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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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What's On in Rye?

  • Rye Jazz Festival - Spring Concerts - Stacey Kent

    Friday 26th May
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz & Blues Festival present internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, as part of their intimate headline spring ... more

  • Yoga at the Gallivant

    Saturday 27th May @ 7:45am
    Location: Camber

    We are delighted to announce the arrival of yoga to the Gallivant with Sally Bayly, a fantastic local teacher that ... more

  • Coastal Plants

    Saturday 27th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out how the shingle and saltmarsh plants cope with their harsh environment. We will also see some coastal birds. ... more

  • Peasmarsh Flower Festival

    Saturday 27th May for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    At St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Church Lane, Peasmarsh. Our Annual Festival has the theme “Music” this year. ... more

  • Rye Vintage Fair

    Saturday 27th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Vintage fair full of beautiful vintage/ antique fashion and accessories from 1900 to 1970s. Entry £1 (children free). ... more

  • May Half Term Crafts

    Saturday 27th May for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Small Hythe

    Across the May half term materials will be available for children to do self-led crafts. They will have the opportunity ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 27th May
    Location: Rye

    David Hopkins takes you on a historical tour of Rye - Tudor boom, bust and plague, 18th century smuggling, the ... more

  • Peasmarsh Ladies Choir Summer Concert

    Saturday 27th May
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Peasmarsh Ladies Choir Summer Concert. Free Admission - Donations gratefully received. Venue: St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Church ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - Triple Bill

    Saturday 27th May
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz & Blues Festival proudly present a wonderful triple bill concert with the acclaimed singer Sarah Jane Morris, Italian ... more

  • East Surrey Morris Men

    Sunday 28th May @ 12:15pm
    Location: Rye

    East Surrey Morris Men at the Mermaid Inn as part of their annual visit. Free admission. ... more

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