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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?

  • Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 30th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Jempson’s are delighted to be hosting a number of charity Boot Fairs again this year in our Peasmarsh car park, ... more

  • Under Winchelsea cellar tours

    Monday 30th May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts over 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only in Bristol, Southampton and Norwich. They were all built between ... more

  • Creepy Crawlies

    Wednesday 1st June @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Go a-hunting with the warden, Chris, as he takes a closer look at the fascinating and bizarre world of insects ... more

  • Children's Afternoon

    Thursday 2nd June @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This afternoon will have a Royal Coronation theme. ... more

  • Collect and Create Clay Creatures

    Thursday 2nd June @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Collect natural materials on a walk through the reserve and create your own clay creature to take home with you. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 3rd June @ 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

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Friday 3rd June @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    A whole day of holiday fun for children aged 6-11, when we will have a campfire, play games and try ... more

  • Deep Sea Drivers

    Friday 3rd June @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Deep Sea Drivers playing at the Wipers. Check website for any updates or changes. ... more

  • Open Cottage Garden

    Saturday 4th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    The Old House, The Mint, Rye Cake and Plant Stalls Refreshments Entry £2.50 In aid of ARRCC ... more

  • Grand Monthly Jumble

    Saturday 4th June @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Grand Jumble Sale in aid of ARRCC on the first Saturday of every month starting 7th May 2016. The Warehouse ... more

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