What a terrific programme Rye has to offer over the coming months. Kicking off with the South East in Bloom Judging at the beginning of July, this is just the precursor to the even more important Britain in Bloom Judging which will follow in early August.
July also features a much improved Siege of Rye Medieval Weekend, boosted by an injection of cash from intereg. This will involve medieval battles in the streets, archery competitions, medieval camp, food, beverages and more.
Rye Goes Pop for the second year on Saturday 7 August when a festival of popular music involving local bands and groups will perform continuously on the Town Salts for several hours. A day for picnicking on the grass enjoying good music and celebrating (we hope) Rye’s gold award in the Britain in Bloom Competition.
Saturday ! 5 August is Raft Race Day.
Saturday 21 August sees Rye Horse and Dog Show at Salts Farm, East Guldeford. There is also a Country Fair at this event. All proceeds in aid of the Rye Memorial Care Centre. The Rye Festival is held each year during the first two weeks of September. This year sees the thirty-third in the series. It has become one of the ten best summer arts festivals in the United Kingdom and in the last three decades has brought the arts in their varied forms to Rye, welcoming many famous names and encouraging new talents.
Rye Bonfire and torchlight procession has become one of the great family events in the local calendar. Many months of hard work and preparation are put in by society members from fund-raising by way of Boot Fairs, Coffee Mornings even an Auction of Promises this year, torch making and building the ultimate bonfire.
The Rye Fawkes Celebrations are acknowledged to be one of the best free shows in the country, thousands will crowd the streets, it is a real family evening of entertainment.
From “Rye’s Own “July 2004
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