Ropetackle Arts Centre - Shoreham-by-Sea

Performing Arts Theater, Art Gallery, Charity, Live Music Venue



High St, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5EG

+44 1273 464440




Based on 62 reviews.


Agregated reviews (62) Ropetackle Arts Centre - Shoreham-by-Sea

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Last night at the Rope Tackle Art Centre saw the start of Peggy Seeger's 80th birthday tour, not quite there as she kept reminding us, but at 79.9 a real joy to behold, sharp, witty and what a musical polymath, surrounded not only by her two adored boys Neill and Callum but a van load of instruments each lifted from its stand without ceremony to be played with exquisite skill. Her repertoire was drawn from right across her song book; traditional songs, feminist songs, union songs, funny songs and of course there were her beloved Ewan McColl's songs too. She peppered the evening with jokes and witticisms from her diary of found quotes and sayings. It was a wonderfully uplifting night full of joy, politics and humour, brilliantly supported by her modest and dry humoured sons, pleased to be by their mother's side as she shone.
Only one element marred this wonderful event and the finger has to be pointed squarely at The Rope Tackle and that was the poor quality of the PA system. It hummed and screeched, Callum singing his father's Joy of Living was hopelessly muffled and distorted. Peggy herself had to stop singing The first time ever I saw your face and plead with 'Steve' on the mixing desk to just turn all the sound down and she started again to much better effect. But the giveaway was the desk winding in huge amounts of echo to the voice of Neill singing a traditional ballad, which would have had his father raging in his grave. This was a gig that had been sound rigged for a rock band; too many monitors turned up too high, too many open microphone causing hum and feedback, this was an acoustic set! Come on Rope tackle get your act together if you are to do acoustic music the justice it deserves
Rated ***** performance * sound quality
Chris Thomas

4 by Review source

Great band. Local warm up act was very average, but nice of them to give local talent an opportunity. Show was introduced by centre worker who rambled and maintained a silent crowd.
The sound cut out briefly a few times during the show but generally felt like a very well run and done up local folk club.

3 by Luke Noble Review source

Went to the panto there. Was a really good time and they catered really well to children in the form of a padded area they could sit on the floor to see the show better. The snacks and coffee were pricey, and minimum card charge of 5 pounds was a little annoying.

4 by Review source

The cafe here is absolutely fantastic. All homemade food and cakes, and a good selection of vegan and gluten free. Staff are so friendly and everyone is welcome, big buggies and babies too!

5 by Rachael Asling Review source

Small and friendly venue. Wide range of shows and performances and a decent bar that isn't too expensive. For small, cosy and entertaining evenings out this is a great place to go.

5 by Andy Aitchison Review source

Brilliant venue, with some really good acts. Also, the cafe does an excellent stage roll!
Went to see the panto, which was excellent and it was nice to see it so well supported.

4 by Rachel Lloyd Review source

Fantastic arts venue. Growing year on year from my understanding. Parking can be pain although a short walk over the river means you can park for free at the Adur Rec free car park.

5 by Martin Bloomfield Review source

This is a wonderful venue for all entertainments and they do good food as well. Give it a try. Run mostly by marvelous people who give of their time freely. Very Unique!

5 by David Joules Review source

A lovely small Arts Centre with a café and bar. We went to see Richard Durrant and the venue provided an intimate atmosphere for his performance.

5 by Review source

Visited on Saturday afternoon and jazz groups were playing.
With coffee and cake brought at the in-house shop had a very happy afternoon

5 by Julian Shove Review source

We have been to the Rope tackle on many occasions. It is an excellent venue hosting a wide range of the performing arts including jazz music.

5 by Review source

Excellent. My 2nd visit here and can't fault it! Great friendly and helpfull staff. Love the building too. And very clean toilets!

5 by Review source

A great venue for music. We had the pre concert meal in Linda's kitchen which was delicious and highly recommended for just £10.

5 by Carole Coombs Review source

The acoustics for gigs are top notch and the venue is intimate and lovely. They often have some big names here too! Fabulous venue.

5 by Review source

Nice little place for small events such as plays or short films. Seating layout needs changing however.

3 by Matthew Broadbery Review source

Nice local venue - gets a good range of acts in. I mainly like the various comedy nights thru host

5 by James Tulley Review source

Nice crowd of people. Volunteers serve beer so all done at a gentler pace which is nice.

4 by Mike Warburton Review source

Amazing Jazz at the ropetackle! Real life affirming stuff! So lucky to experience it! X

5 by Kristian Smith Review source

Went to see a moomin puppet show . It was a beautiful magical show. Comfy seats too☺xx

5 by Julie Bluepaws Review source

Small but friendly Hall with catering facilities. Car parking difficult in Shoreham.

4 by Review source

Excellent concert/ film venue! Great :pops in' cafe. Relaxing , homely place!

5 by Review source

Popped into the cafe for a coffee - nicely set out, and cool chairs and tables

4 by Ali Booker Review source

Brilliant venue run by enthusiasts with varied music comedy and theatre.

5 by Tony crockford Review source

Good local centre offering a surprising range of arts for its size.

4 by Oblivion Bar Review source

Great venue with good gigs of all types and excellent bar etc.

5 by Ian Simmons Review source

In a word excellent, saw Ronnie Scott's Jazz on tour.

5 by Michael Jordan Review source

Great venue with a brilliant range of events. Support it!

5 by Tom Scott Review source

Lovely venue which has some really top notch performers.

5 by Chris Bourne Review source

Great local venue with a huge variety of entertainment

5 by David Hampton Review source

Great coffee. Vegan cake. Upcoming events look brill.

5 by Richard King Review source

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