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Rye Bay

Rye Bay near Small Hythe, Kent

Rye Bay
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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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    Friday 24th November for 2 days
    Location: Rye

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  • Christmas Mini Market & Grand Draw

    Saturday 25th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Sandhurst

    Saturday 25th November from 10am to 1pm. Christmas stalls, soup, refreshments and grand draw. Come do some Christmas shopping! Proceeds ... more

  • Feast Of Delights Designer & Maker's Fair

    Saturday 25th November for 2 days
    Location: Rye

    Join us at Rye Creative Centre for our annual festive Designer and Maker’s Fair. This year, over two days (10am-4pm), ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 25th November @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas’ Grotto Weekends from 25th November – Christmas Eve Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto EVERY WEEKEND from ... more

  • Ordinary Icons

    Saturday 25th November @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Join talented artist and educator Julia Andrews-Clifford for a fun workshop. Produce a 3D collage portrait – this could be ... more

  • Guided Ghost Walk of Rye

    Saturday 25th November @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A unique opportunity to explore the ancient streets of Rye after dark with the Deputy Town Cryer. Hear tales of ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 30th November @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The star guest this month will be acclaimed singer/songwriter musician/comic Earl Okin who has performed all over the world – ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 1st December @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

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    Saturday 2nd December for 23 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

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    Saturday 2nd December @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas’ Grotto Weekends from 25th November – Christmas Eve Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto EVERY WEEKEND from ... more

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