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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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  • Nature Refocused: Water and Woodland

    Wednesday 4th August for 12 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    The Red Door Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition hosted by Scarlett Woodman and Hannah Buchanan between 4th ... more

  • Northiam Summer Festival

    Saturday 7th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Spociety's somewhat delayed Summer Festival will be held on Northiam Playing Fields on Saturday 7th August. We will ... more

  • Northiam Summer Festival

    Saturday 7th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's Summer Festival is a chance to relax, listen to live music with local beers, ciders and food ... more

  • Northiam Horticultural Society at the Summer Fair

    Saturday 7th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Horticultural Society will be at the Summer Fair on Northiam playing fields Saturday 7th August selling plants and produce, ... more

  • Giant Boot Fair

    Sunday 8th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Time to have a clear out! Stallholders from 9am - please bring cash to pay on the gate: £10 for ... more

  • Giant Boot Fair

    Sunday 8th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Time to have a clear-out! Northiam Village Hall's annual Boot Sale is on Sunday 8th August. Stallholders from 9am, Open ... more

  • Tuesday Painters Club of Rye

    Friday 13th August for 10 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    ART EXHIBITION of members' work Open daily 10.00a.m. - 5.30p.m. From Friday13th to Sunday 22nd August Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen ... more

  • Reflections by Caroline Anderson

    Wednesday 18th August for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Caroline Anderson is a creative arts psychotherapist and a sky seascape artist. The influence of her life on Sark runs ... more

  • Beckley Church Fete

    Monday 30th August @ 1:00pm
    Location: Beckley

    Beckley Church Fete - Bank Holiday Monday Fun for all including:- - brass band - dog show with prizes - ... more

  • Rye Flower and Veg Show

    Saturday 4th September @ 8:30am
    Location: Rye

    The annual "open to everyone" Flower and Veg Show with classes and prizes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, plants, photography, cookery ... more

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