Camber Castle (East Sussex)
Camber Castle, Until the late 16th century, most of the low lying ground between Rye and Winchelsea was a shallow harbour, called the Camber, protected from the sea by a long series of shingle banks.
Henry VIII built a chain of artillery forts along the south coast to protect vulnerable and strategic areas. The existing tower at Camber was incorporated into a new fort built mid 16th century.
There are monthly guided walks round Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, including the castle.
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- 22nd August 2019-26th August 2019The Rye jazz and blues festival is taking place from Thursday 22nd – Monday 26th August and encompasses the bank holiday weekend. Music includes a mix of jazz, blues, RnB, Soul, Folk, Roots, Latin, Cuban and contemporary music performances at various venues in Rye. There will also be refreshments, food and bars serving drinks and food throughout the day.
- Rye Castle Museum has two sites.The East Street Site, a former brewer’s bottling factory, is the main exhibit area for the Rye Castle Museum. The local history exhibits include fire fighting equipment, trade changes caused by the sea’s retreat, maritime history and shipbuilding, antique toys and games, photos, town seals, and archaeological artifacts. Ypres Tower is the other site. Exhibits include locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artifacts, activities and town maps.
- Winchelsea beach is shingle at high tide and sand at low. Just behind the beach is an area known as “The Ridges”– pebbles and rough land with a straggle of 1930’s bungalows on unmade roads. Good all-round family beach, swimming is safe and best at high tide and you also have a bird reserve nearby. Parking on the road, ice cream van if you are lucky. We have no dog information for Winchelsea beach.
- Rye Watersports is a long established teaching centre offering lessons in Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing and Stand Up Paddleboarding. Lessons in kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing are taught on our coastal lake, mid-way between Rye and Camber. The nearby beaches of Camber Sands in East Sussex, and Greatstone in Kent are where we run our kitesurfing lessons from.
- Beach: Camber Sands View: Part of the Gallivant Hotel, the Beach Bistro can be found opposite the dunes of Camber, overlooking 5 miles of pristine sandy beach. What’s on the menu?: A New England style bistro with a menu centred around freshly caught, local fish. And something else… When the sun shines, they open a marquee on their driftwood decking, with an outdoor kitchen serving grilled local meats, fresh fish and salads.
- Camber Sands beach is hidden behind dunes and is a popular family sandy beach, with picturesque dunes and interesting wildlife. Camber Sands is very popular as it offers golden sand and dunes rather than the more traditional Sussex pebble beach. The beach is divided into zoned areas (bathing, dog restricted, watersports), please check the beach signs. The dunes are formed from the sand that is blown inland which builds up around plants, debris and fences. A large section of the western end sit within the Camber Sands and Rye Saltings Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), while the rest is designated a Site of Nature Conservation Importance The marram grass that you see covering much of the dunes has a deep root system which helps to hold the sand in place. Traditional chestnut fences along the beach help sand to build up more quickly. The combination of plants and fences at Camber Sands prevent the dunes from moving and burying the village. Facilities at the beach include seasonal lifeguards, public telephone, toilets with disabled access, children’s play area, slipway, Coastal Control Office for lost children, first aid, cafe and deckchair hire. The village of Camber is very close to the beach and you have a selection of holiday parks to the east of the village. In Camber Village you have a selection of cafes, chip shops, general stores, a post office and a couple of pubs. There are three main car parks, Western car park on New Lydd Road, Central car park, and the car park on Old Lydd road. Both Western and Central also has large overflow car parks. Only Central has direct access to the beach. You have to tackle steep soft sandy paths over the dunes to reach the beach from the Western car park, making this unsuitable for those with prams, or wheelchairs.
- Jury’s Gap beach is also known as Broomhill Sands and is at the eastern end of Camber Sands near to Jury’s Gap, hence the name. The beach is sandy with groynes and as the tide goes out you have a massive beach to play on. An excellent windsurfing and kite surfing beach and it has shallow water and lagoons either side of low tide. Jury’s Gap beach is really the watersports zone of Camber Sands and please check local signs to ensure you keep to the zone area. At low tide you have a lot of flat sand making this also a good kite buggy beach, check our tide times tab for help in planning your visit. Facilities include parking, toilets, food, more facilities towards Camber Sands.
- The Kitesurf Centre is a leading BKSA Kite School offering kitesurfing lessons, kiteboarding courses, power kiting, kite buggying, kite landboarding, hydrofoiling and stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Located on Camber Sands beach, East Sussex but also teaching at Greatstone Kent on the South East Coast of England and just 1 hour from South London.
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- Pontins Camber Sands holiday park has a great location with a combination of miles and miles of unspoilt sand dunes with loads to do in the day as well as the evening. Away from the beach you have the beautiful old Port Town of Rye, and the beautiful and diverse Sussex coastline including the iconic white cliffs and many Sussex beaches. Accommodation at Pontins Camber Sands includes a selection of apartments and a dune bungalow. At Pontins you have all the options, from self catering to half board, eating in or eating out. With each apartment you get self catering facilities with a range of appliances from a kettle to fridge etc. Park FacilitiesCar parking available onsite Restaurant and pub Shops Indoor Pool Tennis Courts Table Tennis Snooker/BilliardsThe park holds special events throughout the year, including 80s and 90s Weekenders, Bluecoat Weekend, Halloween Party Weekend, New Year Breaks, Spring Breaks, Summer offers and so much more.
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