Rye Christmas Festival 2015

Spectacular Day of Christmas Fun in the Streets of Rye.

What a fantastic event – Inspired by Rye Mayor Berni Fiddimore and put together by an amazing team and a mass of volunteers.

It was a day of Christmas Festivities, the like which has not been seen in Rye since Victorian Times. Dozens of people dressed in Dickensian clothing, bringing a special atmosphere to the occasion.


We want to provide a fun filled family event to celebrate Christmas in the town of Rye. Our community is thriving and should be organising lively creative events throughout the year, not only for themselves but also to bring new visitors to the town and with them revenue streams for local traders. We are fortunate to already have a number of successful festivals in place, however the Christmas Festival needs some TLC and an extra boost.
In order to create this magical event we are going to need to buy some core asset.
The bulk of this is street lighting for the Town Centre. Some of the lighting used in previous years has been repaired for us by a team of volunteers and will be reused this year.  We want to extend out from the High Street and incorporate Cinque Ports Street.
In addition to lighting, we will be looking to put on various activities possibly including fireworks, street pantomimes and much more. he event itself is Saturday 12 December 2015 but you will see the Christmas lights on from 1 December 2015 and plenty of social media and community action before that!
We hope to create a legacy for a great festival for years to come.

Well done Liz PenDennis and your amazing team – Your efforts have shown what can be achieved and have dispelled much of the despondency of many business people in Rye who remember the days when this was a very prosperous, independent town with 100% employment.

Full story and many more pictures in the January Issue of Rye’s Own.


A “Rye’s Own” Bulletin and Film Release. Saturday 12 December 2015

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