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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 Business Jet Engine ® with Martin Riley

    Thursday 21st March @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The simplest guide to boost your business. Business planning made simple! About the Event Objectives: The workshop will enable delegates ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 22nd March @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • The Consent of Speaking Harmony

    Saturday 23rd March
    Location: Winchelsea

    Hannah Ely & Emma Kirkby - sopranos Catherine Carter - alto Daniel Thomson - tenor Laurence Williams - bass Sam ... more

  • The Gaze

    Tuesday 26th March for 30 days
    Location: Rye

    Stormont Studio Gallery 6. FREE ADMISSION Paintings, etchings and drawings representing the nude are drawn from our Permanent Collections: Artists' ... more

  • Scratch, Splash & Sliver

    Wednesday 27th March for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Three women who love their art bring a fascinating mixture of styles, media and colour to Red Door Gallery, as ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 28th March
    Location: Rye

    Our regular monthly sessions continue with an evening of outstanding live music, drinks and dining, with a superb line-up of ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 29th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show film

    Friday 29th March @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Sing a Long cabaret screening of the original film. Ticket £10 includes supper (Frankfurter hot dogs, nibbles + black forest ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 30th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next CRAFT FAYRE will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 30th March 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Tea with Messiah -The Occasional Consort

    Saturday 30th March
    Location: Rye

    The Occasional Consort - Leader Anne Whiteman, Organist Nigel Howard. Tickets: £10 to include refreshments (Scone,cake,tea) available from Adams of ... more

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