There’s lots going on in Winchelsea. If you can’t find what you are looking for on this list and via the links highlighted in red, please email info@winchelsea.com and we will try to help.


    WAS aims primarily to provide public education in the heritage and archaeological importance of Winchelsea. It does this by promoting research, such as assisting the National Trust in a project to sort and interpret the mass of broken pottery dug out of the cellar under Blackfriars Barn. It provides guided cellar tours with FOAM, supports new visitor displays for the Museum, and presents up to eight talks per year.
    Chairman: Andrew Scott 01797 224637

    For more on the WAS programme and reports on Winchelsea archaeology, click here
    For more information on Cellar Tours click here


    Winchelsea Arts was established in 2015.  Half a dozen concerts are held at Winchelsea Parish Church in the course of the year showcasing talented and prize-winning young musicians – soloists and ensembles.

    Full details of the current season and information on bookings can be found on the Winchelsea Arts website.


    The club started on its present site in 1946 and has wonderful views of the Brede Valley. The club plays in the Rother league and many friendly matches throughout Rother area. It represents Winchelsea in the Cinque Ports Bowls Tournament and many other competitions.
    Mike and Jo Melvin 01797 223220,
    Paul Trigg 07971583532
    Keith Sellens 01424 813985


    The scheme is for anyone who needs transport to keep a GP appointment, shop in Rye, or to catch a train from Winchelsea station. The staff at Winchelsea Farm Kitchen have a list of volunteer drivers. Please ring 01797 226287 giving as much time as possible for arrangements to be made.


    The town has 33 accessible medieval cellars and many of them can be visited.  Tours run regularly from April to October and the money raised is put towards the upkeep of Winchelsea’s ancient monuments.  Visit the cellar tours page to find out more and to book a tour.


    Conservation Society arrange talks and visits to do with conservation, hold SPAB publications for members to borrow,  and are prepared to help residents in planning matters, but do not see themselves as planning police!
    Chairman:  Deborah Rodley 01797 223458


    The Lower Court Hall in the High Street includes a space suitable for small meetings of up to 40 people.  For more information on using the Court Hall, email courthall@winchelsea.com


    The Court Hall Museum contains displays and exhibits that illustrate the history of Winchelsea. The museum is housed in a single large room on the first floor of the Court Hall, which is one of the oldest buildings in the town, located in the High Street. Exhibits include maps, models, pictures, seals, local pottery and items of daily life from the area.  The Museum is open from early May to late October.  Full details here.
    Curator: Jo Turner  01797 226642  museum@winchelsea.com


    Winchelsea has one of the oldest cricket clubs in the country founded in 1795 and a pitch with the most marvellous view, that of the Brede Valley. You will find the cricket pitch beside Rectory Lane – the A259. A new pavilion was built to celebrate the Millennium. Sunday friendly fixtures are held throughout the summer with a series of home and away games.


    The Friends of the Ancient Monuments is a charitable organisation which, through fund-raising events, supports Winchelsea Corporation in the maintenance of the Ancient Monuments in the Town – primarily the three Town Gates, the Court Hall, the Town Well and the Queen Elizabeth Well. The Friends also support improvements to the Museum, which is housed within the Court Hall building.  FOAM website
    Chairman: Stuart Raine  01797 222772


    The Friends of Winchelsea Church has as its charitable objects to arouse and foster interest in the parish church at Winchelsea and to cooperate with the Parochial Church Council (PCC) in the preservation and improvement of the fabric, furniture, stained glass and monuments of the church and churchyard.
    Contact:  Celia King  01797 227858
    Further information here


    The Garden Society organises annual Spring and Autumn Shows, a Winter Lecture and other gardening events in the town, together with outings to gardens round and about.
    Secretaries:  Sally and Graham Rhodda  01797 226062 garden@winchelsea.com


    Founded in 2017 and building on foundations laid by Winchelsea Bonfire Boyes to continue local tradition by staging a Guy Fawkes theatrical performance, procession and fireworks display each November.  The Society organises fundraising events during the year on a not-for-profit basis.  You can become a member for £10 for a household or £5 for an individual.

