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Camber Sands
Over the sand dunes at the back of the house. Camber Sands is a famous long stretch of golden sand, backed by magnificent dunes. Can be very busy in high summer. Dogs are restricted between the months of May and September.

Winchelsea Beach
15-minute drive. Shingle and sand. Lovely for swimming at high tide as you don’t have to walk out too far and once you’re in the water it’s sandy underfoot. Dogs allowed all year round.

Rye Harbour
Not strictly a beach but well worth a visit as you can park the car and walk (kids can cycle or scooter alongside you as the walk is a nice smooth path) all the way along the estuary (you can see Rye on the opposite side) down to the furthest eastern tip of Winchelsea Beach and look across the water to Camber Sands!

25-minute drive. Shingle with large boulders, patches of sand and towering cliffs. Great for walking and fossil finding. Please note that some areas are used by naturists!

35-minute drive. Perhaps you wouldn’t go to Hastings for the beach (although actually it is very clean and safe) but there are plenty of seaside attractions here, such as the aquarium, funfair, crazy golf, the tall black net huts (peculiar to Hastings) and it is home to Britain’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet! You can buy fish straight off the boats here or from one of the many shacks dotted around on the beach.

15-minute drive. Britain’s only desert and home to Derek Jarman’s home & garden (now a museum). Other attractions include the lighthouses (you can climb up the old one), the wartime ‘listening ears”, The power stations, great off-beach fishing, lifeboat station, amazing array of quirky houses on the shingle (many built around railway carriages) and of course is a designated national nature reserve. Take a brisk walk and then enjoy fish and chips at the famously haunted Pilot Inn! (01797 320314) This is a wild and wonderful place that is both bleak and beautiful at the same time. People tend to love it or hate it!

20-minute drive. Beautiful two-mile stretch of golden-sand beach and dunes. Much less busy than camber although fewer facilities and not much beach left at high tide.


You can fish straight off the beaches at Winchelsea and Dungeness (great for mackerel in the summer).
Try razor clam hunting or shrimping at low tide at Camber Sands and Winchelsea Beach.
Try crabbing at Rye Harbour along the jetty or harbour wall outside the lifeboat station.

Rye Nook
Just before Rye Harbour – even if you don’t fish it’s worth a visit. With a few lakes of varying size surrounded by trees and reeds. This is a well-stocked, mixed fishery with 30lb+ carp as well as bream, roach and rudd. You can buy your ticket at the village shop in Rye Harbour.

Boat Trips

Bodium Boating Station
Trips along the river Rother.
Riverside Cottage, Rye Road, Newenden, Kent TN18 5PP (25-minute drive)
01797 253838 | www.bodiamboatingstation.co.uk

Electric Boat Trips
Trips along the Royal Military Canal.
The Boat Hut, The Grove, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6AX (40-minute drive)
07885 318301 | www.electricboathythe.co.uk


Romney Marsh Churches
Famous for its rural historic churches. There are 14 scattered across the march with St Thomas Beckett at Fairfield the most iconic and used as a backdrop for the most recent version of Great Expectations. Marooned amid the marshy landscape with no graveyard or fence to keep the sheep from grazing right up to the door. This really is a magical spot that is the last remnants of a mediaeval village. Other Romney Marsh churches include St Augustine at Brookland, All Saints at Burmarsh, St Clements at Old Romney (Derek Jarman is buried here), St Dunstan at Snargate (do not miss a pint in the Red Lion if you go here- a spit and sawdust pub, serving beer from the barrel, that has barely changed since the war). Check out the Romney Marsh website for more details.

St Thomas’ Church
A 13th-Century church steeped in rich and vibrant local history.
St Thomas Street, Winchelsea TN36 4EB (15-minute drive)

Church of the Holy Spirit
A 13th-Century church steeped in rich and vibrant local history.
Harbour Road, Rye (10-minute drive)

Museums & Galleries

Fishermen’s Museum
A museum dedicated to the fishing industry and maritime history of Hastings.
Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3DW (30-minute drive)
01424 461446 | www.hastings-fish.co.uk

Shipwreck Museum
An independent charitable museum in the historic Old Town of Hastings. The museum has artefacts from many ships wrecked in the English Channel.
Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3DW (30-minute drive)
01424 437452 | www.shipwreckmuseum.co.uk

Smugglers Adventure
Telling the story of smuggling on the South Coast of England 200 years ago.
St Clement’s Caves, Hastings TN34 3HY (35-minute drive)
01424 422964 | www.smugglersadventure.co.uk

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
John’s Place, Bohemia Rd, Hastings TN34 1ET (35-minute drive)
01424 451052 | www.hmag.org.uk

The True Crime Museum
Palace Court, White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JP (30-minute drive)
01424 420115 | www.truecrimemuseum.co.uk

