Autumn Beside The Sea
Autumn is a magical time of ghosts, gunpowder and of course a famous battle in 1066 country. As the surrounding countryside puts on a blaze of colour, with the leaves turning into shades of crimson, gold and orange, you can enjoy fiery sunsets over the deserted Camber Sands. This time of year is perfect for a walk or cycle ride through the tumbling leaves, or a refreshing stroll along the stunning beach.
Autumn is a wonderful time to explore by bike or foot, the stunning and contrasting countryside, coast and historic towns and villages of this area.
From the flat coastal plains of Rye Bay, to the rolling hills and orchards of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, get out and enjoy this picture postcard corner of England.
Autumn is also the perfect time to visit the vineyards dotted all over the countryside. You will be able to taste the award winning wines and ciders on many of the vineyard tours. How about enjoying a bottle, with a sunset view, nestled amongst the dunes of Camber for a romantic evening?
England’s on the anvil
hear the hammers ring
Clanging from the Severn to the Tyne!
Never was a blacksmith like our Norman King
England’s being hammered, hammered, hammered into line!
On 14th October 1066, a place called Senlac Ridge became the site of the most famous battle to take place on English soil. An event so significant it completely changed the course of English history – and today the Battle of Hastings is probably the one event in history that every adult and child can recall.
Why not witness the atmosphere and tension of our countries’ most famous conflict once again, as the two great adversaries with hundreds of troops, clash in the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings – on the very battlefield where it took place.
Get up close to the knights and their horses in the new cavalry encampment. Immerse yourself in medieval life: watch the chain mail and weaponry makers and take an entertaining look at the Bayeux Tapestry.
Discover the events leading up to the battle in the specially commissioned play. Marvel at the medieval falconry and see if you have what it takes in the have-a-go archery.
Witness the battle unfold and see England change forever at one of the best family days out in history!
There are many country estates you can visit, such as Great Dixter and Batemans with their beautiful gardens to explore and magnificent castles like Bodiam, bathed in Autumn sunlight, surrounded by the fiery colours of the countryside.
Do you dare wander through the cobbled streets of Rye, home to many ghosts and spirits who remained here long after their demise?….
Centuries old stories of ghosts and spirits in and around Camber and Rye come to life when the sun goes down, but don’t think that by escaping into one of the cosy Inn’s throughout the town will offer shelter from these spectres. The Mermaid Inn once a smugglers haunt, has many ghosts and was featured on the TV show ‘Most Haunted’. Spirits are regularly seen to appear and walk through walls, guests have told of waking at night to find a man sitting on the end of their bed, a grey lady drifting through corridors and a vicious dual ending with one protagonist stabbing his opponent with a rapier before dragging the body to a trapdoor and dropping it into the space below. There is also a ghostly rocking chair that often rocks on its own. When it rocks, the cushion on the seat is squeezed flat as if someone heavy is sitting on it. If you hear the sound of a turkey cock gobbling in the lanes of Rye it could be the ghost of a heart-broken monk. Punished for breaking his vows, the monk was walled up in a room and left to die. Legend has it that he went mad before he died and the last sounds he made were those of a turkey gobbling. Take the ghost tour from the Rye Heritage Centre and be prepared to be scared!
Please to remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
We know no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
Halloween is closely followed by Guy Faulkes, or as it is commonly known, Bonfire Night! This is celebrated at length in 1066 country, with bonfire society events throughout October and November. The events all feature a flaming torchlight procession, marching bands, bonfire and firework displays (the one in Hastings is on the beach!)
Eat your way through Autumn
For all you food lovers and lets be honest who isn’t!? A stay during Wild Boar Week is a must, hosted in Rye, this most beautiful Medieval town is the perfect setting for this Medieval food festival.
There are an astounding 28 establishments putting Wild Boar and other game dishes on their menus for this year’s Wild Boar Week!
Some old favourites are returning such as the delicious Wild Boar Ragu at Simply Italian and the Wild Boarger at the Union Steakhouse. The Landgate Bistro have also stated that Squirrel will be returning to their game tasting menu although they’ve not yet revealed the dish!
The Mermaid Inn will be serving Wild Boar Ravioli, a Terrine of Wild Boar, Slow Braised Shoulder of Wild Boar and Juniper Encrusted Wild Boar Haunch.
New to Wild Boar Week is Chef Kyle Tatner who will be found serving delicious street food in various places during the week including Olde Worlde Wines, The Butter Market at the Town Hall, the Farmers’ Market on Strand Quay and the Halloween Ball with the Rockitmen at The Milligan Theatre.
There are already a host of great bands and musicians booked to perform during the week including Suspect, Sarah Jane Hassell, Earl Okin, Skinners Rats, Clea Rose, David Kirkwood, Roger Carey and Andy Williams, Titus, the Rye Bay Crew and the Leigh Highwood Band to name a few! Some of which have been organised by double bass player David Silk who is running his Oktoberfest event concurrently this year.
Rye has many fabulous, ancient and atmospheric old buildings that have been serving the finest local foods since the 13th century, so they know a thing or two about producing delightful dishes from the dark ages.
Autumn is a wonderful time to explore the Romney Marsh, a flat, open landscape of wide skies and fields criss-crossed by a lattice of drainage ditches, home to all manner of wildlife, it offers the opportunity to wander quiet lanes and paths and to visit some of its famous medieval churches.
But Romney Marsh is not entirely an idyll. It has its darker side, for it has strong associations with smuggling in the past and according to legend, witches lurked around every corner…
As you can see an Autumn break here Beside The Sea really is magical, with plenty of events to keep everybody entertained whatever your interests. Whether you want to be wowed by the spectacular firework displays, watch the re-enactment of a famous battle, be terrified by tales of ghosts and ghouls or you are just looking to enjoy the beautiful beaches and countryside, our welcoming, cozy, clean and fresh holiday cottages are the perfect places to enjoy a relaxing break in the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.