Witness England's most famous battle on the field where Saxon soldiers valiantly fought to save the crown in our unmissable annual re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings.
On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October 2011 hundreds of troops, including mounted knights on horseback will recreate the doomed tactics employed by King Harold and his weary troops who had marched from Yorkshire to face their enemy. Fearsome hand-to-hand combat and the galloping hooves of charging horses will add to the atmosphere and terror of the bloody battle, which ended in defeat by William Duke of Normandy.
From 10am to 4pm each day, visitors can immerse themselves in every aspect of 11th century life as a living history encampment depicts the daily toil for those living on both sides of the Channel. As women cook over open fires and tend their children, troops will make chain mail and hone their battle skills while mounted knights give cavalry displays in preparation for battle at 3pm each afternoon.
Falconry, Archery & a Kids’ Battle!
A team of birds of prey will provide thrilling flying sessions as their handlers provide a fascinating insight to the events and politics which surrounded 1066 and the Bayeux Tapestry.
Visitors can try their aim during have-a-go archery sessions and children can take part in fun mock Battle of Hastings skirmishes which will be running during each day. To add to the atmosphere, music will resound in the beautiful acoustic of the abbey Novices’ Room just as the resident monks would have enjoyed.
Admission prices are just £12 for adults, £10.80 for concessions, £7.20 for children, family ticket £31.20. Reductions for English Heritage members. To book in advance, you can either buy online or call our Customer Services team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at Battle Abbey on the day.