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9 Sept: Special Night at New House Farm Maze

New House Farm Maize Maze

This maize maze at New House Farm Shop & Tea Room includes a Star Wars themed maze game and Darth Vader maze cut to pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. The season will end on the 3 September but will open once more for a special closing evening. New House Farm Maze is organizing a special torchlight night on Saturday the 9 September. It will be an evening with real Star Wars characters and a completely new game which allows both old and new visitors to enjoy this new maze experience. Hot drinks, snacks & torches will be available to buy on site. The evening will be held from 7 - 10pm with a last entry at 9pm. Come dressed to impress because there will be a prize for the best Star Wars outfit! Tickets available online or at the entrance. Adults: £8 Children: £8 0-3 years old: Free admission

8 - 10 Sept: Flower Festival at St Marks

St Marks Church

St Mark’s Church in North Heath Lane, Horsham, hosts a flower festival on 8-10 September. Themed ‘In the Beginning’, the festival celebrates St Mark’s being made the Parish Church of Holbrook. The flower festival is open from 10am - 5pm (2 - 5pm on 10 September). Admission and parking are free. Refreshments are available and all are welcome.



9 - 10 Sept: Horsham Beer Festival

Horsham Beer Festival

Horsham Beer Festival will be held at the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, on 9 – 10 September. The festival, organised by The Beer Essentials of East Street, features 50 real ales and 10 ciders, hand-picked from breweries across the UK. There will be three separate four-hour sessions over the course of the weekend, all featuring hot and cold food and live entertainment, including Morris dancing on Sunday. http://www.thebeeressentials.co.uk/fest.php

10 Sept: Opera Holloway at SAF

Shipley Arts Festival

Opera Holloway returns to Shipley Festival with Così Fan Tutte at Sullington Tithe Barn, Storrington, RH20 4AE, on Sunday 10 September, from 5pm. Set during World War Two, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella are forced to watch their boyfriends go off to war. Through trickery and comical disguises, their sweethearts seek to find out how faithful the two girls really are. Features sublime music by Mozart and a talented cast performing with string quartet and piano accompaniment. Tickets £20 from the Capitol on 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

10 Sept: Dragon Boat Races for STCH

Dragon Boat Races

St Catherine's Hospice is calling on local businesses to sign up to its popular Dragon Boat Festival at Tilgate Park, Crawley on Sunday 10 September, from 10am to 4pm. The festival is a great team building, and networking day and many businesses return year-on-year to compete with other businesses in races in 40ft Chinese Dragon Boats. Darren Buche was captain of last year's winning team, Beemer, who represented Vines Gatwick. He said: "It was a fantastic day and I'd encourage any business to take part this year- although we'll be racing hard to keep up with the competition!" For entry details,  contact Laura Kelly or Suzanne Davis on 01293 447333 or visit www.stch.org.uk and search Dragon Boat Festival.

13 Sept: NADFAS: Talk on Tapestry

Naffs 2016 Lecture

The Arts Society Horsham hosts a series of lectures at the Capitol, Horsham, over the coming months. On Wednesday 13 September, Dr. Susan Kay-Williams talks on Tapestry, The Ultimate Wall Hanging. One Wednesday 11 October, hear Linda Smith’s lecture on Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves: The Representation of the Working Classes in Art. Then on Wednesday 8 November, Frank Woodgate talks about Ai Weiwei in his talk Everything is Art, Art is Everything in Politics. Lectures start at 10.45am, with coffee available from 09.45am.  Visitors are welcome with an admission fee of £5. The Arts Society Horsham was formerly known as The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Horsham.



16 Sept: West Grinstead Ploughing Match

West Grinstead Ploughing Match

West Grinstead & District Ploughing & Agricultural Society holds its annual ploughing match and show at Westons Farm, Itchingfield, on Saturday 16 September, starting at 9.30am. There will be 12 different ploughing classes including vintage, horse ploughing and steam ploughing, as well as hedge laying, welding competitions, livestock show, farrier display, tug-of-war, sheep shearing and tractor rides. Other attractions include the parade of hounds from the Crawley & Horsham Hunt, terrier racing, clay pigeon shoot and gundog scurry. Entry is £6 (children Under 14 free). http://westgrinsteadploughing.co.uk


