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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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  • Tatners@ Olde World Wines

    Sunday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    Kyle has gained a variety of cooking styles from his travels around the globe, from French cuisine to Asian street ... more

  • Happy Sundays@ Olde World Wines

    Sunday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    An afternoon of poetry, music and miscellany. ... more

  • Louis Turpin at the George

    Sunday 25th February @ 4:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The George is delighted to present Jazz and Blues singer, Louis Turpin in the Tap Bar from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. ... more

  • Phil Trainor @ The King's Head

    Sunday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    Phil Trainor @ The King's Head Inn - Irish folk musician playing with his band “On the Level”. Venue: Rye ... more

  • Webbe's Scallop School

    Monday 26th February @ 9:30am
    Location: Rye

    In its thirteenth year, celebrating the scallop and local seafood species. Prepare and eat a seven course luncheon enjoying wines ... more

  • Webbe's Scallop School

    Tuesday 27th February @ 9:30am
    Location: Rye

    In its thirteenth year, celebrating the scallop and local seafood species. Prepare and eat a seven course luncheon enjoying wines ... more

  • Marshlink Action Group AGM

    Tuesday 27th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This is the Annual General Meeting of the MarshLink Action Group. Following the formal meeting (at about 7.15pm) there will ... more

  • Defences Of The Cinque Ports

    Tuesday 27th February
    Location: Northiam

    A talk by Dr Helen Clark. Northiam Historical and Literary Society - non- members £3. ... more

  • Rye Ukulele Experiment

    Tuesday 27th February @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Playing a mix of uplifting sea ballads, fishy songs, shanties with rolling choruses, a drunken sailors lament and other such ... more

  • Winemaker's Dinner

    Wednesday 28th February
    Location: Rye

    Hosted by Winemaker Victoria Ash. Further details TBC … visit http://scallop.org.uk/winemakers-dinner/ for further updates. ... more

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