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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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What's On in Rye Harbour?

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 25th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • St Mary's Flower Festival

    Saturday 26th May for 3 days
    Location: Rye

    Flower Festival in aid of the historic parish church. The theme is ‘In Which We Serve’. As well as arrangements ... more

  • 1066 Walking Festival - Coastal Plants

    Saturday 26th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out how the shingle and saltmarsh plants cope with their harsh environment. We will also see some coastal birds. ... more

  • Late Spring Fayre

    Saturday 26th May @ 10:30am
    Location: Icklesham

    Lots of stalls, tombola, raffle refreshments, cream teas. Proceeds in aid of St Nicholas Church. Venue: Icklesham Memorial Hall. ... more

  • Table Sale

    Saturday 26th May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Tabel Sale at WBCA Community Hall Sea Road, Winchelsea Beach. ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellar Tours

    Sunday 27th May
    Location: Winchelsea

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

  • The School of Wizards

    Sunday 27th May for 5 days
    Location: Rye

    Magic, Monsters and Mystery. The only interactive, immersive family Wizard show in the UK. Using actors, puppets and soundscapes, this ... more

  • East Surrey Morris Dancers

    Sunday 27th May @ 5:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    East Surrey Morris Dancers will be performing for your pleasure in Castle Street, Winchelsea. All welcome. This group of Morris ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 28th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Our third Charity Boot Fair for the season in aid of Rye Hospital. Gates open at 7am and hard standing ... more

  • Our Fabulous Feathered Friends

    Tuesday 29th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Come along to see the thousands of nesting birds squabbling and feeding their cute fluffy chicks, and enjoy some birdy ... more

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