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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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  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 9th July @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Open Mic, Music Club

    Thursday 9th July @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Bonjour tout le monde. Just to remind you, the next music club today - come and join us at the ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 10th July @ 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

  • Comedy Play 'Wanted One Body'

    Friday 10th July for 2 days @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Acting Up in Rye present a comedy play 'Wanted One Body'. Tickets from Grammar School Records, or Pocketful of Rye. ... more

  • An Introduction to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    Saturday 11th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    The third and final walk in the series. Barry Yates the reserve manager, will investigate the most westerly part of ... more

  • A Celebration of Sondheim

    Monday 13th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A celebration of Sondheim at the Rye Creative Centre, new Road, Rye, TN31 7LS Tickets £10 via www.Eventbrite.co.uk or call ... more

  • A Celebration of Sondheim

    Tuesday 14th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A celebration of Sondheim at the Rye Creative Centre, new Road, Rye, TN31 7LS Tickets £10 via www.Eventbrite.co.uk or call ... more

  • Green Drinks July 2015

    Wednesday 15th July @ 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

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 16th July @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • General Sale

    Friday 17th July @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    General Sale at Rye Auction Galleries, Unit G36, Rye Industrial Park, Graham's Way, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7TE. ... more

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