Battle Abbey
1066 Battlefield (with reenactments), museum, abbey ruins and more.
High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD (35-minute drive)
0370 333 1181 | www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield

Rye Castle Museum
Rye Castle Museum, 3 East Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JY (10-minute drive)
01797 226728 | www.ryemuseum.co.uk

Castles, Houses and Gardens

Camber Castle
Take a family guided tour around the historic castle built by Henry VIII. The castle lies between Rye and Winchelsea and features the ruin of an unusually unaltered artillery fort designed to guard the port of Rye. There are monthly guided walks around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, including the castle and local farm. Please note that Camber Castle is open by guided tour only.
Rye TN31 7TD (10-minute drive)
0370 333 1181 | www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/camber-castle

Lamb House
Red-brick, Georgian former home of US novelist Henry James, with a peaceful walled garden.
West St, Rye TN31 7ES (10-minute drive)
01580 762334 | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lamb-house

Great Dixter
Northiam, Rye TN31 6PH (25-minute drive)
01797 252878 | www.greatdixter.co.uk


Lamb Players
West Street, Rye TN31 7ES (10-minute drive)

The White Rock Theatre
Large venue for classical and rock music, stand-up comedians, circus, panto and community events.
White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JX (35-minute drive)
01424 462288 | www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Top Things to Do for Children

Crazy Golf

Hastings Adventure Golf
Boasting three individually themed championship courses and situated right on Hastings seafront, this site has everything you need to entertain all ages.
Hastings Adventure Golf, Hastings Old Town Seafront, TN34 3AJ (30-minute drive)
01424 437227 | www.hastingsadventuregolf.com

Zoos, Aquarium & Farms

Port Lympne Reserve
Home to over 700 rare and endangered animals, including the largest herd of black rhino in the UK, western lowland gorillas, the only giraffe in Kent, tigers, lions, leopards, bears and so much more!
Aldington Rd, Lympne, Hythe CT21 4LR (35-minute drive)
01303 264647 | www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne

Blue Reef Aquarium
Journey through naturally themed habitats, including an underwater tunnel with sharks and reef fish.
Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3DW (30-minute drive)
01424 718776 | www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/hastings

Miniature & Steam Railways

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Really worth a visit and a ride! 15-inch gauge working railway with fleet of one third scale steam and diesel locomotives. Take a train from Dungeness to New Romney (visit the charming but tiny railway museum) and then take the train back again to Dungeness and eat egg and chips at the railway cafe there! Alternatively, take the train from New Romney to Dymchurch and visit the small and old-fashioned fun fair there (smaller kids love it), and take the train back again.
New Romney Station, 2 Littlestone Rd, Littlestone, New Romney TN28 8PL (20-minute drive)
01797 362353 | www.rhdr.org.uk

Hastings Miniature Railway
10 gauge miniature railway located on the seafront of the Old Town in Hastings. Short trips up and down the seafront.
Hastings Miniature Railway, Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3DW (30-minute drive)

Skate Parks

There are skate parks in Rye, Hastings and Ashford.

Indoor Ball Parks

Imagine | Ashford | 01233 650789
Clambers | Hastings | 01424 423778


Rye Leisure Centre
Rye TN31 7ND (10-minute drive)
01797 224747 | www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/centres/rye-sports-centre

Pontins has a swimming pool that is open to the public with waterslides and more. In fact, if you’re feeling really brave you can get a day pass to use all the facilities!
New Lydd Rd, Camber, Rye TN31 7RL (5-minute drive)
0844 576 5943 | www.pontins.com


Rye Water Sports
Dinghy sailing, Windsurfing, kite surfing and paddleboarding.
Northpoint Water, New Lydd Road, Camber, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7QS (5-minute drive)
01797 225238 | www.ryewatersports.co.uk

Action Watersports
Water skiing, wake boarding, fun rides, jet skiing and more.
1 Dengemarsh Rd, Romney Marsh TN29 9JH (15-minute drive)
01797 321885 | www.actionwatersports.co.uk

Kites on Board
Kite surfing lessons of all abilities.
Rye Harbour, Camber Sands, Camber, Rye, TN31 7TU (15-minute drive)
01424 442729

Full Throttle Boat Charters
Everything from half-hour trips around Rye harbour and visits to Sovereign Lighthouse at Beachy Head, to the Eastbourne Airshow or a day trip to Bolougne!
Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TU (15-minute drive)
01424 442729 | www.fullthrottleboatcharters.com


Lydd Kart Circuit
Dengemarsh Rd, Lydd TN29 9JH (15-minute drive)
01797 321747 | www.lyddkartcircuit.com


Shoot the Boss
Bear’s Ln, Great Chart, Bethersden, Ashford TN23 3BW (35-minute drive)
01233 645858 | www.shoottheboss.co.uk