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27 Apr: Shipley Arts Festival at Coolhurst

Shipley Arts Festival

The Shipley Arts Festival, one of the most inclusive and diverse music festivals in the UK, has announced an exciting and varied 2018 programme, featuring internationally renowned musicians. Expect an eclectic mix of Baroque, contemporary and romantic music performed by the tutors and young musicians of the festival’s String Academy at St John’s Church, Coolhurst, on Friday 27 April. Tickets: £15. Then, the Stradivarius Piano Trio perform work by Haydn, Schubert, Grieg, Schubert/Liszt and Debussy at Warnham Park on Sunday 29 April. Tickets: £36.

7 May: St Mary's 5k Trail Run

St Mary's Run

The St Mary’s 5k Trail Run and family fun day will be held on Monday 7 May. The Trail Run, starting at 11am, is an off-road event around the paths of scenic Chesworth Farm, and is suitable for children aged 13 or over. The race starts and finishes at the Barrack field, next to Horsham Cricket Club. Prior to this, there will be a children’s ‘Colour Run’ and obstacle course. Entry to the children’s race is £5 in advance (2 - 11 year olds) and the 5k Trail Run costs £10 in advance (£15 on the day). All proceeds in aid of St Mary’s Pre-School in Horsham. www.facebook.com/stmarys5ktrailrun

12 May: Slinfold Concert Band at St Mary's

Slinfold Concert Band

For the fourth consecutive year, the acclaimed choir of the parish church of St. Mary's in the Causeway will be joining with the celebrated Slinfold Concert Band for an evening of musical delights. Music for St Mary's will take place on Saturday 12 May at 7.30pm. The evening will feature both solo and ensemble numbers from members of the choir under choirmaster Jeremy Weaver, and a selection of pieces from Slinfold's popular concert band, under the baton of musical director Christopher Newport. Tickets £10, (Under 16s £1) from the church office or (01403) 253762. The price includes light refreshments at the interval.

11-13 May: Petworth Park Antique Fair

Petworth Fair

The Petworth Park Antique & Fine Arts Fair will be held on 11 – 13 May. Hosted by Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, the event sees nearly 50 exhibitors offering the finest and most diverse selection of quality treasures, including traditional and country furniture, lighting, glass, jewellery, Tunbridge ware, clocks, silver, ceramics and vintage watches. The fair combines contemporary and antique art, from sculptures to oil paintings. Tickets cost £10. http://petworthparkfair.com

12-13 May: Horsham English Festival

Broadwood Morris Dance

Horsham English Festival will be held in the town centre on 12 – 13 May. On the Saturday, the local Broadwood Morris side host the popular Day of Dance, with about 20 Morris sides present in town. Most sides perform traditional Morris styles (Cotswold, North West and Border) as well as Step Clog. During the weekend, there will also be performances by local folk acts and choirs, including Horsham Folk Club Band and Singers, The Rocking Bankers, Horsham Community Choir, Okee Dokee, South Downs Folk Singers, Rockchoir and local street dance school Rhythm & Sole. On Saturday, Morris Minor cars will be parked in the town, whilst visitors can also enjoy the Carfax market. On Sunday, there will be a display of Aston Martins in Carfax, as well as a performance by Loxwood Joust in Market Square. 

13 May: Run Wisborough Races

Run Wisborough

RunWisborough will be held on Sunday 13 May, at 10:30am. The event, now in its third year and with a new sponsor in Christ’s Hospital, is hoping to attract 1,000 participants. The 5km and 10km race is for serious runners and people of all abilities and there is also a Colour Run on the Green for youngsters. Runners will be time- chipped with prizes in all categories with medals. Sussex band The Blues Issue will lead the post-race entertainment. The event raises funds for sports facilities in the village. www.runwisborough.co.uk 

13 May: Storrington Duck races

Storrington Duck Race

Storrington Village Duck Race is held on Sunday 13 May. Participants gather at the Riverside Walk and library car park before the first race at 12:30pm. There will be six heats, with the top 10 ducks from each progressing to the final. The day offers funfair rides, face-painting, craft stalls, music, cakes and a BBQ. The event raises money for The Friends of Storrington First School (FOSS).

