Rottingdean Smugglers Night 2012 – Saturday 1st December

Rottingdean Smugglers Night 2012A History

After the roaring success of last year’s Smugglers Night, we are celebrating again with a pirates’ torch lit procession and fireworks on the beach.
For two hundred years from the mid-seventeenth century, the Rottingdean gang of smugglers ran contraband cargo from landing sites nearby. The goods included brandy, “hotlands” gin, tea, coffee, spices and a range of other highly prized goods. They used caves dug into the cliffs which led to tunnels connecting the cellars of houses and Inns under the High Street and up to the Green. The famous vicar, Dr Thomas Hooker, whose bust can been seen in St. Margaret’s Parish Church, was a skilled horseman and acted as a lookout for the gang. A customs House was established in the High Street to attempt to curtail their activity. In a celebration of Rottingdean’s dark and sinister history of smuggling and piracy we will this year especially be remembering the Battle of Rottingdean 1377.

3.00pm to 9.00pm High Street Closed
Refreshments will be served throughout the village :
Hot Chestnuts – Nevill Road & White Horse, WI refreshments – Village Hall, Hog Roast – The Queen Victoria, BBQ – Barclays Bank, Queen Victoria, Nevill Road and High Tides
Mulled wine and Festive treats Rottingdean boutiques and shops

12-2pm at Our Lady of Lourdes and 4pm – 6pm St Aubyns School : Same Sky artists will be running FREE torch shaped lantern workshops
4pm Village Hall : Willo-the -Wisp family event, pirate face painting, dressing up and mini pirate boat. Phillip Sugg and his amazing Smugglers puppet theatre. Sponsored by Rottingdean Lions.


4.00pm Christmas Grotto (Nevill Road), Face Painting, Craft Stalls (Village Hall), One Man Band, Tombola (Nevill Road), Salvation Army Band (Village Hall), Vintage Fairground Organ (West Street), East Sussex Fire Crew (Lower High Street) , Captain Dunk’s Treasure Hunt and Smugglers Grotto (Village Hall)
4.15pm Punch & Judy, Balloon Modelling, Mix & Mingle (St Aubyns)
5.00pm Newhaven Youth Marching Band, Brillo The Clown
5.15pm Magic Show (St Aubyns)
6.15pm Punch & Judy (St Aubyns)
7.30pm Carol Service (Nevill Road)
8.30pm Lions Club Auction (White Horse)


5.00pm Skull Drummery & Section 5, drummers andt Ghost Pirates (Lower High St and The Green)
7.00pm Buccaneer March (from the Lower High Street)
7.20pm Drum Salute (War Memorial)
8.00pm French Raiders March (from The Plough Inn to the beach)
8.30pm Fireworks Display (Lower High Street)
8.45pm Drum Off
9.00pm Ceasefire

Friday 30th November East Town Pirates Rock Band
Don’t miss out the warm up to it all Friday 30th November 8pm The White Horse Hotel
LIVE MUSIC Live Lounge presents East Town Pirates Rock Band with Sea Shanty Attitude gig
Tickets £10 on sale a Handy Hardware or call Gary on 07901 976152

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