Woodingdean is a large ‘Village’ that sits around 3 miles East of central Brighton. It has around 10,000 residents living in around 3,650 homes.
There is a pub The Downs Hotel that sits on the crossroads between Falmer Road and Warren Road and is a familiar landmark to people traveling into East Brighton or to the seafront at Rottingdean.
The village itself has a wide range of shops – including those that run along Warren Road and Warren Way there is also a smaller selection of shops on Cowley Drive and a convenience store at Lockwood Crescent. Woodingdean seems to be ‘bucking the disappearing Great British High Street’ trend.
For people living in Woodingdean (or thinking of moving here) what do you need to know?
There are two post offices – one on the Falmer Road and one on Cowley Drive.
There are 2 pharmacies – Well Pharmacy, Woodingdean on Warren Way usually open weekdays between 08:45 – 18:15 and Saturday 8:45 – 13:00. Closed on Sundays
Bridgman Pharmacy on Cowley Drive usually open weekdays 9:00 and 18.00 closed for lunch between – 13.00 and 14.00 and Saturday 9:00- 13:00. Closed on Sundays
There is a doctors surgey on Warren Road
Woodingdean Medical Centre
East Sussex, BN2 6BA
Tel: 01273 307555
Other Community facilities include
- The Deans Youth Centre,
- The Community Centre,
- The Woodingdean Library,
- Woodingdean Primary School (offstead report) and Rudyard Kipling Primary School (offstead report) , Downs View School for children and young people with learning difficulties
- Kipling Lions Pre School,
- Oak Cottage Nursery
- There are also a number of places to eat in Woodingdean and the recent addition of Circa Deli has been well received by local residents
There are 3 main bus services that serve Woodingdean
The No. 2 bus operated by Brighton and Hove Bus company that goes between Rottingdean and Steyning
The No 22 bus operated by the Brighton and Hove Bus company that goes between Brighton Station and Woodingdean
The No 52 bus operated by the Big Lemon that goes between Woodingdean and the Royal Sussex County Hospital via Ovingdean and Brighton Marina.
There are also a number of limited service buses
The No 72 bus operated by the Brighton and Hove Bus company is essentially a school bus that operates between Whitehawk and Longhill school (limited timetable)
The No 84 bus operated by the Brighton and Hove Bus company between Whitehawk and the Falmer university campus (limited timetable)
The N0 91 bus operated by the Brighton and Hove bus company that runs from Ovingdean to Cardinal Newman school (limited timetable)
We will be adding more information about the facilities, clubs and schools/nursery schools over the next few weeks but in the meantime you can visit https://www.woodingdeaninbusiness.co.uk/events. to find out what is going on for people living in Woodingdean.
Shops and facilities do not necessarily make somewhere a ‘nice place to live’ One local explains about living in Woodingdean. On the day we moved to the village 15 years ago it was wet, dark, cold and windy, and we really did wonder what on earth we had done. The following day , the sun was shining and our new neighbours popped round to say hello. They gave us some great advice; that a few days a year Woodingdean is a pretty dismal place – cold, wet, windy and poor visibility – but when the sun shines there really is no place you’d rather be. They were right!
There are many pockets of excellent ‘community’ in and around Woodingdean – based not just on location but also around groups and activities.
For the past two years the Woodingdean Players have put on a pantomime – written and performed by local people. The pantomime is a real community event – that involves people of all ages from all parts of the village. Sadly there is not a pantomime in 2017 – but the organisers have promised there will be one in 2018.
The December 2015 pantomime was Peter Pandemonium and reviews placed on the Woodingdean Players Face book page included
‘To everyone involved in Peter Pandemonium thank you so much x you all made my first stage appearance such a blast….. The audiences were great and everyone went home smiling and in good Christmas spirit!
‘An amazing event put on and supported by the community. Well done to everyone involved… ‘
What a fantastic evening! The whole family loved it. Will definitely book again.
‘It was good fun! Makes you glad to live in such a great community.’
‘You were all so good, such a lovely atmosphere in the room’
‘Had a great time and laughed so much. It was brilliant’
ALadin Woodingdean – Woodingdean Players December 2016 Woodingdean in Business
There is an active community centre where there are a mix of regular classes/clubs and one-off events such as craft fayre’s and Elivis nights. They are currently developing their website and hopefully this will be lives shortly.
The Ryobu Karate Club is very active and has a range of classes held at the Woodingdean Community centre
. Woodingdean Youth Football team is a well-supported and successful team .
Ryobu-Kai Karate classes take place in the Woodingdean community centre
Other annual events include the Woodingdean Carnival which takes place in May, the annual Christmas Fair at Church of the Holy Cross and a range of fun days and activities put on by various clubs and groups during the year.
Keep an eye on https://www.woodingdeaninbusiness.co.uk/events to find out what is happening and on
There is a high proportion of older people living in Woodingdean and a number of clubs that cater for them – from the Reminiscence group to table tennis and walking groups.
There are some nice quotes from some of the good people of Woodingdean on this video
So is Woodingdean a nice place to live – well yes! It’s not for everybody but if you get involved then you are assured of having some fun.
If you are looking to move to Woodingdean there are three local estate agents (alphabetically)
26 Warren Road, Woodingdean, Brighton BN2 6BA
98 Warren Rd, Brighton BN2 6BA
62-64 Warren Road, Woodingdean,Brighton,BN2 6BA