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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?

  • Winchelsea Cellar Tours

    Sunday 22nd July
    Location: Winchelsea

    Each year a team of volunteers run guided tours of the town’s medieval cellars. All proceeds received (£6 per person) ... more

  • Moths by Moonlight

    Sunday 22nd July @ 9:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out what arrives at our moth traps after dark! This event is weather dependent, so please phone on the ... more

  • The School of Wizards Adventure Quests

    Monday 23rd July for 40 days
    Location: Rye

    Unique family interactive and immersive quest shows. Ages 7 to adult. Monsters, Magic and Mystery. Using actors, puppets and storytelling, ... more

  • Ryebellion Drummers

    Monday 23rd July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    We are the drumming group of the Rye & District Bonfire Society. We perform at events throughout the Sussex bonfire ... more

  • Wild Beach

    Tuesday 24th July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Pett Level

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

  • Jazz and Blues Supper with Martin McNeill

    Thursday 26th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Critically-acclaimed Martin McNeill is a traditional blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player whose repertoire is based in Delta and Chicago ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 27th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Iden Village Fete

    Saturday 28th July
    Location: Iden

    A typical country village fete complete with boot fair, burgers, bands, and stalls with bargains. The ‘show rings’ include many ... more

  • Rye College G.C.S.E Show

    Saturday 28th July for 29 days
    Location: Rye

    This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see the art projects from the G.C.S.E pupils of Rye College. Dynamic and ... more

  • Open Gardens - Fairlight Hall

    Saturday 28th July @ 10:30am
    Location: Fairlight

    A wonderful garden with superb views to Rye and beyond. The impressive Victorian Gothic mansion which dates back to 1855 ... more

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