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Upcoming Events



8 July: Washington Village Day

Dog Show

 Washington village day will be held on Saturday 8 July, from 12 - 5pm. As well as fun and food, beer and bouncy castles, enjoy go-karts, Punch and Judy shows, face painting, craft activities, fancy dress parade, a dog show, tug of war and produce show. There will also be Victorian themed funfair rides and a beer specially brewed by Riverside Brewery, in honour to past pupil Mr Adsett, who fell at the Somme.


8-14 July: Nature in Art Exhibition

Nature in Art

Local award-winning artists Paul Fearn, Alison Ingram, Chris Mills, John Thompson and Morag Warrack will be involved in an exhibit called Nature in Art: Art in Nature at Roffey Park Institute, Forest Road, Colgate, on 8 – 14 July. The artists will be exhibiting images of nature in paint, photography and heavy metal canvases. The event is part of the Horsham Festival.

8,9,5,16th July: Horsham Artists Open Studios

Angela Brittain: You Cook, I'll Drink Wine

Horsham Artists Open Studios (HAOS) hosts open studios on 8th/9th & 15th/16th July. About 30 local artists and makers will be showcasing their paintings and beautiful objects either at their studios or small venues in and around Horsham. This trail of artistic talent has become a firm fixture in the calendar and all venues are free and many offer refreshments. Hours 10am - 5pm. Venue addresses and name of participating artists will be available on www.horshamartistsopenstudios.co.uk

9 July: Sunday Funday

Sparks in the Park

The popular ‘Sparks in the Park’ event is returning to Horsham under a new name, Funday Sunday, on Sunday 9 July. Organised by Horsham Festival and Horsham Rotary Club, the event will cover Horsham Park and the Carfax, with additional activities also held in The Capitol and Parkside. Activities in the park include   Benson’s Giant Funfair, Sports Zone with a mini golf course and several have -a-go sports, Arts Zone with music, drama, dance and literature, Food & Drink Zone and a wide array of children’s activities.


9,12 & 16 July: Horsham Historical Walk

Horsham Museum

Free guided historical walk will be held around Horsham on 9, 12 & 16 July, as part of the Horsham Festival. Hosted by The Horsham Society, the free walks begin at Horsham Museum at 2:30pm on all three dates.

11 July: Author Juliet West Talk

Juliet West

The Faithful, the second novel by Billingshurst author Juliet West, is to be published by Macmillan on 15 June 15. Set in 1930s London and Sussex, it’s a love story with a dark political backdrop - exploring the rise of British fascism in the years before the Second World War. To coincide with the launch, Juliet will be speaking at Horsham Library on Tuesday 11 July, 1t 7pm. Tickets are free but need to be booked from the library. Juliet’s first book, Before the Fall, was published in 2014. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Faithful-Juliet-West/dp/1447259092

11 July: Matt Charman Q&A

Matt Charman

Screenwriter, playwright and director Matt Charman discusses his life in writing for theatre and film at The Capitol on Tuesday 11 July, at 7.30pm. Matt, a former Collyer’s student, received an Academy Award nomination in 2015 for Best Original Screenplay, for Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg. Matt is once again collaborating with Spielberg on a film about legendary anchorman Walter Cronkite and his seminal coverage of the Vietnam War. The former Forest pupil recently wrote Oasis, a pilot for Amazon, as well as Our Zoo (2014) for the BBC and mini-series Blackwork (2015). He has written several successful plays, including three staged at the National Theatre. This Q&A discussion will be hosted by AAH editor, Ben Morris. Tickets £12 from www.thecapitolhorsham.com

12 July: NADFAS: Satire on Modern Art Talk

Naffs 2016 Lecture

Horsham Decorative and Fine Arts Society host a series of summer lectures at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham. Barry Venning BA, MA talks on ‘A Child of Six Could Do It! – Satire on Modern Art’ on 12 July. Lectures start at 10.45am. Coffee is available from 9.45am. Visitors are welcome for an admission fee of £5.



13 July: Chocolate and Wine at Mannings Heath

Manning Heath Golf Club

Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate hosts a wine and fine chocolate evening on Thursday 13 July, at 7pm. Taste the unique wines of Benguela Cove, South Africa, paired perfectly with local award-winning chocolates from Cocoa Loco. Tickets cost £10 from 01403 220345 or email sales@manningsheath.com

14 July: Shipley Arts Festival

Shipley Arts Festival

The Shipley Arts Festival continues with a concert at Durrance Manor, Smithers Hill Lane, Shipley, on Friday 14 July, from 7:30pm. Filip Fenrych (leader of Verbier and member of Dallas Symphony Orchestras), Andrew Bernardi (violin), Christina Maude (piano), and Dr Charles Wood (Tenor), perform salon music to include favourites such as Schon Rosmarin and Liebeslied by Fritz Kriesler, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and virtuoso pieces in a perfect English setting generously hosted by Gordon and Joan Lindsay. Tickets £36 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com. For more details about the Festival visit www.bmglive.com/shipley-arts-festival/


15 July: Horsham Riverside Walk

Horsham riverside Walk

The annual Horsham Riverside Walk will be held on Saturday 15 July, at 10am - 4pm. The 13-mile guided walk around the Riverside Walk starts at Horsham Rugby Club. The walk, organised by Horsham‚ÄąTown Community Partnership, includes several mills, the remains of a motte and bailey castle, and Leechpool woods. For details email horshamriversidewalk@gmail.com

16 July: Sussex Garden Tea Party

Tea Party

Summer Sussex Garden Tea Parties will be held at Trenchmore, Burnthouse Lane, Cowfold, RH13 8DG, on Sunday 16 July and Sunday 27 August. The tea parties are especially for people with dementia, their families and friends. A representative from Horsham Alzheimer’s Society will be in attendance. Enjoy an open garden party with live music, delicious tea and cakes. Free entry. For more information, contact Joanne on 07711 698279.

