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Rye Bay

Rye Bay near Pett Level, 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 Pett Level?

  • Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station Open Day

    Saturday 22nd July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Demonstrations on the River, Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat, Cinque Ports Morris Men, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Tarot Reading, Tombola, Raffle , ... more

  • Rye Festival of the Sea

    Saturday 22nd July @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    The festival gets under way at 11am with the Rye Raft Race on the fishing quay. Follow the Town Cryer ... more

  • Maria McErlane and Doon MacKichan Charity Audience

    Saturday 22nd July
    Location: Fairlight

    Maria McErlane (Graham Norton radio show & the voice of Eurotrash) AND Doon MacKichan (Smack the Pony & The Day ... more

  • Chantelle Duncan with DSD

    Saturday 22nd July
    Location: Rye

    Chantelle Duncan with DSD at the Queen's Head. ... more

  • Camber Summer Fete

    Sunday 23rd July @ noon
    Location: Camber

    Camber Summer Fete in aid of Flip Flops Pre-school. Lots of things to do espcially for children. Venue: Camber Memorial ... more

  • Summer Holiday Club

    Monday 24th July for 26 days @ 8:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Bookings are now being taken for Summer Holiday Club at Robsack Wood Primary Academy. The Holiday Club will run from ... more

  • Marvellous Moths

    Wednesday 26th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Bring the family to learn about the moths that fly around the reserve at night and look at the moths ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 27th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    For well over 40 years bass player David Silk has been running and hosting an exciting array of unique jazz-based ... more

  • Wild Beach

    Friday 28th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Pett Level

    Celebrate Marine Week with some fabulous beach activities: rock pooling, kite-making and other fun stuff! Meet alongside the Smuggler Inn ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 28th July @ 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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