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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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  • 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

  • Rye Creative Stitchers August Meeting

    Thursday 6th August @ 7:15pm
    Location: Rye

    A ribbonwork mini workshop with Shelley Cox at Rye Baptist Church Hall, Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN. Materials provided, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 7th August @ 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

  • Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour

    Saturday 8th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts more than 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only by Southampton and Norwich. Most of the cellars are ... more

  • Caught in a Trap

    Sunday 9th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Another chance to find out about the huge variety of moths we find at the nature reserve when Chris opens ... more

  • Rockpool Ramble

    Sunday 9th August @ 2:30pm
    Location: Pett Level

    Explore the shore at Pett Level with a search in the rockpools for fascinating marine creatures. Please wear wellies or ... more

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 11th 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

  • Mud, Mud Glorious Mud

    Wednesday 12th August @ 2:30pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Explore the saltmarsh looking for crabs and minibeasts hiding in the mud. Wellies and old clothes advisable! Suitable for all ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 13th 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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