Sausage ‘n’ Cider 2019

The Corn Exchange, 20th & 21st September 2019
**Only 5 days left to get your tickets**

Event Timings


18:00 - Doors Open
18:45 - Jack and Leon Hogsden
20:00 - Oysterband
20:50 - Interval
21:20 - Oysterband
22:30 - Last Orders at the bars


16:00 - Doors Open
16:30 - Rob Godfrey
17:15 - Seadog
18:30 - Wild Pansies
20:00 - Pretty Little Dog
21:30 - Matthwew George’s Boogie Woogie Troop
22:45 - Last Orders at the bars

We’ve expanded the event to 2 nights this year. On Friday, we host the world famous Oysterband who will be supported by Jack and Leon Hogsden. There’ll be a single, well stocked bar where you’ll be able to buy a range of great local beers and some fantastic cider.

Then on Saturday, we’ll transform the Corn Exchange!

We’ll have four bars selling beers and 30+ ciders plus a food outlet selling a great range of local sausages. Our token system will once again be in place on Saturday for food and drink. These will be available to purchase once you enter the Corn Exchange.

As well as beer and food, we’ll also have a pub games area where you’ll be able to play ‘Toads’ and darts, plus a couple of other surprises!

In our pub ‘garden’, you’ll be able to relax with a fine beer or cider and soak up the atmosphere.

On top of all that, you’ll be entertained all Saturday evening by some great music. Visit our ‘bands’ section to find out more.

OUR CIDERS and Beers

Did you know that UK law defines cider as “containing at least 35% apple or pear juice, which may be from concentrate”! Surely it should be 100% apple you say, but no, the rest is made up from water, sugar syrup, sweeteners and aromas to make you think you’re drinking the real thing . Most of the mass-produced commercial cider you’ll find in supermarkets is made this way. It may always taste the same, but if you think you’re drinking a product made from 100% apple juice, think again!

You may have heard the term ‘real’ or ‘craft’ cider. This is the stuff you should be drinking! This is small batch cider produced by dedicated cider makers, using fresh pressed apple juice and little else. There might be a little sugar added here and there for strength and sweetness, or other fruit juices to give you those wonderful summer variations, but in essence, this is pure apple juice with a kick!

On Friday evening, we’ll be running a single bar with a great range of beers, lagers and cider. On Saturday we will be transforming the Corn Exchange with four bars, a food stall and a games area. Here we’ll be showcasing some of the best craft ciders from around the country. We hope you like what we’ve put together this year and would love feedback on what you’ve tried (as would the producers). The first 6 are from our wonderful county of Sussex.


We will also be stocking a range of real ales and craft beers & lagers


Here’s a summary of the cider and beer we’ll be stocking from these suppliers

County Producer Product Description ABV
Berkshire Tutts Clump Blackberry Medium Sweet apple cider infused with real blackberry juice 4.0%
Buckinghamshire Wharf Distillery Coachbuilder Passion Fruit Medium Sweet apple cider infused with natural flavouring 4.0%
Cambridgeshire Watergill Orchards Perry Sweet 50:50 blend of conference and comice pears 4.4%
Dorset Sunshine Cider Festival Sunshine
A traditional, full-bodied cider made only with Dorset sourced heirloom cider apples 6.0%
Lulworth Skipper Sally's Orchard Blend
Traditional farmhouse cider, handpicked from a Sturminster Newton orchard 6.5%
Dorset Purbeck Cider Company Katy Perry Medium Sweet Katy apple and perry mix 5.5%
Dorset Copse House Cider Sandley Still Dry dry, still, soft tannin aftertaste with a bite of acidity 5.0%
Severn Cider New Orchard Medium easy drinking cider, blended from apples from a nearby orchard 4.5%
Meon Valley Heron's Crest Medium dry, a refreshing summer fruity cider 5.0%
Herefordshire Once Upon A Tree Harry Taylor's Thrown Hat A medium cider, blended from Dabinett, Somerset Redstreak, Browns and Ellis Bitters 5.0%
Herefordshire Once Upon A Tree Tumpy Ground Medium blend of all of their cider apple varieties 7.0%
Herefordshire Newton Court Cider Panting Partridge Perry Medium perry, with a juicy pear finishfrom Herts perry pears 5.8%
Kent Kentish Pip Pear and Bramley Medium Sweet, light and fruity, with a tang form the Bramleys 4.0%
Leicestershire Bottle Kicking Cider Company Raspberry and Pomegranate Traditional farmhouse cider with a delicious raspberry and pomegranate twist 4.0%
London Hawkes Mixed Berry Strawberry, Raspberry and Blueberry juice added to their apple cider 4.0%
Northamptonshire Saxby's Cider Bad Boy Cider dry single variety Dabinett cider, cloudy and golden in colour with a nutty aftertaste 6.0%
Oxfordshire Cotswold Cider Company Voodoo Pulp Dry and cloudy - a traditional tannic real cider 4.7%
Somerset Broadoak Cider Mango Sweet cider with refreshing Mango 4.0%
Sussex South Downs Cider Silver Lining A sparkling craft cider that is loved by many throughout Sussex. 4.5%
Sussex South Downs Cider Rhubarb
Fresh pressed Rhubarb is added to our medium cider to give it an incredible rhubarb crumble taste. 4.0%
Sussex South Downs Cider Elderflower Medium cider infused with elderflowers hand picked by us from Sussex hedgerows. 4.0%
Sussex South Downs Cider Cherry Bomb A little cracker for bonfire lovers. A medium cider subtly flavoured with fresh pressed cherries. 4.0%
Sussex South Downs Cider
Sucker Punch Medium/Dry cider made from dessert apples in the Eastern Counties style 6.1%
Sussex Silly Moo Medium/Dry Medium/Dry farmhouse cider combining East and West cider styles 5.0%
Sussex Ascension Dabinett A west-country style cider made with fruit grown in Bodiam 6.0%
Sussex Hunts Conquest Light and fruity real cider with a clean fresh finish and elegant bouquet to enhance your drinking pleasure 4.8%
Sussex Seacider Blood Orange Medium cider blended with real blood orange juice 4.0%
Wales Ty Gwyn Festival Ferret Medium premium still natural gold cider made form Dabinett apples 6.5%
Yorkshire Orchards of Husthwaite Galtres Gold
A medium/dry full bodied cider 6.0%

