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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?

  • Sunset Serenade

    Saturday 22nd October @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Rye and District Dementia Action Alliance are putting on a show at the ARCC Thretre in New Road - ... more

  • Flossie Malavialle sings Brel, Piaf & More

    Saturday 22nd October
    Location: Winchelsea

    Fabulous french singer, Flossie Malavialle returns to Winchelsea together with Paul Donnelly (guitar) and Chris Parkinson (accordion). Flossie sings the ... more

  • Bobby Fuego's Fat Finger of Funk

    Saturday 22nd October
    Location: Rye

    Bobby Fuego's Fat Finger of Funk offer a funky gumbo and serve it up hot for your listening pleasure! ... more

  • Rye Longbowmen - Come and Have a Go

    Sunday 23rd October
    Location: Rye

    The Order of Rye Longbowmen will be at the Ypres Castle Inn gardens during Wild Boar Week. Come along and ... more

  • Make a Minibeast Home

    Tuesday 25th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Drop-In Family Event Make homes for minibeasts to overwinter in. Suitable for accompanied children of all ages. Drop ... more

  • Uncle Harry's War

    Tuesday 25th October @ 7:00pm
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam and District Historical Society present a talk by John Nicholson - from Ramsgate to the western desert and beyond. ... more

  • Rye Ukulele Experiment

    Tuesday 25th October @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Ukulele Experiment offer Piggy themed songs with Wild Boar nibbles and lots more and free tasting of our Boar ... more

  • Rye Farmers Market

    Wednesday 26th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Come to Rye Farmers’ Market for great tasting, local, seasonal produce. Our producers raise, grow, catch, bake and make their ... more

  • Collect and Create Plant Pots

    Thursday 27th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Family Event Gather seeds from some of our special plants, and then paint a pot to plant them ... more

  • Children's Craft Afternoon

    Thursday 27th October @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A fun afternoon making a variety of autumn themed crafts – items to make and take home. £2 per ... more


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