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Fairlight in East Sussex

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Fairlight is situated five miles from the ancient towns of Rye, Hastings and Battle. It has the area known as "The Firehills" which forms part of Hastings Country Park with 500 acres of cliff walks, unspoiled wooded countryside and magnificent coastal views. Here there is free parking for walkers and bird watchers, with a tearoom and picnic area.

The parish church, built in 1845, has an 82 ft tower which is open to visitors during the summer.

The village is mentioned in records of 1220 as Farlegh. William the Conquerer gave Fairlight Manor, which is now Stonelynk Farm, to a French Countess.

In the days of smuggling, contraband goods were landed at Fairlight and brought inland by a tunnel. Stream House was used by smugglers which, in those days, was three cottages known as Stream Houses.

At the turn of the century a local gun battery practised firing at Fairlight which probably gave rise to the name "The Firehills" and nearby Battery Hill.

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What's On in Fairlight?

  • General Sale

    Friday 21st October
    Location: Rye

    Viewing Thursday 20th 9.00 – 4.30pm ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 21st October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • Leigh Highwood Band at the Ypres

    Friday 21st October
    Location: Rye

    Leigh Highroad Band play live music at the Ypres Castle Inn. ... more

  • Wild Boar Week

    Saturday 22nd October for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Wild Boar Week in Rye, East Sussex offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in culinary delights from the countryside … ... more

  • Rye Medieval Conference

    Saturday 22nd October @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    The 6th Rye Medieval Conference is an all-day conference featuring speakers from well-known universities. This year's event is titled "Conspicuous ... more

  • Wild Boar Hog Hunt

    Saturday 22nd October for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Over 100 shops in Rye will celebrate Wild Boar Week by displaying a page from the Children’s Book “Where’s Boris” ... more

  • Jumble Sale

    Saturday 22nd October @ 9:30am
    Location: Crowhurst

    JUMBLE SALE 22/10/16 In aid of Crowhurst Horticultural Society @ Crowhurst Village Hall Doors open 09.30 50p Entry Some plants ... more

  • Tatners at Olde Worlde Wines

    Saturday 22nd October
    Location: Rye

    Last of the Summer Swine - Glazed, Slow and Sticky Wild Boar Belly Ribs with Shredded Asian Salad, Coriander, Fresh ... more

  • Sunset Serenade

    Saturday 22nd October @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Rye and District Dementia Action Alliance are putting on a show at the ARCC Thretre in New Road - ... more

  • Flossie Malavialle sings Brel, Piaf & More

    Saturday 22nd October
    Location: Winchelsea

    Fabulous french singer, Flossie Malavialle returns to Winchelsea together with Paul Donnelly (guitar) and Chris Parkinson (accordion). Flossie sings the ... more


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