Happy New Year to all Our Friends and Supporters!

Already looking forward to a beautiful spring and a hot and dry summer! Cricket matches, picnics, parties, working weekends...

The Rudes are already booked for the 5th August and the Bonfire & Fireworks will be on the 4th November.

Also we have a new progam of Pop-Up Dining and Breakfast events.

HDMWCC Home Fixtures 2023

Thanks to Peter there are now some Hadlow Down and Moulscoombe Wanderers C.C. home fixtures now on the calendar. More dates to be added as soon as we have them.

The cricket pitch is now being prepared for the season.

Pop-Up Dining Returns to the Pavilion

Summer is coming - yes it is! And our sucessful Pop-up restaurant returns. Have a 3-course meal in good company and raise funds for the Playing Field at the same time. Bring your own drinks - everything else is provided. On nice days, tables will be set out on the varanda.

If you have any special dietary requirement, please let us know when booking. To book a place, call 01825 830857. Three courses for £20.

Dates are:

  • Friday, June 9th - Moroccan menu
  • Friday, July 7th - Italian menu
  • Friday, August 11th - Spanish menu
  • Friday, September 15th - Indian menu

Arrive at 7 for serving at 7:30.

New Event - Breakfast at the Pavilion

Enjoy a Full English Breakfast/Brunch at the Pavilion for £10. Those that are watching their waists might want to go for a "Continental" for £5.

English breakfast

Includes tea/coffee/fruit juice, etc. Bacon, sausages, eggs (your way), mushrooms, black pud, fried bread, toast, spreads, - the works!


  • Sunday, June 25th
  • Sunday, July 30th

Helpful if you can book in advance so we know how much supplies to get in. Call 01825 830857. Pay on the day. Thanks!

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company Summer Tour

It's April 1940 and The Willows School for Girls, including Jocasta, Daphne and Dotty, will have to move lock, stock and the proverbial barrel from its idyllic home in Little Inkling, Sussex, to Buckinghamshire, where they will take refuge from the war. Lessons are suspended and they have two weeks left to have some fun and say goodbye to their friends. It’s a disaster for Daphne. All she wants is to be kissed before she’s seventeen, but now she’s got to move away, she may never see Gerald again! Jocasta’s opinion is it’s actually an ‘opportunity in abundance’ because they can make one last raid on the old witch Miss Popplewell’s strawberry patch and, as Gerald lives next door to Apple Tree Cottage, Daphne may see him. He’s always watering his hollyhocks.

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Miss Popplewell's Garden in East Sussex

The Rudes are once again coming to the Playing Field on the 5th August. The show starts at 7:30 be there with your picnic from 6.

Other dates in East Sussex:

  • Pond Cottage, Friston Place, on Weds 7th June
  • The Croft, Hartfield, on Sun 11th June
  • Egerton Gardens, Bexhill-on-Sea, on Sun 18th June
  • The Village Green, Rushlake Green on Sun 25th June
  • The Village Hall field, Plumpton Green, on Weds 28th June
  • The Tye, Alfriston, on Sun 2nd July
  • The Recreation Ground, East Dean, Weds 5th July
  • Swan Meadow, Burwash, on Fri 7th July
  • Southover Grange Gardens, Lewes on Sat 8th & Sun 9th July
  • Alexandra Park, Hastings, on Weds 12th July
  • Wadhurst Primary School field on Fri 14th July
  • The Star Inn, Waldron, on Weds 2nd Aug
  • St Thomas Primary School field, Winchelsea, Thurs 3rd Aug
  • The Village Hall field, Arlington, on Fri 4th Aug
  • The Playing Fields, Hadlow Down, on Sat 5th Aug
  • Circus Tent, Helen Gardens, Eastbourne Monday 9th to Sun 13th Aug

There are fifty performances altogether all over the South of England if you fancy travelling somewhere else. But Hadlow Down Playing Field is the best!


are £23 with concessions for seniors, families and children. They also have a special Group of 4 deal taking the price down to £20 a head and if you really want a good deal get a group of 10 together and it will only cost you £18 a head! Ring 01323-501260 for this. It can't be done online.

How to buy

Buy online from the Rudes Website or call 01323 501260 if you prefer to buy from a real person!


Note: Although the booking payment is done through Paypal you don't have to have a Paypal account to book. You don’t! You can check in as a guest.


Thanks to funds raised by Peter Smythe doing a marathon (on his treadmill), plus extra donations from villagers, friends and family and an additional contribution from Sussex Police, Hadlow Down now has an automatic defibrillator at the Playing Field. Together with the device at the Village Hall, Hadlow Down now has two defibrillators in the village.

East Sussex Ambulance Service knows the exact location of this device and the door lock code. In an emergency always call 999 first, ask for ambulance, explain the situation and your location. Instructions will be given.


This defibrillator is available 24/7 and can be used by anyone, not just users of the playing field. So if you live nearby, get to know exactly where it is - just in case of that unlikely emergency!

Playing Field Privacy Policy

As an organisation, we don't actually keep any of your personal information. We don't send out unsolicited emails or have a mailing list. This website does not use "cookies" or have trackers, google analytics or any other nastyness. But despite all that, we are preparing some kind of privacy statement for the GDPR regulations that will be better than this one:


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