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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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  • Under Winchelsea cellar tours

    Monday 30th May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts over 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only in Bristol, Southampton and Norwich. They were all built between ... more

  • Creepy Crawlies

    Wednesday 1st June @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Go a-hunting with the warden, Chris, as he takes a closer look at the fascinating and bizarre world of insects ... more

  • Children's Afternoon

    Thursday 2nd June @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This afternoon will have a Royal Coronation theme. ... more

  • Collect and Create Clay Creatures

    Thursday 2nd June @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Collect natural materials on a walk through the reserve and create your own clay creature to take home with you. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 3rd June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Friday 3rd June @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    A whole day of holiday fun for children aged 6-11, when we will have a campfire, play games and try ... more

  • Deep Sea Drivers

    Friday 3rd June @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Deep Sea Drivers playing at the Wipers. Check website for any updates or changes. ... more

  • Open Cottage Garden

    Saturday 4th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    The Old House, The Mint, Rye Cake and Plant Stalls Refreshments Entry £2.50 In aid of ARRCC ... more

  • Grand Monthly Jumble

    Saturday 4th June @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Grand Jumble Sale in aid of ARRCC on the first Saturday of every month starting 7th May 2016. The Warehouse ... more

  • Angelo Tristan Band (Acoustic)

    Sunday 5th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Angelo Tristan Band playing at the Wipers. Check website for any updates or changes. ... more

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