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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?

  • Autumn Migration Watch

    Saturday 10th October @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    Join the warden in a search for warblers in the bushes, waders on the islands and wagtails overhead. Approx 3 ... more

  • Rye Stitching Show

    Saturday 10th October @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Stitching Show, the biennial show of Rye Creative Stitchers, at Rye Baptist Church Hall, Cinque Ports Street, Rye, East ... more

  • Rye Stitching Show

    Saturday 10th October @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    The biennial show of Rye Creative Stitchers at Rye Baptist Church Hall, admission free. Exhibition of embroidery, quilting, beadwork, crochet ... more

  • Quiz Night

    Monday 12th October @ 7:30pm
    Location: Playden

    Quiz Night - Teams up to 6, £10 per person to include fish/vegetarian & chips, bring your own drink and ... more

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 13th October @ 9:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Post Office services, coffee shop and a wide range of produce stalls including vegetables, fresh bread bacon, sausages and cheese, ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 15th October @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Thursday Market runs "every" Thursday Winter and Summer - for all your Home Goods, Groceries, Fruit and Veg, Malpass ... more

  • Tilling Green Bingo Night

    Thursday 15th October
    Location: Rye

    Cash bingo. Doors open at 6:45 with eyes down from 7:30. Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye TN31 7BN ... more

  • Green Drinks

    Thursday 15th October @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Come to Green Drinks for a beer and a chat about the latest developments from Transition Rye, Community Garden, RX ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 16th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • Nature's Curiositiies

    Saturday 17th October @ 2:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Part of the Friends Winter Talk series. Colin Page, local naturalist and member of the Rye Camera Club, gives a ... more


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