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Rye in East Sussex

Travelling westward across Romney Marsh, the distinctive outline of Rye can be seen in the distance. It rises above the level green pastures, stretching from the sea to the far hills which formed the shoreline before the marsh was drained.

Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. These days, the river no longer harbours warships and is home to the local fishing fleet.

Meandering for over one and a half miles from Rye to the coast, the river forms part of the picturesque scenery visible from several vantage points in and around the citadel of Rye.

St Mary's church tower (usually open to the public) offers the best viewpoint to show the terracotta roofs of the many timbered houses. These ancient buildings, cobbled streets and secret passages, once the haunt of smugglers and highwaymen, regularly attract film crews in search of historical settings for period productions.

Many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have made Rye their home, a medieval haven periodically visited by Royalty. In 1573 the title "Rye Royale" was bestowed upon the town by Queen Elizabeth I after a three day stay.

The sheer concentration of living history packed into this vibrant market town makes it the ideal base for a holiday of discovery, or a relaxing short break. There are many comfortable, welcoming hotels and guest houses and plenty of charming inns and restaurants.

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  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Monday 30th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Wild Woodland Holiday Club is a fantastic outdoor club for kids aged 6-11 years. Sessions cost £20 per child.Booking is ... more

  • Explore the Shore

    Tuesday 31st March @ 1:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Enjoy some family time exploring the beach, playing some games and having a go at some arts and crafts. Suitable ... more

  • Meet the Candidates

    Tuesday 31st March @ 7:00pm
    Location: Northiam

    For all constituents of whatever polticial persuasion or none to meet Huw Merriman the new Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the ... more

  • "You Said It !" Easter Drama Workshop

    Wednesday 1st April @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Join in the fun at this new local Drama group for children aged 9-16. Combining Musical Theatre and Public Speaking ... more

  • "YOU SAID IT!" new Drama group

    Wednesday 1st April @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Special Easter Workshop. Join in the fun at our new local Drama group, combining Musical Theatre and Public Speaking with ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 2nd April @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Thursday Market runs "every" Thursday Winter and Summer - for all your Home Goods, Groceries, Fruit and Veg, Malpass ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Thursday 2nd April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • The Great Eggcase Hunt

    Thursday 2nd April @ 1:30pm
    Location: Rye

    An Easter egg hunt with a difference – we will be looking for mermaids’ purses – the Egg cases of ... more

  • Jempson's Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 6th April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 (all sale of pitch proceeds donated to Rye Bonfire Society). Gates open at 7am, no need ... more

  • Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour

    Monday 6th April @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts more than 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only by Southampton and Norwich. Most of the cellars are ... more

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