New Bond shakes and stirs

The latest James Bond arrives at the Kino with First Night drinks. Ray Prewer reports

Take five at the Mermaid

Last Thursday, October 22, I went to the Tudor Room at The Mermaid Inn for a jazz supper. I didn’t know what a treat was in store. Review by Ray Prewer

A piano without a pianist

How can a piano be played without a pianist? Mike Boyd (above) has the answer and Irna Mortlock spells out what happened

All this for a penny-farthing

This penny-farthing needs some care and attention so what did the Rye Museum do to raise funds? Ray Prewer reviews the evening

Let’s go to the movies!

Bond is back in town. Details of this week's movies and special events at Rye Kino follow

Save lives with books

What do Caitlin Moran and Hilary Mantel have in common? Seana Lanigan explains

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured movie showing at the Rye Kino from Friday October 16 is "The Martian". During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon, pictured above) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet

Much more than just a cinema

"Let's go to the movies" now includes special events as well because the Kino is not just a cinema - but also a gateway to drama, ballet and music - both classical and pop

Creative stitchers at work

Rye Creative Stitchers’ exhibition proves that the art of needlework is a thriving craft - but how far can it go? Is it now more an art than a craft ? Kenneth Bird investigates

The Napoleon of the High Street

He was defeated, we won the war. Chris Viner's talk at the Museum examined Bonaparte's final strategy at Waterloo.

Things go bump in the night

Richard Crowest, writer, actor and voice-over artist reads ghost stories by EF Benson and others at Lamb House October 30, writes Seana Lanigan. Tickets...

Learning how to draw

What draws your attention? What captures your imagination? Now you can capture it for ever. Learn how at 'The Big Draw'

Exhibitions continue at RAG

Three exhibitions staged during the Rye Arts Festival continue at the Rye Art Gallery until October 25 featuring leading local artists, mixed media from local textile artists and an Art Deco retrospective

Gothic ramble round Ramsgate

Rambling round Ramsgate, what lessons can we learn about conserving glorious architecture and having to depend too much on tourism? This special report is from Allan Downend

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured film showing at the Rye Kino from Friday October 9 is "A Walk in the Woods". In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (pictured above with Robert Redford) challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find is anything but . . . For more details and trailers of this and other movies showing in Rye follow the link

Something for everyone in RAF

Heidi Foster, sums up the experience of her own, mostly lighthearted, last weekend at the Arts Festival

Bloody thrones and other plays

Five people sit calmly in front of a cinema screen. The curtain is about to come down on the Rye Arts Festival. But mayhem breaks out. Rape, poisoning, and intrigue follows. The body count rises. This is 16th century Elizabethan England and Rye playwright John Fletcher is at work. Ray Prewer spells out the plot - which was set to music

An unforgettable conclusion

Alexander Stiller reviews one of the last concerts in this year's Arts Festival as the Belcea and Piatti quartets unite for an octet

Residing and drawing

Last year's Arts Festival had a quartet in residence and this year, for the first time, there was an artist in residence, Charlie Cobb,...

Sacred and profane in church

Last week the classical vocal ensemble Stile Antico returned to the Rye Arts Festival after a six year wait to perform their set "Sacred or Profane" - in a church. Ray Prewer reviews the concert.