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Little Smugglers – July 22nd 2017

Little Smugglers is planned for July 22nd at the Rottingdean Terraces. Between 12.30 and 6pm.

We intend putting on entertainment for Children to include Music courtesy of Brighton School of Singing.

We have 8 stalls booked which can be hired through Chris White( at £30 for the afternoon. No hot food or beverages are allowed. We will include a table.

Children’s parade and workshops throughout the afternoon – courtesy of Parc and Arthropod.

Best dressed pirate competition – open to all children up to aged 10.

Click the poster below for the full timetable:

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Race Night – June 20th at Ye Olde Black Horse

Fund Raiser planned for June 20th at Ye Olde Black Horse- Race Night. Tickets are a fiver or a table for £20. Starts at 7.30.

If you would like to sponsor a race, there are eight in all for just £25 per race let us know. Over eighteens only. Tickets are limited as are tables so get in quick. Book directly with the pub or email Chris White(


Can You Hear Those Distant Drums Getting Louder?

Picture by Roz Bassford-South

Picture by Roz Bassford-South

Can you hear those distant drums getting louder? Have you heard loud bangs coming from the beach at night? Worry not, your ears do not deceive you…. As Autumn approaches, Rottingdean Smugglers are on the march. We can’t wait for the nights to draw in, the weather to cool and the drumming to start.

This year, on 3rd December, Rottingdean celebrates once again its iconic Smugglers Night, which combines all kinds of fire, noise, light and devilry in a unique coastal setting. Our Smugglers Night marks our proud piratical history, whilst also giving us an excuse to throw a pre-Christmas party that our rabble-rousing ancestors would have been proud of. Everyone is invited, from the little to the mighty, because back in them ol’ smuggling days, even the clergy were at it.

As anticipation builds in the afternoon, children can do face-painting, create sculptures to carry in the procession, meet Father Christmas or watch a puppet show from 2pm. Adults can get in the spirit in one of our 5 historic pubs, all serving incredible food to fuel you for marching and merry-making. During the festival atmosphere, with stalls and shops offering snacks, drinks and goodies, you can watch the incredible Blind Veterans walking across fire at the Terraces from 4.30pm.

At 7pm we gather hundreds of like-minded pirates and smugglers together to march with flaming torches through the village streets, gathering on the Green to remember Rudyard Kipling to the backing track of hypnotic drumming from the talented bands of Sussex. On the beacon by the ancient windmill, the bangers will begin, marking the beginning of the march back to the beach.

From the floodlit Terraces (ideal for wheelchairs and buggies) you can watch the giant pirate ship get set on fire as the crowds gather and anticipation rises for the fireworks.

The incredible finale at 8.30pm comes as fireworks more awe-inspiring than ever before bang, swoop and blow up the night sky, reflected in the inky sea where so many past misdemeanors have taken place.

Of course, thousands of pirates and smugglers cannot organise themselves. Volunteers most welcome: a great time is guaranteed with a smuggler’s handshake. If you can help, please contact email

Charity Smugglers Race Night Fundraiser

Fancy a flutter? Come and join our Race Night on 4th August, 7.30pm in the Black Horse, Rottingdean.

We’ll be taking bets on horse racing as well as holding an auction on the night. Join us in the historic pub the Black Horse for this fundraiser for our iconic Rottingdean Smugglers’ Night.

Thursday 4th August @ 7:30pm


Smugglers Night Dec 5th 2015 – Update

12241697_1025351834153432_2056887557455755672_nWe are expecting unusually high winds and rain on Saturday and therefore in the interests of public safety we have made the decision to cancel some elements of our Smugglers Night activities.

We are continuing with our activities at the Village Hall and High Street. The Hall will have a Father Christmas grotto, Smugglers Stall, Face Painting and Nail Bar along with hot and cold beverages.

Coupled with this, many eateries and pubs will be offering good food and sustenance throughout the village.

The High Street itself is closed to vehicles from 3pm and will have entertainment including drumming bands and Woody the one man Band. We hope to have a children’s procession from the Village Hall to Neville Road and activities from the Village Green will take place at Neville Road.

Stalls will be dotted around the High Street.

The Firework display, torch procession and Bonfire will not take place. We are sure you will share our disappointment at these necessary changes but like us look forward to next year being back on track.

Rottingdean Smugglers.