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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?

  • Rye Wurlitzer Concert - Robert Wolfe

    Sunday 23rd November @ 2:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Wurlitzer presents Robert Wolfe. Raffle. Tickets: £8.50 includes refreshments. Free parking. Proceeds in aid of Rye Wurlitzer restoration. Venue: ... more

  • Quiz Night with Fish and Chips

    Monday 24th November @ 7:30pm
    Location: Playden

    Quiz Night with Fish and Chip Supper. Tables of 4 - 6. Bring your own beverage, condiments and cutlery. Tickets ... more

  • Auction for the Art Room at The George

    Wednesday 26th November @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    An auction of art to help preserve The Art Room - the iconic building at the centre of the “Battle ... more

  • Antique Sale - Rye Auction Galleries

    Friday 28th November @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    Antique Sale at Rye Auction Galleries. Taking in from 17th - 21st November. Venue: Rye Auction Galleries Ltd, Unit 36, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 28th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market offers fresh locally grown fruit, flowers and vegetables as well as home-made cakes, savouries, jams, hand-made crafts ... more

  • Land of the Midnight Sun

    Friday 28th November @ 7:30pm
    Location: Iden

    Brian Gallop will give this Winter lecture. Arranged by the Iden & District Natural History Society. Visitors pay £3. Venue: ... more

  • Aha! Ad-Hoc Artists!

    Saturday 29th November for 37 days @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    An eclectic selling exhibition by a group of established local artists - prints, ceramics, jewellery, drawings and books. Venue: Gallery ... more

  • Feast of Delights

    Saturday 29th November for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    A Feast of Delights - stalls with gifts, crafts, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, blacksmiths and more. There is also a food ... more

  • Christmas Fair

    Saturday 29th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Winchelsea

    Stalls, gifts, Christmas decorations and refreshments, Venue: New Hall, Winchelsea, Rectory Lane, Winchelsea TN36 4EY. ... more

  • Christmas Fair

    Saturday 29th November @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Christmas Fair at St Mary’s Church, Church Square, Rye, TN31 7HF. Stalls include Refreshments, Raffle, Cakes, Books, Bottle, Tombola, and ... more

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