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Rye Bay

Rye Bay near Northiam, East Sussex

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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What's On in Northiam?

  • The Impact of Colour

    Wednesday 12th December for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Red Door presents an exhibition from mother/daughter duo Linda and Lara Chapple. The exhibition focuses on the ways in which ... more

  • Fun, Free and Festive!

    Thursday 13th December @ 6:30pm
    Location: Sedlescombe

    Join Pestalozzi students for a free, fun-packed Christmas event celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. We are hosting a themed ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 14th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Rachel Allen at Jempson's, Peasmarsh

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Rachel Allen will demonstating her style of practical cooking influenced by both regional and global food at Jempson's in Peasmarsh. ... more

  • The Rye Christmas Show - Wurlitzer and Brass!

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Rye

    Join us for a very special friendly evening of great live music, packed with your festive favourites. Featuring The Cranbrook ... more

  • Christmas Concert

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Rye

    Christmas Concert with Michael Wooldrige playing the Rye Wurlitzer and special guests The Cranbrook Town Band. Tickets - Adults £10, ... more

  • Aled Jones and Choir

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz Festival presents a wonderful festive Christmas concert with the much loved and acclaimed singer, recording artist, radio broadcaster ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 15th December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto every weekend from 24th November until 23rd December. ... more

  • KT Tunstall Intimate Concert

    Saturday 15th December
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz Festival presents a truly unique and intimate solo concert with Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award - winning ... more

  • Rocking Rye at Cinque Ports Arms

    Saturday 15th December
    Location: Rye

    Live Rock and Roll at the Cinque Ports Arms with 'Something Else'. ... more

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