Smugglers Ball

smugglers_ballDear Ladies, Gentlemen, Pirates & Smugglers…..

As many of you know Smugglers has now LEGENDARY status for Rottingdean Village, attracting over 5,000 visit each year to the village. With Stalls, live bands, food stalls, BBQ’s, shop traders and the culmination with The Torch Lit Parade, Bonfire & Fireworks…

This year for the remarkable event to continue we need YOUR HELP!!!! much more than in previous years…

Our much needed funding which we received annually from Brighton Council has been withdrawn, therefore an action group has been formed to raise more funding.

Therefore we are producing our 1st Annual Smugglers Ball. An evening of Live entertainment auctions and raffles.

This will be held on Saturday 5th September 2015 at The Hilton Metropole in Brighton. For a small fee of £65pp

  • A Sumptuous 4 Course Dinner
  • A plethora of live acts
  • Disco till the early hours
  • Discount room rates
  • Auction & Raffle

Your attendance is greatly needed at this auspicious occasion, tickets are selling fast!!!

To ensure your table (preferably 10 per table although smaller parties will be sat together)

Please call 01273 300491 this is Ye Olde Black Horse who along with the Smugglers Committee are producing the event.

Purchasing the tickets can be done by visiting Ye Olde Black Horse, 65 High Street, Rottingdean BN2 7HE

Alternatively call the box office number where payment and emailed receipt can be taken over the phone.

For those whom have already requested tables and no payment has been made please contact the box office to secure your table.

Please use the form below to printed out and fill in.

May we also take this opportunity to ask businesses and he general public if you would like to contribute further to the ball we are looking for Auction & Raffle prizes in return we will be eternally grateful.

May we all stand together and be as resourceful and proud for our amazing village and the events we put together. May we thank you in advance for helping raising money for this event AND MacMillan Nurses.

The Smugglers Committee


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.

The fair starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.

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 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

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

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

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
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!






Turner and Beethoven: the dawn of a new age

July 04 poster2The Whiteway Centre is offering an opportunity to focus on two giants of the 18th century arts scene on Saturday, 4th July. Open to all, this informal study day is intended for those who enjoy looking at stunning paintings and hearing stirring music, with lots of audio-visual input and our two friendly guest speakers talking about how to look and how to listen. What better way to escape for a few restful hours?

A Study Day with Jackie Parry, Art Historian, and Julian Broughton, Composer and Pianist

on Saturday, 4th July, 1030-1630

Fee: £25 (includes a light lunch)

To reserve a place, please email
or ring 01273 304180

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre, Whiteway Lane
Rottingdean BN2 7HB

2015 Rottingdean Village Fair

Spring is here, summer beckons and before we know it will be August 1st and the 2015 Rottingdean Village Fair.

The procession this year will not take place, but rather we will go straight into the opening with a fantastic range of stalls, activities and entertainment.

This year the theme is ‘Hats’ – any hat will do but the more eccentric the better. Our aim is for as many of us as possible to come adorned so put your thinking caps on and get ahead of the game!

If you would like to run a stall of any kind please do get in touch for a booking form. Additionally if you are frustrated that you haven’t made it to Britain’s Got Talent or the X Factor then let me know and we can arrange a slot for you in the display area (sound system provided).

If you are able to help on the day in any way with setting up or a short stint on the gates then I would be really grateful if you could get in touch (text 078345880977 or email Our next open planning meeting will be held on June 17th, 7pm in the Whiteway Centre.

Kipling In India

Welcome to the 2nd annual Kipling Festival: KIPLING IN INDIA, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth in Bombay in 1865.

Rudyard Kipling lived at The Elms in Rottingdean from 1897 to 1902. Hi history can be viewed in a room dedicated to him at the Grange Museum.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online at –
Walks and Tours tickets at The Grange Art Gallery
Theatre and Literary Tickets at MadWax Candles on the High St. Rottingdean

A full brochure of events can be downloaded here – Kipling Festival 2015 Full Brochure

Events only