- What is The Day of Syn?
The Day of Syn is a biennial festival celebrating the literary works of Russel
Thorndike - the Doctor Syn books - about the smugglers and pirates who infested
Romney Marsh the past.
Over the five decades since it's inception it has grown to a two-and-a-bit day event, and is now sometimes called the
Days of Syn.
- When is The Day of Syn?
It is held on the August Bank Holiday weekend of each even-numbered year - the next one is therefore in 2016.
Sadly, there was no Day of Syn 2015.
Nowadays it begins on the Saturday evening and extends through to the Bank Holiday Monday.
- Where is The Day of Syn?
The Day of Syn is held in it's natural setting of Dymchurch-under-the-Wall in the Romney Marshes,
Kent. Locations include The Ship Inn and Saint Peter
and Saint Paul's Church, both strongly featured in the novels, as well as The Ocean Inn, at the other end of the village,
and the modern Recreation Field.
Sadly it does not extend to London, France, nor Wales, the Carribean or the New World, which also make appearances!
- Who are The Day of Syn Society?
The Society are a ragtag band of local volunteers, from those hardy souls
who put out traffic cones at six in the morning, or fight on the beach, to the 'backstage' crew who create costumes and
programmes; a gang of dedicated Syn fans. And even Dr syn's own church plays it's part.
The event also features invited reënactors and performers who help enlarge the event in order to raise money for
charities; plus local shops and stallholders on the day.
- Why is The Day of Syn held?
- In addition to keeping the memory of Dr. Syn alive, the society also collects funds for local and national charities.