18-19 May: Last Tango and Last Panto

Turning Point Productions

Turning Point Productions and Entertainment (TPPE) presents Last Tango and Last Panto in North Horsham, at North Heath Hall, Horsham, on 18–19 May, from 7:30pm. The production comprises two one-act comedies by David Tristram, directed by Helen Smith-Turner. Tickets £12.50 (includes two-course supper) from (01403) 541839 or www.tpentertainment.co.uk 

19 May: Little White Blue at BBH

Little White Blue

Little White Blue, a local six-piece vintage covers band, perform a charity gig at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, on Saturday 19 May, from 7.30 – 11pm. The band perform a range of dance music, from vintage jazz and swing to R&B, with more contemporary songs given a vintage twist. Tickets cost £10 on the door, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research. For details visit www.littlewhiteblue.co.uk

19 May: Horsham Hospital Friends' Fete

'Diddy' David Hamilton

The League of Friends of Horsham Hospital hosts its Summer Fete at the Hospital on Saturday 19 May, from 1 – 4pm. Local DJ and radio presenter ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton will open the fete. Free parking is available opposite at Collyer’s. The League of Friends operates the Tea Bar and Shop through volunteers, funds the Garden and Aquaria, and hosts fundraising events including regular book sales. 

20 May: Horsham 10K Race

Horsham 10km Race

The Horsham 10K race takes place on Sunday 20 May, starting and finishing at Horsham Rugby Club. There will be 500 competitors running on a mixed terrain course. This popular event is part of the Sussex Grand Prix and attracts competitors from clubs all over West Sussex and East Sussex. As well as the main event, there will also be a short distance fun run for children within the rugby club field. Prizes for all categories, both children and adults. More details, including how to enter, can be found at www.horshamjoggers.co.uk 

24 May: Jason Donovan at The Capitol

Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan & His Amazing Midlife Crisis comes to The Capitol, Horsham, on Thursday 24 May. This autobiographical show will take Jason’s looming 50th birthday as its starting point and zig-zag back and forth through the life of the popular music and TV personality. Hear new stories, plus some you’ll know and love, for a night like no other. Tickets cost £26.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

25 May: Harry Price Exhibition

Distortion through the London Eye

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of paintings by Harry Price, running until 25 May. Harry’s watercolours explore reflections on water, with an emphasis on light effects and surface translucency. His accolades have included the prestigious Winsor & Newton/Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour award for most outstanding group of paintings. www.horshammuseum.org

26 May: Horsham Painting Group Exhibition

Horsham Painting Group

The Horsham Painting Group will be holding its spring exhibition and sale at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL, on Saturday May 26 from 10am - 4pm. Original works by members of the group will be on sale. Admission is free and refreshments. www.horshampaintinggroup.co.uk

26 May - 9 Jun: Steyning Festival

Robert Webb

There’s an impressive line-up for the Steyning Festival, held from 26 May- 9 June. Among the headline acts are Barry Cryer and Colin Sell, legendary jazz bassist Herbie Flowers, Peep Show’s Robert Webb and Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B. Other well-known names include Baroness Floella Benjamin, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, children’s author Julia Donaldson and TV writer Simon Nye. The 16-day festival, with a theme of Revolution, combines music, drama, dance, art, poetry, literature, talks, walks and events. There’s something for all ages, from a sing-along Bugsy Malone to a wine and beer festival. For literary buffs, there’s a wealth of writing talent, including Salley Vickers, Sarah Dunant and Sarah Gristwood. Tickets can be booked from 20 April at www.steyningfestival.co.uk

27 May: Plum Jam

Plum Jam

Plum Jam will be held in Horsham Carfax on Sunday 27 May. The air-cooled Volkswagen show, organised by Plum’s Campers of Southwater, gives owners a chance to show off their ride to an adoring audience. For everyone else, it’s a chance to take a stroll around the town, checking out cool VW's, boutique markets, award-winning street food and live music.

28 May: Shipley Village Fete

Shipley Windmill

Shipley Village Fete will be held on Monday 28 May, from 11am - 4pm. Stalls include plants, preserves, local crafts, books, cards, cakes, tombola and children’s games, while local businesses will be selling up-cycled and painted furniture, garden ornaments, decoupage, ceramic gifts and homewares. There’ll be live music, together with a petting area for new lambs and calves, poultry and ducks. Pop by for refreshments and homemade cakes. Free parking in Red Lane. Profits go to the upkeep of the 12th century Church of St Mary the Virgin.

