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

The Cambria Choir At The Queen Vic

The Queen Vic has something a bit special on this Saturday! The Cambria Choir are travelling down from London to do a special session just for the Vic! They are one of South London’s best community choirs, and being 40-strong are absolutely guaranteed to rock the pub!

They are on between 4 and 5 Saturday afternoon. It’s going to be a really special gig so make sure you arrive early.

Here they are recently supporting Hazel O’Connor

Come Spring into Summer with The Kipling Festival’s May Fundraiser

Spring Fling with logoIt’s a Ceilidh Barn Dance with local band ‘Lonewood Corner’ and caller Tony Dunn – no experience required – learn a few simple steps and enjoy the music and merrymaking. (Children over 10 also welcome)

Where: Village Public Hall, Park Rd. Rottingdean
When: Sunday, May 3rd from 2 to 5pm.

Tickets £10: or visit

Tickets are also now on sale at MadWax Candles on the High St.

2015 is the 150th anniversary of Kipling’s birth and the theme of this year’s Festival is “Kipling in India”. Be sure to pick up a brochure to get a preview of our exciting new program, which runs from June 25 to July 5.

Events include:

  • The Fever Trees, a new play about young Kipling and his sister Trix,
  • Artwork “Inspired by Kipling in India” in The Grange Gallery,
  • Workshops and readings by poets Annie Freud and Daljit Nagra,
  • Talks on colonial life in India,
  • Appearances by Geoff Hutchinson as Kipling himself,
  • Guided walks in the Gardens, Village and Downs,
  • Readings by The Rottingdean Writers Group,
  • and a brand new child-centered production of Rikki Tikki Tavi created and presented by local youngsters.

SAS Big Spring Beach Clean Rottingdean

Following on from last year’s successful BSBC which saw over 3250 volunteers remove over 35 tonnes from 135 beaches SAS are once again calling for volunteers to take part in SAS Big Spring Beach Cleans 2015 on the 27th, 28th and 29th March.

Rottingdean Beach needs your helping hands on the Sunday 29th March, join SAS and your local community for a beach clean from 11am – 1pm as part of the biggest Big Spring Beach Clean ever.

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre Table-Top Sale

TABLE-TOP SALE 28 Feb 2015A new venture for the Whiteway Centre, and a hint of Spring!

On Saturday 28 February 10.00am – 4.00pm we’re holding a Table-Top Sale, where you can sell goods for yourself or your favourite charity. Refreshments will also be available.

Tables cost just £10 each, with access to the Centre from 8.00am.

Call Sally Prince on 01273 302 387 to book, or for further information.

Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions Club Charity Race Night

horses-380406_1280Race Night. Saturday 7th March 2015, at the Village Hall, Rottingdean.

Tickets are only £5 each , with accompanying children FREE.

Why not name your own horse? Details of the name and owner will be printed on the race card.

All winning owners will receive a bottle of champagne! (So you don’t have to be there on the night to win!) Owning a horse costs £5.

Each race can be sponsored and named after businesses or individuals. Just £25 per race.

To sponsor a race, name a horse or purchase tickets please contact Geoff on 07767 665 895

Doors open 7.00pm ** Licenced Bar ** First race 7.30pm

The Deans GRAB Volunteers 2015 beach clean dates

GRAB's grabber bin on the pebbles Saltdean 4 Jan 2015Our beaches need you. The Deans GRAB Volunteers beach cleans are on the 1st Sunday of every month. All events start at 11am and run for 1 hour. Check their Facebook page for all event info, up to date weather reports & cancellations. Come and join in on the feel good factor:

  • 1st Feb – Rottingdean
  • 1st Mar – Ovingdean
  • 29th Mar – Rottingdean (SAS Spring Beach Clean)
  • 5th April – Saltdean
  • 26th April – Ovingdean (MCS Beachwatch Big Beach Clean Up)
  • 3rd May – Rottingdean
  • 7th June – Ovingdean
  • 27th June – Rottingdean (Summer Smugglers Tidy Up)
  • 5th July – Saltdean
  • 6th Sept – Rottingdean
  • 20th Sept – Ovingdean (MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend)
  • 4th Oct – Ovingdean
  • 18th Oct – Rottingdean (SAS Autumn Beach Clean Series)
  • 1st Nov – Saltdean
  • 6th Dec – Rottingdean (Smugglers Night Tidy Up)

…see you on the beach!