13 Sept: Chanctonbury Chorus Rehearsals

Chanctonbury Chorus

Chanctonbury Chorus hosts open rehearsal at Steyning Grammar School, School Lane, Steyning, on Wednesday 13 September, from 7.45pm - 9.45pm. It presents an opportunity for potential new members to try out. You may be an experienced singer or just want to give it a go with no audition. The chorus’ next concert is Brahms’ German Requiem, performed with Hurstpierpoint Choral Society, professional soloists and a full orchestra. For more information, email christine.tarry@btinternet.com or call on (01903) 815467. www.chanctonburychorus.org

16 Sept: PRIME opens at Seawhite

PRIME Exhibition

Prime, an exhibition of paintings by artists Jacky Bellamy, Jane Cattlin, Philippa Paterson and Juliet Robertson, is held at the Atrium Gallery, Emily Ball at Seawhite Studios, Star Trading Estate, Partridge Green.  Meet the artists and enjoy a drink and cake at an opening party on Saturday 16 September, from 10am – 4 pm. Each artist has a connection with the Seawhite Studio in Partridge Green, having attended numerous courses with director Emily Ball and her team of tutors over many years. The exhibition continues until 16  February 2018, with viewing by appointment only. For details on courses visit www.emilyballatseawhite.co.uk






16-17 Sept: Pink Gift Fair

Pink Fair committee members with Dr Steve Grey  with L-R

The 2017 Pink Gift Fair will changes venue to Parkside, the offices of West Sussex and Horsham District Councils, and becomes an official fundraiser for Cancer Research. The dates of the fair are Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, with all money raised being donated to Cancer Research UK Brighton Laboratories. “We are looking for companies to apply for stalls before the end of March offering gifts, food, drink, home interior, jewellery, stationery, imagery, fashion and accessories,” said Sally Pavey volunteer fair organiser.  “To ensure a kaleidoscope of products are on offer to shoppers, a selection process will take place the first week of April. We are delighted to be supported by Brock Taylor estate agents this year as together we can beat cancer through shopping as every stallholder donates 10% of takings to the cause.” Visit the new website to download stall applications forms and to find out more details - www.pinkgiftfair.co.uk

17 Sept: Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale


A Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale is held at North Heath Hall, Horsham, on Sunday 17 September and Sunday 12 November, from 2:30 – 4pm. It offers a great chance to buy items at a fraction of the usual cost. Entry £1 adults (children free) of book a table for £12.50 www.facebook.com/northheathnearlynewsales





21 Sept: Autumn Gift Fair at Knepp

Autumn Gift Fair

Fancy indulging in a luxury shopping experience in the beautiful surroundings of Knepp Castle? Then join the New Horizons Appeal at their annual Autumn Gift Fair in aid of St Catherine's Hospice. The boutique-style Autumn Gift Fair, sponsored by Crest Nicholson, opens with an exclusive preview evening on Wednesday 20 September ahead of the main fair on 21 September. The preview evening offers people a chance to beat the crowds and enjoy a glass of bubbly and canapés whilst browsing more than 80 individually selected stalls. Tickets for the preview evening, from 6.30pm – 9pm, cost £15 in advance from Suzanne Connor on 01293 447367. Tickets for the main Gift Fair cost £5 on the door. For information, email newhorizons@stch.org.uk

21-24 Sept: Awful Auntie at The Capitol

Awful Auntie

The Birmingham Stage Company has announced that the world première of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie will open at The Capitol on 21-24 September to an 18-month UK tour. David Walliams said: "It promises to be a thrilling show and a total hoot - Wagnar and I can’t wait to see it!” Awful Auntie, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2014, tells the story of Stella, who when she set off to visit London with her parents had no idea her life was in danger. Waking up from a coma three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie. Tickets cost from £20.50 from the Box Office on 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com



22 Sept: Horsham Memory Walks

The Alzheimer’s Society The Horsham Memory Walks will be held on Friday 22 September in Horsham Park, from 12-2pm. The walk is organised by Horsham Rusty Brains, a group of people living well with dementia, who meet monthly at Brighton Road Baptist Church in Horsham. Walkers can meet at the Conservatory Café in the Park. For more information call 01403 213017.

23 - 24 Sept: Parham Harvest Fair

Gardens at Parham House

The Parham Harvest Fair, a celebration of autumn and estate life, will be held on 23 and 24 September, from 10.30am – 5pm. The Harvest Fair brings together the very best of homemade food, locally grown produce as well as cookery demonstrations, working horse cart rides, gun dogs and falconry displays. On Sunday BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey Radio will be hosting the popular gardening show “Dig It”, with hosts Joe Talbot, Jim Buttress and Parham’s Head Gardener Tom Brown live from the Harvest Fair from 9am. http://www.parhaminsussex.co.uk


24 Sept: Americarna in Horsham

Hot rod

An American Car and Bike Show is scheduled to be held in Horsham on Sunday 24 September, from 10am – 4pm. It is hoped that competitions will be held in categories including classic cruisers, modern muscle, street rods and customs, dragsters and racers, and Harleys and hogs.

