4 Mar - 29 Apr: Roger Wilmshurst Exhibition
A new exhibition at Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum and Art Gallery showcases the talent of Washington resident Roger Wilmshurst. Roger, who won first prize as BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the Bird Behaviour section in 1995, has mastered that rare quality of capturing the nature of Sussex, be it landscape, ornithology or intimate scene. The 16 photographs exhibited at the museum span some 30 years of colour photography. The exhibition opens on 4 March and runs until 29 April. www.horshammuseum.org
8-23 April: Easter Bunny Hunt
As part of Horsham’s Easter weekend celebrations, town centre businesses will host a Bunny Hunt from Saturday 8 April - Sunday 23 April. Accompanied children can visit shops and draw ‘Find the Carrot’ cards to discover whether they have won a treat and then find which Bunny is hiding in the shop. The hunt is organised by the Rotary Club of Horsham in partnership with Horsham District Council and participation will be free to all Children. Competition forms will be available throughout the town with cash prizes up for grabs.
12 Apr: NADFAS Talk on Rodin
Horsham Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) host a series of spring lectures at The Capitol, Horsham. The lectures are held on Wednesdays at 10.45am with coffee available from 9.45am. Eric Shanes talks on ‘The End of a Tradition: The Art of Auguste Rodin’ on 12 April. Visitors are welcome. Entry £5.
14-17 April: Piazza Italia Festival
The Piazza Italia festival will once again be held in Horsham over the Easter bank holiday weekend on 14, 15 and 17 April. Piazza Italia is a celebration of fast cars, motorcycles, Italian food and culture, attracting over 100,000 people to the town over three days of the council-organised event. Other key events for 2017 include the English Festival and Broadwood Day of Dance on Saturday 6 May, and Plum Jam ‘17 (a gathering of vintage VWs) on Sunday 28 May.
14 Apr: Good Friday Piazza Italia
The Horsham Piazza Italia festival, organised by Horsham District Council, is a three-day celebration of all things Italian. Cars have long been at the heart of the event, with Minis and Ferraris arriving on Friday. The Italia in Piazza market and an abundance of musical and theatrical entertainment ensures that Piazza Italia XI a must-see event for all the family. The Ferrari Catwalk kicks off the day, whilst Sporting Bears will offer Dream Rides to members of the public. For a full events list see the Piazza Italia programme on the home page.
14 - 17 Apr: Easter at Sussex Oak
The Sussex Oak in Warnham is celebrating the Easter Weekend with live music and special beers. Food available all day (Friday - Monday) and a special selection of beers from Dark Star, Bedlam Brewery Brighton and Long Man Brewery. ON Good Friday, enjoy a Special Fish Menu. On Saturday, Alter Ego play live @ 9pm. Easter Sunday - Roast Lamb and Beef with all the trimmings! Bank Holiday Monday - Relax after a busy weekend with a drink the sunshine. Booking advised for all weekend dining
15 Apr: Easter Saturday Piazza Italia
The Horsham Piazza Italia festival, organised by Horsham District Council, is a three-day celebration of all things Italian. Cars have long been at the heart of the event, with several supercar and prestige cars arriving on Saturday The Italia in Piazza market and an abundance of musical and theatrical entertainment ensures that Piazza Italia XI a must-see event for all the family. For a full events list see the Piazza Italia programme on the home page.
15 Apr: Blake at The Capitol
Fresh from recent appearances on The Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing and The One Show, Brit Award winners BLAKE will be performing at The Capitol on Saturday 15 April. The British harmony trio present a new tour featuring the finest songs from stage and screen, with projections and lighting that bring the cinematic magic to life. Tickets cost £22 from 01403 750220 or online at www.thecapitolhorsham.com
16-17 April: Easter at Parham House
Families can enjoy a weekend of Easter Fun at Parham House and Gardens on Sunday 16 - Monday 17 April, from 10:30am – 5pm. Activities include a Garden Trail, face-painting, craft activities, storytelling in the summerhouse by the lake and the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny. www.parhaminsussex.co.uk
17 Apr: Easter Monday Piazza Italia
The Horsham Piazza Italia festival, organised by Horsham District Council, is a three-day celebration of all things Italian. Cars have long been at the heart of the event, with supercars arriving on Monday and a Premier Gt race paddock established at Parkside, where there will also be a Bugatti Veyron. The Italia in Piazza market and an abundance of musical and theatrical entertainment ensures that Piazza Italia XI a must-see event for all the family. T There will also be a new fashion show featuring several of the town’s best-known retailers, including La Vida, Jigsaw and M&S. Sporting Bears will offer Dream Rides to members of the public. For a full events list see the Piazza Italia programme on the home page.
