Put Your Thinking Cap On For Rottingdean Village Fair

hats-829509_1280The theme for this year’s Rottingdean Village Fair on Saturday August 1st is ‘HATS’, so why not ‘put your thinking cap on’, ‘get ahead of the rest’ and come along to a quintessentially English day out on the Village Green and in Kipling Gardens.

The entry programme is 50p, with Primary-aged children free, and this includes entertainment throughout the day ranging from Maypole Dancing and the Salvation Army Band through to rock / pop, Ukuleles and Punch and Judy.

There will be over 50 stalls and activities with a mix of commercial groups and local charities and organisations, including food, crafts, games, vintage goods and traditional fair rides.

All profits made on the day are shared between a range of local charities and village organisations, so why not come along, amble around and then sit by the pond with a drink and a burger.

Graham Sheppard, Fair Organiser

Guided Plant Walks In Rottingdean

PlantWalkRottingdeanFinalJoin Ed Jones for a guided plant walk, where we will discover some of the edible and other uses of wild plants in Rottingdean. The plant walk will last around 2 hours. Meet outside the Whiteway Centre, on Whiteway Lane. £5 for adults. Free for kids!

The plant walk will take place on three dates in Rottingdean: At 3pm on the Sundays 2nd and 16th August. There will also be an evening walk at 6:30pm on Wednesday 12th August.

Please get in touch if you have any questions!

Rottingdean Windmill Beacon Hill Open Days 2015

018Sunday 19th July, Sunday 16th August, Sunday 20th September
No booking required
Wheelchair access: to the ground floor
Parking: available in the village

How to get to Rottingdean.

For a full map of Rottingdean with all our attractions on it see our map of Rottingdean

Rottingdean Windmill has stood high up on Beacon Hill for over 200 years overlooking the village and the sea. It can be seen from at least two miles away, a symbol of Rottingdean itself. Rescued from demolition and restored, it is now open to the public on the 3rd Sunday of each month from May to September.

These open days are a wonderful opportunity to see inside one of Rottingdean’s iconic landmarks. The windmill is organised and maintained by The Rottingdean Preservation Society and the Open Days manned by volunteers. Although admission is free, donations are always welcome to help with the Society’s invaluable work.

The windmill on Beacon Hill is a familiar landmark between Roedean and Rottingdean. It is a Grade 2 listed smock-mill dating from 1802 and was built for Thomas Beard, a member of an old Rottingdean family.

Smock-mills were traditionally weather-boarded with six or eight sloping sides and a revolving cap which allowed the sails to take advantage of the wind. They were given this name because of their resemblance to a farmer’s smock.

Rottingdean mill was used to grind local corn into flour for village bakers. In 1877 the miller was George Nicholls. His young son Harry went around the village each day delivering hot rolls before going to school.

Sir Edward Burne-Jones’ wife Georgiana records seeing the mill working in 1880. However, by the end of that century, its only use was as a changing room for the cricketers-who played on Beacon Hill until the First World War.

The mill’s disrepair resulted in many efforts by landowners and villagers to preserve it. The machinery was removed and an internal steel framework fitted to hold the structure together. In 2001 a £40,000 Heritage Lottery Grant enabled the sails, or “sweeps” as they are known, to be restored. The current Trustees of the mill are The Rottingdean Preservation Society.

Rottingdean mill has been known internationally since the artist Sir William Nicholson produced a woodcut of it. His design was used as the trademark for Heinemann publishers and has appeared on their books since 1897.


Rottingdean Drama Society is proud to present, Sylvia,

IMG_0084_fullRottingdean Drama Society is proud to present, 
Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney and directed by Jo Newman.  

Rottingdean Village Hall

Performances from 15th – 18th July 2015 starting at 7:45pm with an additional matinee performance at 2pm on the 18th.

Kate and Greg’s children have left home and they have moved from the suburbs to the city. Kate’s career is going from strength to strength and Greg’s is sinking. One day Greg comes back from the park with Sylvia, a stray dog he found there. For Kate, Sylvia is a threat, for Greg she’s a best friend. Tom uses her as an excuse to show off everything he knows. For Phyllis, Sylvia is enough to drive her back to drink and she sends Lesley running for his/her analyst. All Sylvia wants to do is eat, go out and sleep on the sofa. Sylvia is played by a woman. A play about the nature of love and commitment.

Rottingdean Drama Society was founded in 1948 and performs three plays and a pantomime each year. The Society has been going strong for over half a century, performing plays to entertain not only the people of Rottingdean but ever-widening audiences in Brighton and surrounding areas. The Society’s aim is to present a balanced programme each year, including great classics, costume dramas, contemporary plays, comedies and pantomimes.

Box Office

Rottingdean Drama Society Box Office is online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/rds

Tickets are £8, or £4 for children. There is a £1 discount for the first night of each production.

Booking in person

Please visit Open Art Café in Rottingdean during Box Office opening hours: 11am to 1pm Friday and Saturday, for two weeks before each performance starts.

