Ropetackle voted best Sussex Theatre and Arts Venue

For a small venue of only 200 seats, Ropetackle really does pack a punch when it comes to live shows. This year alone, the community-run venue has brought comedy giants Romesh Ranganthan, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, and Suzi Ruffell to appreciative audiences, as well as live music from the likes of Courtney Pine, Geno Washington, Stacey Kent, Hazel O’Connor, The Unravelling Wilburys, Wille and the Bandits and many more legends of rock, jazz, blues, soul, folk and world music.

Ropetackle is also a champion of legends in the making, supporting new music acts and modern festival favourites, as well as the big names in broadcasting, politics and literature. In among all this, there are children’s shows every week, a thriving cinema and film club, and free music events in the foyer.

Small wonder then, that the venue has been voted Best Sussex Theatre and Arts Venue 2019 by the readers of digital lifestyle magazine Muddy Stilettos. Hundreds of people voted the venue their favourite among four other hopefuls. On Wednesday 5th June, Marketing Manager Nicky Thornton and Administrator Ash Wood and other category winners attended a swish reception at Arabian Tents, House of Hud, Rye Farm in Henfield, West Sussex.

After picking up their certificates, winners were treated to a wine-tasting session courtesy of Bolney and Bluebell Vineries, and a tour of the farm.

Muddy Stilettos Editor, Debbie Ward said: “The level of interest in the Awards has been fantastic with thousands of readers voting across the site every day. Most finalists received over a hundred votes each in the finals in their categories with some winners hitting several hundred. The ethos of Muddy Stilettos is all about celebrating and supporting unique, interesting and brilliant local businesses and will hopefully create a buzz for both the finalists and the winners.”

“We’re over the moon to have won,” Nicky said. “Ropetackle really is a little gem on the Sussex coast. It is almost entirely run by volunteers and receives very little external funding, yet it attracts some of the biggest and the best in live entertainment. We are always told how friendly, welcoming and loved we are as a local venue, so it means a lot to be recognised throughout East and West Sussex. We are grateful to everyone involved with Ropetackle, to the audiences, and of course the people who voted for us.”

Pictured l-r: Nicky Thornton, Marketing Manager and Ash Wood, Administrator with their certificate.

  •   This venue is great for a night out. They have an assortment of entertainment, we mainly see bands or tribute bands. The one in July was Eagles tribute and the... read more

  •   Recently saw the South Coast Soul Review at Ropetackle and enjoyed a really good live band. Always a nice atmosphere and you can enjoy a drink inside the performance... read more

    Josie C
  •   Another great Sunday Jazz , just love the place, great place To go Sunday jazz is just a delight once a month

  •   First visit from Southampton to the Ropetackle for a Jon Boden concert. We had a excellent experience considering covid.

  •   Lovely little place for a relax and chill in a morning! Coffee cake and a magazine. Meeting friends and family - or just a little working morning on my own!

  •   A great local venue, always something on that appeals to all people. Lovely to have a local arts venue and not to have to go to Brighton

  •   Just returned from our first visit to this place to see a band. The refreshment prices were good for a venue, half the price of places like the o2 or... read more

    Marc H
  •   Recently moved to Shoreham, and it’s lovely to have an arts centre. There are lots of activities and the cafe provides a friendly central hub. We have attended several... read more

  •   Attracts great diverse acts from nostalgic 1970s acts to new local talent as well as great comedy. Bar and informal restaurant there as well with good ale and appetising home... read more

  •   Have been to several shows at Ropetackle Arts Centre. Plenty of variety for all tastes. It is great that you can sit in the comfort of a table and chair... read more