Museum adds Mapp and Lucia

Last year's BBC filming of Mapp and Lucia in Rye (EF Benson's 'Tilling') is marked by a new display in the East Street site of Rye Museum which has just re-opened for the summer. It is now open at weekends and Bank Holidays to show off aspects of Rye's varied history - and is free to visit

What’s under Winchelsea?

Winchelsea has only 280 houses but over 50 medieval cellars, more than anywhere else in the country apart from (perhaps) the cities of Norwich and Southampton

Ryers act up

The latest show from local drama group Acting Up in Rye was performed at Rye Community Centre last week.  Starting All Over is a...

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured film is The Hundred Foot Journey (pictured above), about 'a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch' showing on Good Friday at the Rye Community Centre Film Club in Conduit Hill. Read on for reviews and links to trailers...

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured film showing at the Rye Kino is ‘Suite Francaise’ (pictured above) - after the screening on Saturday March 28, actor Clare Holman and screen-writer Matt Charman will be at Kino to answer your questions and talk about the making of the film. Read on for reviews and links to trailers

Art rising in the sky

Rye Art Gallery, which had been facing closure, has turned around its fortunes under new Director Jane Fenn. New exhibitions are planned, featuring works from the permanent collection as well as new pieces from local artists like Richard Adams whose latest exhibition opens this Saturday, March 28. Linda Harland, a Trustee of the Gallery looks ahead

Museum throws open its doors

Come to the East Street museum on Saturday morning, March 28 from 10:30 for refreshments and to celebrate the reopening at weekends. Also check...

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured film showing at the Rye Kino is ‘Still Alice’ starring Julianne Moore (pictured above) in a heart-wrenching tale in which she plays a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Read on for reviews and links to trailers . . .

Playing YouTube for all it’s worth

The three finalists in this year's Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition thrilled the audience with virtuoso performances. If you missed their battle for a cash prize and a concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, you can appreciate their bravura on Mike Figgis's short film

Mayors who wrote history

A fascinating talk at Rye Museum illuminated the history of the Vidler family, which has given much service to Rye, from the first John Vidler born in 1789 to the present. This same John Vidler bought the Friars of the Sack house in Church Square, which is still owned by his descendants

Mozart with a hint of Broadway

On Saturday March 14, the Rye Bay Ensemble performed a concert on the theme of 'Women and their lot' at St Mary's Rye. Although mainly Mozart, additional music included songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kurt Weill and Steven Sondheim among others

Edward Burra: a wry painter

Edward Burra's paintings are emphatic, vibrant, busy, but also include gentler landscapes drawn from around Rye and Hastings. Rye Art Gallery holds paintings, drawings and other personal artefacts and letters - and until June 7 the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings has a major exhibition of this local artist's work

The sound of silents with popcorn

Silent movies needed a musical accompaniment and that's where the Wurlitzer theatre organ came in. Today, the cinema experience is a little different, but a Wurlitzer lives on in Rye and one of the world's greatest organists will be giving a special performance this month at Rye College to celebrate its 90th birthday

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured film showing at the Rye Kino is 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful', a wonderful feel-good film with an all star cast including Lillete Dubey and Richard Gere (pictured above). Read on for reviews and links to trailers . . .

Children are judging writers

Authors vying for East Sussex Children’s Book Award, organised by the county council’s Schools Library and Museum Service, will be visiting schools across the county...

More than just Mozart at St Mary’s

Tickets are now on sale for Rye Bay Ensemble's Mainly Mozart concert at St Mary's Rye on Saturday March 14, writes Rebekah Gilbert. Doors...

A Rye ‘name’ for over 200 years

The Vidler family have played a prominent role in the town's history for centuries. Peter Ewart will give a talk at the East Street museum about this fascinating family on March 10

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured film showing at the Rye Community Centre Film Club, Conduit Hill, on Friday March 6 is 'Mr Turner' (pictured above), a glorious film that explores the last quarter century of the life of eccentric painter JMW Turner. Read on for reviews and links to trailers

Figgis films piano competition

The acclaimed British movie-maker Mike Figgis, pictured above, has trained his lenses on the performers at this year's Hastings piano concerto contest. The films he produces are shown on a dedicated YouTube channel, writes Julian Norridge

The treasure beneath your feet

Many visitors to Winchelsea are unaware of the history that lies underground. The ancient town has as many medieval cellars as the cities of Southampton and Norwich and, every year, the local archaeological society conducts tours showing off the unique and fascinating archaeology