1 Jun - 28 Jul: Gordon Rushmer Exhibition

Gordon Rushmer

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery presents Averting a Catastrophe – The Kosovo Crisis through an Artist Eyes by Gordon Rushmer, on 1 June – 28 July. Filled with powerful, moving and richly detailed portraits of everyday life in a war-torn country, this exhibition by the renowned war artist celebrates the remarkable achievement of British and NATO troops in keeping the peace in Kosovo twenty years ago. Gordon’s work captured the day-to-day activities of the soldiers and the people of Kosovo. Admission is free. www.horshammuseum.org

2-3 Jun: The Floral Fringe Fair

Floral Fringe

The Floral Fringe Fair 2018 will be held at Knepp Castle, Shipley, on the weekend of 2 – 3 June, from 10.30am -  5pm. The fair has a wildlife theme with a vintage twist, and specialises in quality independent stalls from across the South East, including specialist nurseries and wildlife information stalls. Sample the numerous street food stalls at the fair, with many picnic spots by the beautiful lake, or eat in the fabulous pop-up tearoom. Entry is £7.50 (£2 for under 14s/under 4s free) with discounts for those arriving in classic or vintage pre-1975 vehicles. There will be music from local acts, dancing and singing. Dressing in style is encouraged! www.floralfringefair.co.uk

3 June: Cancer Research Race for Life

Horsham Race for Life

The Cancer Research 5km Race for Life will be held in Horsham Park on Sunday 3 June, starting at 11am. The Race for Life sees thousands of women uniting with one purpose: To come together, to raise money, to bear cancer. You can run, jog or walk your way around the course. Competitors jogging typically complete the 5km course in about 30 minute, whilst walkers take about an hour. Entry is £14.99, children £10 and Under 6 entry (girls and boys) is free. To register, follow the ‘Support Us’ link from www.cancerresearchuk.org

7 Jun: Dan Snow at The Capitol

Dan Snow

Well-known historian and TV presenter Dan Snow visits The Capitol, Horsham, on Thursday 7 June, at 8pm. An Evening with the History Guy will see Dan recount memorable experiences from his successful career as an historian and broadcaster. The show will be of interest to academics, students, families (young and old) and all those interested in the history of the region. It concludes with a Q&A session. Dan has a regular slot on The One Show on BBC1 and is also part of the BBC Events team. Tickets cost £26 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

9 Jun: Horsham STEMfest


Horsham STEMfest will be held from Carfax Bandstand on Saturday 9 June, from 11am – 2:30pm. This free pop-up STEM event includes activities and demonstrations unlocking the world of science, maths, technology and engineering. Meet engineers and scientists from local companies and explore your study options. Initiated by Horsham Business Education partnership and organised on their behalf by STEMSussex. 

9 June: Midnight Walk

Midnight Walk

St Catherine's Hospice’s Midnight Walk returns to Horsham on Saturday 9 June. Sponsored by Gatwick Airport, the walk is open to everyone aged 10 and over and offers a choice of seven, 13 or 20 miles. It starts at 8pm or 10pm, depending on distance. Nearly 1,000 people took part last year and St Catherine’s is hoping even more will pull on their walking shoes this summer. There’s an early bird entry rate of £10. After 20 April, entry is £15. All entry fees include a free T-shirt, finisher's breakfast and medal. Sign up at www.stch.org.uk/midnightwalk 

9 - 10 & 16 - 17 Jun: HAOS Art Trail

Horsham Artist Angela Brittain

The Horsham Artist Open Studios (HAOS) Art Trail will be held over two weekends on 9 - 10 and 16 - 17 June. The event sees over 40 of the best artists and makers in the district presenting their work at their homes, studios or gardens. Tour the countryside from Ashington to Warnham, as well as venues across Horsham town, enjoying the work of painters, jeweller makers, ceramic artists, sculptors and wood turners. It is also a chance to talk to artists, gain an insight into their working practice and discuss techniques used. Venue maps will be available from The Capitol and Horsham Museum. www.horshamartistsopenstudios.co.uk

16 June: Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael


Fastlove A Tribute to George Michael will be performed at The Capitol, Horsham, on Saturday 16 June, from 8pm. The show is packed with anthems, from Wham! classics to the chart-topping success of Faith, plus the singer’s hits of the nineties and noughties. Enjoy classics including Careless Whisper, Freedom, Outside and more. Tickets £24.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

