Rye Festival of the Sea | What’s on
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What’s on

Our festival returned September 9th 2018 and was a fun filled action packed day from 11am right through to 6pm.

Our Raft Race returned with teams going head to head for first place. Spectators came together, throwing flour bombs for the notorious event! Skinners of Rye came 1st for the second year running with The Mermaid Inn following behind them in 2nd and A Rye Good Time finishing in 3rd! Thank you to Rock Channel Marine for sponsoring this years Raft Race.

The market was full of locals and new businesses, came to life with plenty of variety and enough to keep everyone entertained. Visitors could browse a range of products whilst supporting excellent causes with the charity stalls, before filling their bellies with the food and drink stalls on offer.

Teams gathered together for our annual Tug of War event, with the strongest team being W.S. Wright LTD who not only showed off their muscles but also donated their winnings back to the festival! A big thank you to the team and to Rye News for sponsoring this years tug of war.

This year, deputy town crier, Paul Goring told salty sea stories of Rye resident Captain Pugwash in the Rye Heritage Centre for the younger maritime fans. Paul Goring used his excellent storytelling skills to keep heads turned and captivated those who attended.


That wasn’t all there was for the young maritime fans this year. Our team hired Water Zorbing bubbles and Bumper Boats from FunFirm for those to enjoy having a splash of their own. The inflatable bubbles allowed users to run, jump, spin, flop and flip around the water in their own little bubble. Whilst the Bumper Boats had spilling propellers, giving users the chance to do some steering as they bumped into each other and drove around the pool in a completely safe and dry environment.

We also had a sea-themed fancy dress competition, where young visitors could enter for a chance to win a family day out to Brighton Sea Life Centre, kindly sponsored by Rye’s Own.

And to top it all off, this year we had live music from local talents throughout the afternoon including Tommy Ludford and The Rockitmen!

Be sure to check out our gallery from this years festival to see all of the maritime fun come to life.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of this years festival and to those who visited us and supported us. Our beloved maritime festival is always a favourite for locals and visitors and we’re proud to have thrown an excellent committee-driven event once again. Please be sure to follow us on our social medias to see how you can get involved in our 2019 festival and for updates on our next event.