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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?

  • Children's Craft Afternoon

    Thursday 25th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    £2 per child with accompanying adult Suits ages 4-10 years Children’s Craft Afternoon - Have fun making pirate themed crafts. ... more

  • Phil Law and Friends

    Thursday 25th August
    Location: Rye

    Phil Law and Friends - jazz, blues and more at the Standard Inn, The Mint, Rye. A Free event. ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 25th August @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Multi-instrumentalist Paul Higgs will be performing his ‘Brief History of Jazz’ on trumpet and flugel, accompanied by Roger Lewin on ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 26th August @ 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

  • Andy Williams - Solo Guitar

    Friday 26th August @ 6:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Andy Williams - Cool solo guitar - will be playing American Jazz, Sambas and Bos Novas at La Maison late ... more

  • Jazz Train

    Friday 26th August @ 6:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Jazz Festival welcomes the great duo Bernie and Steve who blend jazz and latin rhythms - entrance £5 (includes ... more

  • Rye Bay Crew

    Friday 26th August @ 8:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Bay Crew - 2 classically trained singers, a versatile guitarist and singing shipwright swing into the Festival with many ... more

  • Swing Night at the Queen's Head, Rye

    Friday 26th August @ 8:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye's very own 'Rat Pack', the Rye Bay Crew, bring you an evening of swing music as part of the ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 27th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    David Hopkins takes you on a historical tour of Rye - Tudor boom, bust and plague, 18th century smuggling, the ... more

  • The Brillos

    Saturday 27th August @ 1:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Brillos - ukulele band will be performing on the Kino terrace. Three guys and three tiny instruments make a ... more

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