16-17 June: Sussex Guild Exhibition

Parham House

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show will be held at Parham House & Gardens on 16 – 17 June, from 10:30am - 5pm. The Guild is a group of professional designer makers selected for their high degree of skill and creativity. The Guild’s craft show takes place in a large marquee within the award-winning gardens, with spectacular examples of ceramics, leather, textiles, jewellery, wood, glass, metalwork and modern furniture on show and craft demonstrations too. Visitors will be able to meet the makers and buy or commission an individual piece. For more details see the Events page at www.parhaminsussex.co.uk

17 Jun: KidstriUK Triathlon

Horsham Triathlon

The award-winning KidstriUK return to Horsham on 17 June to stage the excellent triathlon in Horsham Park for children aged from 8-16. the event, Organised by Hedgehogtri and Kidstri Events, welcomes those new to the sport as well as those that have previously taken part in triathlons, with categories for novices as well as TriStars. There are trophies for the first three in each Tristar and Youth category, for males and females. There will be medals for all children taking part. The events are very well organised, allowing for parents to watch children swim in The Pavilions before a bike ride and a run, all within Horsham Park. Enter at www.hedgehogtri-events.co.uk17

17 Jun: Eurovision's Surie at The Capitol


Having been chosen to represent the UK for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, SuRie embards on a nationwide tour, coming to The Capitol, Horsham, on Sunday 17 June, at 3pm. SuRie and her musicians will perform a set of past and current Eurovision winners including songs by ABBA, Johnny Logan and Katrina and the Waves. As well as the mellow piano/vocal settings of her own songs, SuRie’s recordings of covers have been appreciated by audiences and critics. Tickets cost £21 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

28 June: Horsham Chamber Choir Concert

Horsham Chamber Choir

Horsham Chamber Choir presents Bach and Beyond at St John the Evangelist Church, Springfield Road, Horsham on Saturday 28 June, at 8pm. The choir perform Bach's motet Jesu meine Freude, plus works for choir an organ by 19th century composers inspired by Bach, including motets by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Reinberger. Tickets £13 (under 18s £6) by email from information@horsham-chamberchoir.org.uk or call 07730 983314.

28 July: Dhruv Baker at Wefifo event

Wefifo event in 2017

MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker will be cooking at a Wefifo event in Horsham on 28 July. The curry and beer extravaganza will see the chef accompanied by Partridge Green brewery, Dark Star, showcasing a selection of beer matched to the menu. Craft beer will be selected to match the enticing menu. Tickets cost £30 from https://www.wefifo.com

18-19 Aug: Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Horsham's long-running Battle of the Bands competition is back for 2018, with entries now being accepted. There are categories for original bands, covers bands and acoustic originals, with prizes including recording sessions, professional photography and music vouchers. The grand final will be held in the Human Nature Garden at Horsham Park on 18 – 19 August. To enter visit www.horshambotb.co.uk

30 Sept: Barns Green Half Marathon

Barns Green Half Marathon

St Catherine’s Hospice has been chosen as the official charity for the Barns Green Half Marathon & 10km race, taking place on Sunday 30 September. Barns Green Half Marathon Race Director, Vernon Jennings said: “This year, our association with St Catherine’s is particularly poignant as we recently lost two dear friends from the village, Brian Muncer and Mike Awcock, who were very prominent figures in village life and who between them clocked up 56 years as senior marshals for our race.  Both passed away just before Christmas and both benefitted enormously from St Catherine’s support.” The success of last year’s Barns Green and 10k races combined with the generosity of the runners resulted in £18,000 being raised for St Catherine’s. For details on how to take part, visit www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk                                       

13 Oct: Coolham Live Music Club Anniversary Gig

Coolham Live Music Club

Coolham Live Music Club hosts its fifth anniversary gig on Saturday 13 October. The club has hosted some of the best artists and bands in the country, performing blues, jazz, soul, Americana and more. The club has raised almost £8,000 for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice in the process. October’s line-up will include Elles Bailey (with guitarists Joe Wilkins and Will Edmunds), Dave Ital (who has played for the likes of Beyonce, Tom Jones, Nile Rodgers and Craig David), with his Rhythm and Blues Band, and London-based soul songstress Georgia Van Etten, who proved a huge hit on her previous visit to Coolham. Tickets cost £25 from Rich at coolhamtickets@gmail.com and are likely to sell quickly.