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Order of Rye Longbowmen

Order of Rye Longbowmen in Rye, East Sussex

Order of Rye Longbowmen

In 1989 Rye celebrated the seven hundredth anniversary of becoming a Town, a town that has changed little over these many years. The river may have silted up and we no longer build ships for a royal navy but the Church still stands and the bells still ring out their beckoning call. We still have the largest fishing fleet on the South Coast and "The Rye Bay Catch" is some of the finest fish in the world.

Rye is still a Cinque Port.

On the 700th anniversary the focus was very much on a medieval theme with battle re-enactments, jousting, street markets, jugglers and minstrels. There was also an archery tournament organised by a local archer and medieval enthusiast called Willy Maybury. The costumed archers bending their "sticks" that day come from across the country and their expertise catches the attention of half a dozen locals who feel they would like to have a go. One evenings shooting in the company of Willy is enough, they are hooked and The Order of Rye Longbowmen is born. The rest, as they say, is history.


What's On in Rye?

  • Make a Minibeast Home

    Tuesday 25th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Drop-In Family Event Make homes for minibeasts to overwinter in. Suitable for accompanied children of all ages. Drop ... more

  • Uncle Harry's War

    Tuesday 25th October @ 7:00pm
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam and District Historical Society present a talk by John Nicholson - from Ramsgate to the western desert and beyond. ... more

  • Rye Ukulele Experiment

    Tuesday 25th October @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Ukulele Experiment offer Piggy themed songs with Wild Boar nibbles and lots more and free tasting of our Boar ... more

  • Rye Farmers Market

    Wednesday 26th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Come to Rye Farmers’ Market for great tasting, local, seasonal produce. Our producers raise, grow, catch, bake and make their ... more

  • Collect and Create Plant Pots

    Thursday 27th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Family Event Gather seeds from some of our special plants, and then paint a pot to plant them ... more

  • Children's Craft Afternoon

    Thursday 27th October @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A fun afternoon making a variety of autumn themed crafts – items to make and take home. £2 per ... more

  • Jamie Smart at the Standard Inn

    Thursday 27th October
    Location: Rye

    Jamie Smart is a local singer / songwriter known for his fabulous singing voice and songs of longing, love and ... more

  • Jazz Supper At Rye Cricket Club

    Thursday 27th October
    Location: Rye

    Join Roger Lewin piano, Dave Silk contra-cello, and Jacci Norris with vocals, for the Jazz Supper Night in Wild Boar ... more

  • Branagh Theatre Live at the Kino

    Thursday 27th October
    Location: Rye

    Screening live from the Garrick Theatre to Kino Rye. - The Entertainer. Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John ... more

  • Mick Bolton at the Globe Marsh Inn

    Thursday 27th October
    Location: Rye

    Mick Bolton plays live at the Globe Marsh Inn,Military Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7NX ... more


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