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Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour in East Sussex

Rye Harbour is a picturesque village and moorings near the Kent and Sussex border. The unique and interesting harbour, which runs along the river Rother offers much to the visitor. It has a busy yachting centre, a fishing fleet and some commercial shipping. The village has a lifeboat station with a long and noble history, two public houses and a village shop. There is also a holiday village for those who wish to explore the area.

A Martello Tower (No 28) was built at Rye Harbour to defend the area against possible invasion during the Napoleonic wars. Today, lying unoccupied, it provides a picturesque setting.

The church of the Holy Spirit at Rye Harbour stands in a beautiful location with a memorial to all those who lost their lives in the Mary Stanford Lifeboat Disaster in 1928.

The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and entry is free. It has a network of footpaths which provide fascinating walks along the sea shore, across fields and large areas of shingle. There is the opportunity to observe wildlife from several excellent bird hides.

Camber Castle, built by Henry VIII, lies to the west close to Rye Harbour. It can be reached on foot from a footpath at the Rye end of the Rye Harbour Road, or from a footpath through the Rye Nature Reserve or from a footpath at Winchelsea Beach.

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What's On in Rye Harbour?

  • Rye Medieval Conference

    Saturday 22nd October @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    The 6th Rye Medieval Conference is an all-day conference featuring speakers from well-known universities. This year's event is titled "Conspicuous ... more

  • Wild Boar Hog Hunt

    Saturday 22nd October for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Over 100 shops in Rye will celebrate Wild Boar Week by displaying a page from the Children’s Book “Where’s Boris” ... more

  • Tatners at Olde Worlde Wines

    Saturday 22nd October
    Location: Rye

    Last of the Summer Swine - Glazed, Slow and Sticky Wild Boar Belly Ribs with Shredded Asian Salad, Coriander, Fresh ... more

  • Sunset Serenade

    Saturday 22nd October @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Rye and District Dementia Action Alliance are putting on a show at the ARCC Thretre in New Road - ... more

  • Flossie Malavialle sings Brel, Piaf & More

    Saturday 22nd October
    Location: Winchelsea

    Fabulous french singer, Flossie Malavialle returns to Winchelsea together with Paul Donnelly (guitar) and Chris Parkinson (accordion). Flossie sings the ... more

  • Bobby Fuego's Fat Finger of Funk

    Saturday 22nd October
    Location: Rye

    Bobby Fuego's Fat Finger of Funk offer a funky gumbo and serve it up hot for your listening pleasure! ... more

  • Rye Longbowmen - Come and Have a Go

    Sunday 23rd October
    Location: Rye

    The Order of Rye Longbowmen will be at the Ypres Castle Inn gardens during Wild Boar Week. Come along and ... more

  • Make a Minibeast Home

    Tuesday 25th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Drop-In Family Event Make homes for minibeasts to overwinter in. Suitable for accompanied children of all ages. Drop ... more

  • Rye Ukulele Experiment

    Tuesday 25th October @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Ukulele Experiment offer Piggy themed songs with Wild Boar nibbles and lots more and free tasting of our Boar ... more

  • Rye Farmers Market

    Wednesday 26th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Come to Rye Farmers’ Market for great tasting, local, seasonal produce. Our producers raise, grow, catch, bake and make their ... more


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