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14 Dec - 6 Jan: Sleeping Beauty at The Capitol

Nicola Hume (Heart FM) playing Fairy Good Heart and Nicole Faraday (Bad Girls, Emmerdale) playing villain Carabosse

Hollyoaks actor James Fletcher,  Heart FM’s Nicola Hume, Ben Ofoedu (Phats and Small) and Nicole Faraday are among the stars of the Capitol’s festive pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. With a mix of musical theatre and pop songs, jokes and audience participation, it promises to be a festive feast of family entertainment. Performances are held from 14 December - 6 January 2019. www.thecapitolhorsham.com

- 30 Dec: Horsham Museum Watercolour Exhibit

Watercolour by Vanda Szczepanowska (Horsham Museum & Art Gallery)

The Friends of Horsham Museum & Art Gallery have built an impressive collection of watercolours. An exhibition entitled Collecting the Quintessential showcases the quality of the acquired work by a range of artists, both well-known and local. It includes paintings by Samuel Prout, whose views of Europe transformed the visual appreciation of medieval buildings, historical scene paintings by Charles Cattermole and quality work by lesser known artists including Vanda Szczepanowska. The Museum’s collection has also benefited from donations by The Horsham Society, Toovey’s and private individual benefactors. The exhibition is open until 30 December.  www.horshammuseum.org

31 Dec: Holbrook Club New Years Eve Party

New Years Eve

Welcome in a brand new year with all of us at The Holbrook Club at our biggest New Years Eve party ever. Dance away the last few hours of 2018 and celebrate Big Ben’s midnight chimes surrounded by family and friends. A light buffet of finger food will be served to keep you going all night and if that’s not enough the bar will be serving until 1am. Our resident DJ will be playing some of today’s biggest tunes, all your favourites from decades gone by as well as some New Years Eve classics. So bring your dancing shoes as we expect to see you all on the dance floor. So make sure to round up all your loved ones for one last big hurrah of the year. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment as tickets for this event will sell quickly and will sell out. Members £12.50 Non-Members £17.50. Tickets from https://www.theholbrookclub.co.uk

 

- 2 Jan: The Snowman and the Snowdon at Nymans

Snowman and the Snowdog

From Saturday 17 November until Wednesday 2 January 2019 we'll be displaying over 40 illustrations from the film, following the magical adventures of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. The entrance to the gallery is in the Forecourt Garden. Head through the archway and into the ground floor of the Messel family home. Here you’ll find yourself in the decorated Gun Room which leads upstairs to the gallery. As well as behind-the-scenes drawings, preparatory sketches and artwork used in the film you’ll find simple activities for children to enjoy.  Find out about the creative process that brought The Snowman™ back to life for a new generation of viewers and see how the animators drew faces and selected their colour palette. The Exhibition in the Gallery opens at 11am with last admission at 3pm. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans/

9 Jan: Arts Society Horsham Lecture on Bach

Arts Society meeting

The Arts Society has announced details of its Spring lecture programme at The Capitol. Peter Medhurst discusses the Music and Life of Johann Sebastian Bach on Wednesday 9 January. On 13 February,  Zara Flemming lectures on The Arts and Crafts of Kashmir. On 13 March, Linda Colins highlights Foujita: The Japanese Frenchman who Loved Women and Cats. Coffee from 9.45am with lectures starting at 10.45am. Non-members are welcome for a fee of £5, payable on entry.

19 Jan: The Magic of Motown

The Magic of Motown

The Magic of Motown comes to The Capitol on Saturday 19 January, at 7.30pm. Enjoy 40 back-to-back timeless hits by Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha Reeves, The Supremes, The Four Tops,  Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more are recreated by a talented cast and band. Tickets cost £27.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

20 Jan: Badminton 'Basics' Course

Badminton

Forest Badminton Club has received funding from Badminton England to run a six-week ‘Basics Course’ starting on Sunday 20 January at Tanbridge House School gym. The aim is to encourage new players and those wishing to return to the game. Sessions continue on Sundays from 7 - 8pm. For more details or to register for £25, call (01403) 254150 or email forestbcsecretary@gmail.com

