit the battlefield and immerse yourselves in the atmosphere of Norman life by wandering through an authentic market and enjoy living history demonstrations including chain mail and weaponry production and medieval falconry.  We will also visit Battle Abbey.

 

Entry cost is £7.80 per person or free for English Heritage members.

We will be aiming to get the 10am train and the journey takes about 1h 40mins. GroupSave Train tickets are £13.45 each.

Look out for the group sign at the station:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look forward to seeing you there.

Robert

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  • Robert

    This Sunday at 8pm there is an interesting programme on T.V (Channel 4) called '1066: The Lost Battlefield' - a Time Team Special.

    The programme suggests the battlefield for the Battle of Hastings is in the wrong place and the Time Team set themselves the task of uncovering its true location, embarking on excavations at Battle Abbey and nearby Caldbec Hill to seek proof of either one being the battlefield.

    4 · November 27, 2013

    • Martina Kumbulani S.

      Huge implications for those settled around the current site.

      November 27, 2013

    • Sally

      Thanks for sharing the information, Robert.

      November 27, 2013

  • Si La N.

    good tah

    October 21, 2013

  • Iwona W

    Interesting, although not as much as always as the main event had been cancelled and there was much less attractions and participants.

    October 13, 2013

  • Robert

    Last year's re-enactment (before it rained) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pZc-iXbucM

    October 13, 2013

  • Robert

    Really good, lots of things going on around the Norman & Saxon camps.

    October 13, 2013

  • Antonella M.

    Fantastic trip to Battle and we were lucky with the weather ;-)

    October 13, 2013

  • Javier G.

    Great day, great people, we're very lucky to have these events organized by Robert.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Lynn L.

    Brilliant day! Learnt so much about a period I thought I already knew. Shame about the re-enactment, but I'm not sure how we would have fitted it in! Thanks for organising, Robert.

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Sandra

    Thank you for the wonderful day in Battle with all of you!

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Juliet P.

    I am really sorry Robert - not able to make it today. Have a lovely time! Apologies for short notice. Juliet.

    October 12, 2013

  • Christy L.

    Hi Robert, sorry for the short notification, I have something come up this morning, will not join the trip today, hope to see you next time.

    October 12, 2013

  • John

    Robert, I don't live in London so l'll go direct and see you outside Battle Abbey about 11:50am. John

    October 11, 2013

  • shanthi r.

    Sorry Robert something come up. Have to make it hopefully next year.

    Shanthi

    October 11, 2013

  • Elisabetta

    Hi Robert. Is there any chance that I can meet you in Battle directly? I live in Hampshire and it wouldn't make sense for me to come to London.

    October 10, 2013

    • Robert

      Yes, see you outside Battle Abbey, we will get there for about 11:50am.

      October 11, 2013

    • Elisabetta

      Thanks, I'll see you tomorrow.

      October 11, 2013

  • Robert

    Thankfully the weather for tomorrow is good - sunny with a few clouds.

    October 11, 2013

  • Antonella M.

    Do we buy train tickets ourselves before hand? How have you organized it, Robert?

    October 8, 2013

    • Robert

      No, we purchase them in groups of 4 on the day to get the half price discount.

      1 · October 8, 2013

    • Cathy

      Hi Robert - can we form a group of 4 for those of us who have Freedom Passes? That's a further saving, I think, as we only pay from Zone 6.

      October 11, 2013

  • Peter D.

    Really sorry to miss this one! Have fun folks hope to meet you next time!

    October 11, 2013

  • Mladen

    sorry, not feel well

    October 11, 2013

  • ester

    The website says the event has been cancelled. Are you still going for the day out?

    October 8, 2013

    • Robert

      Yes, there is still lots to see.

      October 9, 2013

  • Juliet P.

    What time are we back in London please? Juliet

    October 8, 2013

    • Robert

      About 5:30pm

      October 8, 2013

  • Cristina S.

    Hi, what's the returning time?

    October 8, 2013

  • Robert

    It's advisable to bring some food for lunch or buy in London before we leave.

    October 7, 2013

  • sharon T.

    I will pray for a good weather

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Hamza

    Thank you so much , I sincerely so glad and I hope to Learn new things about London and Its culture.I hope to enjoy to exchange languages and habits....

    October 5, 2013

  • Diz

    I would absolutely love to attend this but unfortunately will be away and hope you arrange another. Is it in the future

    October 4, 2013

  • Bronwen H.

    Hi :-)
    The decision was made back in Feb, the ground being so wet and the field being churned up, powers to be thought it needed reseeding and this would take a year but thanks to such an amazing summer the field has recovered and it is to go ahead.
    I hope this has helped..
    Bronwen

    2 · October 4, 2013

  • Lynn L.

    According to the English Heritage website the re-enactment is going ahead on the 12th and 13th. No mention that I could find of their earlier worries about the ground condition.

    2 · October 3, 2013

  • Atousa

    I also read its been canceled this year.seems ground condition is not proper.

    October 2, 2013

  • Meredith S.

    Absolutely gutted but I already have commitments for this Saturday... this is something I have always wanted to do but never seem to know about until afterwards... hopefully it will be repeated next year! Have a wonderful time everyone!

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Robert, you know you can get a 2-in-1 tickets, I.e. Train + entrance, which should work out cheaper than paying them separately.

    October 1, 2013

  • Sally

    Hi, this sounds like great fun! How does the day go, once we arrive? A walk around the battleground?

    October 1, 2013

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