- Pevensey Castle – built around 290 AD to guard the English coast against Saxon pirates, this castle has a rich history. The Normans reoccupied it in 1066 and used it as a major bulwark.
- Herstmonceux Castle – this is still a beautiful castle surrounded by a moat. Built in the 15th century, it is more of a large elaborate manor than a defensive castle. The estate covers 300 acres and includes several formal gardens and trails through managed woodland.
- Battle – now an elegant market town this is close to where the Battle of Hastings took place, resulting in 70,000 English and Norman deaths and a major change to England’s history. Visit the English Heritage site “Battle Abbey and Battlefield” where you can relive history. There is even a re-enactment of the famous battle in October.
- Icklesham – located on a ridge connecting the coast and the River Brede you will find some excellent views of the countryside. This was an important target in 1066 as whichever army held it would command the crossing of the River Brede.
- Rye – said to be England’s best preserved medieval town, it marks the end of the 1066 trail. With its cobbled Mermaid Street, its charming shops inns and restaurants, Ypres Castle, Rye Museum, and the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, it is one of the walk’s shining highlights.
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
The 1066 Country Walk is a historic walk through Sussex that follows in the steps of William the Conqueror as he progressed with his army from Pevensey, his landing place, to Battle, where the famous Battle of Hastings took place. The battle famously resulted in the demise of King Harold of England who, it is said, was mortally wounded by an arrow in his eye. The walk includes several historic sites and passes through ancient villages, towns, woodlands, over hillsides, passing close to many other interesting landmarks.
You will discover a wealth of places to explore, but some you should try not to miss are:
Joining the walk
The complete walk is around 30 miles (50 kilometers) and extends from Pevensey Castle to Strand Quay in Rye, though if you don’t want to cover the complete walk, you can choose to join it at an intermediate point. If you base your visit at Rye, you can take a bus to various locations on the walk including Pevensey, so you can complete the walk in sections returning to Rye at the end of each day. Allow four good days walking if you intend to cover the full route. Alternatively, if you prefer to take your car, there are several circular routes on the 1066 route including a 4½ walk from Rye.
Rest your weary feet with a stay at the Rye Lodge Hotel
Whether you intend to complete the full walk or just sample part of it, at the end of the day you will need somewhere to rest your weary feet. As Rye lies on the east end of the walk, the Rye Lodge Hotel is the perfect place to do so. You will discover our hotel is the perfect place to relax with comfortable rooms, an excellent champagne bar, and a Venetian Spa pool where you can revitalise your aching limbs. Rye has some great restaurants too, and we will be happy to recommend some of the best.
Go all-out with indulging yourself when you stay in one of our Deluxe Rooms by getting pampered with our soothing in-room treatments. You can enjoy a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure – or all of it – right in the comfort of your cosy room.
Set an appointment before your arrival, so we can have everything prepared well in advance. Whether you’d like a 60-minute full-body massage for total relaxation or a 25-minute Sports Massage Quick Fix, Rye Lodge Hotel has the answer to your recreational needs.
For a complete list of our in-room treatments, please visit our spa page.
Have a magical Christmas in Rye as this charming town celebrates the festive season by paying homage to famous English novelist Charles Dickens on Saturday, 12th December 2015, from 10am till late.
Locals and visitors can enjoy a traditional Christmas Market for an array of holiday gifts, fine food and festive drinks from local retailers, producers, creators and artisans.
Sally Aviss, author of ‘Changing Times, Changing Tides’ and ‘The Call of Cairnmor’, will have a storytelling and book-signing activity between 10am and 2pm.
Of course, what is Christmas without a visit from Father Christmas himself? Be down on the Strand Quay to greet everyone’s favourite Christmas character as he arrives on a boat with a little help from the RNLI.
Just like Dickens’ renowned classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, Christmas in Rye will appeal to both young and old in this season of joy and festivity.
Click here for more details christmasinrye.co.uk