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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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  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 25th July
    Location: Rye

    Swing, bossa nova and easy-listening tunes from innovative bassist David Silk, multi-instrumentalist Phil Brown who plays not just saxophone but ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 26th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Barn Dance

    Friday 26th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Winchelsea Bowls Club Fundraising BARN DANCE Dancing starts 7.30pm Doors open 7pm To the music of The Catsfield Steamers and ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Sunday 28th July @ 11:00am
    Location: Camber

    Craft Fayre at Camber Memorial Hall Lydd Road, Camber, TN31 7RJ on Sunday 28 July 2019 from 11.00 am to ... more

  • CHALK gallery @ Red Door

    Wednesday 31st July for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Red Door are delighted to welcome Chalk Gallery, Lewes, who will take over Red Door for an exclusive two week ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 2nd August @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 9th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 16th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Rye International Jazz Festival

    Thursday 22nd August for 5 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye International Jazz Festival - further details to follow. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 23rd August @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

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