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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?

  • Multi Stall Market Appledore Village Hall

    Saturday 7th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    We are in our second year and we have had good reviews. Come along and see what's on offer inc ... more

  • The Active Cafe

    Sunday 8th March @ 11:00am
    Location: Appledore

    This is the Grand opening of the new café at the Appledore Village Hall TN26 2AF that you can come ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 14th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next CRAFT FAIR will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 14th March 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Jumble Sale

    Saturday 21st March @ 2:30pm
    Location: Northiam

    Jumble Sale - Northiam Village Hall 2.30-4pm. Donations to the Hall 10-12. Northiam Village Hall Trust. ... more

  • Antique and Collectors Fair

    Sunday 22nd March @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Appledore Village Hall Fair is in it's second year and has good reviews 17 stalls selling Antiques, Books, jewellery, pottery, ... more

  • Lone Star Comedy Club

    Saturday 28th March
    Location: Rye

    Stand Up Comedy at Rye Community Centre Rich Wilson - Headliner Rich Wilson has loved comedy ever since his older ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 13th April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye & District Community Transport). Gates open at 7am. ... more

  • Kent Police Male Voice Choir

    Saturday 25th April
    Location: Northiam

    FOSM is delighted to welcome the Kent Police Male Voice Choir who will perform in St Mary’s Church on Saturday ... more

  • 6 Hands

    Friday 22nd May
    Location: Rye

    As part of our exciting and eclectic 2020 May series of concerts we are delighted to present an exceptional concert ... more

  • PP Arnold - London's First Lady of Soul

    Saturday 23rd May
    Location: Rye

    Fresh from her incredible recent performance on Jools Holland, we are thrilled to present an intimate concert with the legendary ... more

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