Festivals in Rye

Festivals in Rye happen all year round.  Rye buzzes with various festivals from Rye Bay Scallop Festival in the winter months, The acclaimed Rye Jazz Festival and Rye Arts festival to name a few.

The list below often change so please check back.

If you know of a festival or event which is not listed then get in touch as it’s free to go on here.


  • Rye Christmas Festival 2019
    Christmas in Rye 2019 is set for Saturday the 8th of December Roll up, roll up! Saturday December the 8th sees the fourth Rye Christmas Festival come to town and it’s set to be more bonkers than ever!    From 10:30am until late, throughout the town of Rye, you will be witness to all the sights, sounds and ...
  • The Winchelsea Lodge
    The Winchelsea Lodge is situated between Rye and Hastings, The Lodge is the perfect base to explore the best of the Sussex Countryside. Surrounded by beautiful 1066 countryside with excellent walking from the doorstep, The Lodge offers comfortable en-suite rooms, restaurant, bar, wi-fi and ample free parking. If you enjoy a carvery then be sure to visit The ...
  • Rye Intl Jazz & Blues Festival – Headline Artists
    December 2018 appearing at St Mary’s Church Aled Jones 14th https://ryejazz.com/programme/tickets/aled-jones-performing-with-choir-special-guest/ KT Tunstall 15th https://ryejazz.com/programme/tickets/kt-tunstall-intimate-solo-concert/ Jose Feliciano 16th https://ryejazz.com/programme/tickets/jose-feliciano/
  • Kings Head Pub Rye
    Kings Head Pub Rye (formerly the Top O’ the Hill Pub) is only a few minutes walk from the high street situated in Playden it is one of the top places to eat in Rye. With lots of free parking this family friendly pub offers good food and accommodation. You will enjoy the newly appointed bedrooms, delightful ...
  • Webbs Fish Cafe
    Webbs Fish Cafe located in the heart of Rye close to the landgate with parking nearby. Paul and Rebecca Webbe, opened The Wild Mushroom Restaurant in 1998. from the outset it has proven popular with locals and visitors alike.  Inspired in part by our love of foraging wild food, the plentiful and outstanding natural ingredients on ...
  • Saltcote Place
    Saltcote Place is one of the very best places to stay in Rye. With only 4 guests we are small and intimate, due to Coronavirus we are Covid-19 aware see how we address the concerns here Child free unless there are four adults in your group. As a privately owned Country Mansion only about 8 minutes walk ...
  • Ferry Inn Stone in Oxney
    Ferry Inn Stone in Oxney is an ancient pub, built in 1690. The Ferry Inn, along with many other buildings on the Romney Marshes and other nearby areas were Smuggler’s haunts, and in the corner of the main bar (by the Inglenook) can still be seen an Owler’s (smuggler’s) window, where people inside could signal ...
  • Simply Italian Rye
    A family-owned, child-friendly restaurant in a beautiful former 15th century mill, offering authentic Italian cuisine – freshly made pizzas, traditional pasta dishes and seasonal daily specials. Combined with friendly service, comfortable surroundings and kids menus, why not let our family look after your family? Open: Until late 7 days a week Bring your friends and have a party, ...
  • Horse and Cart Peasmarsh
    Horse and Cart Peasmarsh has been extensively refurbished to the highest standard throughout. Nicola and Mark would be pleased to welcome you once we are open.  
  • Rye Bay Scallop Week 2020
    Rye Bay Scallop Festival 2020 or Rye Scallop Festival week is always going to delight anyone who likes to enjoy the fruits of the sea. Saturday the 22nd Feb – Sunday the 1st Mar 2020 What your breakfast could look like when you stay in Rye, most restaurants are also able to offer Vegan and Vegetarian ...
  • Ypres Castle Inn, Rye
    Garry and the staff at the Ypres Castle Inn offer a warm and welcoming invitation to locals and visitor’s alike to our 17th Century fisherman’s pub and garden.  “The Wipers” nestles below the Ypres Castle Tower and the Gungarden within the ancient citadel of Rye.  At the Ypres Castle Inn we specialise in fresh fish ...
  • Rye Arts Festival 2020
    Rye Arts Festival 2020 dates announced 12th – 26th September 2020 Visit the Rye Arts Festival website and sign up to receive information about this year’s programme which will be packed with classical and contemporary music, literary, theatrical and special events. You can also follow our progress on the Rye Festival Blog.
  • The Ship Inn Rye
    The Ship Inn Rye Located on the strand close to Simply Italian and only a short walk into town. Walk in to The Ship Inn and be assured of a warm welcome. This former warehouse dating to 1592 was once used to store contraband from smugglers. Strike out to explore the cobbled byways of historic Rye – half-timbered houses, ...
  • Rye Bonfire Night 2020
    Rye Bonfire Night 2020 Currently postponed due to Covid Concerns On Saturday 09 November 2019, all streets on the processional route in Rye town centre will be closed to traffic from approx 19:30 to 21:30. Please note that there is no parking on the processional route from approx 16:30. From approx 16:30, vehicular access to the town will be severely ...
  • Flackley Ash Hotel
    Flackley Ash Hotel is located in the pretty village of Peasemarsh. Our enchanting Garden bedrooms are all south facing and on the ground floor. They are spacious and benefit from French doors leading to a private patio with views of the East Sussex countryside and our games lawn. Enjoy classic comfort with modern touches. All the bedrooms ...
  • Haydens
    Hayden’s is an 18th century building perfectly placed in the heart of Rye, just a short walk away from the town’s many historic sites. Each suite has a seating area. TV, digital radio/ipod dock, complimentary Fairtrade organic tea, coffee and hot chocolate (plus home-made cake on arrival), fresh milk, hairdryer and bathrobes, and complimentary eco-friendly shampoos, ...
  • Mermaid Inn Rye
    As seen on BBC https://www.facebook.com/themermaidinnrye/videos/1279866685393828/ Welcome to the Mermaid Inn , rich in history; Cellars dating from 1156 and the building rebuilt in 1420. The Mermaid Inn offers a unique experience; Sloping ceilings Creaking floorboards and numerous staircases A history and a rich tradition that is maintained by careful stewardship. There are 31 unique rooms to choose from, all of which can be ...
  • Rye Bay Jazz Festival
    The Rye Bay Jazz Festival dates for 2019 Saturday the 24th of August. See the latest programme here https://ryejazz.com/programme/ 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 were without doubt the best ever in terms of visitors and coverage on social media. Many thanks to the wonderful venues in Rye for playing host, especially to the National Trust for the ...