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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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  • Moths for All Ages

    Wednesday 29th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Bring the family to learn about the moths that fly around the reserve at night and find out what we ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 30th July @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 31st July @ 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

  • Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition

    Saturday 1st August for 31 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    This important Exhibition features works by over 40 members and those selected by public submission. The Society was established over ... more

  • Mapp and Lucia's Rye Walk

    Saturday 1st August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Take a guided walk round Rye, looking at the houses and places associated with the Mapp and Lucia novels, also ... more

  • Bobfest

    Saturday 1st August @ 4:00pm
    Location: Rye Foreign

    A free festival with the best of Bob Dylan being performed by top local artists.... also great beer and food! ... more

  • Rye Maritime Festival

    Sunday 2nd August @ 11:30am
    Location: Rye

    The fantastic Rye Maritime Festival at Strand Quay run by Rye Harbour Yacht Club. Lots going on this year Live ... more

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 4th August @ 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

  • Minibeasts

    Wednesday 5th August @ 1:30pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Bring the family to find out about the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts. Approx 1 mile. Suitable for all ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 6th August @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

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

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