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Rye Bay

Rye Bay near Appledore, Kent

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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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  • Buck Brass Trio

    Monday 24th September
    Location: Iden

    One of the leading young brass ensembles in the UK, the trio was formed in 2012 by graduates from London’s ... more

  • Black Narcissus

    Monday 24th September
    Location: Rye

    Fifty years after Rumer Godden became the tenant of Lamb House in Rye, we screen Powell & Pressburger’s melodramatic movie ... more

  • 50 Not Out – The Six Sixes Revisited

    Monday 24th September
    Location: Rye

    50 years ago Garry Sobers hit an historic 36 runs off six deliveries, thus conquering cricket’s Everest. In 2006, “the ... more

  • Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - What's So Special

    Tuesday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    The nature reserve at Rye Harbour is special for wildlife, with more than 4,000 species including about 300 that are ... more

  • Not About Heroes

    Tuesday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    Flying Bridge Theatre Co. & Seabright Productions Directed by Tim Baker Stephen MacDonald’s highly acclaimed Fringe First winning play about ... more

  • Quilts – from Utility to Art

    Wednesday 26th September
    Location: Rye

    Linda Seward is the author of ten quilt books and is an international judge and lecturer on the art form. ... more

  • Mose Fan Fan with Somo Somo

    Wednesday 26th September
    Location: Rye

    Mose Fan Fan is the leader of the acclaimed Congolese band Somo Somo. They play happy, infectious Congolese pop music ... more

  • Saint Ronan’s Prep School Choir & Musicians

    Thursday 27th September
    Location: Iden

    The Rye Festival will feature the school’s Chamber Choir together with instrumental chamber ensembles and vocal and instrumental soloists. Music ... more

  • Jazz Night Supper at the Mermaid

    Thursday 27th September
    Location: Rye

    David Silk & Friends offer an evening of Jazz Music accompanied by a two-course supper with coffee. This evening will ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 28th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

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