Category Archives: Rye Ukulele Festival

Festival 2017, Ooh so close!

Just thought we would tempt you Folks with the Bands playing at the Festival on Saturday! For your enjoyment and delectation……….


Hall and Blokes

The Ukulele Conservatoire


Cool Hand Ukes

Doddington Ukulele Movement (DUM)

BIG Ukulele Jam

Pevensey Ukulele Group (PUG)


and of course RUE!!  

Along with  our 1967 themed Big Busk for all to join in, it is looking to be a family fun day for all to enjoy along with all the extras of food, ice cream, musical instruments and items to buy, ice cream, leis, ice cream, kazoos, ice cream, bubbles,  ice cream, drinks and…….did I mention ice cream?

Not forgetting we are aiming to raise lots and lots of money for charity with our wonderful raffle and tombola, so be there or be square!

Thank you so much for your Support!

We were amazed and wonderfully happy to find out that the final total we raised for the Ukulele Kids Charity U. K. was a whopping

£ 764.81 !!

All down to your wonderful support and generosity. We can’t thank you enough for helping us raise money so sick children in hospital can learn the wonders of our beloved instrument and as they keep the ukes, who knows this may have started the career of some new ukulele stars!

What A Day!

Wow, what  a fabulous Festival!

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The sun gods made good, after a very wet wobbly week, so huge sighs of relief, in fact lots of sun cream was applied!  Once again lots of wonderful festival goers enjoying our great bands with pizza and ice cream on the way, thank you all who came – played, sang, ate, enjoyed and supported our charity the Ukulele Kids Club UK.

Photographs are starting to come in and will be posted in the photo gallery section on Rye Ukulele Festival 2016 tab.

The wonderful news is that we raised over £328.00 on the day, we can’t thank you enough for your generosity!



Only Two Days To Go Now……!

Just another two whole days to go now before this year’s Festival!

Everything has been ticked off the list and lots of Hawaiian Flowery outfits have been seen in the Rye  Area…..!

Don’t forget to download the big busk book under the Festival 2016 tab and bring your friends along to our Free  Festival and help us support the Ukulele Kids Club UK !

Just to get you in the mood here are some piccies from last year ALOHA!


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Two Weeks To Go!

Only two weeks to go now and things are hotting up at festival HQ!

Although we have a larger number of seats than last year if you have any portable picnic chairs and or tables it would be a good idea to bring them to ensure you get seats. The grassed area in front of the stage will be set aside for seating on picnic blankets for people who want to bring them

There will be bar areas set up along with a gourmet food truck, wood fired pizza and an ice cream van, There will also be two ukulele stalls.

If you wanted to perform this year at the festival but we were full when you applied, don’t forget our open mic from about 6pm, you can register on arrival and it will run on a first come first served basis.

Also, just a reminder – if you are able to donate any preloved/new instruments/tuners to the Ukulele Kids Club UK bring them along on the day and we will make sure they get there and they know who donated them.

So Tune your Ukes, Dust off your Hawaiian outfits and get your satnav, map or whatever you use! ready to come and join us for a fun day and don’t forget to keep those fingers and toes crossed for sunny weather!

Big Busk Song Book 2016!

Hello All You Lovely Ukulele Players!     Here it is our eagerly awaited Big Busk Song Book for this years Festival on Sunday 3rd July at The Cinque Ports.  We are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones and with our Hawaiian theme this year, fingers crossed for the same weather!  A wonderful time was had by all last year  and we will be re-creating the same fun, playing and singing this year just more of it! as by popular demand the Festival has been extended and will run from 11:30 – 20:00.  For all those players that were unable to make the playlist this year and for anyone else visiting on the day we are adding  an open mic session, so the fun will continue into the evening!  For any information relating to the festival please contact us at  Looking forward to seeing you all on the 3rd!

Big Busk Songbook Rye Ukulele Festival 2016

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Plans are going well for this year’s Hawaian themed festival.  We have all the participating groups booked in.  We are currently working on our Big Busk Book.  Caterers and refreshments are booked.  We will have more seating for you this year, and tables too.  As the festival has free entry, it’s ideal to bring your family and friends (and your ukes!) for a good, fun day out, with non stop live music.

We also wanted to tell you about The Ukulele Kids Club UK, the charity we are supporting at our festival this year.  UKCUK provides ukuleles, and tuition for sick children in hospitals, through the therapy departments.  So we are asking if anyone out there has an old beaten up ukulele, and any old broken tuners, please bring them along to the festival.  We can send them to the Southern Ukulele Store who will kindly repair and refurbish them without charge, in order to be donated to UKCUK.   They will then be distributed to hospitals throughout the South East, where children can begin to learn the joys of playing a ukulele.
If you want to know more here is the link:
Thank you so much.
In the meantime, happy strumming!

Justine, Pam & Graham

Breaking News


                                                           BREAKING NEWS!!


Following the unparalleled success of the first Rye Ukulele Festival

Rye Ukulele Experiment are delighted to announce the SECOND

Rye Ukulele Festival which will take place on


At The Cinque Ports Pub, Rye 

FROM 11:30 TO 20:00 

We will be showcasing a variety of Ukulele groups ……You could be one of them!


and for the first time we are introducing two hours of


For further information or interest in playing at this event, please email us on