    WGFS Committee Members:  John Clarke: Chair,  David Hopkins: Vice Chair, David Morris: Treasurer, Debbie Beverley: Membership & Accounts, Deborah Upton: Secretary, Philip Sidders: Assurance, Peter Cosstick: Co-ordination.



    The Literary Society meets monthly on a Friday evening in the Lower Court Hall. There is a regular programme of visiting speakers mixed with evenings when members share prose and poetry round the selected theme.
    Secretary: Hilary Roome 01797 227690 litsoc@winchelsea.com

    Click here to see the Literary Society 2019 Programme
    Click here for the Literary Society blog.


    The small gem which is Wesley’s Chapel has its own special atmosphere of peace, and still has the pulpit from which the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, preached. The Friends of Winchelsea Methodist Chapel organise monthly events, hold special services at times such as Easter, Ascension, Harvest and Christmas and contribute to social events in Winchelsea by holding open sessions.

    The Chapel can also be visited by groups or individuals by special arrangement and may be hired for seminars and for educational and other events.


    The annual Winchelsea Art Exhibition is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend and organised by the Millennium Artefacts Society. The event is held to raise funds to support the upkeep of the various Millennium Artefacts in the town, namely the splendid Town Sign opposite the New Inn, the Millennium Tapestry in the church and the Town Beacon at the site of the old windmill.
    Geraldine I’Anson  01797 224290 artefacts@winchelsea.com


    Winchelsea New Hall is a community space to hire. The hall celebrated its 90th birthday in 2016. It is a large and light hall with a good stage and kitchen facilities. The hall can be hired for £13 per hour for one-off events; £10 for regular users; £15 for commercial. There is a special rate for wedding receptions. For hall bookings please email newhallbooking@winchelsea.com, or phone or 07379 537304.  Full information on the New Hall pages.

    Winchelsea New Hall, Rectory Lane, Winchelsea, East Sussex, TN36 4AA.

    Charity No 235174


    A regularly changing group of Winchelsea gardens open for charity each year under the National Garden Scheme.
    Local coordinators:  Howard Norton and David Page 01797 226524  opengardens@winchelsea.com

    All 2019 openings have now taken place.
    NGS openings for 2020 are provisionally booked for Saturday 25th April and Saturday 20th June.  Please check back for final confirmation.


    St Thomas’, Church of England, is located at the centre of Winchelsea.  Services are held every Sunday morning.  The benefice also includes St Richard’s, Winchelsea Beach and All Saints and St Nicolas, Icklesham.
    Rector: The Revd Jonathan Meyer  revdjonathan@btinternet.com
    01797 226254
    Church Website


    St Thomas’ Voluntary Aided Primary School is a small rural school with about 150 children on roll aged 4+ to 11 years. The school’s small size allows a family feeling, where people can be known and treated as individuals. As a Church of England School it looks to develop the school as a cohesive Christian community. office@st-thomas-winchelsea.e-sussex.sch.uk
    01797 226479   School Website


    The Second Wednesday Society is a lively organisation that arranges interesting talks by local speakers on various topics accompanied by tea. The Society meets at 2:30pm in the New Hall on the second Wednesday of every month except August.

    Click here to see the programme for 2019

    Chair: Monica Bessler Mason 01797 227471
    Secretary: Jane Elms 01797 229893


    11-12 High Street. At Winchelsea Farm Kitchen we offer fresh bread from local bakeries, daily newspapers, fresh local milk and all the essentials that make up a convenience store on your doorstep. We have fresh meat supplied by The Pett Butchers shop with orders taken for any special cuts. Also available is a selection of alcohol, fresh fruit and vegetables and hot drinks to either takeaway or enjoy on the premises. 01797 226287


    Winchelsea has its own choral society, known as Winchelsea Singers. They have a varied repertoire ranging from operetta to oratorio works. The operetta, which is semi-staged takes place in the New Hall, while the other works are performed in St Thomas’ Church in the heart of the town.  While many members live in the town, others come from the surrounding villages.

    Term commences beginning of September each year and ends in April the following year. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, between 2 and 4pm in the New Hall. The Winchelsea Singers are always seeking new members and a warm welcome awaits.
    Charlotte Beecroft 01797 223159 singers@winchelsea.com