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 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.
  • Marino’s Fish and Chips Rye
    If Carlsberg did fish and chips. All cooked fresh to order and nicely presented you are going to love the Fish and Chips here, you can also call and book a table for your meal or hire the restaurant. 37-38 the Mint Telephone: 01797 223 268
  • Rye Bay Scallop Festival 2023
    Rye Bay Scallop Festival 2023 or Rye Scallop Festival week is always going to delight anyone who likes to enjoy the fruits of the sea. From 18th to the 26th of February 2023 Rye Bay Scallop Week is promoted Pro Bono by Domain Support Ltd. What your breakfast could look like when you stay in Rye, most ...
  • Rye Bay Jazz Festival
    The 10th Anniversary 2021 Festival will take place from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th August and will include exceptional headline concerts, many outdoor music performances, workshops, a festival Jazz Club and many fringe music events. 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 ...
  • Rye Intl Jazz & Blues Festival – Headline Artists
    The 10th Anniversary 2021 Festival will take place from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th August and will include exceptional headline concerts, many outdoor music performances, workshops, a festival Jazz Club and many fringe music events. All customers that have purchased tickets for this year’s August festival can automatically transfer their tickets for the rescheduled 2021 headline concerts. Gabrielle Friday 27th August 2021 ...
  • Rye Bonfire Night 2021
    Rye Bonfire Night 13th November 2021 Please wear masks – Don’t mess up Christmas 😉 On Saturday 13th  November 2021, 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 ...
  • Rye Christmas 2023
    Christmas in Rye 2023 is going to be a quiet affair. Come and enjoy the tranquillity of Rye and stay at your favourite place – remember to book directly with them and not via an online agency who add to your cost.     Christmas in Rye is magical time. A time for planting memories in young minds and ...
  • Landgate Bistro fish restaurant rye
    Landgate Bistro fish restaurant Rye located in the Landgate. They offer excellent food and support the Scallop Festival. The Landgate Bistro is a short 5 minute walk from one of the best places to stay in Rye call Saltcote on 01797 222220 or visit https://Saltcote.co.uk/ 
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Owl Camber
    The Owl Pub Camber is very close to Camber Sands and ideal if you want to bring the entire family down for a celebration. The Owl Pub in Camber is a traditional English pub with rooms, set just behind the sand dunes of Camber Sands beach. As a Free House we offer a vast range of ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rye Windmill
    Rye Windmill is a grade II listed building and one of the town’s most famous landmarks. Standing on the banks of the river Tillingham, this welcoming Bed and Breakfast is ideally located with the town and Strand Quay just a two minute walk away. Rye Windmill B&B offers guests four star licensed accommodation with guaranteed and ...