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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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  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 27th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    For well over 40 years bass player David Silk has been running and hosting an exciting array of unique jazz-based ... more

  • Antiques and Collectables Sale

    Friday 28th July
    Location: Rye

    Viewing Thursday 27th 9am - 4:30pm Sale day open 8:30am, sale starts 9:30am ... more

  • Wild Beach

    Friday 28th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Pett Level

    Celebrate Marine Week with some fabulous beach activities: rock pooling, kite-making and other fun stuff! Meet alongside the Smuggler Inn ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 28th July @ 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 College GCSE Show

    Saturday 29th July for 30 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye Art Gallery’s annual event showcasing our local students' recent GCSE. work. Come and see this wonderfully energetic and creative ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 29th July
    Location: Rye

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

  • Garden Party in aid of MS Trust

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

    We are holding a garden party in the Mariners back Garden in aid of the MS Trust. Tea and coffee ... more

  • Garden Party

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

    Garden Party at 15 High Street, Rye. Raffle, tombola, book stall, Ryebellion Drummers, Rye Ukulele Experiment, Rye Dance Centre and ... more

  • Winchelsea Secret Gardens

    Saturday 29th July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea Secret Gardens in aid of ARRCC (Arts Health Well Being) Homemade cakes, tea, plant stall. ... more

  • Pett Flower Show and Craft Fayre

    Saturday 29th July
    Location: Pett

    Pett Flower Show and Craft Fayre - at Pett Recreation Ground. Brass Band, BBQ, Pimms and Beer Tent,Donkey Rides, Coconut ... more

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