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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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  • Steve Riv and Nana Tisboe

    Sunday 21st December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Steve Riv and Nana Tisboe at the Ypres Castle Inn, Gun Garden, Rye TN31 7HH. For further information 01797 223 ... more

  • Christmas Jazz at the Tuscan Kitchen

    Wednesday 24th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Tuscan Kitchen is holding an evening of Christmas Jazz with local musician Pete Lowe, playing the Soprano saxophone and ... more

  • Titus

    Saturday 27th December
    Location: Rye

    Titus at The Queen's Head Inn, 19 Landgate, Rye TN31 7LH. For further information contact 01797 226 929. ... more

  • Midnight at Milligans

    Wednesday 31st December for 2 days @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Midnight at Milligans with the 1066 Rockitmen and Guests. Tickets £10 available from Grammar School Records, Entertainment Workshops and Rye ... more

  • New Years Eve Celebrations

    Wednesday 31st December for 2 days @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    New Years Eve Celebrations with Hot Buffet, Disco Fireworks and Glass of Bubbly at Midnight. Tickets: £35.00 per person. Venue: ... more

  • 1066 Rockitmen New Year's Eve Party

    Wednesday 31st December @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    1066 Rockitmen - New Year's Eve Party. Midnight at Milligan Theatre, Rye College, The Grove, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7NQ. ... more

  • Rye Film Club - Belle

    Friday 2nd January @ 6:30pm
    Location: Rye

    This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), an illegitimate mixed race daughter of ... more

  • 'Your Country Needs You'

    Tuesday 6th January @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    'Your Country Needs You' Art Recruitment and Propaganda - a lunch time talk by Andrew Ashton. Venue: Gallery 4, Rye ... more

  • The Art of CRW Nevinson

    Tuesday 3rd February @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Art of CRW Nevinson - a lunch time talk by Andrew Ashton. Venue: Gallery 4, Rye Art Gallery, High ... more

  • Rye Bay Scallops Week

    Saturday 21st February for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye Bay Scallop Week in Rye, East Sussex offers a wonderful opportunity to indulge in delicious seafood delights. Further details ... more

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