22 July: Back to the 80s at HGMF


 The Horsham Garden Music Festival returns for its sixth year in the Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park. The event showcases talent across a range of music genres. Take a nostalgic trip Back to the 80s on Saturday 22 with The Jukebox 6, Northbrook MET (Young Performers) Band, Flying Low plus Stephen Foster’s David Bowie tribute. All four concerts are free to attend.  Gates open at 12:30pm and the music starts at 1pm, finishing at 5pm. Food and drink will be available from vendors or you are welcome to bring your own. www.horshamgardenmusicfestival.co.uk.


18 - 26 August: Association of Sussex Artists

Sussex Artists Exhibition

The Association of Sussex Artists is holding its 105th annual exhibition in the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham from 18 – 26 August, 10am – 5pm daily (3pm final day). It attracts a diverse and exceptionally high standard of work and skills in drawing, painting, pottery, ceramics and sculpture, employing a wide range of expertise and techniques, of some 150 artists from across Sussex. Some members will demonstrate their skills on Saturday 8 and 15 July as Artists in Residence at Horsham Museum, as part of the Horsham Festival. Brock Taylor is sponsoring two main Fine Art Awards of £400, three Highly Commended Awards of £50 and a People’s Choice Award of £50. Admission to all events is free. www.associationofsussexartists.co.uk

19 August: Ashington Festival

Ashington Festival

 Ashington Festival will be held on Saturday 19 August, 1:30 – 11pm. The carnival procession starts at 1.30pm with carnival princess Isabelle Wieland heading the parade. Music comes from Paul Jackson as Freddie Mercury and Speedboatz, before a fantastic firework display at 10pm. Arena highlights include the Stallions of Substance, the Essex Dog Display Team, Tom Foolery, the Medina Marching band and a fun dog show. Other attractions include Harris Brothers Funfair, car boot sale, flower show, car show, craft, charity and animal stalls and sideshows. www.ashingtonfestival.co.uk




5-6, 12-13 Aug: Loxwood Joust

Loxwood Joust

Be transported back in time to experience all the wonders and mediaeval mayhem of the Middle Ages as The Loxwood Joust returns to Loxwood Meadow on the 5 - 6, 12 - 13 August. Billed as the UK’s premiere Mediaeval day out, highlights include all-action jousting tournament, music by acclaimed singing group the Mediaeval Baebes, a Living History Village and Mediaeval Market Place, whilst a company of actors, wandering minstrels, court jester and dance troupes entertain throughout the day. Mini Mediaeval Mayhem includes archery, face and wound Painting, pelt the peasant and a sword school. Advance tickets are available at www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk

26 August: Cancer Research UK Relay for Life

Cancer Research UK Relay for Life

Cancer Research UK is encouraging family, friends and work colleagues to get together and enter Relay for Life Rock Around the Clock, a unique year-round inspirational team fundraising challenge. Teams of between eight to 15 people, of all ages, levels of fitness and walks of life are asked to raise as much money as possible for life-saving cancer research. Teams can raise vital funds through a wide range of activities from karaoke to quizzes, before they are then invited to take part in an overnight fundraising festival at Handcross Park School on 26 August. During the Relay, team members take it in turns to walk round a track while everyone else enjoys the carnival atmosphere. As the event continues non-stop through the night, team members not on the track take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents which are set up close by. cruk.org/relay


27 August: Sussex Garden Tea Party

Sussex Garden Tea Party

Summer Sussex Garden Tea Parties will be held at Trenchmore, Burnthouse Lane, Cowfold, RH13 8DG, on Sunday 27 August. The tea parties are especially for people with dementia, their families and friends. A representative from Horsham Alzheimer’s Society will be in attendance. Enjoy an open garden party with live music, delicious tea and cakes. Free entry. For more information, contact Joanne on 07711 698279.

28 Aug: Wisborough Green Fete

Wisborough Green Fete

Wisborough Green Fete & Horticultural Show will be held on the Green on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August, from 1pm. The popular annual event is packed with fantastic games and activities. Enter your precious pooch in the Fun Dog Show (judged by professional show judge and dog breeder Sue Garner), hunt out giant vegetables in the Horticultural Show tent, or try games and activities including Wellie Wanging and ferret racing.

15 Jul - 2 Sep: Victoria Lovell Pottery

Victoria Lovell

Horsham Museum hosts an exhibition of pottery pets by Victoria Lovell, from 15 July. Victoria’s animals have their own personality, thanks to her technique of not using a mold, as she uses a combination of stains, glaze and oxides to recreate features. Victoria will be holding a ‘Meet the Maker’ event on Saturday 15 July, from 11am - 3pm.  Animal Magic: pottery pets by Victoria Lovell runs until 2 September 2017. www.horshammuseum.org

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.

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

An Autumn Gift Fair will be held at Knepp Castle, West Grinstead, RH13 8LJ on Thursday 21 September, from 9.30am - 3.30pm. The event is held in aid of the New Horizons Appeal for St Catherine’s Hospice.  Browse a superb selection of up to 80 stalls, selling gifts, fashion, accessories, food and more, with teas/coffees and home-made lunches. Entry £5. An Evening Preview is held on Wednesday 20 September, with tickets costing £15 from suzanneconnor@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.

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                                       

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 


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

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

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