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Rye Bay

Rye Bay near Rye Harbour, East Sussex

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Rye Bay is nestled in the scenic county of East Sussex. Covering some 91 square kilometres of fantastic views, there is more than ample reason to visit Rye Bay.

Miles of unspoilt coastline adjoin Rye Bay (visit Camber Sands; the only sand dunes in the county for a proper Sussex sea-side day out!) but there is also some breathtakingly beautiful countryside to enjoy on a visit. Rye Bay’s expanse stretches into the High Weald, which has been awarded the prestigious title of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Rye Bay also has many points of historical interest (particularly regarding shipping and nautical affairs) and is home to many protected spaces, such as eight Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s, which have now been joined to form one enormous SSSI) dotted throughout the area that simply demand a visit. Rye Bay’s incredibly diverse topography means that is can support a whole host of interesting wildlife; for example, the Salt Marshes at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve are home to rare plant-life and nearby woodland in Winchelsea and Peasmarsh supports wild flowers, birds and also mammals such as Deer and Wild Boar.

Rye Bay's coastline has changed significantly and this history has left military defences such as the Napoleonic defences of Martello Towers, the Royal Military Canal and Henry VIII's Camber Castle.

The Rye Bay area boasts an impressive array of friendly pubs and restaurants, as well as brilliant independent shops; there are local bakeries and butchers scattered around in the area as well as art galleries, antique & jewellery shops and clothes boutiques. For those who prefer a more active trip, there is a wealth of excellent bridleways, cycle paths and walks.

Of course, a visit to Rye Bay wouldn’t be complete without sampling some locally caught fish; the area is particularly renowned for its exquisite scallops, which are celebrated at a weeklong festival in mid-February in the surrounding villages and towns.


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  • Elm Tree Boot Sale

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Icklesham

    Elm Tree Boot Sale - first of the season just off A259. ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Shakespeare & Love

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Rye

    Shakespeare performance company Bowler Crab will be returning to the 600 year old Mermaid Inn in Rye to present their ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 22nd April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Wildflower Meadow Project) gates ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Monday 22nd April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Jackie Summerfield, Paddy Boyle and Rob Staermose

    Wednesday 24th April for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Exhibiting for the first time at Red Door: Jackie Summerfield lives and works in Hastings producing original handcrafted works made ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Thursday 25th April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Sisters of Swing

    Thursday 25th April
    Location: Rye

    An evening of outstanding live music and dining, featuring multi-instrumentalist Phil Brown who plays not just piano but also saxophone ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 26th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Introduction to Podcasting with Jilliene Sellner

    Friday 26th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    You know they say everyone has at least one book in them? Well everyone also has at least one brilliant ... more

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