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 TerraceSUNSHINE, 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 TastingSaturday 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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Rye Arts Festival
Later this year Rye is once again going to host its’ renowned Rye Arts Festival. The most famous art festival in the area will be drawing crowds from all parts of UK over the two week period in September 2016. It is the best time to visit Rye and enjoy this stunning medieval town. We recommend making your room reservation as soon as possible as Rye Lodge Hotel is in such a prime position with a large,secure car park and indoor swimming pool with spa, rooms are booked well in advance of the Arts Festival.
Rye Arts Festival has been attracting top quality artists for the past 44 years. This year it’s going to be the 45th Anniversary. What can you expect? Only the most acclaimed book authors, theatre actors and musicians coming together for this famous event. The fact that all of the activities take place just a few steps from Rye Lodge Hotel is an amazing bonus! Have an evening stroll along the cobbled streets on a warm September evening, watch performances and enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer in one of the town’s ancient inns.
Family friendly events
Last year’s festival was particularly successful hosting, amongst others: Dame Ellen MacArthur, Peter Snow, Sir Max Hastings, Benjamin Grosvenor and many more. With over 58 events during the two week period in September 2015, Rye Arts Festival entertained many thousands of visitors. Many events and exhibitions are FREE to attend, which is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the fun, especially if coming with a larger group.
If you are looking for a family friendly event, we recommend attending a pop-up show by a local artist, who will be talking about his work and you will have the chance to see a painting come to life! Last year Luke Hannam hosted a number of exhibitions in a pop-up studio in Rye town centre. FREE to attend, these events attracted crowds of all ages with the children particularly enjoying watching the process of creating a painting whilst parents enjoyed chatting to the artist and seeing his completed projects during the show.
Fans of opera will be delighted to know that the Rye Arts Festival is hosting some fine performances during the two weeks in September. Mozart’s masterpiece, Don Giovanni, was staged twice during last year’s celebrations. Alisdair Kitchen, the brilliant conductor, directed the show with his acclaimed Euphonic orchestra. According to the festival’s website:
“The first performance was superb and received a standing ovation for many minutes. As the audience left the theatre, chatting to each other, they were finding it difficult to pick out a single performer for special comment, as the main cast were seemingly of equal, exceptionally high standard. The acting, the singing and the orchestra were all of excellent quality and, if you missed this one, you must make every effort to attend the second and final performance on Saturday 26th September…”.
This year there will be even more examples of outstanding artists from the world of opera and classical music coming to Rye to perform their best pieces for your enjoyment!
Take part in Art!
An exciting twist on all exhibitions is the fact that Rye’s first ever Artist in Residence, Charlie Cobb, records impressions of all places, people and events during the festival. This acclaimed artist is going to attend shows hosted during the two weeks in September and sketch all that surrounds him. His unique pieces will be on display and available to view – and purchase – in his pop-up studio gallery on the last day of the event. Not to be missed!
Rye Arts Festival is a registered charity run by local volunteers. The aim is to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music, theatre, literature and visual arts. The charity also loves involving the younger generation by giving local students a chance to attend the festival committee meetings during the academic year. One of the students is also chosen to take photos of the festival events for the charity website. This is part of a long standing tradition to include young people in the world of art and music.
How to buy tickets?
All tickets for this year’s festival will be available to purchase from July 2016. You can choose to buy tickets online and then print them at home. Telephone bookings are also possible, as well as buying the tickets via postal order. Please refer to the festival ticket info for more details.
Discover Medieval Rye!
Rye is one of few truly medieval towns remaining in England today. Full of little cobbled streets and Georgian houses, its charm is clear to see. With a wide variety of restaurants and cafes you are only a short stroll away from your next exquisite meal or a delicious hot chocolate! But did you know that our town is also a shopping paradise? With an abundance of privately owned boutiques and specialist shops giving you the chance to browse its unique offerings and pick up a bargain or two. Rye is also famous for its pottery. You will find a number of working potteries throughout the town.
Dive into Luxury
Rye Lodge Hotel, conveniently situated only few steps from the town centre is ideally located to explore the area and enjoy the festival’s events. With the choice of 5 room types you will find the perfect one to suit your dream escape.
Our most romantic and luxurious bedroom – The Champagne Room – is designed to cater for all those special celebrations. Situated on the first floor, it boasts the most spectacular views of the estuary and the Romney Marsh beyond. This elegant and spacious room comes with en-suite bathroom with a separate bath and shower. Complimentary bath robes and slippers are perfect to take to our own Venetian Spa.
Rye Lodge Hotel also hosts its own prestigious heated swimming pool, spa bath and sauna you can unwind, relax and soak up the indulgence. Available for the use of our guests during their stay. Our hotel is the only accommodation in Rye offering a heated swimming pool. Perfect after a day of culture or shopping!
Book your stay now!
To ensure your reservation, simply call us on 01797 223838 or email at email@example.com to make a booking today!
Rye Arts Festival 2016 dates: 17th September – 1st October 2016. Festival official website and booking info can be found here: http://www.ryeartsfestival.co.uk/
2016 Events and Festivals in Rye not to be missed
Located on the edge of Romney Marsh just minutes from the sea, beautiful Rye in East Sussex is the perfect place to explore a variety of diverse natural landscapes by boat, bicycle or on foot. You can enjoy endless water sports, explore medieval castles, feast on delectable cuisine, basically, enjoy magical experiences. This charming area also plays host to extraordinary events and festivals that shouldn’t be missed including the following.
Rye Ukulele Festival 2016 – 3rd July 2016
After the success of last year’s first ever Rye Ukulele Festival, we’ll see its return in 2016 on Sunday 3rd July at the Cinque Ports Pub, just a short walk from Rye Lodge Hotel. This now annual event attracts Ukulele groups from across the country and even features a Ukulele Open Mic spot for those fancying themselves a bit of a dab-hand on the miniature string instrument!
The festival will run from 11.30 – 20.00
For more information, visit http://ryeukuleleexperiment.co.uk/rye-ukulele-festival-2016-2/
Rye Jazz Festival 2016 – 25th – 29th August 2016
Rye Jazz Festival in the last few years has cemented itself on the musical calendar as a must-see event. Spread over four days and five nights over the August bank holiday weekend, the festival features some of the finest musicians from the genres of jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, gospel and world music. At Rye Lodge Hotel we even get involved having had a number of artists playing in our courtyard whilst customers enjoy a glass of something chilled in the warm summer air.
For the full line up and for details on tickets visit https://ryejazz.com/
45th Rye Arts Festival 2016 – 17th Sept – 1st Oct 2016
Now impressively in it’s 45th year, the Rye Arts Festival returns to the bay throughout the latter weeks of September. This year’s festival will feature dozens of events and exhibitions from both up and coming artists, seasoned professionals and household names across the art world. Tickets for these exhibitions and events can be purchased directly from the Rye Arts Festival website.
For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www.ryeartsfestival.co.uk/
Wild Boar Week – 22nd – 30th October 2016
Now in its 6th year, the Wild Boar Week is a celebration of delicious game in our small town of Rye in East Sussex. Restaurants across the town fully embrace the festival by serving up a selection of locally sourced game dishes. Plus, the week has become well known for its events and entertainment boasting over 30 events – naturally all serving their own offering and interpretation on Wild Boar and game.
For the full schedule, visit http://wildboar.org.uk/