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.


  • The Bell Inn Iden Local legend has it, that the original building was used as accommoodation for the monks that built Iden church. It is also thought a tunnel exists between the pub cellar and the church, although this has not been discovered, we do keep our eye out for the vicar turning up in the cellar! Today, we serve homemade food, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Salts Restaurant Rye Salts Restaurant Rye is located in the popular Rye Lodge Hotel.  
  • Rye Bay Scallop Festival 2017 Rye Bay Scallop Festival 2017 or Rye Scallop Festival is always going to delight anyone who likes to enjoy the fruits of the sea. Sat 18th – Sun 26th Feb 2017 What your breakfast could look like when you stay in Rye The festival always sees an increase in visitor numbers so well done to those who booked ...
  • Rye Arts Festival Rye Arts Festival 2017 dates announced 16th September – 30th September 2017 Visit the Rye Arts Festival website and sign up to receive information about this year’s programme which will be packed with literary, music theatrical and special events. You can also follow our progress on the Rye Festival Blog. In addition to our regular favourites – the coach ...
  • Christmas in Rye 2017 launches 9th of December Christmas in Rye 2017 is set for Saturday the 9th of December More details to follow once known   Christmas in Rye 2016 was amazing fantastic feedback and 2017 is going to be even better The theme for 2016 was TALES OF OLD…. giving heaps of potential for activities, performance, procession and all-round fun! Think Hans Christian Anderson and ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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, ...
  • Queens Head Pub Queens Head Pub is located in the Landgate. This is a lively family friendly pub where dogs are welcome when under control. The pub has occasional live music. A young to middle aged crowd with plenty of local and real ales on offer. A pool table in one bar is always in use and the outside area ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Saltcote Place Saltcote Place is a privately owned Country Mansion only about 8 minutes walk from Rye High Street. We offers outstanding guest accommodation. We pride ourselves on being a quiet and calm where you can relax. Saltcote Place is a Rye Bed & Breakfast with a difference. We also have a great Serviced Apartment in Rye Sorry NO Children under 14. We do ...
  • Rye Bay Jazz Festival The Rye Bay Jazz Festival dates for 2017 have yet to be announced based on the past few years this is going to be an amazing few days. 2015 2016 and 2017 were without doubt the best ever in terms of visitors and coverage on social media. Many thanks to the wonderful venues in Rye for ...
  • The Globe Inn The Globe Inn is really one of the traditional places to eat in Rye, it’s a modern country inn located in the heart of Rye with a very strong sense of identity. The Globe Inn instantly has you looking around to see what else is happening. The decor is a treat in itself and if ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tuscan Kitchen Lion Street Rye Tuscan Kitchen in Lion Street Rye is a family run rustic Tuscan Trattoria set in an old world English oak building serving delicious home made food and award winning wines. Tuscan Kitchen is dedicated to deeply rooted country traditions and the forgotten rhythm of life.  A must for lovers of great food and wine. The Tuscan is ...
  • The Lodge at Winchelsea The Lodge at Winchelsea 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Rye Bonfire Night 2017 Rye Bonfire Night 2017 11th of November 2017 from 19:00 Plans for 2017 are available here http://www.ryebonfire.co.uk/ Rye Bonfire Night is always a total success Footage below is courtesy of Rye’s Own http://ryesown.co.uk/farewell-old-friends-rye-bonfire-fireworks/ If you Love Rye why not subscribe http://ryesown.co.uk/subscribe-now/ https://youtu.be/h1ZRdlxwdD0 Be sure to book your restaurants early and perhaps stay a few days to really enjoy Rye Bay area. Rye Bonfire Night 2016 saw ...
  • 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.