Discover Rye is a directory of tourism information, tourist attractions and local businesses for Rye and surrounding areas of East Sussex and Kent. In the Rye Events Calendar section you could read the diary of events for Rye in East Sussex for the years 2010 - 2011.
Rye Christmas Festival.
Rye Christmas Festival is a 15 days event, starting on Sunday, 12th December 2010. Father Christmas is led by his Reindeer through the winding medieval streets in a truly magical procession. A colourful and traditional Christmas Market adds to the wonderful atmosphere in the early evening. The event marks the beginning of a month of exciting seasonal events ranging from street theatre and fireworks to carol services. Father Christmas will be arriving in a horse drawn carriage escorted by a colourful procession of pipers, drummers, bands and performing artists. This will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
Rye Bay Scallop Week
The next Rye Bay Scallop Festival will take place from 12th - 20th February in 2011. The picturesque East Sussex seaside town of Rye hosts this ten-day festival every February - its mouthwatering locally caught scallops are said to be some of the best in the country.Hotels and restaurants throughout the seaside town produce special menus featuring local scallops. A programme of special events is on offer during the festival, including scallop-cutting and scallop-cooking demonstrations, as well as scallop-tasting evenings with musical entertainment, and local award-winning wine tastings.
Rye New Mayor Making Ceremony
Rye New Mayor Making Ceremony takes place every year on the 5th of May. Rye has a lot of practice – over 700 years! Rye’s Mayoralty can be traced back to at least 1289 when Henry de Rakele served as Mayor during the reign of Edward I. The first Town Clerk, Peter De Heghtone was appointed 11 years later in 1300. Rye’s civic history is linked inextricably with its membership of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports. Long before England raised its own Royal Navy, the towns which became known as the ‘Cinque Ports’ – Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover, Sandwich, Rye and Winchelsea – harboured ships and men who guarded the King and country from frequent and vicious attacks.
Rye Maritime Festival
The Rye Maritime Festival takes place every year between 1- 4th August along the Strand Quay. All the usual attractions will be there such as the live music, BBQ, beer tent, dressed boats and many displays and attractions. Put the date in your diary and come along and join the fun.
Rye Arts Festival
The Rye Arts Festival takes place every year between 10 - 25th of September. Rye offers the biggest and best ‘small’ Arts Festival in the country. Rye Arts Festival offers a two weeks series of literary, music and special events.
Taste of Rye
The Taste of Rye is a celebration of local produce. The event takes place every year between 16 - 24 October. It is a showcase for the top restaurants to create fabulous menus in historic and unique buildings around the lovely medieval town of Rye, using locally sourced ingredients and matching them with fine local wines and ales.
Rye Bonfire Night
One of the most important events in Rye is Bonfire Night. On the 13th 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 our Dragon, Scorcher and, symbol of the Society, The Burning Boat. The procession wound it’s way through the town to the Salts where a ‘Normous Bonfire’ will lit, followed by an excellent firework display.