The Rye Arts Festival takes place over a two week period every September in and around the picturesque, historic town of Rye in East Sussex. The town attracts a stimulating array of authors, performers and artists both high profile, up and coming, national and international.
Wild Boar week in October offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in culinary delights from the dark ages. Restaurants showcase an array of treats including boar, pheasant, pigeon, ale and mead. There are also special events such as the wild boar safari, woodland tours, live music and quizzes.
One of the most important events in Rye is Bonfire Night. On the Saturday following the 5th November, visiting Societies led by Rye and District Bonfire Society process through Rye with flaming torches, drum bands, floats and walkers from local groups and, bringing up the rear the Dragon, Scorcher and, symbol of the Society, The Burning Boat. The procession winds its way through the town to the Salts where an enormous bonfire is lit, followed by an excellent firework display.
Rye Christmas Festival is a 15 day event starting mid December. The opening event marks the start of exciting seasonal events ranging from street theatre and fireworks to carol services. Father Christmas arrives in a horse drawn carriage escorted by a colourful procession of pipers, drummers, bands and performing artists. This is followed by a spectacular fireworks display.