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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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  • Rye Jazz Festival - Nigel Kennedy

    Thursday 25th May
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz & Blues Festival are delighted to be presenting the amazing violinist Nigel Kennedy in concert, as part of ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 25th May @ 7:45pm
    Location: Rye

    The Mermaid’s jazz concert series continues, this month featuring trumpeter Paul Higgs who has had an extensive musical career in ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 26th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - Spring Concerts - Stacey Kent

    Friday 26th May
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz & Blues Festival present internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, as part of their intimate headline spring ... more

  • Yoga at the Gallivant

    Saturday 27th May @ 7:45am
    Location: Camber

    We are delighted to announce the arrival of yoga to the Gallivant with Sally Bayly, a fantastic local teacher that ... more

  • Coastal Plants

    Saturday 27th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out how the shingle and saltmarsh plants cope with their harsh environment. We will also see some coastal birds. ... more

  • Peasmarsh Flower Festival

    Saturday 27th May for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    At St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Church Lane, Peasmarsh. Our Annual Festival has the theme “Music” this year. ... more

  • Rye Vintage Fair

    Saturday 27th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Vintage fair full of beautiful vintage/ antique fashion and accessories from 1900 to 1970s. Entry £1 (children free). ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 27th May
    Location: Rye

    David Hopkins takes you on a historical tour of Rye - Tudor boom, bust and plague, 18th century smuggling, the ... more

  • Peasmarsh Ladies Choir Summer Concert

    Saturday 27th May
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Peasmarsh Ladies Choir Summer Concert. Free Admission - Donations gratefully received. Venue: St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Church ... more

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