And the beers…..(so far..)

County Producer Product Description ABV
Sussex Harveys Best Bitter Award winning beer from Lewes. A superbly balanced bitter with prominent hop character. Using a blend of four local hops, water filtered through the Sussex Downs over 30 years, and Harvey's unique 60 year old yeast strain, Harvey's Best Bitter is the embodiment of Sussex. 4.0%
Sussex Harveys Wild Hop A sharp edge of citrus cuts through earthy background flavours. Beautifully balanced, but a bit on the wild side – ‘Sussex Born and Bred!’ 3.7%
Sussex Brewing Brothers Kelly's Pacific Ale A fabulous craft IPA that's fruity with a biscuit base right through to the finish 4.7%
Sussex Brewing Brothers Gallagher's IPA Juicy tropical creamy hoppy greatness 6.0%
Waldshut Germany Rothaus Pils From the twin town of Lewes comes this fantastic Black Forest Pils. A real delight and always a best seller 5.1%
Stuttgart Germany Dinkelacker Das Landbier This rustic country beer is brewed according to a special recipe, with a pungent and spicy taste 4.7%








Oysterband, the 5-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their fifth decade as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name:  Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding; Everywhere I Go; The Oxford Girl; Granite Years; Native Son; A River Runs…..these and many others from their vast back catalogue will feature as they embark on another year of international touring and festivals. 

Theirs has been a unique and fiercely independent career.  Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago.   But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. 

Their occasional collaboration with folk diva June Tabor has produced two cult-classic award-winning albums, Freedom & Rain and Ragged Kingdom.  The latter and their hugely influential album Holy Bandits were voted nos. 4 and 5 among the Ten Best Albums of the last 30 years by the public in a poll by fRoots Magazine in 2016. 

Oysterband are: 

John Jones  -  voice, melodeon
Alan Prosser  -  guitars, voice
Ian Telfer  -  violin, keyboard, voice
Al Scott  -  bass, mandolin, voice
Adrian Oxaal  -  cello, guitar, bouzouki, voice 

and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead,

Pete Flood  -  drums, percussion, voice


Jack & Leon Hogsden


Jack Hogsden & Leon Hogsden are a son and father duo with a strong traditional base of English music. A combination of many years immersed in Sussex songs and Morris Dance has evolved a respect for tradition with contemporary energy and rhythm. They present songs of the rural life of our predecessors, their work, relationships, and their conflicts, interspersed with compelling tunes that are played for dancing.

Melodeon, guitar, and mandolin are used with intricacy to produce an interacting sound that can range from suitably sensitive to dynamically driven. Jack and Leon have played at clubs and festivals around the country and are stalwart band members of the revered Ditchling Morris.



Matthew George’s Boogie Woodie Troop

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“Matthew is a well known piano player in the world of the blues, he’s performed onstage with many blues greats including Allen Toussaint, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin, Joe Bonnamassa, Ian Siegal, Shemekia Copeland and many more.

The high energy trio knock out New Orleans piano grooves, blues classics, rock’n’roll and swing numbers and even a hint of ragtime. Matthew Gest on piano, Sam Walker on drums and Jim Mortimore on bass at the core. A fun, upbeat and thoroughly enjoyable trio bringing their unique vibe to the piano art of Boogie Woogie.”


Pretty Little Dogs


A trio of true old time North American folk music to get your feet stomping.

Dan Stewart, Banjo/fiddle

Chippy Mobbs, Guitar/Vocals

Richard Ely, Banjo

The Wild Pansies

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"Straight out of East Sussex, The Wild Pansies draw deep on their love of blues, folk and country music to serve up their take on traditional music from America and beyond. Bluegrass, klezmer, english tunes, it's all fair game as they mix up the styles to get your feet moving. 

