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Rye Bay

Rye Bay near Icklesham, 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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  • Margins

    Friday 30th July for 22 days
    Location: Rye

    This first group exhibition in the recently refurbished Old Gym will be curated by artist Matthew Burrows, the founder of ... more

  • Nature Refocused: Water and Woodland

    Wednesday 4th August for 12 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    The Red Door Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition hosted by Scarlett Woodman and Hannah Buchanan between 4th ... more

  • Northiam Summer Festival

    Saturday 7th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Spociety's somewhat delayed Summer Festival will be held on Northiam Playing Fields on Saturday 7th August. We will ... more

  • Northiam Summer Festival

    Saturday 7th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's Summer Festival is a chance to relax, listen to live music with local beers, ciders and food ... more

  • Giant Boot Fair

    Sunday 8th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Time to have a clear out! Stallholders from 9am - please bring cash to pay on the gate: £10 for ... more

  • Giant Boot Fair

    Sunday 8th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Time to have a clear-out! Northiam Village Hall's annual Boot Sale is on Sunday 8th August. Stallholders from 9am, Open ... more

  • Tuesday Painters Club of Rye

    Friday 13th August for 10 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    ART EXHIBITION of members' work Open daily 10.00a.m. - 5.30p.m. From Friday13th to Sunday 22nd August Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen ... more

  • Reflections by Caroline Anderson

    Wednesday 18th August for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Caroline Anderson is a creative arts psychotherapist and a sky seascape artist. The influence of her life on Sark runs ... more

  • Beckley Church Fete

    Monday 30th August @ 1:00pm
    Location: Beckley

    Beckley Church Fete - Bank Holiday Monday Fun for all including:- - brass band - dog show with prizes - ... more

  • Rye Flower and Veg Show

    Saturday 4th September @ 8:30am
    Location: Rye

    The annual "open to everyone" Flower and Veg Show with classes and prizes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, plants, photography, cookery ... more

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