22 Apr: Table Top Sale for CoCo's Foundation
The International sub-committee of Horsham Inner Wheel is holding a table top sale to raise funds for the Coco's Foundation at Mannings Heath Village Hall on Saturday 22 April, from 12-4pm.
22 April: Billingshurst Bowls Open Event
Billingshurst Bowling Club, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, hosts an open event for the new season on Saturday 22 April, at 2pm. Current members will be there to meet and help anyone wanting to give flat green lawn bowls a try. All equipment is supplied free initially, but a pair of flat-soled shoes or trainers would be ideal. There will be competitions to enter, a raffle and free refreshments. Further ‘meet and greet’ sessions are held on the green - behind Station Road Gardens - on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings throughout May from 6pm - 7.30pm. For more details visit www.billingshurstbowlingclub.co.uk
22-23 April: Model Railway Exhibition
Crawley Model Railway Society hosts its 27th annual model railway exhibition at Tanbridge House School, Farthings Hill, Horsham on April 22 - 23. There will be 20 layouts of varying scales and gauges plus full trade support from traders and a miniature steam railway to ride on. Refreshments will be available both days, with free parking. www.crawleymrs.org.uk
29 Apr: West Sussex Philharmonic Choir Concert
West Sussex Philharmonic Choir hosts a concert at St Mary’s Parish Church, Horsham, on Saturday 29 April, from 7.30pm. Conducted by Stephen Hope, the choir perform Rutter’s Requiem & Gaelic Blessing, Chilcott’s St John Passion and Durufle’s Four Motets. Tickets £14 (students £7) on the door, or from Horsham Piano Centre, Waterstone’s or The Candy Box. www.westsussexphilharmonicchoir.org.uk
29 Apr: Ron Sayers Jr Band at Coolham
On Saturday 29 April, Ron Sayers Jr Band, featuring Charlotte Joyce, take to the stage at Coolham Live Music Club. The band is ably By local blues rock quartet, Catfish. There is no licenced bar at the club so feel free to bring your own refreshments. For tickets email email@example.com or visit www.coolhamlivemusicclub.com
29 Apr - 1 May: Brighton Foodies Festival
Candice Brown, Winner of Great British Bake Off 2016, will be baking in the Cakes and Desserts Theatre at the Brighton Foodies Festival on 29 April – 1 May. Other highlights of the festival include baker Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti, MasterChef 2016 winner Jane Devonshire and Miguel Barclay, the Brighton chef who rose to Instagram fame through his gourmet £1 meals. Expert mixologists and sommeliers including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host wine, whisky, champagne and gin tastings, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials. The 2017 Foodies Festival will focus on the art of wellbeing, healthy eating and balanced lifestyles, with yoga classes, meditation, talks and cooking demonstrations from the UK’s top nutritionists, health food bloggers and healthy cooks. Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com
1-2 May: Dinosaur World at The Capitol
Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in an interactive new family show at The Capitol on Monday 1 May and Tuesday 2 May. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few in this mind-expanding Jurassic adventure. Suitable for children aged three and above. Tickets from £13.50 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com
5 May: Billibiz
Billibiz will be held at the Billingshurst Conference and Community Centre on Friday, 5 May, from 10am – 3pm. The trade show helps small businesses make new connections, meet customers and promote its services. http://billingshurstchamber.co.uk
7 May: Storrington Duck Race
The Storrington Village Duck Race will be held at Riverside Walk and Library Car Park on Sunday 7 May, from 12pm. The event will include six heaths with the top ten ducks from each earning a place in the final. Ducks for each race can be bought in advance or on the day itself from the many volunteers in the village. There will also be fun-fair rides, face-painting, craft stalls, live music, ice-cream and cakes plus a BBQ. All proceeds to Storrington First School.
