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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

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Winchelsea

    Fascinating tours led by expert local guides,into some of Winchelsea’s original 13th Century cellars, which are normally closed to the ... more

  • Laura Snowden - Guitar

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Iden

    Award-winning classical guitarist and composer Laura Snowden was hand-picked by Julian Bream to give the Julian Bream Trust concerts at ... more

  • Dining with Macbeth

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Rye

    A shortened version of the play in which the actors perform scenes between each course, interacting with the tables in ... more

  • Dining With Macbeth

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Rye

    An immersive dining experience ... Fame, glory, love, power, wealth, sex, happiness … but at what cost? How far will ... more

  • Hastings Philharmonic with Kenny Broberg

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Rye

    In a new collaboration between Rye Arts Festival, Fairlight Arts Trust and Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, we are delighted ... more

  • Andy Kershaw

    Thursday 20th September
    Location: Rye

    Radio and TV Presenter, DJ and Music Enthusiast This one-man show is a two-hour audio-visual presentation about Andy’s life, career, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 21st September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Serial Killers

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    Paul Harrison - Paul was one of the first UK police officers to work closely with the FBI’s Behavioral Science ... more

  • Danny Driver

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    Audience responses around the world have cemented Danny Driver’s international reputation as a versatile and creative pianist of sophistication, interpretative ... more

  • Hotfoot Specials

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    Welcome return of arguably the UK’s most authentic Cajun band. The Hotfoot Specials offer joyous, accessible music from the Louisiana ... more

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