This year Rye Bonfire Night falls on Saturday 9th November. The most spectacular night of the year in the town, visiting societies led by Rye and District Bonfire Society will process through Rye with flaming torches, drum bands and floats. Bringing up the rear is Scorcher the dragon, and the symbol of the Society, The Burning Boat. The procession winds its way past the front of Rye Lodge through the town to the Town Salts below the hotel, where an enormous bonfire is lit, followed by a breathtaking firework display.
Rye Community Fire Station are opening their doors on Sunday 15th September for an Open Day. Come down and meet your local crews. Bring the kids! 12:00 till 2:00pm.
Greetings from the Sussex coast!
There may be just a couple of weeks left of the summer holidays, but Rye will be buzzing well into the autumn…
Here at Rye Lodge we’re thrilled to announce the opening of ‘The Deck’ – our gorgeous new terrace which will be open for the next six weeks. Here you’ll find a summer menu of snacks and small plates inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean and our favourite local producers. Our head barman will happily mix you a Margarita or pour you a glass of award-winning local bubbly whilst you watch the world go by.
The brilliant Rye International Jazz and Blues festival returns this bank holiday weekend, with “The Queen of British Soul” Beverley Knight headlining. It’s an annual highlight in the South East events calendar for music lovers, day trippers and long weekenders. If you haven’t yet got tickets there are lots of free events over the weekend. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Danny Boland will be performing his own brand of blues, rock and country opposite Rye Lodge on Saturday afternoon. Take your place on The Deck and soak up the atmosphere!
September sees the return of the stupendous Rye Arts Festival (14th-28th). Opening with a concert by world-class violinist Tamsin Little, there are over sixty events over the fortnight including folk, classical and African music, literary talks, historical walks, theatre, comedy, fine art, ceramic and photographic exhibitions. You can download the full festival brochure here.
If you’re craving a little tranquility, we’d recommend a visit to Camber Sands at dawn. The vast beach is deserted at that time of day and there’s nothing like making the first footprints of the day in the sand dunes.
Check our availability here and come and make the most of the next six weeks and the Indian summer we’ve been promised!
With best wishes
The folks behind the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival have announced their Christmas concert series, set in the beautiful St Mary’s Church in Rye on 14th, 15th and 16th December.
On Friday night, the much-loved and acclaimed singer, recording artist, radio broadcaster and TV presenter Aled Jones performs repertoire from his back catalogue, songs from his last solo album release ‘One Voice’ and a selection of seasonal classics. He will be joined by the sixteen piece Fidelity International choir and special guest, mezzo soprano singer Danielle Thomas.
BRIT and Ivor Novello Award winning singer and song writer KT Tunstall takes to the stage on Saturday night in a truly unique and intimate concert prior to her 2019 spring UK tour. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear and experience one of the most respected British singer songwriters who has sold over seven million albums in her career to date. Festival favourite Joe Corbin will be supporting KT Tunstall at this special concert.
On Sunday the legendary Latin singer and guitarist José Feliciano closes this December series of concerts in Rye with a programme that will include his greatest hits, repertoire from his latest album releases and a selection of festive Christmas songs. Feliciano has been hailed by critics throughout the world as “The greatest living guitarist” and he performs in Rye with his six piece band prior to performing for the Pope at the Vatican in Rome.
For more information and to book tickets online go to www.ryejazz.com
Greetings from East Sussex!
Here in Rye, we’ve been reveling in glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures for weeks. We’re very lucky to have several of the best beaches on the south coast on our doorstep and there is no better time for a refreshing dip in the sea. We recommend heading down to Pett Level which is less well-known and quieter at weekends. It is a pebble and sand beach with imposing cliffs at one end, and home to the odd fossil, so keep your eyes peeled! Alternatively, we are the only Hotel in Rye with a swimming pool (complimentary for all our guests staying with us), so the perfect way to cool down at the end of a busy day of sightseeing!
As of this week, we are serving afternoon tea on our sunny terrace or in our pretty lounge or dining room. Enjoy a pot of freshly-brewed tea, warm scones (served with clotted cream and local preserves), an assortment of finger sandwiches and a selection of cakes. Why not add a glass of champagne to make the occasion even more special? Our champagne afternoon tea includes a half bottle of champagne to share between two. You can add afternoon tea to your booking when you book online, or our friendly front desk team will be happy to book this for you.
