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Olympic Torch Relay through Rye

Olympic Torch Relay through Rye in Rye, East Sussex

Olympic Torch Relay through Rye
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On Wednesday 18 July the Olympic torch leaves Hastings for Dover, passing through Rye, the best preserved medieval town in the UK.

This will be Day 61 of its journey towards the Olympic Stadium. Just nine days later, on 27 July, the cauldron will be lit at the opening ceremony, thereby signifying the start of the London Games.

When will it arrive in Rye? 09:45 Wednesday 18 July 2012

What’s happening in Rye? Celebrations of the torch’s arrival in Rye will be led by a parade of local school children through the town.

How to get here? To get to Rye it takes 1 hr 13 minutes from St Pancras International, via Ashford International

Did you know?

• The Torch will be on the road from 8am-8pm everyday
• 120 torch bearers will run with the Torch each day
• The Torch will travel 80-100 miles each day
8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK. Nominated by someone they know, it will be their moment to shine, inspiring millions of people watching in their community, in the UK and worldwide. Imagine being one of these lucky proud torch bearers who will be running through Rye. Follow the links above to see their stories. Barry Mcdonald Age: 27 Hometown: Orpington Kent

Bazza West Age: 35 Hometown: Uckfield

Doug Evans Age: 55 Hometown: New Romney

Jackie Venn Age: 52 Hometown: Maidstone

Jessica-Rose Gould Age: 18 Hometown: Hawkhurst

• Lauren Gander Age: 12 Hometown: Bexhill On Sea

Marie-Anne Badel Age: 37 Hometown: Asnières-sur-Seine

• Shuna Body Age: 45 Hometown: Romney Marsh

Get active in and around Rye.

Rye London 2012 related events
A wealth of activities and challenges are on offer at Rye Sports Centre and Pool over the London 2012 Open Weekend, this year held on 23-24 July 2011.
Make the most of being part of a nationwide celebration and see how you can get fit and active!
For information on this event, see the link above.

Around Rye

Rye’s wonderful natural surroundings lend themselves perfectly to getting out and about. Rye Bay Nature Reserve is close by, popular with bird watchers and walkers. Camber Castle makes a great focal point to aim for. For more strenuous exercise, Camber Sands has the answer for kite buggying enthusiasts and a whole range of watersports can be enjoyed at Rye Watersports, including kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing.
Camber Sands are also a popular training ground for athletes who run through the largest sand dune system in East Sussex. You could, however, take a more leisurely stroll along this seven mile stretch of beach. Swimming in the sea or sea fishing doesn’t cost you a penny!
How about hiring a bicycle and exploring beyond the town of Rye? If you don’t mind a hill or two, you could head up to the simply stunning town of Winchelsea and visit the grave of Spike Milligan and the beautiful St Thomas’ Church. Or cycle out to Winchelsea Beach and take a breather while you watch the kite surfers there do battle with the waves.

Fan in a Van!

Also following the torch will be Rachel Kershaw, from Lancashire. She is the lucky winner of the ‘England’s Biggest Fan’ competition run by Visit England and is travelling the country for 70 days in a classic camper van. Rachel is sharing her adventures along the way and you can let her know why Rye is so fantastic in advance of her arrival. @faninavan
Olympic Torch relay route through Sussex

Tuesday 17 July - Brighton & Hove, Crawley, Copthorne, Felbridge, East Grinstead, Royal Tunbridge Wells (Kent), Crowborough, Lewes, Eastbourne, Pevensey Bay, Pevensey, Bexhill-on-Sea, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings
Wednesday 18 July - Hastings - Rye


What's On in Rye?

  • Merchant of Venice Open Air Shakespeare

    Saturday 21st July
    Location: Three Oaks

    Open Air at Half House Farm, Butchers Lane,Three Oaks, TN35 4NE, Bowler Crab Productions will perform their 12th Shakespearean production ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellar Tours

    Sunday 22nd July
    Location: Winchelsea

    Each year a team of volunteers run guided tours of the town’s medieval cellars. All proceeds received (£6 per person) ... more

  • Moths by Moonlight

    Sunday 22nd July @ 9:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out what arrives at our moth traps after dark! This event is weather dependent, so please phone on the ... more

  • The School of Wizards Adventure Quests

    Monday 23rd July for 40 days
    Location: Rye

    Unique family interactive and immersive quest shows. Ages 7 to adult. Monsters, Magic and Mystery. Using actors, puppets and storytelling, ... more

  • Ryebellion Drummers

    Monday 23rd July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    We are the drumming group of the Rye & District Bonfire Society. We perform at events throughout the Sussex bonfire ... more

  • Wild Beach

    Tuesday 24th July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Pett Level

    Celebrate Marine Weeks with some fabulous beach activities: rock pooling, kite-making and other fun stuff! Meet alongside the Smuggler Inn ... more

  • Jazz and Blues Supper with Martin McNeill

    Thursday 26th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Critically-acclaimed Martin McNeill is a traditional blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player whose repertoire is based in Delta and Chicago ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 27th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Iden Village Fete

    Saturday 28th July
    Location: Iden

    A typical country village fete complete with boot fair, burgers, bands, and stalls with bargains. The ‘show rings’ include many ... more

  • Rye College G.C.S.E Show

    Saturday 28th July for 29 days
    Location: Rye

    This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see the art projects from the G.C.S.E pupils of Rye College. Dynamic and ... more


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