Cherry Soup - A new one-person show by writer in residence at the South Downs National Park, Sara Clifford

We are delighted to be one of the community venues hosting this new work by writer Sara Clifford. True, and not so true, tales of the South Downs. Inspired by stories from communities across the South Downs National Park.

'A Cherry-Seller sits by the side of the road. We’ve all seen them. People stop, people buy cherries and people chat. They tell their stories: of ancient farms and modern fetes; of lost skills and identities; of overgrown orchards and the ghosts of the villages – and bring new stories, different ideas and different cultures'

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Weaving the stories of the people Sara met during her research as the Inn Crowd Writer in Residence, with tales of the history and culture of the Downs, this one-person show will explore the changing landscapes and populations of the Park – as well as how the history of cherries is also the history of Southern England.

Touring pubs and community venues across the South Downs, performed with text, music and humour, the show will ask questions about the past, present and future of the Park.

This is not about nostalgia – this is a Cherry Soup of a show: sweet and sour and a little unexpected…

Tickets to this event are FREE and all are welcome. We will be serving our usual menu on the night, but booking is ESSENTIAL. Please pop into the Hollist or call to reserve your ticket.

Summer Nights...and beyond


We’ve got some great evening entertainment coming up over the coming months - so do come and see us!

Thursday 11th July - our next regular Quiz Night. Always lots of fun, and of course the chance to win the entry pot for the night’s biggest brains!

Friday 19th July - Live music from wonderful local band Yukon Bass. Ukelele trio playing hits and old and new.

Local vocal group: ‘Chance’ More live music, this time from a fantastic local all-female vocal group - Chance. This promises to be a great night; date tbc so watch this space!

For more what’s on, do follow our page on Facebook:

The Genuine Counterfeits - Playing Live on Thursday 20th June

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The Genuine Counterfeits performed at the Hollist Arms earlier in the year, and it was a cracking evening! They are back with us again on Thursday 20th June, from 8pm.

As before they will be playing a mix of 80's, 90's and 00's covers: 'Free fallin', 'Mr Brightside', 'Summer of 69' among many others - you'll definitely be singing along. Do book a table if you’d like to have supper while being entertained! Or just pop along and enjoy a drink at the bar.

Quiz Night - Thursday 6th June, 8pm

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Our ever popular Quiz Night returns on Thursday 6th June. Always a hotly contested battle, but very fun!

Tickets are £12, including a curry supper and £2 entry to the quiz. Teams of 2-6 players, winning team takes the entry pot! Book your team in by calling 01798 861310, or ask at the bar.

Darts at the Hollist

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You may have seen that we have a dart board in the Hollist snug, currently underused. We are currently looking at forming a pub darts team - if you are interested in joining please get in touch and let us know!

Mother's Day Treats


With spring suddenly in the air, Mother’s Day must be just around the corner.

Since all mum’s deserve a treat, we will sending every Mother that has lunch with us on Sunday 31st March home with some of our homemade brownies.

It’s always a busy day, so do book your table to avoid disappointment! (Hers, particularly….)

Bridge Club

Did you know that we have a thriving Bridge Club in Lodsworth, based here at the Hollist Arms? The Club meets once a month, and enjoys a special Bridge supper for just £12 per person, before the cards come out and the competition begins. If you’re interested in taking part, please email for more details. Places need to be confirmed at least two weeks before.

The next Bridge Club evening is on the 13th February.

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February Pub Quiz

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Our next Pub Quiz takes place on Thursday 7th February. Teams should be between 2 and 6 players. Tickets are £12, which will include a delicious curry supper and £2 entry to the quiz. Round up your most knowledgable friends and come on down! Call or pop in to the Hollist Arms to book your team.

Christmas Carols at the Hollist Arms

We’re very much looking forward to Christmas Eve, when the Hollist Arms be thronged with locals, and the sound of carols will be ringing across the village green! Do come along. There will be our usual bar service of course, plus sausages rolls and mulled wine to keep out the winter chill.

6pm onwards.

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Christmas with Yukon Bass

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A date for your diary - local band Yukon Bass will be helping everyone to get into the Christmas spirit with a live gig at the Hollist Arms on Wednesday 19th December. They will be playing all of their classics along with quite a few Christmas specials! Toes will be tapping from 8.30pm onwards.

Art at the Hollist Arms

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Art at the Hollist is a regular event, and one that the community hugely enjoys. There are so many talented artists in and around Lodsworth - this is an opportunity for them to showcase their work, and to raise some money for charity in the process. This year’s wonderful selection of art and sculpture will be open for viewing from Saturday 24th November to Wednesday 28th November - from 11.30am to 7.30pm (with a preview for local residents on Friday 23rd 6pm - 8.30pm). The chosen charity this year is Petworth Cottage Nursing Home. Do come along.

Christmas is coming!

Our Christmas party menu is now available - on the ‘Christmas’ page on this site, via our Facebook page, or to collect from the bar at the Hollist Arms. We love hosting Christmas parties and events of all sizes! If you’re looking for something different such as canapés or bowl food, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Christmas dates do book up fast, so if you’re planning on celebrating with us, do get in touch - with, or, or by calling the Hollist on 01798 861310.

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September Lunch Club


Our September lunch club takes place on Wednesday 12th September. 

The menu for the day is: 
Teriyaki fillet of salmon, soba noodle salad with cucumber, radish, edamame beans, chilli, coriander
Roasted vine tomato risotto with courgette and lemon, parmesan crisp
Lemon posset, shortbread
Seasonal cheese, fruit, house chutney, water biscuits

£15 per person, including a 125ml glass of house wine. Booking essential - so do call or pop in to book and reserve your meal! 

Waggon Wheel

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On Thursday 9th August we are lucky enough to be hosting an evening of Live Music from Waggon Wheel. They will be performing from 9pm.

Waggon Wheel are a six piece band, comprised of guitar, bass, ukele, mandolin, drums, harmonica and vocals - playing an eclectic mix of cross genre covers, along with a 'dash of witty banter'! We're really looking forward to what will no doubt be a brilliant set. Entrance is free. 

Quiz Night at the Hollist Arms

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We very much hope that pencils will be sharpened and competition fierce at our first Quiz Night, on Thursday 14th June, 7.30pm! 

Teams of 2-6 people welcome. Tickets are £12 which includes a delicious curry supper and £2 quiz entry - winning team takes the entry pot! 

Choose from Chicken Tikka Masala, Prawn Jalfrezi, or Jersey Royal, Spinach and Cauliflower Methi Gosh. All served with fragrant basmati & plain naan. 

Fete Supper

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The annual Lodsworth Village Fete takes place on the Bank Holiday Monday 28th May, and is always a wonderful community event. We will be hosting the traditional Fete Supper at the Hollist Arms - also a wonderful community event! There will be cold buffet of Homebaked Ham on the bone, Coronation Chicken, Poached Salmon, Goats Cheese & Onion Tart, accompanied by new potatoes and a whole range of salads. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children, and must be purchased in advance - available now from the Hollist Arms. Do come along to extend the Fete fun!