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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?

  • Children's Craft Afternoon

    Thursday 25th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    £2 per child with accompanying adult Suits ages 4-10 years Children’s Craft Afternoon - Have fun making pirate themed crafts. ... more

  • Phil Law and Friends

    Thursday 25th August
    Location: Rye

    Phil Law and Friends - jazz, blues and more at the Standard Inn, The Mint, Rye. A Free event. ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 25th August @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Multi-instrumentalist Paul Higgs will be performing his ‘Brief History of Jazz’ on trumpet and flugel, accompanied by Roger Lewin on ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 26th August @ 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

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Friday 26th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    A whole day of fun for children aged 6-11 as we mark the end of the summer with woodcrafts, campfire ... more

  • Andy Williams - Solo Guitar

    Friday 26th August @ 6:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Andy Williams - Cool solo guitar - will be playing American Jazz, Sambas and Bos Novas at La Maison late ... more

  • Jazz Train

    Friday 26th August @ 6:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Jazz Festival welcomes the great duo Bernie and Steve who blend jazz and latin rhythms - entrance £5 (includes ... more

  • Rye Bay Crew

    Friday 26th August @ 8:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Bay Crew - 2 classically trained singers, a versatile guitarist and singing shipwright swing into the Festival with many ... more

  • Swing Night at the Queen's Head, Rye

    Friday 26th August @ 8:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye's very own 'Rat Pack', the Rye Bay Crew, bring you an evening of swing music as part of the ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 27th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    The monthly outdoor club where children aged 6-11 can explore, play and learn in the woods with campfires, mud, dens ... more

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