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Situated on the banks of the River Adur in Shoreham-by-Sea, the Ropetackle Arts Centre is a multi-award-winning, purpose-built venue that attracts some of the biggest stars in the UK and beyond. Our friendly atmosphere, first-class programming and intimate performance space all combine to make every event a memorable one. From live music to comedy, children’s shows to films, workshops and talks to literary events – and all things in-between – there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.

A registered charity that is buoyed by an amazing band of volunteers (including the trustees), Ropetackle is the ultimate entertainment and community hub. We work closely with local schools and colleges, theatre companies, businesses and many other organisations to bring the widest range of arts activities to as many people as possible.

The arts are important for everyone: for children, whose imaginations and language skills are developing, for adults who want to be uplifted and inspired, and of course, for the performers who bring so much talent to each show.

Our superbly equipped auditorium seats 200, or 350 standing. We have a separate mezzanine space (for small events or meetings), two well-stocked bars, plus a large light and airy foyer/café.

“The friendly community atmosphere brings out the best from performers” ~ The Argus

“A venue that people are really getting to love…” ~ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“One of the most vibrant arts venues in Sussex, easily accessed from both Brighton and Worthing” ~ Latest Brighton

Winner:

Best Theatre and Arts Venue in Sussex – Muddy Stilettos 2019

Entertainment Venue Of The Year – Sussex Life Awards 2016

Best Live Venue – Argus Guide Going Out Awards 2014

Finalist: Entertainment Venue Of The Year – Sussex Life Awards 2015

TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence since 2014.

See reviews here: 

  • star rating  Attended the venue for a gig by the Kubricks, this was our first visit to the Ropetackle and it will not be our last. Excellent staff on arrival being extremely... read more

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    October 28, 2021
  • star rating  Recently visited to attend an event. Needed a bit of support to assist with a hidden disability to make the visit successful and the venue went above and beyond to... read more

    avatar thumb NorthernGardener
    September 15, 2021
  • star rating  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

    chris b
    July 28, 2019
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb Jo M
    July 28, 2020
  • star rating  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!

    BIves24
    January 19, 2020
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb SHAZZMO
    October 10, 2019
  • star rating  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
    July 15, 2019
  • star rating  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

    davidj0d0nnell
    August 18, 2019
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb Marc H
    October 13, 2019
  • star rating  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

    Arnicaqueen
    October 10, 2019
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