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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?

  • Wakin Snakes

    Sunday 4th December @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Waking Snakes playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

  • Coffee Morning for Stroke Survivors, Family

    Tuesday 6th December @ 11:30am
    Location: Rye

    The Stroke Association will be running a coffee morning for stroke survivors and carers to share experiences and maybe make ... more

  • An Audience with Rick Wakeman

    Thursday 8th December
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz Festival presents an audience with Rick Wakeman. Door open at 7.15. Further information at https://ryejazz.com/programme/ ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 9th December @ 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

  • A Few of my Favourite Things

    Friday 9th December
    Location: Iden

    Norman Sims and wife Jenny are frequently to be seen cycling around the lanes on Walland and Dengemarsh accompanied by ... more

  • London Community Gospel Choir and guest Mica Paris

    Friday 9th December
    Location: Rye

    We welcome the world renowned and multi-award winning London Community Gospel Choir with special guest UK Queen of Soul Mica ... more

  • Atlantic

    Friday 9th December @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Atlantic playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

  • Rye Christmas Festival 2016

    Saturday 10th December
    Location: Rye

    After last year's success this year promises to be even better - the events that have been confirmed so far ... more

  • House of Hands Christmas Fair

    Saturday 10th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Lots of great hand made gift ideas, home furnishings, jewellery and decorations available to buy direct from the makers. ... more

  • Everest Pioneer-The Photographs Of Captain John No

    Tuesday 13th December @ 7:30pm
    Location: Northiam

    Part of the Northiam Hist. and Lit. 2016/7 Season. Members free Visitors £2 ... more

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