Sussex Folk Clubs

Not just the places we play, but a great selection of clubs throughout East and West Sussex

Arundel

The 'Famous' Willows Folk Club

Arundel Football Club
The Club House
Mill Road
Arundel
West Sussex  BN18 9PA

01903 882 548
arundelfc.co.uk

Every Wednesday - 8pm

A well established, friendly, non-smoking club with good local support.

This club has been run by many good people over the years and has always maintained a happy, relaxed atmosphere.

It welcomes floor singers and supports and promotes many local acts as well as putting on high calibre national and international guest artists. Entrance is normally from £2 up to £6.

Ashurst

Mid-Sussex Folk Singers

The Fountain
The Village
Ashurst
West Sussex  BN44 3AP

01403 710 219
fountainashurst.pub

Every 2nd Wednesday - 8.30pm

Held in the barn of a historic country pub this is a gathering of unaccompanied, mainly traditional folk singers who come together once a month to simply sing their hearts out!

Entrance is free.

Brighton

Brighton Singers Club

The Jolly Brewer
176 Ditchling Road
Brighton
East Sussex  BN1 6JA

01273 500 295
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Wednesday + Thursday - 9pm

There are two separate singarounds involved here under the one banner (See The Prestonville Arms - below).

Both are hosted by people who have been around the Brighton singaround folk scene for many years.

Both sessions regularly have 'theme' nights and always welcome new singers and musicians. Admission is free in both cases.

Brighton

Brighton Singers Club

The Prestonville Arms
64 Hamilton Road
Brighton
East Sussex  BN1 5DN

01273 945 040
theprestonville.co.uk

Wednesday + Thursday - 9pm

There are two separate singarounds involved here under the one banner (See The Jolly Brewer - above).

Both are hosted by people who have been around the Brighton singaround folk scene for many years.

Both sessions regularly have 'theme' nights and always welcome new singers and musicians. Admission is free in both cases.

Brighton

Irish Session

The Pond
49 Gloucester Road
Brighton
East Sussex  BN1 4AQ

01273 660 277
thepondbrighton.com

Every Monday - 8.30pm

Probably one of the best Irish sessions in town!

Chichester

Chichester Folk Song Club

The Four Chestnuts
234 Oving Road
The Hornet
Chichester
West Sussex  PO19 7EJ

01253 779 974
thefourchesnutschichester.co.uk

Every Tuesday - 8.30pm

This Club is essentially a Singaround Club, with occasional guest artists (one week in four-ish). It has been running for over forty years, and has developed a very friendly atmosphere with a good local following. 

Everyone is welcome, whether to sing, say or listen. A collection jug is passed round during the evening and normal contributions on guest nights are £3 per head (regular club members £2) .

A pub full of character, with a range of real ales and an excellent food menu.

Chiddingly

The Six Bell Folk & Blues Club

The Six Bells Pub
Chiddingly
East Sussex  BN8 6HE

01825 872 227
6bellsfolk.co.uk

Alternate Tuesdays - 9pm

This event takes place right out in the 'sticks' in a super pub with excellent food! It starts late and finishes at midnight.

It is essentially a performer's platform night with the odd themed evening and occasionally a surprise guest artist.

Entrance is free with a collection. If in doubt ring up first to find out if the club is on. Floor singers and musos are always welcome.

Eastbourne

The Lamb Folk Club

The Lamb
36 High Street
Eastbourne
East Sussex  BN21 1HH

01323 720 545
thelambeastbourne.co.uk

1st + 3rd Wednesdays - 8.30pm

Another club that has been going for years and is 'non-smoking'. (Meets are upstairs).

Essentially traditional with contemporary leanings it also welcomes new floor singers and musicians. Entrance is between £1 and £4 and floor singers can get in for half price.

Lots of regular support and occasional top-name guests. Altogether a 'happy folk club'.

Eastbourne

One Planet Folk Club

The Savoy Court Hotel
11 Cavendish Place
Eastbourne
East Sussex  BN21 3EJ

01323 723 132
savoycourthotel.co.uk

Every Monday - 8.30pm

A new 'come all ye' folk club for Eastbourne with free entrance and £1 off a drink for the first ten performers.

