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Christmas Story Telling

The story of how the famous Heritage Smuggler’s gang came to the rescue of Santa and his reindeer one stormy Christmas Eve many years ago. The smuggler’s find their Christmas spirit and save Christmas for the children of Rye. A storyteller will read to the children and lead them afterwards in a sing – along…

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Father Christmas In His Grotto!

Step into the enchanting world of Santa’s Grotto, where Christmas magic comes to life! Be prepared for a magical adventure to meet none other than Santa Claus himself. As you enter this warm and festive wonderland, be prepared to be transported to a place where dreams and wishes are granted. So, embrace the spirit of…

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Queen Elizabeth I visits Rye – 450th Anniversary

A commemoration of the visit of Queen Elizabeth 1st in 1573 when she christened the town “Rye Royal” – procession with Reybellion Drummers; re-enactments; Elizabethan songs and a performance of Much Ado About Nothing by Rye Players – join us as we bring Heritage alive throughout the afternoon – all the better if you come…

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The Rye Town Model

And we’re back! The Story of Rye sound and light show is fully functional once again! Over the winter volunteers took all the light systems out of the model and replaced the whole system. Everything from the lights to the computer controller is now replaced! We are still adding to the experience but come down…

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Santa’s Grotto In Rye!

The main man himself is returning to Rye this Christmas and would love to share a little early Christmas joy throughout our town. You are booking a 15 minute slot where you will be welcomed into his grotto and invited to gather round to share your Christmas wishes with Father Christmas and if you’ve made…

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F-Rye-t Night!

A spine-chilling Walk & talk with a guide around the streets of Rye! This special one-off event comes with a spook or two and those who join the tour must be prepared to be scared! – From Rye Heritage Centre 7pm, 30th October. Purchase your tickets here.

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A Cowboy in Venezuela !

An illustrated presentation and talk by Noel Varley. Four years in Venezuela on a cattler anch – what an adventure ! Noel recounts some of his stories from his time as a cowboy ! – if you haven’t already experienced his skills as a raconteur then now’s your chance. River Haven Hotel, Winchelsea Road, Rye…

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The New Website

Today, April 4th 2022 we launch our new website. The next phases of the website include the ability to purchase event and tour tickets. We also plan on giving visitors the ability to buy tickets for the light and sound show. This extra functionality will be launched when all our reception volunteers have had full…

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