winter at lewes castle

Join us at this magical setting for our candlelit winter gathering during Lewes Late Night Shopping to taste and buy Sussex produced sparkling wines, gins and other locally produced gifts.  Our event is free and open to all.  

Step inside our marquee on the Gun Green to meet and buy direct from some of our favourite award-winning Sussex gin & fizz producers. 

Sparkling wine from vineyards Breaky Bottom, Ridgeview, Carr Taylor and Charles Palmer plus Divergent Drinks’ special prosecco style wine; and gin producers Tom Cat, Chilgrove Spirits, Slake, Generation Distillers and Madame Jennifer plus locally made Fierce Botanic tonic. 

With all this on offer, plus live music from local Skifflebilly heros Bad, Bad, Whiskey, warming Middle Eastern foods from Kabak, delicious coffee, hot chocolate and sweet treats from Hannah’s Van and brilliantly boozy sorbets from Miall’s . Print your own Christmas cards and buy woodcut prints from Keith Pettit, take part in a wintery art installation from F.A.R.M, book an English wine tour, buy vouchers for seasonal blooms from BULB and see other locally created gifts on offer.

Visit us before, during, or after your late night shop.

Please note, our traders support the Challenge 25 retailing strategy that encourages anyone who is over 18 but looks under 25 to carry acceptable ID (a card bearing the PASS hologram, a photographic driving license or a passport) if they wish to sample or buy alcohol.



All welcome


Thursday 6 December 5pm - 9pm


Gun Garden
Lewes Castle
High Street
Lewes BN7 1YE

winter Gin & Fizz Exhibitors:


Christmas decoration

Lewes town centre will be open from 6 - 9pm on Thursday 6 December for a festive late night shopping in this beautiful medieval town.

Lewes Castle museum is open with free admission offering activities in the galleries, a children’s trail around the museum, and opportunities for buying gifts and stocking fillers.

At the top end of the High Street find a wonderful collection of Independent Shops, take a ride on a Horse Drawn Carriage, hear and watch Traditional Choirs, Bell Ringers and Morris Dancers throughout the evening with special offers in many shops.

Lewes Chamber of Commerce are organising their annual Bauble Trail throughout the town. Visit 12 shops and collect a stamp in each one. Find the trail in the December issue of Viva Lewes magazine, pick up your copy at Lewes Tourist Information Centre.

There is free entry to the Christmas Craft Fair in Lewes Town Hall with over 60 stalls. And further down the High Street a visit to Father Christmas and his elves in the grotto at Lewes House is a must for every family.

Amble to the lower part of the town to Harvey’s Brewery traditional yard event with a hog roast, vintage vehicles and bar. Enjoy fairground rides, shops and stalls in the nearby Cliffe precinct. See for more information.

how to get here

The High Street will be closed for Lewes Late Night Shopping, so we advise you to use public transport rather than driving:

Bus - Take Brighton & Hove Buses Regency Route (28 & 29 buses) running to Lewes from Brighton, Uckfield and Tunbridge Wells. Click here for full bus time timetable or visit Traveline for other bus services.

Rail - Regular trains from Brighton, Eastbourne and London. For details of how to travel by train visit National Rail Enquiries

Parking - All Lewes Pay & Display car parks are FREE to park after 5pm and this also includes the car park at County Hall at the top of St Anne’s Hill.

For information about visiting Lewes visit the Stay Lewes website


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Take part 

Do you have a sparkling wine, gin or related business based in Sussex and would like to take part in future events?  Or perhaps you are a Lewes district based food stall who would like to be considered?

If you fit these criteria, register your interest by completing the form below and we will get in touch when we start planning our next G&F event.