Ditchling Barn and Green …FAQ’s

Please refer to our Barn and Green FAQ’s (below) first.

Should you have more specific questions regarding the facilities or with respect to your event then please feel free to contact us.

Who can book the Village Barn & Green?

The Barn and Green are available for anyone to book (except 16th, 18th and 21st parties which would be Ditchling residents only). Marquee wedding bookings are generally only for those who live in Ditchling or nearby postcodes.

How many people does the Barn hold?

The Barn will hold approx. 80 people comfortably standing (with small dance area) or 60-70 seated. If you plan to have more than 70 people, you should also expect to hire portaloos. In excess of the numbers you may need a marquee.

How big is the main floor area?

The main floor area of the Barn is 12m long x 5m wide (39′ x 16′), excluding the counter/serving area. The two toilets are in a further extension beyond the counter.


Lodge Hill Lane is not suited to parking anywhere except by the fence adjacent to the pond. It is a dead end with no turning or parking beyond the pond. Inconsiderate parking frequently makes the road inaccessible to the emergency services and blocks resident access. Parking is allowed on the on the south side of Keymer Road, from the War Memorial towards Keymer. Other than that, there is the Village Hall car park, to the east of the roundabout in the centre of Ditchling.

How many tables and chairs?

8 x 6ft trestle tables, 6 x 5ft round tables, and 80 silver framed, navy fabric padded banquet chairs.

What other facilities does the Barn have?

Large outside green space and small garden area.
2 toilets (one for disabled).
A 6ft commercial fridge and a 6ft 70/30 fridge-freezer.
Range cooker with 2 ovens, grill and 5-ring hob.
Kitchen area with 1.5 sink and drainer (please provide your own drying-up cloths), work surface, basic cooking utensils.
Tea and Coffee making facilities for 70 people including cups, saucers and side plates, a hot water urn, large milk jugs, sugar bowls, thermos serving jugs (please provide tea, coffee, milk, sugar and drying-up cloths).
Dinner Plates, Dinner Knives, Dinner Forks, Side Knives, Side Forks, Dessert Spoons, Dessert Forks, Soup Spoons, Dessert/Soup Bowls, Beer, Wine, Champagne and Water glasses for 70 people can be hired at small additional charge.
Electric wall heaters.
13A power sockets.
Outside Lewden 2P+ 230V 63A electrical socket.

Is the Barn licensed for alcohol and/or music performance?

The Barn is not licensed, so if you are going to sell alcohol, or include alcohol or music in a ticket’s price you may need a Temporary Event Notice (TEN). Please contact Lewes District Council Licensing section to check if you need a TEN.

Do you charge corkage?


Can we have a wedding in the Barn or on the Green?

We are not licenced for weddings in the barn or on the green.

Can we have a marquee?

We do not provide a marquee. We generally only allow marquees on a limited selection of dates in the spring and summer. This is to protect the grass for the benefit of all other users of this public space. It is your responsibility to arrange the hire once we’ve given you permission. We charge a fixed rate of £1000, covering a 5-day hire of the barn and green to allow build on Thursday (assuming Saturday event), decorate on Friday, event on Saturday and removal of marquee on Monday (next working day).

Can we use external caterers?

You can bring in external caterers for an event. It is your responsibility to arrange this.

Can we put up a bouncy castle?

You must ask our permission. It is your responsibility to check that suitable insurance (including 3rd-party) is in place, possibly covered by the bouncy castle hirer.

Do you have a sound system?

No, we provide only the venue and the facilities listed above. There are 13A sockets for equipment. You may require a licence for the performance of music.

How late can we play music?

Music must end at 23:00, otherwise neighbours tend to complain.

Is there Wifi and/or Mobile Signal?

There is no wifi in the barn. There is also only very limited mobile phone signal available in much of Ditchling, including in the barn.


The Friends of Ditchling have Public Liability Insurance to cover us.

If you are a Commercial Hirer you must have your own Public Liability Insurance to an adequate level.

Please ensure that you are adequately insured for any items stored in the barn during your booking period – this is at your own risk.

If you have a Marquee on the Green you must provide fully comprehensive insurance to cover the structure and contents and it should include any items left overnight in the Barn, you should also consider employing security services to guard the marquee, barn and their contents.

The Friends of Ditchling will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to any personal or third party items/equipment under any circumstances.