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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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  • Blues Brothers Tribute

    Friday 19th December @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Three course dinner and entertainment. £27.50 per person. Table of 4 receives the fourth person Free. Venue: River Haven Hotel, ... more

  • Black Sheep

    Friday 19th December @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Black Sheep at the Ypres Castle Inn, Gun Garden, Rye TN31 7HH. For further information 01797 223 248. ... more

  • Rye Arts and Crafts Fair

    Saturday 20th December @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    A stunning array of beautiful local arts and crafts created by local artisans and makers. A great event at any ... more

  • Herald & Heart Christmas Experience

    Saturday 20th December @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Come and join the festivities at Herald & Heart. A Christmas shopping experience with mince pies and mulled wine. Venue: ... more

  • Messiah in Rye Parish Church

    Saturday 20th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Venue: St Mary's Church, Church Square, Rye, TN31 7HF. HANDEL Messiah with the Orchestra of St Paul's, The Syred Consort ... more

  • The Christmas Truce

    Saturday 20th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Iden

    The Wall of Sound Singing Ensemble present 'The Christmas Truce'. Venue: All Saints' Church, Iden. On Christmas Eve, 1914 in ... more

  • Tener Duende

    Saturday 20th December @ 9:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Tener Duende at The Queen's Head Inn, 19 Landgate, Rye TN31 7LH. For further information contact 01797 226 929. ... more

  • Steve Riv and Nana Tisboe

    Sunday 21st December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Steve Riv and Nana Tisboe at the Ypres Castle Inn, Gun Garden, Rye TN31 7HH. For further information 01797 223 ... more

  • Christmas Jazz at the Tuscan Kitchen

    Wednesday 24th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Tuscan Kitchen is holding an evening of Christmas Jazz with local musician Pete Lowe, playing the Soprano saxophone and ... more

  • Titus

    Saturday 27th December
    Location: Rye

    Titus at The Queen's Head Inn, 19 Landgate, Rye TN31 7LH. For further information contact 01797 226 929. ... more

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