Music while you shop


As part of the Christmas in Rye festival of the weekend of December 2 and 3, four stages around town will showcase live music and entertainment to get you in the festive mood.

Friday, December 2

Adams of Rye:

Rye Ukulele Experiment from 5pm

Rye Town Hall:

Mark Leggstick   5:15pm – 6:15pm

Martin Ledner and Haunted Folk 6:15pm – 7:15pm – songs that range from sea shanties to atmospheric ballads and folk songs

Martin Ledner and the Haunted Folk

Marsh Choir 7:15pm – 8:00pm – the  rock ‘n roll, pop and soul choir

Saturday, December 3   9:00am – 8:00pm

Adams of Rye:

Street Carol Singers – 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Rye Town Hall:

Rock Choir – 10:30am – 11:15am

The Other Band -11:15am – 12:15pm – Blues, Country and Americana from this Hastings trio


Rye Dance School – 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Sambalanco – 12:45pm – 1:45pm – Hastings-based Samba drumming band play carnival rhythms

Daisy Chain Fitness – 1:45pm – 2:30pm

Entertaining Mr Stone -2:30pm – 3:30pm – original songs and covers from this popular local band

Entertaining Mr Stone

Street Carol Singers – 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Ryebellion Drummers – 4:00pm – 4:30pm

 The Old Borough Arms:

Geoff Sapsford – 10:30am – 11:30am – guitar blues

Opera-Lele Company – 11:30am -12:30pm – unique comedy music act specialising in performing music from opera and musicals with the ukulele

The Haunted Folk – 12:30pm – 1:30pm – folk songs in the English tradition

Diamond Brothers – 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Dyamond Dance -2:30pm – 3:00pm

Dirk Wickenden – 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Roving Brass UK – 11:00am – 12:00pm

Francesca Schuricht – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Bling Crosbies – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – duo singing classics, jazz and blues songs from Frank Sinatra to Bing Crosby to Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse delivered with a cheeky sense of humour

The Bling Crosbies

Lily Marsh – 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Blue Velvet – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Other Events

On Saturday, the Christmas Procession starts at 5:45pm at Rope Walk, finishing at St Mary’s Church where a carol concert will take place at 6:30pm.

Christmas at Lamb House

Lamb House will be open on Friday, December 2 from 11:00am to 8:00pm with special performances by the Hastings Philharmonic Quartet, and on Saturday, December 3 from 11:00pm to 4:00pm. Visitors to Lamb House will be transported to New England of 1900 as the American author, Henry James, plays host to his family from America. The house will be decorated with greenery, hand-crafted decorations and Christmas cards along with an exhibition with Oaks Specialist College. The Rye Music Well Singers and Wall of Sound Choirs will be performing on Saturday from 2pm. Lamb House is open from November 28 to December 18.

Image Credits: Christmas in Rye Festival 2022 , Paul Brasington , National Trust Image/Danial Demaine .

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