Our friends at the Rye Jazz Festival have now added even more events to their programme over the August bank holiday. We can’t wait to see the legendary Joan Armatrading in the intimate setting of St Mary’s Church on Monday 27th. Here at Rye Lodge, we are thrilled to be hosting a “Latin Vibe Pop Up ” with the Women’s International Cigar Club during the afternoons of Sunday 26th and Monday 27th. Join us for an afternoon of Cuban and Latin music with world class musicians, cocktails, tutored cigar smoke, premium rum tastings and authentic food. See the Rye Jazz website for tickets and more information.
Enjoy the sunshine and until next month!
Rye Lodge Hotel
Summer is in full swing and Rye is basking in day after day of glorious sunshine. On the subject of swing, our friends over at the Rye International Jazz Festival have announced a knock-out line-up of headliners for the summer event over the August bank holiday weekend, 24th-27th! Legendary jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine and worldwide star Joan Armatrading are among the glittering performers. What’s more, the festival has now been extended into September, with Corinne Bailey Rae and Dionne Warwick taking to the stage at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill over the weekend of 7th and 8th! Get more information and tickets here.
In other news, a brand-new boutique music festival is coming to East Sussex this weekend, June 15th-17th. The TN32 Festival has been launched by local singer/songwriter Sam Calver as a way of bringing together the astonishing array of musical talent in the area. From soul to reggae, there will be something to cater for all musical tastes. What’s more, there will be street-food stalls and craft beer to satiate the crowds, plus hot tubs, sauna, yoga and massage for those in need of some pampering after all the partying! There will also be plenty to keep the little ones entertained, with a kids’ rave, fun-fair rides, face painting, craft activities and a forest school. Book tickets here.
Our local Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour is one of the largest and most important wildlife sites in England. The Rye Harbour Discovery Centre Appeal is raising money for a much-needed, brand new visitor centre at the site and it’s getting a big boost from the Hastings Philharmonic this Saturday June 16th, at 7.30pm, from their special opera gala at Rye’s newest venue. The Old Bourne Auction House in Rock Channel Quay has been transformed for this special event, featuring the Hastings Philharmonic orchestra and chamber choir, plus conductor and baritone Marcio da Silva, soprano Alice Privett, tenor Leonel Pinheiro and bass Vedat Dalgiran. There will be stirring music from a selection of composing heavyweights, including Puccini and Verdi. Book tickets here.
Until next month!
Rye Lodge Hotel
The hedgerows are frothing with cow parsley, the sun is shining and the calendar is chock-a-block with fabulous things to do in Rye and the surrounding area!
We cannot wait for the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival on June 21st-24th. This special event features world-class musicians performing in nine-concerts over a four-day run. On June 22nd, at 8pm, the festival comes to St Mary’s Church in Rye with its fabulous orchestral concert.
The National Open Gardens Scheme sees a stunning selection of local gardens throw open their gates during the month of June. Whether you’re a dab hand at horticulture or a novice who can’t even care for a cactus, these quintessentially English gardens are the perfect source of inspiration. Beauchamps, open during the afternoon of June 10th in nearby Udimore, is a real gem, affording beautiful valley views and a colourful, mature cottage garden.
For some fresh air and stunning scenery, take the short trip down to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve for a guided walk by the sea. On Saturday May 26th, as part of the 1066 Walking Festival, there is a Coastal Plants walk, giving ramblers the opportunity to discover how the flora and fauna thrive in the shingle and saltmarsh environment. The walk starts at 10am from the Rye Harbour village car park and lasts some 2 hours. After the exertion, we recommend a massage in Rye Lodge’s own treatment room.
Finally, the weekend of June 30th and July 1st heralds the Wealden Literary Festival in Woodchurch. Set in the spectacular garden of a family home, Boldshaves, the event brings together authors and artists from all over the country and offers a wonderful programme of events. Not to mention a yummy selection of street food!
Until next month!
With best wishes
Every year, Rye, East Sussex devotes an entire week to one scrumptious underwater clam—the scallop. The 16th Rye Bay Scallop Week is scheduled for Saturday 24th February – Sunday 4th March 2018.
