Last weekend we took our pastoral group over to Rye for an afternoon out, enjoying time together and the local area. Our intention had been to have a picnic on Winchelsea beach and then head into Rye but for a lovely sunny day it certainly was windy and there is no shelter on Winchelsea beach so we left that for another day and picniced in the park in Rye instead.
This turned out to be just perfect as many of us headed in the children's play park for some fun and others laid back and enjoyed the sunshine and a relax. The park on Fishmarket Road is excellent and has something for everyone, loads of good play equipment, large fields, room to picnic and play, a bowling green and car park with toilets.
After the park we headed into the own to see some of the great architecture and walk the cobbled streets. There are lots of different styles in Rye and it makes for a really charming town with lots of good restaurants and tea rooms,
One of our favourite things to do in Rye is go up the tower in St Marys Church. The church itself is beautiful to look round and it is always good to spend time there admiring the stained glass and looking at the latest prayer stations but my girls love to light a candle best.
You get some wonderful views from the tower and you can walk all four sides and see for miles in each direction. This is always a favourite with any new friends we take with us.
At this time of year the churchyard is beautiful with blossom trees and we had our photo taken there.
Rye is very easily accessible from the holiday resort of Camber Sands and just about 20 minutes up the road from Hastings. It is a quaint town that is wonderful to stroll round and we love to explore the antiques and curiosity shops (or junk shops as my Miss E calls them), you can make some brilliant finds.
There is lots to see and explore if you come to visit, like the Rye Castle Museum and Ypres Tower, Rye harbour nature reserve, the National Trust Lamb House and the Rye heritage centre.
I recommend the Kettle O'Fish for superb fish and chips and a big efficient restaurant to eat in too and there is an abundance of pubs if that is what you fancy.
For us a trip to Rye is always accompanies by a trip to the beach, either Winchelsea which is a pebble beach and has some amazing rock pools and petrified wood when the sea is out or the stunning expanse that is Camber Sands.
I'd happily recommend a day out in Rye and the local area.
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