Westgate Chapel

Westgate Chapel...

Westgate Chapel (often referred to as Tom Paine's Chapel) is run by volunteers who give their own time to support this historic venue.

It is the headquaters of the both the Oster Project and Radio Lewes.

It has two spaces that are available for hire, either separately or together - the beautiful wood- panelled Chapel, ideal for concerts and choirs, and the Hall, a flexible rehearsal room and meeting space. Both spaces are hired out for regular and one-off bookings via a secure online booking system.

The chapel has a near perfect acoustic plus stage lighting and PA. It is a unique atmospheric location ideal for smaller events and seats up to 60/70 in pews with custom made foam cushions.

The hall has a stripped pine floor and is suitable for classes, meetings, groups and seminars. It has a portable PA, an electrically operated screen and projector plus a portable bar. Seating for 36 is available.

Si's Sounds

Si's Sounds...

"Si's Sounds is the type of independent record shop that you can get to feeling really at home in. It has a great balance between loud exciting music and friendly personal service that gets you into the right mind frame to enjoy all that they have to offer. The whole place is a perfect little package of general home entertainment stocking games, music and comics all wrapped up with colourful and punky graphics."

"This record shop is an old-school independent music shop, owned and staffed by Si, whose visage graces the A board at the top of the road.  From the look of him, and the majority of the stock, Si is a bit of an old-school rocker.  I'd say the shop was about 60% vinyl and 40% CDs, which are not organised in any discernible fashion, except perhaps what he lumps in together; one label read 'Radiohead, Doves, Snow Patrol, etc.'  I'm fairly sure I know some people who would be rather cross at the idea that Radiohead were somehow similar to Snow Patrol, but there you go.  This is obviously a shop run by an enthusiast, for other enthusiasts, who like to spend a long time browsing.  Although from what I know from watching High Fidelty, I thought all musos were OCD about how they organise their music collections.  The CDs are fairly cheap, many were £4, which is good for an independent music shop.  I think it would be a good place to come if you wanted to have a long chat about metal from the 1980s, or the merits of vinyl."

And on top of all that Si's Sounds has tickets for Ripple events!

Boon Books

Boon Books is a family owned bargain book shop in the heart of Lewes. It stocks a diverse range of all genres of books with a very welcoming children’s section. It has many items that are perfect for gifts and now sells and accepts National Book Tokens.

Why not explore the depths of the shop to see what treasures and bargains it has to offer?

Boon Books is supporting The Ripple event with a display in its main window - thanks Boon Books!

Depot cinema

Depot cinema...

Depot is an independent community cinema and cafe-restaurant with education facilities, created and operated by the charity Lewes Community Screen.

It takes its name from its site, which was originally a GPO depot and, more recently, a Harvey’s Brewery depot. The project was the brainchild of Carmen Slijpen and Robert Senior, two Lewes residents who share a passion for cinema.

Lewes Community Screen aspires to create a venue that serves as a focal point for the local community, not only in the area of film but through a wider range of art forms.


The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak...

The Royal Oak is a smart, contemporary pub in the heart of the historic and quintessentially English town of Lewes. With a fantastic range of real ales, premium beers and spirits (including lots of lovely gins) and a great selection of wines available by the glass.

A function room upstairs can host up to 60 and boasts its own bar. It's available for private hire, parties and meetings and and is a popular venue for the burgeoning live music scene in Lewes.

"One of the best of the Lewes pubs in close proximity to the railway station, if you don't mind ambling up the hill a bit."

It's not far!

Union Music Store

Union Music Store...

Based in the wonderful, cultural haven that is Lewes, right in the heart of the South Downs, Union Music Store is a small but perfectly formed boutique record shop that sells vinyl - new and pre-loved - CDs, guitars, and all manner of guitar accessories.

​Run by Del Day and Danny George Wilson (Grand Drive, Danny & The Champions Of The World), the pair bring decades of knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm to a shop that is very much part of the Lewes cultural experience both for residents and visitors alike.

lewes con club

Lewes Con Club...

The Con Club is a private, mainly volunteer-run, not-for-profit social club and live entertainment venue, open every day to its members and also non-members.

Situated in the centre of the beautiful town of Lewes, county town of East Sussex and part of the South Downs National Park, with easy access to and from the city of Brighton and Hove and with a direct rail link to London, Lewes Con Club has a large bar area, a function room with a professional music stage and spacious gardens.

The Con Club's CAMRA award winning bar is managed to a high standard with a good choice of real ales, featuring guest ales and of course Harveys of Lewes Best Bitter, plus other beers, lagers, ciders, wines and spirits. Members benefit from discounts on the already very competitive bar prices.

Opening out from the bar is a function room that can seat up to 150 people (200 standing). The room includes a fully equipped sound stage with mixing desk and a professional lighting system suitable for concerts and other events.

Music, comedy and other events take place several times a week.

Members can hire the function room for private parties, meetings etc. The club also has a professionally equipped kitchen able to cater for parties and other events.

The bar area and function room open onto a large sunny patio and gardens with a covered smoking area and barbeque.

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