Scallop fossils date back 3 million years, and the shell of this tiny seafaring creature has been used symbolically for hundreds of thousands of years. Its shell is found in many well-known business logos as well as in Princess Diana’s coat of arms. It can also be seen on Prince William’s Knight of the Garter crest.
Aside from its history with the Royal family, the scallop holds many secrets that the average person may or may not realize. It is a hermaphrodite in its shell, and includes both a male gonad and a female gonad, along with a gill, a foot, a mouth, a fully working digestive gland, mantle and hinge ligament. It swims along the ocean floor when startled but moves very little aside from being spooked. It also has a tentacle and eye spot along with ears. It is very similar to a fish but is known in the scientific community as a mollusc.
Scallops tend to prefer clean, fresh salinity water and do quite well in the warmer waters off of the southern coast of England and Wales. They don’t grow to maturity until around 3 years of age, and you can tell this by looking at their stripes on their shells. For every band on their shell, they’ve been alive for one year. They spawn every year from April to September and increase in growth from April to June.
When consumed, the Scallop is widely accepted to be an aphrodisiac. In terms of nutrition, the Scallop provides a nutrient dense source of Vitamin B12, protein, iron and calcium.
Rye and Rye Bay have long since been a source for scallops and have been fished there for hundreds of years. Even King Charles himself stated, “The cheapest sea-towne for provision of fish in our house,” when referring to this tiny sea faring town. Rye’s fishing fleet moors nearly two miles from the sea, but nonetheless bring up hundreds of thousands of scallops every single year.
If you’re looking for an easy way to indulge your taste buds in seafood dishes, then you don’t want to miss this event. A variety of restaurants will be there showcasing their scallop based dishes, all featuring freshly caught scallops and other seafood-based culinary fair. If you have your heart set on tasting and enjoying the finest scallops in England, then you’ll definitely want to make it out to this festival.
In addition to the wide array of delicious foods and perfectly cooked scallops, the Scallop Festival will also be including tasting events, cookery schools and demonstrations as well as local live music and much more. The Scallop Festival is an all ages event and perfect for the entire family, so don’t hesitate to bring the whole lot!
The Rye Lodge Hotel is the perfect place to stay during your visit. Rye is an ancient city that holds a rich history, and the Hotel is located right in the town.
2017 Rye Jazz Festival – Rye Lodge Nyetimber Terrace
SUNSHINE, JAZZ, EXCEPTIONAL FOOD & AWARD WINNING SPARKLING WINES
Now in its sixth year, the Rye international jazz & blues festival is regarded as one of the best boutique music festivals in the UK.
Join us the Rye Lodge Hotel during the festival at the end of August, and enjoy stunning views, wonderful music, award winning wines and a selection of superb food platters, prepared by our executive chef Attila Csicso, which will combine to create a relaxed and truly memorable experience.
Tickets will be in high demand for these very special events so we would encourage you to book early!
The terrace will be elegantly styled with tables, chairs and parasols surrounding the outdoor bar, a perfect way to watch the world-class live jazz and Latin music taking place from 1.00pm to 3.00pm each day on the terrace.
The terrace bar will also be open for drinks both before and after the scheduled live jazz performances and wine tastings from 12.00pm – 1.00pm and from 3.00pm – 6.00pm from Saturday 26th – Monday 28th August.
For over 25 years Nyetimber has had a single aim: to make the finest English sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the world, including Champagne. A true pioneer, Nyetimber was the first producer of English sparkling wine to exclusively grow the three celebrated grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
Nyetimber is made from one hundred percent estate-grown grapes and is regarded as England’s finest sparkling wine. Owner and Chief Executive Eric Heerema and winemaker Cherie Spriggs are committed to producing wines of exceptional quality.
Saturday 26th August 1pm to 3pm – Trio Manouche – An intoxicating Blend of Gypsy Jazz
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Iain Rae Jazz Trio
Sunday 27th August 1pm to 3pm – Iain Rae Jazz Trio – Sophisticated Modern Jazz & Timeless Classics
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Paul Richards Latin Trio
Monday 28th August Paul Richards Latin Trio – Samba’s, Bossa’s & Latin Grooves
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Nyetimber Wine Tasting
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August
In addition to the three live lunchtime music events, there will be two wine tasting events taking place on the terrace from 6.00pm – 7.00pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August.
Each evening will be an exclusive tasting of Nyetimber’s award-winning sparkling wines.
