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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?

  • Summer of Colour

    Wednesday 19th June for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    An exhibition of original artwork, jewellery and items for the home by textile artist Kate Hasted and artist Christine Highland. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 21st June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Multi Market

    Friday 21st June @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Appledore Village Hall free parking, free entry. Plenty of stalls including Arts, Craft, cakes, bakes, Homemade & lots more. Café ... more

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Friday 21st June for 2 days
    Location: Three Oaks

    Open Air Shakespeare performed in grounds of 16thC farm house. Half House Farm, Butchers Lane, Three Oaks, TN35 4NE. Bring ... more

  • Northiam Midsummer Festival

    Saturday 22nd June @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Midsummer Festival & Family Fun Day Northiam Playing Fields Saturday 22nd June, 11am-5pm Free admission (donations always welcome!) Craft ... more

  • Northiam Midsummer Festival

    Saturday 22nd June @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Midsummer Festival & Family Fun Day Northiam Playing Fields Saturday 22nd June, 11am-5pm Free admission (donations always welcome!) Craft ... more

  • Summer Fete

    Saturday 22nd June @ 1:00pm
    Location: Rye Foreign

    Summer Fete in the grounds of the Rye and Winchelsea Hospital, Peasmarsh Road, Rye Foreign, Rye TN31 7UD. To raise ... more

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Sunday 23rd June
    Location: Three Oaks

    Open Air Shakespeare performed in grounds of 16thC farm house. Half House Farm, Butchers Lane, Three Oaks, TN35 4NE. Bring ... more

  • Tawnya Renelle On Tour - Free event!

    Monday 24th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This June we are delighted to host International poet Tawnya Renelle who is promoting her spring collection book 'a little ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 28th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

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