10 May: Liza Pulman at The Capitol
Liza Pulman, the acclaimed singer and one third of the satirical comedy trio Fascinating Aida, returns to The Capitol with her new musical show Liza Sings Streisand, on Wednesday 10 May. Liza weaves together history, humour and harmony as she celebrates the songs of Barbra Streisand with her six-piece band, the Stardust Ensemble. Alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza brings you glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of these now legendary songs. Tickets cost from £17.50 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com
12 May: Ayesha Hazarika at The Capitol
Ayesha Hazarika will be performing her State of The Nation tour in the studio at The Capitol on Friday 12 May at 7.45pm. The former special adviser to Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman is now one of wittiest acts on the comedy circuit and has become a much sought after commentator, writing for the Financial Times and The Guardian. Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks: ‘What's next for British politics?’ Tickets cost £13 from 01403 750220 or online at www.thecapitolhorsham.com
12 May: Pasha Kovalev Performs in Horsham
Pasha Kovalev is performing at The Capitol on Friday 12 May, at 7.30pm. Winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Pasha tours with his new show Let’s Dance the Night Away, in which he’ll be joined by dancers including special guest Anja Garnis. Tickets £27 from 01403 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com
13 May: Rhino's Revenge & Quo-Caine at Holbrook
Horsham’s cover band Quo-Caine have vowed to continue the great work of the mighty Quo” after the sad passing of guitarist Rick Parfitt. Status Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards will be taking his band, Rhino’s Revenge, on a European tour, which is coming to The Holbrook Club in North Heath Lane, Horsham on 13 May. Quo-Caine are honoured to be the support act for the Horsham gig. Singer James Batchelar said: “It's a real privilege to be playing with a member of Quo and we're hoping Rhino will join us on stage for a couple of numbers. It's a real scoop for Horsham and the show is unmissable for rock and Status Quo fans alike.” For tickets call 01403 751150 or visit the Holbrook Club. VIP tickets are available from www.rhinosrevenge.com
13 May: Kathryn Callaghan at Cloud
Cloud Gallery, which recently celebrated its second anniversary in Horsham, hosts a new collection of work by Kathryn Callaghan on 13 May. Based in Northern Ireland, Callaghan’s fascinating work creates a sense of energy and captures a certain moment in time. http://www.cloudgalleryfineart.co.uk/events
13 May: Horsham Volunteer Fair
A Volunteer Fair will be held at Horsham library on Saturday 13 May, from 10am - 1.30pm. Many local groups will be talking about what they do and the volunteering roles they can offer. People volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some wish to build their confidence, gain work experience, improve their CV or get a good reference. Some have a desire to give back to the community and help to make a positive difference. Some simply want to meet new people or learn new skills. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01444 258102.
18 May: Leo Sayer in Horsham
After the sold-out success of his 2015 Restless Years tour, Grammy award-winning, international chart-topping singer Leo Sayer takes to The Capitol stage on Thursday 18 May. Known the world over for hits which including Thunder in My Heart, When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, Leo is promising a high-energy concert of his greatest hits. VIP ticket includes front row seats, a meet and greet with Leo before the show, a photo/autograph opportunity and a signed programme. Tickets cost from £28.50 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com
21 May: Horsham 10km Road Race
The Horsham 10k road race, organised by Horsham Joggers, takes place on Sunday 21 May, at 11am. The race starts and finishes at Horsham Rugby Club, Hammerpond Road, with two laps around residential streets, country lanes and woodland, mainly on roads with a short stretch on a bridleway. The race features chip timing. To enter costs £12 for runners affiliated to a UK Athletics club (14 unaffiliated runners /£17 on the day). Run to UKA rules, the race is part of the Sussex Grand Prix series, with trophies and prizes for men and women in various age categories. For younger athletes, there is also an under- 16 fun run of about 1,200m held around the safety of the rugby pitch, at 10.15am. Entry is £4 with trophies for winners and a medal for all finishers. For entry details visit www.horshamjoggers.co.uk
26 May: Illegal Eagles at The Capitol
The Illegal Eagles return to The Capitol on Friday 26 May at 8pm. This seasoned group of talented musicians are true Eagles fans at heart. For their special 20th Anniversary tour, The Illegal Eagles will be performing classic Eagles hits including Hotel California and Take It Easy. Tickets cost from £25 from 01403 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com
28 May: Ashington Toy Fair
Ashington Toy and Collectors Fairs will be held at Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, on Sunday 28 May from 10am – 2pm. For details call Pete on 01424 846676. For more details visit http://www.modelcarmart.com/ashington
28 May: Plum Jam in Horsham
Classic Volkswagens will be chugging into Horsham for Plum Jam on Sunday 28 May, from 10:30am – 3pm. As well as cars including Beetles and Campervans cruising in to town via Henfield, Cowfold and Southwater, there will be live music and award-winning street food on offer. www.plumjam.show
27 - 28 May:Warnham Park Open Garden Day
Warnham Park hosts a series of Open Garden Days in aid of Bloodwise and St Catherine’s Hospice. The garden, entered at the A24 Robin Hood Roundabout, RH12 3RP, is home to a world-famous herd of red deer. A walled garden, woodland walk and vegetable garden add to the variety of visual delights. The gardens are open on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May, and Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 June, from 12-4.30pm. Admission £5, children free. Ploughman’s lunches and cream teas with cakes will be available, together with a raffle and stalls including some home-grown plants for sale.