Having played their way down the country, Jim & Ben ended up at the seaside, bumped into Charlie and a new plan was hatched. Jim heard Viv playing one day in the Sussex woodland, and the Wild Pansies were born."




Seadog is the project of Brighton-based musician and songwriter Mark Benton and his eclectic troupe of performers that create dream-pop songs. They combine a variety of influences into a myriad sound of lullabies with anthemic electric and acoustic textures.


Rob Godfrey

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Rob Godfrey is a 25-year-old London based singer-songwriter. His unique sound comes as an amalgamation of folk, jazz, soul and pop, combined with a slightly bitter and twisted outlook on life.

Championed by BBC Introducing and BBC 6, Rob is fast becoming a live favourite with his minimalistic and mesmerizing songs, as well as his unique off-beat covers.

His second EP ‘Difficult Conversations’ showcases his moody reflections upon past relationships, with titles such as ‘Your Ghost Is Prettier Than You’, ‘I Think You’re Crazy’ and ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night?’. 


Somethng to Eat

Sausage!  Is there anything better to compliment the fantastic cider you'll be drinking at the Festival?

On Friday, there’ll be a fantastice selection of locally produced saudage rolls and then on Saturday, we’ll be opening up the Sausage food stall where you’ll be able to choose from a wide selection of great sausages made by local butchers.  Add a roll, some onions and a drop of sauce and you're set. (Note - on Friday, there will be a limited selection of snack available)

Our Sausage Suppliers

Richards butchers were established on the 1st January 1934 by Francis (Frank) Henry Richards, Their reputable family business has served customers for over 80 years and is run by Frank's grandson, Peter.

Situated in the historic county town of Lewes, their reputation has been built upon supplying fresh, high quality meat sourced from good and where possible, local suppliers.

Established in Ringmer, for over 40 years, Lew Howard is a great traditional family butchers where expertise has been passed down from generation to generation, by Lew's father and grandfather, and now carrying on the family tradition to his son Darren.

Lew always try to source the best local meat produce including organic beef and lamb, as well as local free range pork & poultry.  This ensures our customers have the freshest and best quality meats as possible.

Lew also makes a range of wonderful vegetarian sausages, some of which we will be selling at the festival.


Mays’ Farm Cart are a thriving local family run butcher. All their produce is sourced locally and most of the grass fed beef and free range pork are from their own farm just a few miles outside of Lewes.

Their motto of ‘Quality Meats from Our Pasture to Your Plate – “We Do It Naturally”’ speaks volumes and they won Best Local Producer of the Year – Lewes Fatstock Awards 2015.

They were also nominated for ‘Sussex Butcher of the Year’ for the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2017.


The Harmer family has farmed at Offham for OVER 240 years.

Offham Farm shop is predominately a butchers shop selling additive free beef, lamb and pork all reared on the farm. We also have a deli counter selling pies and flans made from our meat, homemade cakes, eggs from our happy hens, honey from our own bees, jams and marmalades.

Sausage Rolls and Snacks

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This Little Piggy first opened their sausage roll haven at Brighton Open Market as a pop up stall on Saturdays but the demand for their porky treats lead them to opening the first This Little Piggy kitchen within Brighton Open Market in April 2016. Since then, they have continued to steadily grow through farmers markets and by selling to other cafes, pubs and delis around Sussex. Just over 2 years later, their second shop on St James’ Street, Kemptown, was born.

At the festival, we’ll be stocking their Original, Chilli, Vegan, Veggie, Smoley Joe and Cheese and Marmite varieties.


Dec’s famous (or is it infamous!) pork scratchings can normally be found at the Black Horse in Lewes.

This year, we’re lucky to have a selection of his finest products behind our bars. A perfect accompaniment to a glass of craft cider or beer.

Get Me in

online ticket sales is now closed for the event. if you require tickets, please purchase them from one of the outlets below or alternatively, you can pay on the door at the event


The Black Horse
55 Western Road, Lewes

The Elephant And Castle
White Hill, Lewes

Harveys Brewery
Cliffe High Street, Lewes

Contact Us

The 2019 Sausage n' Cider festival is being held over 2 days in the Corn Exchange Lewes on Friday 20th September and Saturday 21st September.

The Corn Exchange is part of the Lewes Town Hall complex and was built in the 1840's as a trading point for local farmers.  It is centrally located in Lewes and can be reached easily by rail, bus or car.





There is no parking at the event but there is plenty of parking in nearby council run car parks.  Information on parking in and around the area can be found on Lewes District Councils website.


There are regular rail services to and from Lewes, provided by Southern.  Go to the National Rail website to find out more information on times, facilities etc.


Plenty of buses run to and from Lewes during Saturdays.  A simple journey planner can be found on the Traveline website here -

Phone - 0771 225 8691

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