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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
Hotels In Rye With Parking
The ancient town of Rye was never designed for cars. This becomes apparent when you look at its narrow cobbled streets or try to find a parking space within the citadel!
Part of the charm of our beautiful town (which was once an island) is that everything is in walking distance from the hotel.
Especially in the summer months parking can be a real problem. There are a couple of pay and display car park’s on the edge of town but do you really want to be topping up the meter throughout your stay or leaving your car in a public car park over night?
Luckily, at Rye lodge Hotel we have a large car park at the rear of the hotel. We are the only hotels in Rye with parking large enough for all of its guests. The car park is equipped with CCTV and flood lighting at night so you can be assured your car will be as safe as possible. This is probably why we are the hotel of choice for film crews, music producers and classic car clubs in the area.
Dog Friendly Hotels in Rye
Finding a dog friendly hotel can sometimes be a challenge and with kennel costs as high as they are this can seriously impact the cost of going away. At Rye Lodge we love dogs and your four legged friend can be assured of a warm welcome.
Our Courtyard rooms at Rye Lodge Hotel are particularly dog friendly. They are located on the lower ground floor with direct access to the private car park. The rooms all feature French windows which make them very popular with guests travelling with their dogs.
There are some amazing walks very close to the hotel so your dog is just as likely to have a wonderful short break as you are!
Directly opposite the hotel is the Rye Salts which is a huge expanse of marsh land with a public footpath running through it. The Salts are home to the famous Romney Marsh sheep so if your dog isn’t sheep friendly a lead should be used.
A short stroll from the hotel is the Royal Military Canal. This waterway stretches for about 6 miles between Rye and the village of Appledore and is ideal for dogs who prefer a longer walk. There are a couple of dog friendly pubs in the village which could make a very pleasant lunch stop.
For dogs that prefer the beach Camber Sands is the ideal walk. Camber is about 3 miles away by car and is a huge expanse of sand and sand dunes. The best time for dogs is at low tide but restrictions on dogs do apply in the summer months so it is worth checking first.
As well as the walks listed above there are many more including Rye Bay Nature Reserve, Winchelsea Beach and Camber Castle to name but a few.
For more dog friendly walks please contact the hotel reception.
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/
There is so much history and things to see and do in Rye that many of our guests will spend their whole holiday in the town. However, Rye also makes the perfect base if you wish to venture further a field. One destination that would make the perfect day out from Rye is Bodiam Castle. A mere 25-minute drive from the town takes you on a once in a lifetime excursion into the past.
Rising dramatically out of its watery surroundings Bodiam Castle paints a majestic picture of medieval times. Originally built in the 14th century this ancient edifice has gone from mighty fortress to ivy covered ruin and, thanks to painstaking restoration, now stands as a monument to its former glory.
One of the most picturesque castles in England, Bodiam boasts a spiral staircase, battlements, and the original spiked wooden portcullis which can be found in the gatehouse. Built in the quadrangle style popular to this era, Bodiam has crenellated towers on each corner and is surrounded by a protective moat.
Here visitors walk the same cobblestones once frequented by knights in armor, and can also enjoy tales of days gone by from the miller’s wife, the forester, and any number of authentic characters who now inhabit the castle grounds.
Located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England, construction began on Bodiam in the year 1385. Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a knight of King Richard II, built the fortress as a defense against the French during the Hundred Year’s War. Bodiam also served as the family home to several generations of Dalyngrigge’s until it was occupied by Sir Thomas Leuknor during the War of the Roses. The castle subsequently passed through many hands until the end of the 1600’s when it was captured and “dismantled” or rendered unusable.
Fast forward to 1829 when John “Mad Jack” Fuller came into possession of the property and made some minor repairs to the long neglected structure. At this point it was fashionable to leave intact the vines and foliage which encroached on ancient ruins, so while romantic in appearance the castle was still in deplorable condition. The next owner, Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, decided that so rare a treasure should not be allowed to fall into ruin. With plans for massive renovation he began the process of restoring the castle, which was later taken over by the National Trust.
The trust provided new roofs, refurbished the moat, made necessary structural repairs, and updated the landscaping. Indeed, whether the weather be fine or foul the approach to Bodiam is stunning as visitors cross an expanse of shimmering water and come face to face with this majestic lady of the lake.
Today’s castle is a busy place, with over 170,000 visitors annually. Activities include free guided tours, character talks, and informative videos. Guests can even participate in the Outlaw Academy where they learn to shoot arrows and evade the local sheriff.
If you’re in the area, don’t miss this medieval gem. The haunting beauty of Bodiam Castle makes it a travel destination you won’t soon forget.
5 of the best golf courses near Rye
Known around England for its medieval history and antiquated look, it may be surprising that Rye is actually a fantastic base for golfers looking to take a break on a fantastic course. For those of you interested in golfing by day and retreating to a quaint and cozy town by night, consider taking a trip to Rye. About a 30 minute drive from the town, these five golf courses make an excellent choice for your next outing.
