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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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  • Pop-up Art Exhibition

    Friday 24th September for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Paintings, Porcelain, Ceramics. ... more

  • Open Studio - Artists at Home

    Saturday 2nd October for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Playden

    Richard Adams and Jane Beecham Open Studio - Artists at Home Please join us once more when we welcome you ... more

  • Open Studio - Artists at Home

    Saturday 9th October for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Playden

    Richard Adams and Jane Beecham Open Studio - Artists at Home Please join us once more when we welcome you ... more

  • Inspired by Nature

    Wednesday 13th October for 12 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    An exhibition of art and jewellery inspired by the beauty, strength and fragility of nature, by Khoa Mahon and Scarlett ... more

  • Antique and Book Fair

    Wednesday 27th October @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    Lots of stalls with books and Antiques looking for Dealers of Books and Antiques to join us for this new ... more

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