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Rottingdean Special - Kipling and the The Smugglers

Every December the people of Rottingdean celebrate their dark smuggling past with a festival - Join me for a winter stroll around the quaint village of Rottingdean near Brighton , and find out about the smugglers tales and the life and times of one of the greatest authors of the 20th century , Rudyard Kipling . 


Kipling lived here for 5 years , from[masked] and wrote some of his finest work here , including Stalky and Co , and the Just So stories . We will explore his house and gardens , learn about the smuggling trade that went on , and discover some of the famous artists who made Rottingdean their home . The festival starts at 6.00 pm with a torchlit procession later 

https://www.facebook.com/events/203505276716701/

If this is your first tour it's free ( £ 10 for a year of tours after that ) , and children are always free too 


Here's the full explanation of how the group works 

Hello everyone new and old ,
I've been running the group for nearly two years now and its gone from nothing to nearly 2500 members which is amazing . The way the group has worked up until now has been that members pay £5 for each tour they wish to go on .
 As I now do 11 different walks ( and more in the pipeline ) , I want to include everyone in the same deal that I tried out in the summer.

So here's how things will work from now on and I hope you'll agree that it is a good way of doing things . Those members who have just joined , or those who haven't yet been on a tour , your first tour is going to be free !! This gives you a chance to see what it's all about - I'm confident ( and the great reviews will back me up here ) that you will enjoy the experience and want to do more ( 5 of the tours are all in the Brighton area ). 


After your first free tour , if you want to go on more , I'm going to ask everyone to sign up for a £10 membership card that gives you a whole year of tours .  You can pay for this online or pay me when you come on your next tour .
If you've already been on some of my tours then you can simply sign up now or get the card on your next tour . Those of you with "old " membership cards from the summer , I will exchange them ( free )  for new ones , from Oct 16 to Oct 17 , so that we all start at the same point .

Kind Regards

Nick





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  • Fran

    So sorry, my friend and I did not make it. We caught a 23 bus which we thought would get us there. It stopped at the marina. we then went to another bus stop and realised this was not right and well...it all went horribly wrong and got too late to retrieve the situation. Sorry Nick.
    P.S. Never trust 'Google- journey planner'.

    Yesterday

    • Nick R.

      That damned 23 bus !! I've fallen into that trap before - that bus takes the long way round via Lands End and Inverness !!

      Yesterday

  • barbara

    Another fine trip you got me into Nick.

    Yesterday

    • Nick R.

      I...I ...I'm sorry Ollie !! Jo was quite concerned - you said to her to make sure we didn't leave the pub without you , and then we couldn't find you ! Hope you got back ok :-)

      Yesterday

  • Louise s.

    Thanks nick, another great tour

    1 · Yesterday

  • Sorcha

    Thanks, Nick. Great evening. An enjoyable tour and a very atmospheric event.

    1 · Yesterday

  • Nick R.

    Thanks to all who came and braved the cold - it was a lovely evening . If any of you have any pics from the day then you can upload them here using the upload link above :-)

    Yesterday

  • David K.

    A really good tour, very atmospheric in the dark! Thanks Nick.

    1 · 2 days ago

  • Heidi

    Sorry I will have to cancel, no too well today. I do hope to catch it soon though

    1 · 2 days ago

  • Becky

    Does anyone no when the road are closed please, thankyou Becky

    2 days ago

  • Delphine

    Hi Nick, I am so disappointed that I cannot make tomorrow. I'm getting over a cold and with regret have to rain off. I hope you all have a lovely time :)

    1 · 3 days ago

  • Nick R.

    Looking forward to showing you the sights of Rottingdean tomorrow - any problems or late arrivals please call me - my number is below my name on the right hand side :-)

    3 days ago

  • Heather J.

    Hi Nick - how long will your tour be? I have another engagement in Brighton at 7pm and wonder if I have time for your walk as well.

    November 28

    • Nick R.

      Hi heather , the tour will last until 5.30 :-)

      November 28

  • barbara

    2500 members at £10 each. Will we have to call you SIR from now on ?

    2 · November 24

    • Nick R.

      Sadly no , only a small percentage of those actually come on tours , otherwise I'd be very happy ( but unfeasibly busy )

      1 · November 24

  • Fritha

    Hiya, is this dog friendly?

    September 25

    • Nick R.

      Also , I see you're signed up for the Lewes Firework tour - is your dog ok with loud noises as there will be bangers going off around the town ?

      September 25

    • Nick R.

      We don't have to go into Kipling Gardens however so it shouldn't be a problem.

      November 24

  • Julia G.

    Hi Nick, this will be my first tour, do we just show up? Also I plan to bring three and a dog, w regards to the parade etc will it be loud? She's only a puppy, i hope that's ok! Thanks! Julia

    November 23

    • Nick R.

      Hi Julia - we will be finished with the tour before the parade starts so it will be quiet . I suspect that the parade itself will be noisy however , as fireworks may be involved .

      November 24

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