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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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  • Sinbad the Sailor

    Friday 25th January for 2 days
    Location: Rye

    Acting Up in Rye present Sinbad the Sailor. There will be a matinee on Saturday 26th January, 2019 at 2.30pm. ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 31st January
    Location: Rye

    Annie Dehaney Steven is a versatile jazz vocalist with a warm, smoky voice, a witty and engaging stage presence and ... more

  • Scallops Shanties and Songs of the Sea

    Friday 22nd February
    Location: Rye

    Now in its fifth year … Rye Bay Crew present a medley of scallops and music of the sea; an ... more

  • Rye Scallop Week

    Saturday 23rd February for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye Scallop Week - lots of events - further details to follow. ... more

  • Jumble Sale

    Saturday 23rd February @ 2:30am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Village Hall Trust will be holding a JUMBLE SALE on Saturday 23rd February. A great change to clear out ... more

  • Scallops Shanties and Songs of the Sea

    Saturday 23rd February
    Location: Rye

    Now in its fifth year … Rye Bay Crew present a medley of scallops and music of the sea; an ... more

  • Quiz Night

    Saturday 23rd February
    Location: Northiam

    We are pleased to invite you to join in our Quiz Night on Saturday 23rd February at 7.30pm in Northiam ... more

  • Scallops Shanties and Songs of the Sea

    Friday 1st March
    Location: Rye

    Now in its fifth year … Rye Bay Crew present a medley of scallops and music of the sea; an ... more

  • The Mountain Firework Company

    Friday 1st March @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A big hit in the 2015 and 2017 Rye Arts Festivals, this band of talented musicians provides a perfect backdrop ... more

  • Race Night

    Saturday 2nd March
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next RACE NIGHT will be held on Saturday 2nd March in the Rose & Crown, Beckley, TN31 ... more

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