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Rye Events Calendar


Discover Rye is a directory of tourism information, tourist attractions and local businesses for Rye and surrounding areas of East Sussex and Kent. Please see the Rye Events Calendar below for a list of regular events in Rye throughout the year.
  • Rye Bay Scallop Week

    Rye Bay Scallop Week

    The Rye Bay Scallop Festival  takes place every year for ten days in February.  Rye Bay's 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 and 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

    Rye New Mayor Making Ceremony takes place every year in 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 Arts Festival

    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 festival

    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.   

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    Rye Bonfire

    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. 

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    Rye Christmas Festival

    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.