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Icklesham

Icklesham in East Sussex

Icklesham village is located approximately six miles east of Hastings on the A259, Hastings to Rye Road. The village has several public houses. The church is dedicated to All Saints and St Nicolas and dates back to the 12th century.

Icklesham stands on the ridge between the coast and river Brede, offering views to the hills at Fairlight to the south and the Brede valley on the other side. The name Icklesham (which was possibly derived from Anglo Saxon – Iclingas Ham the home of the Iclas family) was recorded in 772 as Icoleshamme, in a land charter signed by Offa, King of Mercia. The village was probably a prime target during the invasion by the Normans in 1066 as in earlier times it dominated the river Brede. This strategic importance led, some seven hundred years later to evacuation plans being drawn up in case of invasion by Napoleon.

There is an old smock windmill on Hogs Hill which has been restored and used as a recording studio by Sir Paul McCartney. The 1066 walk (which runs from Pevensey to Rye via Battle) goes through the village.

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  • Winchelsea Cellar Tours

    Sunday 22nd July
    Location: Winchelsea

    Each year a team of volunteers run guided tours of the town’s medieval cellars. All proceeds received (£6 per person) ... more

  • Moths by Moonlight

    Sunday 22nd July @ 9:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out what arrives at our moth traps after dark! This event is weather dependent, so please phone on the ... more

  • The School of Wizards Adventure Quests

    Monday 23rd July for 40 days
    Location: Rye

    Unique family interactive and immersive quest shows. Ages 7 to adult. Monsters, Magic and Mystery. Using actors, puppets and storytelling, ... more

  • Ryebellion Drummers

    Monday 23rd July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    We are the drumming group of the Rye & District Bonfire Society. We perform at events throughout the Sussex bonfire ... more

  • Wild Beach

    Tuesday 24th July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Pett Level

    Celebrate Marine Weeks with some fabulous beach activities: rock pooling, kite-making and other fun stuff! Meet alongside the Smuggler Inn ... more

  • Jazz and Blues Supper with Martin McNeill

    Thursday 26th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Critically-acclaimed Martin McNeill is a traditional blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player whose repertoire is based in Delta and Chicago ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 27th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Iden Village Fete

    Saturday 28th July
    Location: Iden

    A typical country village fete complete with boot fair, burgers, bands, and stalls with bargains. The ‘show rings’ include many ... more

  • Rye College G.C.S.E Show

    Saturday 28th July for 29 days
    Location: Rye

    This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see the art projects from the G.C.S.E pupils of Rye College. Dynamic and ... more

  • Open Gardens - Fairlight Hall

    Saturday 28th July @ 10:30am
    Location: Fairlight

    A wonderful garden with superb views to Rye and beyond. The impressive Victorian Gothic mansion which dates back to 1855 ... more

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