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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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  • Winchelsea Cellars Tour

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Winchelsea

    Fascinating tours led by expert local guides,into some of Winchelsea’s original 13th Century cellars, which are normally closed to the ... more

  • Dining with Macbeth

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Rye

    A shortened version of the play in which the actors perform scenes between each course, interacting with the tables in ... more

  • Dining With Macbeth

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Rye

    An immersive dining experience ... Fame, glory, love, power, wealth, sex, happiness … but at what cost? How far will ... more

  • Hastings Philharmonic with Kenny Broberg

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Rye

    In a new collaboration between Rye Arts Festival, Fairlight Arts Trust and Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, we are delighted ... more

  • Andy Kershaw

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Rye

    Radio and TV Presenter, DJ and Music Enthusiast This one-man show is a two-hour audio-visual presentation about Andy’s life, career, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

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

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Serial Killers

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    Paul Harrison - Paul was one of the first UK police officers to work closely with the FBI’s Behavioral Science ... more

  • International Composers Festival 2018

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Hastings

    Performing some of the most exciting melodic, harmonious and appealing classical music written today, including: big orchestral scores, film, gaming ... more

  • Danny Driver

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    Audience responses around the world have cemented Danny Driver’s international reputation as a versatile and creative pianist of sophistication, interpretative ... more

  • International Composers Festival

    Friday 21st September @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Passion Grand Opening Concert The International Composers Festival opens with the very best in beautiful melodic music, carefully chosen from ... more

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