The Battle of Hastings to return this weekend after a hiatus in 2020

The event last went ahead in 2019. Credit: English Heritage

A historic re-enactment of The Battle of Hastings is set to take place this weekend, after the event was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

Taking place on the 9th & 10th of October and on the very spot where King Harold and Duke William fought in 1066, hundreds of reenactors will recreate the drama and intensity of this legendary conflict, which decided the fate of England almost a thousand years ago.

The event was unable to take place last year due to coronavirus restrictions, but now is able to return and take visitors back in time to the fateful day in October which changed the course of English History. 

The battle was last reenacted in 2019. Credit: English Heritage

This year will see the gripping battle will unfold, as Norman and Saxon armies clash -  with hundreds of brave soldiers bringing the legendary story of 1066 to life.

Events Manager English Heritage, Rebecca Hornby said:

“The Battle of Hastings has always been one of the biggest events in English Heritage’s calendar with hundreds of reenactors bringing this incredible battle and moment in time to life.

"It is also a hugely iconic event in Sussex, and among Sussex locals as well as those who travel up and down the country every year to be part of it. We were disappointed to be unable to host it on the same scale last year, but now we are even more excited for this year’s event!”