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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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  • Winchelsea Cellars Tour

    Sunday 24th September
    Location: Winchelsea

    There will be seven similar tours over the two weeks of the Festival. The tours are led by expert local ... more

  • Rye Dance Students

    Sunday 24th September
    Location: Rye

    The talented young pupils of Rye Dance Centre will once again give an unmissable show that will captivate and enthrall! ... more

  • Swimming Lessons

    Sunday 24th September
    Location: Rye

    Swimming Lessons and how it got written. Claire Fuller is the author of Swimming Lessons and the award winning Our ... more

  • Your Bard

    Sunday 24th September
    Location: Rye

    Two roles in one. Nicholas Collett performs first as a befuddled professor discussing the likelihood that Shakespeare was merely a ... more

  • The Art of Translation

    Monday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    Foreign fiction is becoming ever more popular in the UK, from Scandinavian noir to South Korean surrealism – but the ... more

  • Gould Piano Trio with Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn)

    Monday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    The Gould Piano Trio has remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for well over 20 years. ... more

  • Amy

    Monday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    A moving and revealing Oscar-winning documentary about one of Britain’s finest singer/songwriters, Amy Winehouse, who died aged just 27. Tickets: ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellars Tour

    Tuesday 26th September
    Location: Winchelsea

    There will be seven similar tours over the two weeks of the Festival. The tours are led by expert local ... more

  • Faces from the Front

    Tuesday 26th September
    Location: Rye

    Faces from the Front explores the pioneering facial reconstruction undertaken on wounded servicemen by surgeon Sir Harold Gillies at the ... more

  • Alexander Sitkovetsky & Maxim Rysanov

    Tuesday 26th September
    Location: Iden

    Two of today’s finest and most charismatic string players join together in music specially written for the violin and viola. ... more

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