A Nyetimber Brand Ambassador will guide you through the Nyetimber range, revealing and exploring what has lead Nyetimber wines to stand proudly alongside some of the best sparkling wines in the world.
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The Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival
The Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival takes place from Thursday 25th August through to Monday 29th August and offers the finest in Jazz, Blues and other genre including Soul, R&B, Funk, Gospel and World Music. There is a fantastic line-up every day and many of the events are free to enter. Festival performances are held in several venues including local pubs, bars and inns; St Mary’s Church; outside on the Kino Cinema Terrace; the cricket club; and of course, here at Rye Lodge Hotel.
Some of the headliners include Mica Paris, dubbed the UK’s Queen of Soul, along with the renowned jazz singers Liane Carroll and Joe Stilgoe; there will also be a host of other talented performers from various genre along with a fringe festival.
Stay at Rye Lodge Hotel and dine in our brand new Salts Restaurant
Rye Lodge Hotel is the ideal place to base your stay; we love jazz too and will be hosting our own festival Jazz & Champagne on the Terrace event at between 1 & 3pm on Sunday 28th August. The brilliant Dave Barrett Trio will be playing music to get your feet tapping. Tickets for the event cost £17.50 (including a glass of champagne) and can be booked on 01797 223838.
A proud winner of the Visit England Gold Award and located close to Rye Town Centre, we provide outstanding personal service and attention for our guests. A great place to relax and recharge your batteries in our champagne bar after the festival events, we also have a swimming pool, sauna and spa, as well as offering in room treatments.
As an added bonus you can be one of the first diners to eat in our brand new Salts Restaurant which will be opening on Friday 26th August in time for the Jazz festival. We will be offering an exciting and varied menu prepared especially for you by our highly talented chef, along with an excellent selection of fine wines. You read about Salts Restaurant on our website https://ryelodge.co.uk/saltsrestaurant/ and make dinner reservations on 01797 722383.
Free Music at the Kino Cinema Terrace
There will be free live music on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the festival at the Kino Cinema Terrace from lunchtime onwards along with an outdoor bar and a wide selection of food including locally produced meat and vegetarian dishes and some exciting BBQ dishes including Cajun Jambalaya; the perfect spicy meat vegetable and rice combo to complement Louisiana jazz.
Bands playing at the Terrace include The Brilos, the Carter Burton Trio, Rod Pooley Organ Trio, The Fabulous Red Diesel, Carter Burton Trio, and The Violet Jive.
Special Jazz Festival Ale
The Old Dairy Brewery is located just a few miles away from Rye in the village of Tenterden. A microbrewery with a great reputation for its cask and bottled beers, it also has a shop where you can watch the brewers crafting their art and even book a brewery tour. To celebrate the Rye Jazz Festival, Old Dairy has brewed a special festival ale which they’ve named ‘Jazz Top’. A traditional Pale Ale, it’s immensely quaffable and will be available alongside several other Old Dairy brews at many of the festival venues; a perfect choice for entering into the spirit of the occasion.
Dubbed the UK’s Queen of Soul, her roots are in gospel and soul. She is currently recording a new album, and her first album ‘So Good’ has recently been re-released with a bunch of new bonus material. She will be performing at St Mary’s Church On the Saturday starting at 7.30 pm. It should be a stunning event.
A jazz singer and classically trained pianist, Liane has recently performed in the BBC Late Proms. She performs a mix of original songs and covers, all delivered in a voice that can fill her audience with joy or reduce them to tears. She will be performing at St Mary’s Church on Monday 29th August starting 6.00 pm along with Joe Stigaloe.
An internationally acclaimed singer songwriter and pianist, Joe was born in Kent. Amongst his other talents he also plays drums and acts on stage and film. His latest album ‘New Songs for Old Souls’ has been critically acclaimed as his best; no doubt he will be singing some numbers from it. He will be performing at St Mary’s Church on Monday 29th August starting 6.00 pm along with Liane Carroll.
Other talents include:
- Phil Law and Friends who play a delicious fusion of jazz, blues, and rock and roll
- Andy Williams jazz guitar
- Louis Turpin Trio blues band
- Cithara classical and acoustic guitar duo
- Dan Carter solo jazz and blues
- The Carter Burton Trio
- King Size Slim acoustic blues
and many other performers.