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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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  • Coastal Plants

    Saturday 27th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out how the shingle and saltmarsh plants cope with their harsh environment. We will also see some coastal birds. ... more

  • Rye Vintage Fair

    Saturday 27th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Vintage fair full of beautiful vintage/ antique fashion and accessories from 1900 to 1970s. Entry £1 (children free). ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 27th May
    Location: Rye

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

  • The True CRIME Walk of Hastings

    Saturday 27th May @ 4:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    In the heart of Hastings, intriguing cases and hidden crime scenes await… Journey through the past on a tour revealing ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - Triple Bill

    Saturday 27th May
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz & Blues Festival proudly present a wonderful triple bill concert with the acclaimed singer Sarah Jane Morris, Italian ... more

  • East Surrey Morris Men

    Sunday 28th May @ 12:15pm
    Location: Rye

    East Surrey Morris Men at the Mermaid Inn as part of their annual visit. Free admission. ... more

  • The True CRIME Walk of Hastings

    Sunday 28th May @ 4:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    In the heart of Hastings, intriguing cases and hidden crime scenes await… Journey through the past on a tour revealing ... more

  • Brilliant Birds

    Tuesday 30th May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out about the amazing seabirds that nest here with a short walk to our bird-watching hides where you will ... more

  • Go Bug Hunting

    Wednesday 31st May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Go a-hunting with the warden, Chris, as he takes a closer look at the fascinating and bizarre world of insects ... more

  • Go Bug Hunting

    Wednesday 31st May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Go a-hunting with the warden, Chris, as he takes a closer look at the fascinating and bizarre world of insects ... more

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