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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 Country Market

    Friday 9th October @ 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

  • Autumn Migration Watch

    Saturday 10th October @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    Join the warden in a search for warblers in the bushes, waders on the islands and wagtails overhead. Approx 3 ... more

  • Rye Stitching Show

    Saturday 10th October @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Stitching Show, the biennial show of Rye Creative Stitchers, at Rye Baptist Church Hall, Cinque Ports Street, Rye, East ... more

  • Rye Stitching Show

    Saturday 10th October @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    The biennial show of Rye Creative Stitchers at Rye Baptist Church Hall, admission free. Exhibition of embroidery, quilting, beadwork, crochet ... more

  • Ellen Terry's Wardrobe

    Saturday 10th October @ 2:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Tucked away in a storeroom at the back of Smallhythe Place is a collection of theatrical costumes once worn by ... more

  • Quiz Night

    Monday 12th October @ 7:30pm
    Location: Playden

    Quiz Night - Teams up to 6, £10 per person to include fish/vegetarian & chips, bring your own drink and ... more

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 13th October @ 9:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Post Office services, coffee shop and a wide range of produce stalls including vegetables, fresh bread bacon, sausages and cheese, ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 15th October @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Thursday Market runs "every" Thursday Winter and Summer - for all your Home Goods, Groceries, Fruit and Veg, Malpass ... more

  • Tilling Green Bingo Night

    Thursday 15th October
    Location: Rye

    Cash bingo. Doors open at 6:45 with eyes down from 7:30. Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye TN31 7BN ... more

  • Green Drinks

    Thursday 15th October @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Come to Green Drinks for a beer and a chat about the latest developments from Transition Rye, Community Garden, RX ... more


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