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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?

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 1st December @ 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

  • Camera 1066 Club

    Tuesday 1st December @ 1:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This is Rye’s informal photographic group, which meets twice a month. The aim of the group is to learn how ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 3rd December @ 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 4th December @ 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 Creative Stitchers Christmas meeting

    Friday 4th December @ 7:15pm
    Location: Rye

    A fun Christmassy stitchery project at Rye Baptist Church Hall, Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN. Materials provided, please bring ... more

  • Festive Beach Clean

    Saturday 5th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A clean-up of rubbish washed up along the beach by autumn storms, plus the chance to see many wintering birds. ... more

  • Christmas Food & Music through the Ages

    Saturday 5th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Come and enjoy a three-course meal & glass of wine, accompanied by all your favourite carols to sing along with, ... more

  • Introduction to Shamanism, Way of the Wildflower

    Sunday 6th December @ 10:30am
    Location: Pett

    Way of the Wildflower - A one-day introduction to Shamanism workshop with Natasha Saltzer (Rainbow Walker). " Your diamonds are ... more

  • Lamb Players - A Christmas Evening

    Sunday 6th December
    Location: Rye

    The Lamb Players are doing their annual Christmas Evening shows at 3.30pm and 6pm ( doors open 30 minutes before). ... more

  • Playden Flower Club Meeting

    Monday 7th December @ 2:15pm
    Location: Playden

    Playden Flower Club meeting at W.I.Hall in Houghton Lane Playden on the first Monday in the month unless its a ... more


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