Recreation Grounds

The Town Council’s main recreation area is the recreation ground on North Trade Road.

There is a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) that is marked out for basketball, short tennis and 5-a-side football.

The two tennis courts (including a practice fence) are for public use when not being used by the Tennis Club. Court 1 is available to book via https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/BattleRecreationGround. These facilities can be used free of charge.

Play facilities include, for younger children, a castle themed play area, a play boat and springy horses; for older children & teens there is an area including a basket swing, aero skate and a sheltered seating pod. There is a children’s adventure play area situated near to the tennis courts which provides climbing, balancing and swinging facilities under the trees.

The recreation ground is also the home of the Battle Health Pathway, an all weather track for for sports training, exercise and leisure. Its is a popular recreational area for groups of people to meet and exercise together. A cycle track  has also been created in the lower part of the grounds which has proved enormously successful.

There is also a full size football pitch and a youth football pitch. During the main football season, the full size pitch is marked out on the lower area, which can be used for lower league football matches as there are changing facilities in the nearby pavilion. Please contact the Town Clerk if you would like to hire these facilities. The youth football pitch is marked out on the upper area.

An outdoor table tennis table, and a petanque court complete the facilities on offer the Recreation Ground.

Car parking is available and there is also an accessible toilet facility.

If your group or organisation would like to use the recreation ground for a regular or one-off event please contact the office by email to enquiries@battletowncouncil.gov.uk or use the contact form on the website to seek permission. Personal trainers and coaches are also required to seek permission before using the recreation ground. Terms and conditions of hire can be found below.

A smaller recreation ground, Telham Playing Field, is along Hastings Road. There is an open space and some play equipment including swings, small climbing frames and a seesaw. There are no parking facilities but the area can be accessed from Hastings Road or from footpath 101 (the Rights of Way map showing the footpath routes can be found here.

Permissions granted for casual use of recreational facilities at the Recreation Ground:

  • Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
  • Adult pitch – pitch work
  • Youth Pitch – pitch work
  • Petanque terrain

Regular use of recreation ground facilities

Main pitch

  • Battle Town Football Club –  July and August, Monday & Wednesday evenings 6 pm – 8pm
  • Football season Saturday afternoons K.O. 3pm when BST, 2 pm when GMT
  • Battle Knights- walking football, Tuesdays 10am to 11am (weather dependent)
  • Pass & Move – Season matches Sunday morning

Youth pitch

  • Pass & Move – Summer training Monday evenings 4.30 pm to 7 pm & Tuesday evenings 6.30 pm to 8 pm
  • Season matches, Saturday & Sundays 9 am to 12.30 pm

MUGA

  • Battle Town Football Club – Walking football Tuesdays 10 am to 11am

Petanque court

  • 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month from 10 a.m. to 12 pm

A bicycle parking area can be found by the main entrance. Please note that the car parking area is for Recreation Ground users only and overnight parking is not permitted. Dogs must be kept on a lead.

Telham Recreation Ground

The Telham Recreation Ground is also owned and maintained by the Council. There is a small play area with swings, slide, climbing apparatus etc. for young children within a large grass area. Please note that there is no access by car. Dogs must be kept on a lead.

The Coronation Gardens Play Area in Battle and the Darvel Down Play Area in Netherfield are owned and managed by Rother District Council.

Guild Shaw

Guild Shaw, a small natural area adjacent to the footpath behind the shops between the High Street and the Abbey, was gifted to the town. The Council maintains this area which provides a quiet place to sit and contemplate within a short distance of a quite busy footpath. The footpath can be accessed from the twitten (twitten: narrow path between two walls or hedges) by The Almonry or from the road that runs down by Battle Abbey towards George Meadow. Dogs must be kept under control.

Mansers Shaw

One entrance to this wonderful shaw (shaw: small group of trees; thicket) can be found at the lower end of the North Trade Road Recreation Ground. There are paths through the woodland which will take you all the way round to the section of the 1066 Country Walk between Battle and Pevensey. The Council has been able to extend the access pathway from the Recreation Ground thanks to a generous grant from Sussex Lund, but please note that the paths can be rather muddy during the winter months. Dogs must be kept under control.

George Meadow and Upper Stumblettes

George Meadow is currently rented for farming. The footpath from the Abbey through George Meadow is part of the 1066 Country Walk. Dogs must be kept on a lead as livestock may be grazing.

Kingsmead Open Space, where King Harold’s men are thought to have camped overnight before the battle in 1066, is owned and maintained by Rother District Council. Kingsmead can be accessed from Caldbec Hill, Mount Joy or Bowmans Drive. Battle Town Council has planted a tree to commemorate King Harold’s meeting with the leaders of his army under an apple tree on the night before the Battle of Hastings 1066. In 2022, a Beacon was erected here to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth the second and was lit on 5  June 2022, and again on 6 June 2024 for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.