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Rye Bay

Rye Bay in Rye, 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?

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 24th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Woodland Birds

    Friday 24th March
    Location: Iden

    The AGM is usually a short affair, which will be followed by Melvin Smith’s talk on Woodland Birds. Iden Natural ... more

  • An Evening with Dom Pipkin

    Friday 24th March
    Location: Rye

    An evening with Dom Pipkin - Solo New Orleans Jazz Piano Singer / Songwriter / Pianist at the Grapevine. The ... more

  • Ticket to Rye

    Saturday 25th March for 30 days
    Location: Rye

    Take a trip through Richard Adams’s whimsical and enchanting pastel works on paper. Come and enjoy this popular and much ... more

  • Drawings from the Collection

    Saturday 25th March for 46 days
    Location: Rye

    A selection of drawings in different media. Charcoal, ink, pencil and paint in Gallery 6 at Rye Art Gallery. ... more

  • Rye Society of Artists

    Saturday 25th March for 30 days
    Location: Rye

    The society returns to Rye Art Gallery in this varied and innovative show. Local artists of both of national and ... more

  • Spring Beach Clean

    Saturday 25th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Look out for the first Wheatears and Sandwich terns of the year while helping to remove the rubbish blown in ... more

  • An Evening with Mick Bolton

    Saturday 25th March
    Location: Rye

    An evening with Mick Bolton at the Grapevine. The Grapevine Rye, 1 Conduit Hill, Rye, TN31 7LE ... more

  • Mother’s Day Carvery

    Sunday 26th March @ noon
    Location: Winchelsea

    We are now taking bookings for Mother’s Day carvery on Sunday 26 March. Booking is essential as this is one ... more

  • Rye-Citadel

    Sunday 26th March
    Location: Rye

    Alisdair Kitchen will accompany William Wallace (tenor), who was a memorably sinister Quint in Euphonia’s 2016 Rye Arts Festival at ... more

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