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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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  • Let IT Go

    Thursday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    Here is your chance to read the book of the film-to-be. Dame Stephanie Shirley will be introducing her memoir Let ... more

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Thursday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Bowler Crab Productions Come and dine in the Tudor Room and be transported to another ... more

  • Clueless

    Thursday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    The Festival is celebrating Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary with a clever and funny reworking of Emma, set in 1995 Beverly ... more

  • General Sale

    Friday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Viewing Thursday 21st 9.00 – 4.30pm ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 22nd September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Beyond the Roadshow

    Friday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Andy McConnell celebrates his 40th anniversary in glass with this light-hearted glance back at his career. It covers life as ... more

  • Open Studios

    Friday 22nd September for 2 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye Creative Centre opens its doors for a rare look inside the studios. You can meet the New Road Artists, ... more

  • Spanish Glories of the 16th Century

    Friday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    TENEBRAE conducted by Nigel Short. Described as “phenomenal”, The Times and “devastatingly beautiful”, Gramophone Magazine, award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the ... more

  • Jane Eyre - An Autobiography

    Friday 22nd September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Small Hythe

    Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane - and several other characters - in this intimate study of love's realities. Struggling to ... more

  • Above Head Height

    Friday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    James Brown has worked on the NME, founded Loaded, Jack and Leeds, Leeds, Leeds magazines and was Editor-in-Chief of British ... more

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