Sussex Arts Collective presents – NEW TRADITIONS

grange_poster_email_fullSussex Arts Collective presents
9th – 21st July 2015

The Grange Gallery, Rottingdean

An eclectic mix of artworks from 35 members of the Collective will be displayed in the groups summer exhibition.

The objective of the Collective is to promote local artists who produce individual and unique art ranging from functional to purely aesthetic, and to provide art lovers and collectors an opportunity to purchase such items at a competitive price due to the considerably lower costs when sharing the overheads compared to selling through a shop. Works include original watercolour and oil paintings, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glassware and garden sculptures.

The gallery is open 10am – 4pm (every day except Wednesdays), Sundays 2pm – 4pm


The William Nicholson Gallery, The Grange, The Green, Rottingdean BN2 7HA

Rottingdean’s tourist leaflet updated for 2015

RVL NEWwebimageAn new version of Rottingdean’s tourist leaflet, updated for 2015, has just been completed, and the printed version will be available from early July. 

The leaflet is illustrated with over 50 photographs and is packed with useful information about the village’s fascinating history and famous residents. It gives a brief description of some of Rottingdean’s historic buildings and places of interest together with maps of where to find them. There is a calendar of key annual events and the leaflet also provides links to this website and others for further information on many topics.

A downloadable PDF version is available immediately by clicking on the leaflet image in the right-hand column on the homepage of this website.

The printed leaflet is circulated free of charge to every household in and around Rottingdean, and is distributed to Rottingdean businesses, as well as libraries, guest houses, hotels and Tourist Information Centres around East and West Sussex.

New Visitor Information Point opens at The Grange

Lynda Hyde, Mayor of Brighton & Hove officially opened a new VIP (Visitor Information Point) at the Grange on the afternoon of Thursday 2 July.

The much needed and long awaited VIP can be found in the old computer room on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. Leaflets and literature, including local maps plus a selection of the library’s local history books are available for visitors to browse through. Importantly, there is once again somewhere for local businesses and organisations to put information about forthcoming activities and events.

Rottingdean’s VIP is the 15th in a network of visitor information points to be opened across Brighton & Hove and also the first to be established so far from the city centre. Visit Brighton, the official tourism body for Brighton & Hove, has trained library staff to provide information about attractions, events, facilities and who will also be providing a face-to-face welcome for visitors to the area.

A computer in the facility currently gives access to the council’s website, but visitors will also soon be able to access this site, with all it’s essential Rottingdean news and local historical information.

Visit Brighton, part of Brighton & Hove City Council, has worked with Rottingdean Trade, Business & Professional Association and Rottingdean Parish Council as well as colleagues in the library service to create the visitor information point.

Councillor Adrian Morris, the new Labour administration’s lead member for tourism and arts, said: “Rottingdean is a beautiful part of the city with a rich history. The new visitor information point will give visitors and residents alike an original way to find out more about the village, local attractions and events coming up. Brighton & Hove City Council is committed to supporting tourism across the city and this new service will hopefully encourage visitors to enjoy what is on offer in Rottingdean.”

Rottingdean Visitor Information Point Opening
Photo: Bob Curtis Photography 01273 303311

Sonnet And Song

Brighton Chamber Choir perform


including the premiere of Sonnet XL by Sian Elizabeth Selway

Sat July 11th 2015 at 7.30 p.m.
St Margarets Church, High Street, Rottingdean, BN2 7HS

In their 25th Jubileee Year, Brighton Chamber Choir will be performing a splendid evening of choral singing including:

Vaughan Williams: Serenade To Music
Pearsall: Lay A Garland
Harris: Shakespeare Songs
Wilbye: Draw On Sweet Night
Guy Richardson: Full Fathom Five and Where The Bee Sucks
Sian Elizabeth Selway: Sonnet XL – THE PREMIERE

Sian Elizabeth Selway is a young award-winning composer with a great passion for choral music. She is a classically trained grade 8 pianist through The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Music Composition for Film from the University of Brighton.

Brighton Chamber Choir commissioned Sian to compose an original piece for their Jubilee Summer Concert, “Sonnet and Song”, where she has set music to Shakespeare’s Sonnet XL. The president of the choir is world renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle.

Amongst her other accomplishments, Sian has composed music for many film and stage productions, including a feature length documentary drama for broadcast and theatrical release, and has worked for one of the UK’s most successful composers of children’s television and composed cues for the hit BBC children’s spy drama series “M.I High” which was broadcast on CBBC and BBC HD in February 2014. She has also composed the music for an ongoing television series titled “International Chef Exchange” for Latest TV, which is currently being broadcast on Freeview Channel 8 in the UK and Virgin 159, and also on demand online.

Recent projects include a short psychological thriller for an independent Dutch production company and stars well-known British television actor Bernard Holley, and a short dark comedy drama where Sian had the privilege of working alongside BAFTA winning sound designer and sound editor Martin Pavey. Currently Sian is composing the music for a TV pilot.

Sian Elizabeth Selway
Sian Elizabeth Selway

Tickets £10.00 Students £5 (on the door)
Save money and buy advance tickets online

Christine Foster – Award winning Rottingdean playwright

Rottingdean Local Spotlight

Chris FestivalAward winning Rottingdean playwright, Christine Foster, is presenting the world premiere of her new production ‘The Fever Trees’ at this year’s Kipling Festival.

