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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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  • Stupid Fonts at the Queen's Head

    Sunday 26th April @ 4:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Stupid Fonts at the Queen's Head Inn, 19 Landgate, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LH. Phone:01797 222181 ... more

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 28th April @ 9:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Post Office services, coffee shop and a wide range of produce stalls including vegetables, fresh bread bacon, sausages and cheese, ... more

  • French Conversation Club

    Wednesday 29th April @ 6:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Bonjour tout le monde. Juste pour vous rappelez que le prochain French Conversation Club est Mercredi 29 Avril à partir ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 30th April @ 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 Country Market

    Friday 1st May @ 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

  • Rockitmen at The Ypres Castle Inn

    Friday 1st May @ 9:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Friday Live: The Rockitmen Playing at the Ypres from 9pm ... more

  • An Introduction to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    Saturday 2nd May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    The first in a series of 3 walks introducing you to the reserve and its wildlife, and taking you to ... more

  • Ellen Terry's Wardrobe

    Saturday 2nd May @ 2:15pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Take a look at costume history. Tucked away in a storeroom at the back of Smallhythe Place is a collection ... more

  • Wader Watch

    Sunday 3rd May @ 4:30am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    An very early morning walk with a good chance of seeing some breeding and migrating wading birds, and of counting ... more

  • Jempson's Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 4th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 (all sale of pitch proceeds donated to Rye & District Community Transport). Gates open at 7am, ... more

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