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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?

  • General Sale

    Friday 20th October
    Location: Rye

    Viewing Thursday 19th 9.00 – 4.30pm ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 20th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Robert Reid - Music

    Friday 20th October
    Location: Rye

    Robert Reid music at the Grapevine. ... more

  • Angelo Tristan Band at the Ypres

    Friday 20th October
    Location: Rye

    Angelo Tristan Band at the Ypres. ... more

  • Forager's Supper Club

    Saturday 21st October
    Location: Camber

    Forager’s Supper Club will have a menu featuring game, wild boar and seasonal foraged ingredients. To register your interest in ... more

  • Wild Boar Hog Hunt

    Saturday 21st October for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Over 100 shops in Rye will celebrate Wild Boar Week by displaying a card-Boar-d wild boar in their window. Each ... more

  • Wild Boar Week

    Saturday 21st October for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    A celebration of game in Rye. Restaurants will be showcasing an array of gamey treats including Mallard, Partridge Pheasant, Rabbit ... more

  • Free Family Art Workshop- Willow Whale

    Saturday 21st October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    ‘The Willow Whale’ workshop has been designed for children and families to create something beautiful and playful together. We will ... more

  • Tatners at Olde Worlde Wines

    Saturday 21st October
    Location: Rye

    On the Menu -Glazed, Slow and Sticky Wild Boar Belly Ribs with Shredded Asian Salad, Coriander, Fresh Chilli and a ... more

  • Travels of a Whale Watching Naturalist

    Saturday 21st October @ 2:30pm
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Part of the Friends Winter Talk series: Judith Scott is a Marine Naturalist and Photographer following her dream travelling the ... more

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