The area occupied by Rockwater has a glorious history of being the focal point for entertaining the locals. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to look after this site and ensure it’s one for the entire community to enjoy.
On 12 July 1911, a beautiful bandstand was opened (pictured) on the lawns behind what is now Rockwater. It came to life every summer and during its opening season, the 4th Dragoon Guards gave 27 concerts, much to the delight of locals.
In June 1934, the then Mayor of Hove, Councillor Victor Hudson, opened the new patent dance floor that encircled the bandstand (also pictured). There was open air dancing every evening during the summer season with a full programme including modern, square and old time dancing.
During the Second World War, the seafront was off limits to the public and the area was desolate, filled only with barbed wire barricades, machine gun emplacements and large blocks designed to thwart enemy tanks.
Following the War, the area slowly came back to life. But, sadly, in February 1965, Hove Council took the difficult decision not to stage any further concerts due to financial difficulties in running and maintaining the bandstand. As it became a target for vandals, in April/May 1965, it was demolished.
The Rockwater building was erected in the 1960s and although it has changed hands many times since then, little has been done to the fabric of the building…until now.
We love hearing your stories of the various guises the building has taken until most recently when it was The View/Venue. We know many of you have fond memories of the site over the years and we look forward to making more memories with you at Rockwater.