3 Jun: Horsham Fake Festival
Horsham Fake Festival, a huge success in 2016, returns to The Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham, on Saturday 3 June. Three top ‘fake’ bands play the music of Coldplay, The Killers and Kings of Leon, perform along with five of the best local acts in a giant marquee from 12.30 – 11pm. The Fake Festival is a family event, with children's inflatables, food stalls and outside bar available to the public. Early bird tickets are on sale until 3 May. https://www.fakefestivals.co.uk/2017/Horsham.html
3-4 June: Floral Fringe Fair
The Floral Fringe Fair will be held at Knepp Castle, Shipley, RH13 8LJ on the weekend of 3 – 4 June, from 10.30am - 5pm on both days. The fair has a wildlife theme with a vintage twist, with over 130 stalls including specialist nurseries, experts on wildlife, honeybees, insects, birds and bats. Farmer’s market food stalls will be selling a wide range of carefully chosen food to suit everyone and there are many picnic spots by the lake, as well as the pop-up tearoom. There will be music from local musicians, dancing and singing. Entry £6.50 per person (£1 under 14/under 4 free). If arriving in a classic or vintage pre-1975 vehicle entry is £5.50. www.floralfringefair.co.uk
4 June: Horsham Race for Life
Horsham Race for Life takes place in Horsham Park on Sunday 4 June 2017. Participants can run, jog or walk the 5km course, which begins at 11am. Sign up for the popular event, which raises funds for Cancer Research UK, at www.raceforlife.org
8 June: Rude Mechanical Theatre
The Rude Mechanical Theatre will be touring with a new play, The Commercial Traveller, this summer, visiting Dial Post Village Green on Thursday 8 June. Funny, romantic and moving, the play demonstrates the gritty determination to overcome an apparently unassailable problem through absolute love. For tickets visit www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk.
10 Jun: St Catherine's Midnight Walk
St Catherine's Hospice's flagship fundraiser, the Midnight Walk, is celebrates 10 years with three brand new walking routes and the chance for men and children over 10 to take part for the first time ever. Taking place in Horsham on Saturday 10 June, the walk, sponsored by Gatwick Airport, starts at 10pm and offers a choice of seven, 13 or 20-mile walking routes. Last year, nearly 400 women walked overnight to raise an incredible £65,000, but St Catherine's is hoping even more will pull on walking shoes. Sign up online at www.stch.org.uk/midnightwalk or call St Catherine's Events Team on 01293 447364. Receive a special early-bird entry rate of £10 by signing up by 21 April. All entry fees include a free T-shirt, finisher's breakfast and medal.
17 - 18 June: Funk the Format in Brighton
Funk the Format and Funk the Family will be held at Hove Park, Brighton, on 17 -18 June. The two all-day events – one featuring music and the other focusing on family fun - were founded by music journalist Lucy (Elle J) Small, a former pupil of Millais school in Horsham. Funk the Format includes live music by Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra Ensemble, whilst Funk the Family features Jazzie B of Soul II Soul. www.funkthefamily.co.uk
29 Jun - 2 Jul: Goodwood Festival of Speed
The theme for the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers.’ The Festival will celebrate racing machines that were so fast, powerful, expensive or complicated that the rules had to be changed to rein them in. These include unlimited sportscars, 1930s-era 750kg Grand Prix cars, Group B rally monsters, and ground-effect and turbo-powered F1 brutes. Alongside this central theme, the 2017 Festival will also feature a glittering array of cars and motorcycles from a huge variety of disciplines, further enhancing the Festival of Speed’s reputation as an event unlike any other in the world. The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be from 29th June to 2nd July. Tickets are on sale at www.goodwood.com and at the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755055.
8,9,25,26th July: Horsham Artists Open Studios
Horsham Artists Open Studios (HAOS) hosts open studios on 8th/9th & 25th/26th 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
15-16 July: South Downs Way Walk
Teams of tenacious walkers are being sought to take part in an overnight endurance challenge next summer. Trek the Night will be held along the South Downs Way on 15-16 July to raise vital funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research. The 40-mile challenge starts at the ancient site of Devil’s Dyke, with teams reaching the finish line on Beachy Head outside Eastbourne on Sunday afternoon. Enter at action.org.uk/trek-night-south-downs-way
16-17 Sept: Pink Gift Fair
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
21-24 Sept: Awful Auntie at The Capitol
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
24 Sept: 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
- Summer 2017
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has opened the perfect exhibition for fans of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Called ‘Twinkle Toes’ the exhibition celebrates 20th century dance dress, with outfits reflecting the changes in decorum that ladies would observe. Some of the dresses on show were made by well-known makers, such as the calf-length 1950s evening dress designed by Julian Rose and a Jean Allen gold metallic ‘dolly’ shift dress worn in the 1960s. ‘Twinkle Toes’ is open until the summer. https://www.horshammuseum.org