A weekend in Rye East Sussex 2008

weekend in Rye East Sussex, panorama

Back in September 2008 when the twins were 10 weeks old, we decided to go on our first holiday since the girls had arrived, a long weekend in Rye. It was only going to be a 4 day break  and we didn’t want to stray too far from home but be in reach of a quick journey back if it all proved to be a dreadful idea.

weekend in Rye old twon

We decided on a weekend in Rye, East Sussex, a pretty town built on a hill that in years gone by would have been on the shoreline, today Rye is separated from the sea by one and a half miles of drained marshland and is the joining point of three rivers which form a picturesque harbour.

weekend in rye harbour

Rye once played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England but these days the warships are long gone and replaced by a local fishing fleet of private boats and yachts moored up, bobbing peacefully close to the town. The stretch along the river is a beautiful walk as is the town itself, where you can walk to the top of the hill and take in the panoramas from the high point or stop at a local pub for a bite to eat.

We stopped off for a fabulous pub lunch at the King’s Head Pub also known as the Top O’ The Hill pub.

Top 5 things to do on a weekend in Rye

  1. Climb to the top of the tower of St Mary’s parish church for breathtaking views.
  2. Visit Rye Harbour Nature reserve
  3. Visit Ypres Tower museum
  4. Take a walk around Lamb House
  5. Follow the 1066 country walk – this will take more than 1 day.

On a three day sojourn in 1573, Queen Elizabeth I bestowed the title ‘Rye Royale’ and the town attracted many authors, musicians and celebrities of the day. Walking around the town you can discover many quirky things like this house called ‘The House Opposite’.

weekend in rye village - door

The timbered houses are separated by cobbled streets and connected by secret passages used by smugglers and highwaymen in years gone by. Rye is full of secrets and mysteries and is a huge favourite amongst film crews in search of historical settings for film productions.

Rye is a popular weekend destination and well worth a visit if you’re looking for a fun weekend away.

We stayed close by at the Park Holidays resort Rye Harbour and it proved to be an excellent base for the south coast. A walk from our home towards the coast led us past this fascinating hut in the Rye harbour nature reserve.

Rye harbour nature reserve

Rye harbour nature reserve

A short drive took us into Rye where we walked the cobbled streets with our massive buggy and discovered the beauty spots of the town.

rye - the weekes family

We ventured to Hastings for a day out and another time we drove to the town of Battle famous for the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and home to af abulous castle that I shall take the girls to soon.

Hastings mari and buggy

The entrance to Hastings pier with its Union Jack whipping in the wind.

Hastings Pier

Recently Babyworld shut down and I was able to import my pregnancy diary and my baby diary. Hence this peek back in time. Babyworld and Baby Centre were lifelines for me when I was trying to conceive and later when I was pregnant with the twins, I am sad to see Babyworld go but in the meantime I am rewriting the diaries and adding to them like this post here. Which has inspired me to pull the Time Traveller Linky out of hibernation.

If you have a post you’d like to link up then please add it to the Linky below.

If you’d like to read my twin baby diary, here are the completed entries so far.

Twins 5 weeks old

Twins 6 weeks old

Twins 7 weeks old

Twins 8 weeks old

Twins 9 weeks old

and to finish off some lovely twin photos I found from that break. This is how we slept the twins for the first three months of their lives, in a single cot widthways. This is the travel cot we took to Rye with us.

Twins co sleeping in travel cot


Alice taking a nap after her bottle of milk in our static caravan at Rye.

Alice having a snooze


Bessie falling asleep on her bottle.

Bessie bottle fed


Thinking ahead we bought the girls some winter jackets which, as you can see were still rather large on them but warm :)

twins in buggy 10 weeks old




  1. February 6, 2016 / 11:05 PM

    I love it Mari, so nice that you are pulling all your old diaries out. Also good to see my local haunts mentioned in here, we love Rye too and take a minibus full of our volunteers there a couple of times a year. Mich x

  2. February 7, 2016 / 9:42 AM

    A lovely read! Gorgeous photo of the twins in their travel cot, I think you were very brave to take them away when they were so young! Rye looks lovely, I’ve never been but it’s not too far from me, looks like we should plan a visit!

  3. February 7, 2016 / 5:43 PM

    Loving your photos and those cute babies ?


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