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Rather appropriately, there’s a very tasty vineyard not far from Rye Harbour Holiday Park. And, if your idea of a holiday is to sit back and relax in the style of our wise Gallic cousins, we think this one will be a tickety-boo choice.
Rye Harbour formerly know as Frenchman’s Beach at Rye in East Sussex is a Park Holidays ‘Relax and Explore’ site, meaning you can do exactly that: it’s small, family-friendly and has opportunities aplenty for de-stressing and leg-stretching, as it’s based alongside Rye Harbour and on the edge of a nature reserve. On site, there’s a petite pool, adventure playground and kids’ clubs for les enfants terribles, a spa bath and sauna for the bigger folk, and a sports field and amusement arcade for those very friendly family competitions; you can totter off to the family bar for some wifi, Sky TV and a very large cocktail afterwards…
For feeding, there’s a diner with takeaway on site and a mini mart for foodie basics; you can also fill up at the neatly-named William the Conqueror pub and the Inkerman Arms at Rye Harbour, both within easy and relaxing reach.
Nearby attractions and activities
This be smuggler country: Rye was once known as the haunt of the shady Hawkhurst Gang, which used the town’s twelfth century Mermaid Inn in its nefarious dealings, scuttling between it and the nearby Bell Inn by means of a clever underground tunnel. The subterranean social network is no longer useable, but bootlegger adventures can still be had most of the year round by exploring A Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves in nearby Hastings.
More virtuously, this be also shipbuilding and fishing country, with Rye once described by the unfortunate King Charles I as ‘the cheapest sea-towne for the provision of fish for our house’. Nowadays, fish aficionados have several options to sample the seafood wares of East Sussex, from the restaurants and pubs of Rye to the several fisheries round and about including carp fishing, deep-sea fishing and 24-hour fishing at Wylands Angling Centre in nearby Battle.
Other options around Rye Harbour include birdwatching and nature spotting: Rye Harbour is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest and there are nature reserves at Pannel Valley via Winchelsea as well as an RSPB reserve at Dungeness, with an observatory in the old lighthouse. For more ferocious-looking beasties, Drusillas Zoo and the Port Lympe Wild Animal Safari Park are easily reached from here, or you can let the kids go properly wild in the treetops at Go Ape!
But this be battle country too: a ticket to St Clements Caves can be combined with admission to Hastings Castle and the 1066 Story (and the Blue Reef Aquarium) to hear the tale of poor King Harold and the takeover of the Normans. There’s also the 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield to holler at, while Hastings itself has the biggest fishing fleet in Europe, guided walks in the town and all flavours of watersports. Then double back to Battle for the history attraction Yesterday’s World, with its thousands of artefacts over five floors.
For strolls and sand, there are several clean and safe beaches in the area: Rye Harbour and Winchelsea are the closest, but just along the coast the beaches of Camber Sands and Bexhill are well-known watersports spots and there’s also easy access to Eastbourne and then Brighton to the west.
Golfers will be in tee-off heaven in this part of the land, with two championship courses in the area as well as a golf academy, golf school and – ahem – adventure and crazy golf at Hastings.
But back to that vineyard…pick up some wine at Carr Taylor in Hastings before going on a vine crawl of the East Sussex vineyards; there are several in the county, including the beautifully named Breaky Bottom near Lewes.
Attractions near Rye Harbour Holiday Park
- Camber Sands (1.3 miles)
- Great Dixter House and Gardens (8.6 miles)
- A Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves (9.2 miles)
- Lamb House (1.7 miles)
- Smallhythe Place (7.7 miles)
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Activities near Rye Harbour Holiday Park
Rye Harbour - Winchelsea (0.1 miles) Walking
Rye - Iden - Rye Foreign - Rye (1.7 miles) Walking
Camber (1.9 miles) Beach - Excellent Water Quality Beaches
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
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- Coach stations
Hastings: Sedlescombe Rd North Coach Stop — 9.7mi
Hastings: Town Centre Coach Stops — 9.7mi
St Leonards: Warrior Square Coach Stop — 10.4mi
- Train stations
Rye Rail Station — 1.8mi
Winchelsea Rail Station — 2.6mi
Doleham Rail Station — 6.8mi
- Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 19.1mi
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 27.2mi
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 27.9mi
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 7.6mi
* M20 (signposted Maidstone, Folkestone, Dover). Leave at junction 10, 4th exit at roundabout take onto Bad Munstereifel Road (signposted Brenzett).
* Next roundabout - 2nd exit onto Bad Munstereifel Road - A2070. Branch left, at roundabout - 2nd exit onto A2070. Entering Brenzett, at roundabout - 2nd exit onto Straight Lane - A259. Continue forward onto the A259.
* Entering Brookland A259, at roundabout - 2nd exit onto the A259. Over Level Crossing, continue forward onto Guldeford Road - A259.
* Entering Rye, at mini-roundabout turn left onto Fishmarket Road - A259. At miniroundabout left onto Winchelsea Road - A259. Turn left onto Harbour Road (signposted Rye Harbour) then pass Tram Road and take the next right.
Cancellation by you
Should you need to cancel your booking, you must advise us using the telephone number in your confirmation email and then confirm this cancellation in writing to us, by post, fax, or email quoting your booking reference number. Your cancellation will only be effective as at the date we receive your written confirmation. Our cancellation charges are those detailed below unless you have taken out our ‘Cancellation Protection Plan’ (available when paying your balance):
Cancellation charges as a % total cost:
Period before arrival date (excluding credit card charges)
More than 56 days loss of deposit
56 - 43 days 50%
42 - 29 days 60%
28 - 8 days 80%
7 days or under 100%
If you need to cut short your holiday after it has commenced, we regret that we are unable to refund any monies paid.
Cancellation by us
In exceptional circumstances, we may have to cancel your booking. If we do so we will tell you as soon as possible prior to your holiday date and you may choose either to receive a full refund or accept an alternative holiday, with us, at the brochure price. If we have to cancel because of circumstances beyond our control (e.g. damage, maintenance, fire, theft or flood) we will pay a full refund. If we cancel for reasons beyond our reasonable control we will have no further liability to you other than the offer of a full refund or a similar holiday at a similar price. The company reserves the right to move customers to upgraded accommodation without prior notice and at the company’s expense.
Please note that your deposit paid to Pitchup.com is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Our booking staff will contact you for the balance 8 weeks before your holiday start date (or after submission of your Pitchup.com booking if the booking is for within 8 weeks). If payment is not made by this date then we will assume that your holiday has been cancelled and we may re-sell the holiday to another customer. We reserve the right to pass on any costs or bank charges we incur if we have to re-submit a cheque for payment or a cheque is declined for non payment.
An administration fee of 2% will be applied to all balance payments made by credit card (minimum charge £1.00). This charge will not exceed £5.00 per transaction. There is no charge for debit card payments.
Cards accepted on the park
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
We will not accept bookings where the lead customer is under the age of 18 and will not accept bookings where half or more of your party is aged between 17 and 25.
We do not accept bookings from large all-male or all-female parties and have the right to cancel any online booking that breaches our terms before the holiday arrival date and/or reserve the right to refuse entry or not to hand over accommodation to any person or groups of persons, at our discretion.
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