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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 Country Market

    Friday 28th 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

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Friday 28th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Wild Woodland Holiday Club is a fantastic outdoor club for kids aged 6-11 years. Sessions cost £20 per child.Booking is ... more

  • Hot Food ... Cool Jazz

    Friday 28th August
    Location: Rye

    PRE & POST EVENT FOOD & WINE Enhance your Rye Jazz Festival experience with fabulous Gumbo served by awarding winning ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - James Tome

    Friday 28th August @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Take a journey through layer after layer of stage and screen history, as one of the truly great jazz singers ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - Ray

    Friday 28th August @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Legendary soul musician Ray Charles is portrayed by Jamie Foxx in this Oscar-winning biopic a the Kino in Rye. To ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - Hard Lines

    Friday 28th August @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Masters of jazz funk led by Iain Rae of Gallaher & Lyle fame. A fantastic band with world-class musicians and ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - Gwyneth Herbert

    Friday 28th August for 2 days @ 10:30pm
    Location: Rye

    After the jazz funk outfit Hardlines have taken you to your funky place, we change the music mood at the ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 29th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Wild Woodland Club is a fantastic outdoor club for kids aged 6-11 years. Sessions cost £10 per child.Booking is essential ... more

  • Appledore Flower Festival

    Saturday 29th August for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    “Nearer God’s Heart in a Garden” Bank Holiday Weekend 29th, 30th, 31st August Sat. - Mon. 10.00 – 5.30 Sun. ... more

  • Rye Rugby Club Fun Day

    Saturday 29th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Rugby club are relaunching and are having a community fun day. There will a BBQ, drinks, events for children ... more


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