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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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  • Recycle Swap Shop

    Saturday 23rd May @ 9:30am
    Location: Rye

    Bring your old stuff and take someone else's away! Visit website to read rules please. Items to give away must ... more

  • Ideas for Floral Table Decor

    Saturday 23rd May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Many of you have asked for a short course so you can create simple, appealing table decorations for dinner parties, ... more

  • Coastal Plants at Rye Harbour

    Saturday 23rd May @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out how the shingle and saltmarsh plants cope with their harsh environment. We will also see some coastal birds. ... more

  • Mapp and Lucia's Rye Walk

    Saturday 23rd May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Take a guided walk round Rye, looking at the houses and places associated with the Mapp and Lucia novels, also ... more

  • Rotary Walk and Treasure Hunt

    Sunday 24th May @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rotary Walk and Treasure Hunt - start at Phillips and Stubbs, Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN. To enter contact ... more

  • Rye Ukulele Festival

    Sunday 24th May @ 12:30pm
    Location: Rye

    The Rye Ukulele Experiment plays host to Ukulele bands from Kent and Sussex. Each band will play followed by a ... more

  • Jempson's Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 25th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 (all sale of pitch proceeds donated to Rother Responders). Gates open at 7am, no need to ... more

  • Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour

    Monday 25th May @ 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

  • Children's Birdwatching

    Tuesday 26th May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The pools are alive with thousands of nesting gulls, terns and waders. Come along to see if you can spot ... more

  • Creepy Crawlies

    Wednesday 27th May @ 1:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Go a-hunting with the warden, Chris, as he takes a closer look at the fascinating and bizarre world of insects ... more

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