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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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  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 3rd September @ 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 Creative Stitchers September meeting

    Thursday 3rd September @ 7:15pm
    Location: Rye

    A talk on Baltimore applique quilts at Rye Baptist Church Hall, Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN by tutor and ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 4th September @ 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

  • Autumn Migration Watch

    Saturday 5th September @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A walk around the salt marshes and beach to look for movements of seabirds, waders re-fuelling on the pools, and ... more

  • Tilling Green Car Boot Sale

    Saturday 5th September
    Location: Rye

    Boot fair (In aid of The New Tilling Green Community Centre). Booters can buy a pitch from £5 for cars ... more

  • Connected Threads

    Saturday 5th September for 21 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Three talented local textile artists - Heather Collins, Josephine Ho and Madeleine Day display their varied skills and techniques, creating ... more

  • Face The Front

    Saturday 5th September for 21 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Leading local artists - An exhibition of cutting edge contemporary art by artists living locally who have a national following. ... more

  • Margaret Barnard - Retrospecive

    Saturday 5th September for 21 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Rye artist Margaret Barnard is famed for her Art Deco lino prints. Also an accomplished painter, her work features in ... more

  • Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour

    Saturday 5th September @ 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

  • Annual Flower and Vegetable Show

    Saturday 5th September @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Annual Flower and Vegetable Show. Venue: Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye TM31 7LE. Entry open to all. Show Schedules ... more

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