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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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  • The Impact of Colour

    Wednesday 12th December for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Red Door presents an exhibition from mother/daughter duo Linda and Lara Chapple. The exhibition focuses on the ways in which ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 14th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Rachel Allen at Jempson's, Peasmarsh

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Rachel Allen will demonstating her style of practical cooking influenced by both regional and global food at Jempson's in Peasmarsh. ... more

  • The Rye Christmas Show - Wurlitzer and Brass!

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Rye

    Join us for a very special friendly evening of great live music, packed with your festive favourites. Featuring The Cranbrook ... more

  • Christmas Concert

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Rye

    Christmas Concert with Michael Wooldrige playing the Rye Wurlitzer and special guests The Cranbrook Town Band. Tickets - Adults £10, ... more

  • Aled Jones and Choir

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz Festival presents a wonderful festive Christmas concert with the much loved and acclaimed singer, recording artist, radio broadcaster ... more

  • KT Tunstall Intimate Concert

    Saturday 15th December
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz Festival presents a truly unique and intimate solo concert with Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award - winning ... more

  • Rocking Rye at Cinque Ports Arms

    Saturday 15th December
    Location: Rye

    Live Rock and Roll at the Cinque Ports Arms with 'Something Else'. ... more

  • Christmas Craft Fayre

    Sunday 16th December @ 11:00am
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Free Entry - Everyone Welcome Lovely hand-crafted Christmas cards and present ideas. ... more

  • Jose Feliciano Christmas Concert

    Sunday 16th December
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz Festival presents an incredibly unique and exceptional Christmas concert for one night only with one of world’s most ... more

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