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Official After Party – Rye Royal 450 years

Join us for the official after-party of @Rye Heritage Centre’s “Rye Royal”- 450 Years celebration. Once you’ve watched the fabulous @Rye Players performance of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” in The Old Monastery Gardens on Conduit Hill (which starts at 5.15pm), head down the The Brewery Yard Club and join the fun! A free drink awaits anyone in Elizabethan costume.

Here’s a Schedule of the whole day’s event (timings approx):

3.15pm Procession assembles beneath Conduit Hill and proceeds, accompanied by Ryebellion Drummers, into the High Street

3.40pm arriving at Strand Quay the Queen will be presented with a basket of “bloaters” and listen to a sea shanty

3.50pm the Queen and procession will arrive at The Mermaid Inn to be entertained in the gardens before taking her lunch within.

4.10pm returning down Mermaid St to the Watchbell Lookout via Trader’s Passage the Queen will be invited to admire the harbour and the Castle built by Henry VIII we may even see the ghost of her maid who still roams the passage seeking the Queen’s lost pearls

4.30pm at the Town Hall the Mayor will present the Queen with a bag of golden angels (coins).

4.45pm accompanied by St Mary’s Church Bells we will proceed to the Gun Gardens for the Queen to inspect the cannons. The Procession will then return to Conduit Hill and to the Monastery Gardens where Rye Players will round off the day with a performance of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” at 5.15pm

6.30pm Official After Party at The Brewery Yard Club, Landgate, Rye TN31 7LH.


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