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Rye

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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  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 29th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Wild Woodland Club is a fantastic outdoor club for kids aged 6-11 years. Sessions cost £10 per child.Booking is essential ... more

  • Appledore Flower Festival

    Saturday 29th August for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    “Nearer God’s Heart in a Garden” Bank Holiday Weekend 29th, 30th, 31st August Sat. - Mon. 10.00 – 5.30 Sun. ... more

  • Rye Rugby Club Fun Day

    Saturday 29th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Rugby club are relaunching and are having a community fun day. There will a BBQ, drinks, events for children ... more

  • Defibrillator / CPR Training

    Saturday 29th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rother Responders, the local Community First Responder group, will be holding an Open Garden event at 11, High Street, Rye. ... more

  • Hot Food ... Cool Jazz

    Saturday 29th August
    Location: Rye

    PRE & POST EVENT FOOD & WINE Enhance your Rye Jazz Festival experience with fabulous Gumbo served by award winning ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - Paul Richards

    Saturday 29th August @ 1:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The festival welcomes back Paul Richards and his outstanding Latin guitar duo having appeared at the festival in 2012. The ... more

  • Mapp and Lucia's Rye Walk

    Saturday 29th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Take a guided walk round Rye, looking at the houses and places associated with the Mapp and Lucia novels, also ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - On the Street

    Saturday 29th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The fabulous ‘Fat Tuesday 2nd Line Band’ will be performing throughout Rye - this unique band bring a modern twist ... more

  • Ellen Terry's Wardrobe

    Saturday 29th August @ 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

  • Bayou Maharajah - at the Kino

    Saturday 29th August @ 3:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Exclusive screening of Bayou Maharajah, a feature-length documentary about the legendary New Orleans pianist James Booker. Venue: Kino, Rye. To ... more

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