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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 Country Market

    Friday 2nd 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

  • We Work in the Dark - we do what we can ......

    Friday 2nd September for 30 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have’ Henry James In ... more

  • Bramble Ramble

    Saturday 3rd September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Event A look at the wildlife of bramble and a chance to pick some delicious blackberries – bring ... more

  • Grand Monthly Jumble

    Saturday 3rd September @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Grand Jumble Sale in aid of ARRCC on the first Saturday of every month starting 7th May 2016. The Warehouse ... more

  • Open Potter's Studio

    Saturday 3rd September for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Sea-themed ceramics in my studio at 7 Windmill Way, Winchelsea Beach, TN36 4LF, for sale at reasonable prices. Original, hand-made ... more

  • Richard Adams and Jane Beecham Open Studio

    Saturday 3rd September for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Playden

    Please join us when we open our home to welcome you to view our latest work. Richard Adams, Jane Beecham ... more

  • Under Winchelsea cellar tours

    Saturday 3rd September @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts over 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only in Bristol, Southampton and Norwich. They were all built between ... more

  • Camber Castle

    Saturday 3rd September @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Camber Castle is open to the public on for a guided tour. Admission charges apply. ... more

  • Behold I Bring You Good Gnus

    Saturday 3rd September @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A special evening of music surrounding the wit and wisdom of England's greatest musical humourists. Held in the theatre at ... more

  • Sussex Brass Band Concert

    Saturday 3rd September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye & District Day Centre are pleased to announce the annual event - a Brass Band Concert. This year's event ... more

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