Free fun family events at festival

The Bell Orchestra will be chiming at the Rye Arts Festival

Rye Arts Festival kicks off its 50th anniversary on Friday, September 10 with a cry from the town hall steps by town crier Paul Goring.

This is followed by a talk by Gyles Brandreth at 3pm in St Mary’s Church, which is just the start of a packed programme of 60 ticketed events running through to Sunday, September 26.

But the organisers have also laid on free street entertainment in the Citadel on the opening Saturday, 11 September from 11am to 5.30pm, which everyone can go along and enjoy!

Tree Fellas

Look out for Tree Fellas, who will be walking around Church Square through the day, and maybe down to the High Street. This is a funny, interactive comedy about a family of trees who are looking for somewhere to put down roots and settle down. Since the forests and woods have been getting ever smaller, they have decided to move into the human world and Rye has been chosen by the two oversized trees and a sapling! They have stories to tell and will cause chaos – come along and hear their stories and help them out in their enforced move.

You should keep an eye out for Sweethearts Teashop as the establishment is taken over by the birds who live in the eaves. Watch and enjoy Wren and Sparrow set up shop and start baking – a bird battle ensues. They’ll be ‘in business’ outside the Kino, or in St Mary’s Church should the weather turn inclement!

And listen out for the Bell Orchestra, which will be sited in Gun Garden – an interactive musical game that anyone and everyone can play, using giant chimes that you, the audience ring! You’ll be guided by the performers in how to create simple melodies, so you won’t need existing percussion skills to get ringing – Have a go and enjoy the chime of your life!

Meanwhile, inside the Kino’s Silver Room, check out Operatic – a 45-minute opera about Tourettes syndrome, which is playing on a loop through to 3pm.

And while you are out and about, why not drop into the box office in St Mary’s Centre, which is open from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday, where you can get information and buy tickets for the 60 other events at the festival?

There’s also a telephone number, 01797 462168 that people can ring should they have any queries or want more information or tickets, that can also be rung outside box office hours.

Tickets for all the events are available online at or from the box office.

Image Credits: supplied by Rye Arts Festival .


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