24 Sept: Barns Green Half Marathon

Barns Green half Marathon

Horsham MP Jeremy Quin will start both the Barns Green Half Marathon and 10km races on the 24 September. Jeremy will act as the official starter for the Half Marathon before changing into his running gear to take part in the 10km event. Last year, almost 1800 runners registered for the Half Marathon and 10k races which follow routes on closed roads through the lanes of Barns Green, Itchingfield, Christ’s Hospital and close to Southwater. For details on entering, visit www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk                                       

25 Sept: Horsham Natural History Society


Horsham Natural History Society’s autumn season of meetings starts on Monday 25 September. Talks include Francis Kelly from Surrey Butterfly Conservation talks about the fun side of butterflies on 25 September.  Meetings are held at the Wesley Hall, London Road, Horsham, at 7.30pm every Monday until March 2017.  Visitors are very welcome. http://www.hnhs.org.uk

28 Sept: Girl Power at Horsham's Capitol

Girl Power

Step back in time to the 90’s, when Girl Power ruled the world. Girl Power, The Spices Girls Experience, perform at The Capitol in Horsham on Thursday 28 September, at 7.30pm.  Girl Power, presented by Sweeney Entertainments, celebrates two decades of the Spice Girls’ greatest hits, continuing the legacy of the British Pop phenomenon and wowing audiences all over the world. Supported on stage by a superb live band, featuring stunning costumes and exciting signature choreography, this spectacular recreation concert packs an attitude-injected punch that will transport you back in time – The Girls are back in town! Tickets cost £19.50 from 01403 750220 or https://www.thecapitolhorsham.com 


29 September: Nik Kershaw at The Capitol

Nik Kershaw

Join Nik Kershaw for an intimate evening of songs and stories at The Capitol, Horsham on Friday 29 September at 7.30pm.  Nik came to prominence in the 1980s as a solo artist, releasing eight singles including Wouldn't It Be Good and I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me. He also appeared at the dual-venue concert Live Aid in 1985 and penned a UK number-one single for Chesney Hawkes, The One and Only. Tickets cost £21.50 from www.thecapitolhorsham.com or the Box Office on 01403 750220. 

30 Sept: The Upbeat Beatles

UpBeat Beatles

The UpBeat Beatles perform live at Warnham Comrades Club, Hollands Way, Warnham on Saturday 30 September, from 7pm. The event is the official launch for regular open mic nights at the venue. The brilliant Upbeat Beatles will be supported with other bands and disco, and the venue has a licensed bar and barbecue. Tickets cost £20 with concessions for seniors and children. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com (search The UpBeat Beatles)

30 Sept: The Whitney Houston Show

The Whitney Houston Show

 Showtime Australia presents the critically-acclaimed live concert The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show at The Capitol, Horsham on Saturday 30 September at 7.30pm.  Featuring the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids accompanied by a fabulous six-piece live band and dancers, this is a beautifully crafted two-hour tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers. In 2013, Davids beat almost 15,000 other hopefuls to land her dream role and the show has already wowed audiences across the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Asia and Australia. Tickets cost £31 from www.thecapitolhorsham.com or the Box Office on 01403 750220. 

30 Sept: Strictly Vintage Dance Night

Strictly Vintage

Horsham District Age UK host Strictly Vintage, an evening dance of music from the 1940s and 1950s, on Saturday 30 September, from 7-10pm. Tickets £12.50 to include welcome drinks and nibbles, live music, raffle, games and prizes for best dressed. All ages and abilities welcome. For tickets call 01403 260560 or email fundraising@ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk


1 October: Ashington Toy Fair

Ashington Toy Fair

Ashington Toy and Collectors Fairs will be held at Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, on Sunday 1 October from 10am – 2pm. For details call Pete on 01424 846676. For more details visit http://www.modelcarmart.com/ashington

1 October: Cover My Tracks at the Capitol

Cover my Tracks

Former Noah & the Whale singer performs at The Capitol, Horsham on Sunday 1 October at 7.30pm. The Old Vic, in association with Fane Productions, presents Charlie Fink’s Cover My Tracks following a successful run in the West End. The Noah and the Whale songwriter Charlie Fink, multi-award-winning playwright David Greig and director Max Webster bring us the tale of an idealistic young songwriter who sets out to write a 21st Century pop masterpiece and vanishes without a trace. Cover My Tracks gives you the exclusive chance to see Charlie Fink perform songs from his new solo album of the same title. Tickets cost £22.50 from www.thecapitolhorsham.com or the Box Office on 01403 750220. 

