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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.

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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.

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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 regCharliesackbut1istered 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._MG_4393

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 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:

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