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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?

  • Moth Morning

    Sunday 25th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A huge variety of interesting and very beautiful moths visit the nature reserve. Come and look in the moth trap ... more

  • Much Ado About Nothing - Open Air

    Sunday 25th June
    Location: Three Oaks

    Bowler Crab bring their tenth Shakespearean production to Half House Farm, Three Oaks – the hilarious comedy Much Ado About ... more

  • The Anniversary

    Thursday 29th June @ 7:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Performed in the Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place, 'The Anniversary' is a dark farce. Family rifts occur throughout, and the ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 29th June @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This month the Mermaid’s jazz concert series features trumpeter and pianist Paul Higgs who has had an extensive musical career ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 30th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Wildlife Watch - Rye Harbour

    Saturday 1st July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A monthly Saturday club for children aged 5-11 years offering a chance to find out more about the natural world ... more

  • Peasmarsh Primary School Summer Fair

    Saturday 1st July @ noon
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Delicious food and drink, bouncy castle, face painting, tombola, balloons, games, raffle, arts and crafts stalls, karate and dance presentations ... more

  • Tilling Green Bingo 2017

    Thursday 6th July
    Location: Rye

    Tilling Green Bingo at the Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye TN31 7BE. Doors Open at 6:45pm with Eyes ... more

  • Hamlet

    Thursday 6th July
    Location: Small Hythe

    Following the murder of the King, Hamlet finds himself questioning the world around him when his father's ghost returns to ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 7th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

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