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Fairlight

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?

  • Coastal Plants

    Saturday 28th 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 Artisan and Craft Fair

    Saturday 28th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Craft fair selling quality handmade and unique gifts from local designer makers, in East Sussex and Kent. All items sold ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 28th May @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Superhero Sports Day

    Saturday 28th May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Refreshments - Bar - Cafe - Cakes - Tombola - Raffle - Face Painting - Fancy Dress Competition - Tug ... more

  • Phil Trainor

    Sunday 29th May @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Phil Trainor playing at the Wipers. Check website for any updates or changes. ... more

  • Under Winchelsea cellar tours

    Monday 30th May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts over 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only in Bristol, Southampton and Norwich. They were all built between ... more

  • Creepy Crawlies

    Wednesday 1st June @ 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

  • Children's Afternoon

    Thursday 2nd June @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This afternoon will have a Royal Coronation theme. ... more

  • Collect and Create Clay Creatures

    Thursday 2nd June @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Collect natural materials on a walk through the reserve and create your own clay creature to take home with you. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 3rd June @ 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

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