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.


  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rye Bay Scallop Week 2022
    Rye Bay Scallop Festival 2022 or Rye Scallop Festival week is always going to delight anyone who likes to enjoy the fruits of the sea. From Monday 21st of February 2022 to Tuesday 1st of March 2022 What your breakfast could look like when you stay in Rye, most restaurants are also able to offer Vegan and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Horse and Cart Peasmarsh
    Horse and Cart Peasmarsh has been extensively refurbished to the highest standard throughout. Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery Address: School Ln, Peasmarsh, Rye TN31 6UW Hours:  Open ⋅ Closes 11PM Kitchen: Open ⋅ Closes 3PM ⋅ Reopens 6PM Health and safety: Mask required · Staff wear masks · Staff required to disinfect surfaces between visits Phone: 01797 230034
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • Landgate Bistro fish restaurant rye
    Landgate Bistro fish restaurant Rye located in the Landgate. As they do not advertise in the town guide this is a courtesy listing.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Gandhi Restaurant in Rye
    Gandhi Restaurant in Rye is good if you are looking for places to eat in Rye and you fancy an Indian then the Gandhi is one of the popular places to eat. Children are welcome and late meals are available.   We offer a full 40 seat restaurant open until late offering a wide range of outstanding ...
  • 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 ...