Rye Golf Club
Envisioned in 1893, this golf course was seeing its first President’s Putter by 1920. Soon after, it saw the clubs of famous names such as Darwin and Crawley before being damaged by a WW1 bomb in 1944. This course prides itself on the traditional links courses it provides to players and its unique culture. All play is in two ball format with a preference of foursomes. The club provides a traditional lunch from noon until 2 PM and tea and cake is available after golf. For one person with their own ball, a round will cost 125 pounds and 60 pounds per person in a foursome.
Lydd Golf Club
This 18-hole, links style course is filled with lakes and bunkering, making it a fantastic challenge for golfers amongst a beautiful landscape. The club is suitable for any type of golfer as it offers an 18 bay driving range, a putting green, two chipping greens and a par 3 6-hole course. The clubhouse here offers a bar and grill that is open from 7:30 until dusk. Not only are the courses fantastic for golfing but the facilities are perfect for events.
Littlestone Golf Club
Located between the Romney Marsh and the English Channel, this club offers two unique links courses. Opened in 1888, this course has a history of famous championships and has now been called one of the top 100 golf courses in all of England as well as one of the top links courses in both Great Britain and Ireland. The Champion Links course is a primary two ball course that is open to visitors 7 days a week and the Warren course is a full 18 holes of rugged landscape. Depending on which course you choose, prices range from 75 to105 pounds.
Sedlescombe Golf Club
This parkland course offers golfers 6269 yards of challenging lakes and fairway bunkers. Golfers are offered a difficult 3 par course as well as a scenic 18 hole course which is said to be a great course to enhance your golfing skills. The club includes Green’s Restaurant and Spikes bar which serves up a full English breakfast daily from 7:30 until 11 am. Lunch is made available from 11am until 3pm and dinner serves up all of the favorites from 6:30 until 9 pm. Depending on the course, visitors will pay between 10 and 20 pounds.
Beauport Park Golf Club
With a view of the beautiful East Sussex countryside, this 18-hole Championship course offers a fantastic challenge to guests. Their 14 bay driving range and 9-hole pitch and putt course makes this club suitable for all types of golfers. Overlooking the countryside, the club restaurant and bar serves up a delicious lunch and tea for hungry golfers or a good brew to wind down the day. Depending on the course and the day, visitors can pay between 10 and 30 pounds.
Spa treatments now available at Rye Lodge Hotel
We are proud to announce that we are now offering in-room treatments at Rye Lodge Hotel. As the only hotel in Rye with an indoor swimming pool, sauna and spa pool it made sense to offer our guests a range of in room spa and beauty treatments.
From a relaxing full body massage to a luxury Shellac manicure we have a range of treatments for him and her that can be booked in the comfort and privacy of your own room.
To book a treatment please call reception on 01797 223838. Do avoid disappointment it is advised to book treatments prior to your arrival. Please note in-room treatments are only available to guests staying in our Deluxe bedrooms.
Bird Watching and Nature Reserves near Rye
Nature lovers and twitchers will find Rye a delight. Just a short walk from Rye Lodge is Rye Harbour nature reserve, recently named as one of the top ten sites in the UK for bird watching.
This internationally important site is on largely flat terrain with paths and bird hides that allow disabled access, and is open all year round. Here you will find coastal and wetland wildlife not found in other parts of East Sussex. Over 70 species may be seen on the reserve in one day in a wide variety of habitats including shingle, saltmarsh, sand dunes, rivers, grazing marsh and farmland.
Birds regularly breeding at the site include redshanks, wheaters, ringed plovers and oystercatchers, with many species of terns, waders and ducks. Rare bitterns may be seen and new reedbeds are being introduced to attract more of them to the reserve. In autumn and spring the reserve is visited by a great variety of migratory birds.
In addition to birds, the reserve is home to specialised plants such as Sea Pea and Sea Kale – spectacular in summer, with many more species in flower throughout the spring and autumn. You can discover interesting military fortifications from the 16th, 19th and 20th centuries, including Camber Castle. Rye Harbour nature reserve has a visitor centre at Lime Kiln Cottage, Rye Harbour Road or visit the Rye Harbour nature reserve website, at www.wildrye.info.
Though cafes can be found at Rye Harbour, Rye Lodge is pleased to prepare a packed lunch for our guests, with drinks, fruit and extra snacks for you to take with you if you wish to spend the day exploring. Just let reception know during the previous evening (or when you book if you will need a packed lunch on the first day of your stay).
In addition to Rye Harbour Nature reserve the Sussex countryside around Rye offers many opportunities for river and canal side walks where wildlife can be seen as well as the wide sandy beaches at nearby Camber, another area popular for birding. The Firehills of nearby Fairlight are named after the yellow gorse which blooms every year, and there you can enjoy cliff top walks with accessible areas for wheelchairs with many birds, butterflies and flowers to be seen.
After an invigorating day in the countryside, what better way to unwind than in the spa bath or Sauna at Rye Lodge, perhaps followed by a swim. A truly comfortable bed will soothe tired limbs. Next morning a hearty breakfast can be enjoyed in your room, or even in bed to set you up for the next day’s adventures.