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Rye Events

Rye is renowned for many events throughout the year.  In addition to the annual Rye Festival in September, the town hosts many other exciting events including: the Rye Bonfire in November; the Rye Mayor Making ceremony in May; the Rye Society of Artist's Summer Exhibition; the new Rye Sea Pageant in October and Rye Bay Scallops Week in January.

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    Type

    Music

    Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2017 To 25 May 2017

    The Mermaid's jazz concert series continues, this month featuring trumpeter Paul Higgs who has had an extensive musical career in many fields including performing, composing and arranging music for film, TV and theatre. He was also a Musical Director for many years for the National Theatre and...

  2. Type

    Type

    Performance

    Stacey Kent

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    26 May 2017 To 26 May 2017

    American jazz singer, and Grammy-nominated Stacey Kent, performs with her outstanding band. Stacey will be performing songs from her latest album, 'Tenderly' in addition to material from the great American songbook.

  3. Type

    Type

    Workshop

    Drawing with Oils Workshop

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    27 May 2017 To 27 May 2017

    Sign up for an exciting workshop with artist Paula MacArthur.

    Paula will showcase a traditional technique which is the basis of traditional oil painting. This technique is beautiful in its own right and offers plenty of scope for participants to experiment. Incorporate a new technique into...

  4. Type

    Type

    Performance

    Liane

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    27 May 2017 To 27 May 2017

    Stunning double bill contemporary concert, with two of the most talented singers, Sarah Jane Morris, and Liane Carroll, both of whom have strong connections to nearby Hastings.

    Sarah Jane will be performing with the award winning Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione, who will be playing songs...

  5. Type

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Brilliant Birds

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    30 May 2017 To 30 May 2017

    Find out about the amazing seabirds that nest here with a short walk to our birdwatching hides where you will see thousands of gulls and terns on their nests and feeding their cute fluffy chicks!

    For family events all children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults can only book events if...

  6. Type

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Go Bug Hunting

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    31 May 2017 To 31 May 2017

     

    Go a-hunting with the warden, Chris, as he takes a closer look at the fascinating and bizarre world of insects and spiders.

    Suitable for accompanied children of all ages.

  7. Type

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Rockpool Ramble

    Location:

    Pett

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jun 2017 To 1 Jun 2017

     

    Explore the shore searching in the rockpools for fascinating marine creatures such as hermit crabs, prawns, blennies and whelks. Please wear wellies or sturdy shoes suitable for paddling in the sea.

    Suitable for accompanied children aged 4-12.

    For family events all children must be...

  8. Type

    Type

    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Sussex Wildlife Trust Rye Harbour Wildlife Watch with Andy

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jun 2017 To 3 Jun 2017

    Rye Bay Wildlife Watch provides a wonderful opportunity for children aged 5 to 11 to experience and learn from nature. They will be encouraged to tackle hands-on outdoor activities, work co-operatively with others, and have an opportunity to gain a sense of achievement while developing social...

  9. Type

    Type

    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Sussex Wildlife Trust Rye Harbour Wildlife Watch with Andy

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jul 2017 To 1 Jul 2017

    Rye Bay Wildlife Watch provides a wonderful opportunity for children aged 5 to 11 to experience and learn from nature. They will be encouraged to tackle hands-on outdoor activities, work co-operatively with others, and have an opportunity to gain a sense of achievement while developing social...

  10. Type

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Appledore Vehicle Rally

    Location:

    Appledore

    Dates

    From:
    16 Jul 2017 To 16 Jul 2017

     

    This event is fast becoming the largest in the area and is growing year on year with over 4,000 visitors and 450  exhibits of all  shapes and sizes. In addition to the wonderful vehicles there is an auto-jumble, stalls, arena events, refreshments and displays throughout the day. The show is...

  11. Type

    Type

    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Sussex Wildlife Trust Rye Harbour Wildlife Watch with Andy

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    5 Aug 2017 To 5 Aug 2017

    Rye Bay Wildlife Watch provides a wonderful opportunity for children aged 5 to 11 to experience and learn from nature. They will be encouraged to tackle hands-on outdoor activities, work co-operatively with others, and have an opportunity to gain a sense of achievement while developing social...

  12. Type

    Type

    Countryside

    Rye and District Country Show

    Location:

    Winchelsea

    Dates

    From:
    19 Aug 2017 To 19 Aug 2017

    The family day out will be host to a wealth of entertainment, including a traditional horse and dog show, classic cars, a dog grand national, children’s games, ferrets, terrier racing and much more. 

    There will also be a fantastic selection of food and drink, and the opportunity to browse...

  13. Type

    Type

    Festival

    Rye International Jazz Festival

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2017 To 28 Aug 2017

    Chill out at the Rye International Jazz Festival, a boutique music festival presenting world class international artistes and talent from across the region. Intimate performances take place at many venues within picturesque Rye and at locations across the surrounding area throughout the festival...

  14. Type

    Type

    Festival

    Rye Arts Festival

    Location:

    RYE

    Dates

    From:
    16 Sep 2017 To 30 Sep 2017

    Rye Arts Festival takes place in and around the picturesque, historic town of Rye every September. The Festival provides a packed fortnight of opera, classical and contemporary music, drama, walks, a stimulating array of authors, performers and artists both high profile and emerging, national and...

  15. Type

    Type

    Festival

    Wild Boar Week

    Location:

    RYE

    Dates

    From:
    21 Oct 2017 To 29 Oct 2017

    If you’ve never tasted wild boar, then Rye is the right place to start. Wild boar roam free in the woods outside the town, so this is undoubtedly free range at its best! During Wild Boar Week, the town‘s restaurants’ imagination works overtime and dishes include pressed belly, black pudding,...

  16. Type

    Type

    Show / Display

    Rye Bonfire Celebrations

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    11 Nov 2017 To 11 Nov 2017

    Rye Bonfire Night  is organised by the Rye Bonfire Society who run the Fireworks display. This hugely popular event draws large crowds and is popular with both adults and children.

    The Fireworks are launched from the far side of where the fishing fleet moor, good vantage points include the...

  17. Type

    Type

    Christmas

    Rye's Christmas Festival

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017

    Information for 2017's event TBC

     

    2016 year's theme is 'Tales of Old' - taking inspiration from tales by authors such as Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm.

    The theme brings with it huge possibilities for many elements including production, creation, performance, procession...

  18. Type

    Type

    Exhibition

    Resonance and Wonder - Paintings and Songs

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    13 May 2017 To 3 Jun 2017

    Resonance and Wonder brings together painter Paula MacArthur and performance-artist Tine Louise Kortermand. Tine originally created 'Resound' songs in response to worries shared by exhibition visitors; using an object - a toy camera, xylophone and even hair - offered by each participant as a...

  19. Type

    Type

    Lecture

    Location:

    Rye

    Dates

    From:
    22 Oct 2016 To 22 Oct 2016

    Every two years Rye Museum hosts a Medieval Conference which attracts speakers and participants from all over the UK and sometimes elsewhere too.  The theme for the 2016 conference has been selected:  Conspicuous Consumption  and Display in Late Medieval England. 

    Topics includ: feasting,...

  20. Type

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Poster

    Location:

    Northiam

    Dates

    From:
    2 Oct 2016 To 2 Oct 2016

    A Celebration of Harvest is a chance to enjoy the skill of our small band of flower arrangers who decorate the church throughout the year. As well as our Harvest decorations, there will be a produce stall in the church, an Art Exhibition in the Church Centre, and the Harvest Festival Service at 10...

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Historic Itinerary

Divide your day between the two major sites bound up with the history of the Norman Invasion - Battle and Hastings.  William marched first...