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Rye

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?

  • Open Mic Night

    Tuesday 3rd May
    Location: Rye

    Open Mic Night hosted by Ashely Davies at the Wipers. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 6th May @ 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

  • Playden Weekend Exhibition

    Friday 6th May for 3 days
    Location: Playden

    The Playden Weekend Art Exhibition is held in St Michael's Church, Playden. The exhibition has many local well known artists ... more

  • Cushty

    Friday 6th May for 2 days @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Cushty playing at the Wipers. Check website for any updates or changes. ... more

  • An Introduction to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    Saturday 7th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    This is the first in a series of three walks that aim to introduce people to the nature reserve and ... more

  • Blue Cross Tea Party

    Saturday 7th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Blue Cross Northiam Tea Party would like to invite you to “paws for tea" to help homeless pets. Enjoy a ... more

  • Grand Monthly Jumble

    Saturday 7th May @ 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

  • Blossom Walk

    Sunday 8th May
    Location: Iden

    A Blossom Walk through the orchards from Barons Grange Park House, Readers Lane, Iden TN31 7UU. £5 per head, children ... more

  • Stone Junction

    Sunday 8th May for 2 days @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Stone Junction playing at the Wipers. Check website for any updates or changes. ... more

  • Islam Today by Penny Hamilton

    Thursday 12th May @ 6:30pm
    Location: Udimore

    Islam Today - A Personal View - a talk given by Penny Hamilton who has lived in the region for ... more

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