5 October: Michael Parkinson at The Capitol

Michael Parkinson

Celebrate the life and career of a man who has interviewed some of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Sir Michael Parkinson will appear at The Capitol, Horsham on Thursday 5 October at 7.30pm. In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the best moments from his long-running television talk show, Parkinson. Tickets cost £28.50 from www.thecapitolhorsham.com or the Box Office on 01403 750220. 

7 - 8 Oct: Southwater Art Club Exhibition

Art by Tracie Callaghan

Southwater Art Club will be holding its popular annual Experience Art Exhibition on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October. With a range of artwork in a variety of mediums, the exhibition includes craftwork as well as prints, cards, wood turned items and pottery.  A selection of free children's art activities will be available over the weekend.  Contact the Secretary on 01403 733838 for an invite to the Preview Evening on 6 October. http://southwaterartclub.co.uk/

8 Oct: Jackson Live in Concert, The Capitol

Ben as Michael Jackson

 Jackson Live in Concert, starring Ben and his incredible dancers, comes to The Capitol on Sunday 8 October at 7.30pm. Presented by Sweeney Entertainments, this concert show is in its eight year of touring and sees the hugely talented Ben recreate the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of some of the King of Pop’s best songs. Jackson Live in Concert features all-live vocals, superb dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves. Tickets cost £21 from www.thecapitolhorsham.com or the Box Office on 01403 750220. 


9 Oct: Horsham Natural History Society

Penny Green at Knepp

Horsham Natural History Society’s autumn season of meetings starts on Monday 25 September. Ecologist Penny Green will be talking about the Rewilding Project on the Knepp Estate on 9 October.  Meetings are held at the Wesley Hall, London Road, Horsham, at 7.30pm every Monday until March 2017.  Visitors are very welcome.  http://www.hnhs.org.uk

9 - 13 Oct: Will Writing Week

Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity

Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity are holding a Will Writing week from Monday 9 to Friday 13 October.  They have teamed up with Kreston Reeves Private Client LLP in Horsham, who are offering a limited number of appointments to help with your Will.  Instead of their usual fees, they are offering reduced rates which will be donated to the charity.  For information and to book an appointment, please contact carole.whorwood@dvlcc.org.uk or call 01444 473274.

15 October: Paul Zerdin at The Capitol

Paul Zerdin

Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, America’s Got Talent winner 2015, returns to The Capitol on Sunday 15 October with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of puppets. Join Paul, Sam, Albert and Baby as well as two new characters for an evening of laugh out loud stand-up and ventriloquism. Tickets cost £18.50 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

18 Oct: Adam Henson at The Capitol

Country file's Adam Henson

Countryfile presenter Adam Henson visits the Capitol in Horsham on Wednesday 18 October to discuss his celebrated book ‘Like Farmer, Like Son.’ Adam will share stories about farming life, his TV career and the running of the picturesque Cotswold Farm Park, together with his thoughts on British agriculture, followed by a Q&A session and a post-show ‘meet and greet’ book signing. Tickets cost £19.50 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

21 - 22 Oct: HAOS Art Trail

Angela Brittain: You Cook, I'll Drink Wine

Horsham Artists Open Studios (HAOS) hosts its contemporary Art Fair at County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham on 21 - 22 October. HAOS Art Fair is open to the public and features a range of artists include painters, print makers, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, glass & textile artists. www.horshamartistsopenstudios.co.uk

26 Nov: Wedding Fair in Mannings Heath

Manning Heath Golf Club

A wedding fair will be held at Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate on Sunday 26 November, from 11am – 3pm. Walk around the venue and meet a handpicked selection of recommended suppliers. Entry is free. For details email weddings@manningsheath.com

2 Dec: Coolham Live Music Club Christmas Gig

Coolham Live Music Club

Coolham Live Music Club has announced a special charity Christmas gig on Saturday 2 December. Guitarist Dave Ital brings his Ital Rhythm and Blues Band, with Jo Harman performing vocals for one night only. Tickets for this charity fundraiser cost £25 from coolhamtickets@gmail.com