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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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  • A Weekend of Music-Making!

    Saturday 24th July for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    A weekend of music-making: community taster sessions, workshops and concerts! Rye Creative Centre, in association with Bridgepoint Music and East ... more

  • Margins

    Friday 30th July for 22 days
    Location: Rye

    This first group exhibition in the recently refurbished Old Gym will be curated by artist Matthew Burrows, the founder of ... more

  • Nature Refocused: Water and Woodland

    Wednesday 4th August for 12 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    The Red Door Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition hosted by Scarlett Woodman and Hannah Buchanan between 4th ... more

  • Tuesday Painters Club of Rye

    Friday 13th August for 10 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    ART EXHIBITION of members' work Open daily 10.00a.m. - 5.30p.m. From Friday13th to Sunday 22nd August Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen ... more

  • Reflections by Caroline Anderson

    Wednesday 18th August for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Caroline Anderson is a creative arts psychotherapist and a sky seascape artist. The influence of her life on Sark runs ... more

  • Beckley Church Fete

    Monday 30th August @ 1:00pm
    Location: Beckley

    Beckley Church Fete - Bank Holiday Monday Fun for all including:- - brass band - dog show with prizes - ... more

  • Rye Flower and Veg Show

    Saturday 4th September @ 8:30am
    Location: Rye

    The annual "open to everyone" Flower and Veg Show with classes and prizes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, plants, photography, cookery ... more

  • Colour and Light

    Wednesday 15th September for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Red Door are delighted to welcome back Clare Summons and Maggie Brand. Clare and Maggie are 2 ex teachers embarking ... 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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