Following her successful involvement in obtaining funding and support for the first Festival last year, Christine has also been working hard as fundraiser, organiser and secretary for this year’s celebration: ‘Kipling in India’.

Having lived and worked for most of her life in Canada and Mexico, she has enjoyed a long and acclaimed career as a professional director, producer, script editor, screenwriter and playwright.

Born in England, Christine emigrated with her parents from Kent to Ontario when she was 12 years old. After training at Canada’s Stratford Festival she became a member of Equity and worked as a professional actor for 8 years, until she started to achieve international success as a radio and TV scriptwriter. Her long list of TV credits include ‘The Littlest Hobo’ for which she was executive story editor. She has written numerous plays and musicals for the theatre, and co-founded ‘The Cliffhanger Company’, a registered charity in Canada, which specialised in the dramatisation of myths, legends and folktales for family and community audiences.

Two years ago, with her mother in a care home in Devon and her daughter, Gwen, at drama school in Exeter, Christine and her husband decided to return to England and settled in Rottingdean.

Passionate about bringing Kipling to the attention of as many people as possible, she and co-producer Nicky Lloyd Owen have co-ordinated a variety of exciting events to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth in Mumbai.

The international Kipling Society has been very supportive of the Kipling Festival’s achievements and has especially expressed an interest in seeing more theatrical productions on his life and work.

‘The Fever Trees’ provides a unique opportunity to find out about the early eventful life of Rudyard and his sister Trix. The show explores how their shared traumatic childhood affected them both, and how the mystery of India influenced Rudyard’s remarkable writing – ultimately contributing to his phenomenal success as a prolific ‘genius’ and his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

‘The Cliffhanger Company’, acclaimed for its ‘vibrant and innovative’ productions, will be performing ‘The Fever Trees’ at Rottingdean Village Hall where Kipling himself set up a Boys’ Club and taught rifle shooting when he lived in Rottingdean.

Christine is enthusiastic about producing plays and events which, as well as being entertaining, also promote interest and understanding of different cultures and communities. She actively encourages involvement and interaction, and is offering a question and answer session with herself and the cast (Gwenneth Holmes and Cameron Bell) immediately after the Festival performances of ‘The Fever Trees’ to get feedback and opinions from the audience.

‘The Fever Trees’ performances:

July 1st, 4th, 5th at 7pm Village Hall, Rottingdean. Tickets: £5 each
July 8th at 6.30pm Batemans, Burwash: Dinner & play, tickets £40 each

The ‘Kipling in India’ Festival runs from June 25th to July 7th. It includes a variety of other events involving local volunteers and professionals coming together to organise, present and take part in a celebration of Rudyard Kipling’s life.

Further details of these events and booking arrangements can be found at: www.kiplingfestivalrottingdean.co.uk


Article written by Denise Whittington

Free Creative and Sporting Opportunities at Little Smugglers

Little Smugglers is on Saturday 27th June from 11am-5pm and is a FREE family fun day set on the Rottingdean Terraces and includes music, performance, stalls and a Finale Parade for all the family.

This year PARC and Arthropod Arts are collaborating to launch the Summer Season on Connor’s Court – the new Multi-Use-Games- Area on Rottingdean Seafront.

Smugglers v Pirates 5-a-side football tournament 12noon-2pm

The football tournament is run in collaboration with local football coaches and will be held on Connor’s Court during the Little Smugglers event. Children aged 5-11 years can enter, either as part of a team of 5 players or they can register as individuals and join a team of players on the day. There will be a maximum of 10 teams. Teams are age related; 5-7 years, 8-9 years and 10-11 years approximately. The tournament will run from 12-2pm on Connor’s Court on Saturday 27th June 2015 and each team will play one match.

Up to 10 teams (50 individuals) can participate in this fun event
Every child wins a prize
Please register in advance to participate via arthropodarts@gmail.com
Details required; age, name, school
Registration Closes on Friday 26th June at 9am

All Flags Flying and Hats Off Parade

During the week commencing Monday 22nd June your child/children will be participating in Flag making workshops at St Margarets and Our Lady of Lourdes Schools. This is provided by local arts organisation, Arthropod Arts sponsored by local childrens charity, PARC.
Years 5 & 6 pupils will also participate in the Flag Performance workshop. They will perform their flag routine for the Finale at Connor’s court and Rottingdean Terraces. Every child can collect their flag from Arthropod Arts on Saturday 27th June and then participate in the Parade.
After their workshop children will also bring home a Pirate or Smugglers hat template. Please encourage your child to decorate this and wear it to the Parade. There is a prize for the best decorated hats!

The Parade runs from 3-4pm on Saturday 27th June
2pm-2.30pm Collect Flags from Arthropod Arts
2.30pm Line up outside Arthropod Arts 20-22 Lower High Street Rottingdean
3pm Parade sets off
3.20pm Flag routine at Connor’s Court
4pm Flag Finale on Rottingdean Terraces and Prizegiving for best hat!