Singers and musicians are most welcome and a lively, friendly atmosphere is anticipated as this is hotel-land and busloads of audience suddenly turn up !

Herstmonceux

Folk At The Horse

The White Horse Inn
Bodle Street Green
Hailsham
East Sussex 
BN27 4RE

01323 833 243
whitehorsebodlestreet.com

Alternate Mondays - 8.30pm

Another folk event stuck right out in the sticks in a charming pub! The music is played on one side of the bar and there is friendly but quiet chatter on the other.

Essentially another platform for local floor spots this club does have national and international guest nights on odd occasions too. Entrance is free with a collection. This club always welcomes new singers and musicians.

(It's fun finding this lovely pub on a foggy night)!

Horsham

Horsham Folk Club

The Normandy Centre
Denne Road
Horsham
West Sussex 
RH12 1JF

01403 276 273
horshamfolkclub.co.uk

Every Sunday - 8pm

An acoustic non smoking venue. This club has been around for years! It is well supported and has a variety of traditional and contemporary local singers and musicians as well as national and international guest artists.

Some Sundays there are dance and song nights, others will have theme nights or Guest Artists.

Entrance varies from £2 up to £6 with members getting reductions. Floor singers and musicians are encouraged. The club closes during the Summer month of August.

Lewes

The Lewes Arms Folk Club

The Lewes Arms
1 Mount Place
Lewes
East Sussex 
BN7 1YH

01273 473 152
lewesarms.co.uk

Every Saturday - 8pm

A well-established, acoustic, non-smoking club. Mainly traditional folk here and instruments to match... melodions, concertinas etc.

Often has workshops on singing and performing in the tradition.

Entrance free with a hat collection (suggested minimum £3). Good local support and national and international guest artists.

The club welcomes new singers and musicians.

Lewes

Folk At The Horse

The Royal Oak
3 Station Street
Lewes
East Sussex  BN7 2DA


01273 474 803
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Every Thursday - 8pm

An acoustic non smoking venue. This is not a club as such; there is no membership, rather a number of like minds who come together to celebrate and enjoy a range of musical traditions in a convivial, socially conducive atmosphere.

Most weeks, national and international guest artists are booked to appear but there are nights where local floor singers are free to perform too.

Entrance fees range from £3 up to £5 depending on the Guest Artist/s. (These weekly meetings stop in the month of August).

Tunbridge Wells

Beacon Folk Club

The Beacon
Tea Garden Lane
Rusthall
Tunbridge Wells  TN3 9JH

01892 524 252
the-beacon.co.uk

2nd + 4th Mondays - 8.30pm

Smart country pub with an elegant Modern British restaurant, plus countryside views.

West Chiltington

Footlights

The Village Hall
West Chiltington
West Sussex  RH20 2PZ

01798 812 661
westchiltvillagehall.org

1st or 2nd Saturday - 7.30pm

This is essentially a concert hall for top-name acts in the world of folk music in a wonderfully rural Sussex setting. Tickets range from £8 up to £15 and are sometimes sold out in advance. It is prudent to ring up and enquire before turning up!

Thoroughly enjoyable and how nice to hear these excellent entertainers in such a relaxed environment.

There is a bar which opens at 7.30pm...the show starts at 8pm...and those who wish to smoke can do so to their heart's content outside the hall.

Worthing

Sesssions At The Swan

The Swan Pub
79 High Street
Worthing
West Sussex  BN11 1DN

01903 232 923
theswan-pub.co.uk

Last Tuesday - 8.30pm

This is a traditional music session that does exactly that. You are invited to join the regulars in playing all sorts of folk tunes...bring whatever instrument you have as long as it's a melodion, concertina or fiddle! (Joke). Songs are allowed but the emphasis is on tunes.

For those of you who are beginners this is an ideal opportunity to get to know many well known jigs, reels, hornpipes,dances and aires...and much more!

Sit in with all the others round a table full of real ale and just enjoy yourself.

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