24 Jan: Horsham Writers' Circle Literary Event

Literary Event

Horsham Writers’ Circle is calling on all writers to join celebrations for the Horsham and District Year of Culture 2019. The group is hosting a literary event once a month, with the first event held at Horsham library on Thursday 24 January, from 7 – 9pm.Bryan Webster, Chair of HWC, said: “We welcome writers of all abilities to this kick-off event, which will give a taste of what’s in store during the year. Contributions, whether a first chapter of a novel, poem, short story (written or graphic), play-script, flash fiction or screenplay, will form the basis of a collection to be published in book form. The event is free. Booking required. www.horshamwriters.co.uk

- 26 Jan: Voyages to the Pacific

Voyages to te Pacific

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery has a wide selection of ethnographic material in its collections. These items have been donated throughout the Museum’s 125-year history and represent the travels of several generations of Horsham’s residents. To reflect the 250th anniversary of the departure of Captain James Cook’s first voyage, the Museum is displaying objects originating from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in Voyages to the Pacific, exhibiting until 26 January. www.horshammuseum.org

26 Jan: The Vornis Trio play Coolham

The Vornis Trio

The Vornis Trio play at Coolham Live Music Club on Saturday 26 January. The Vornis Trio is a Hammond Organ combo that draws on the soulful side of Jazz and Blues and features 3 outstanding session and gigging musicians, Ross Stanley (Hammond B3 Organ) Nat Martin (Guitar and Vocals) and Pat Levett (Drums). They have individually worked with the likes of Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith, Maceo Parker, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Bernard Purdie, Jon Cleary, Elliot Randell (Steely Dan), The Coalminers, Jo Harman, Hamish Stuart (Average white Band) and Harvey Mason. With that amount of experience and talent on stage, the results are predictable - great live music. Tickets for this event are £15, please email Rich at coolhamtickets@gmail.com to reserve yours.Please bring your own refreshments, food, nibbles etc (and some change for the charity bucket). Doors will open at 7pm and first set will start at approx. 7.45pm. www.coolhamlivemusicclub.com

26-29 Jan: RSPB Bird Watch

RSPB Bird Watch

Become a citizen scientist! For 40 years, the RSPB has asked you to count your birds as part of the annual Big Garden Birdwatch. This is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey with half a million members of the public taking part each year, and the time has come again for you to top up your feeders, dig out your binoculars and get watching! You don’t need to be an expert birder to take part – simply spend one hour across the weekend of 26 – 29 January 2019 counting the birds that you see in your garden, local park or you’re your allotment. Remember to only count the maximum number of each species you see, rather than each individual bird. For example, if two blue tits land on your feeder, fly off and then five blue tits arrive a moment later, you should record this as five rather than seven. At Pulborough Brooks, we’re running a ‘Big Garden Birdwatch – the big build-up’ event on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 January to help families hone their spotting skills. We’ll have a few games set up to test your knowledge, binoculars to practice with and you can even make a pinecone bird feeder to tempt the birds into your garden. 

- 9 Feb: Vincent Lines Exhibit at Museum

Art by Vincent Lines

A major donation of art by the family of Vincent Lines, a leading 20th century artist, has  gone on display at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery. The skilful pen and ink drawings portray the places and people of the Horsham area in the 1930s, when Vincent was the popular Head of Horsham Art School. Marking the 50th anniversary of Vincent’s death, his family have generously gifted the Museum works of art, including 10 drawings depicting St Mary’s Church,  Chesworth Farm, Park House, Market Square and other local landmarks, as well as a brilliant self-portrait and a rare lithographic stone. Entitled Stunning Lines, the exhibition is held in the Watercolour Gallery until 9 February.  

16 Feb: Arielle at Coolham Live

Arielle

There are some fantastic acts booked at Coolham Live Music Club in the coming months. American singer/guitarist Arielle is joined by her trio on Saturday 16 February. Arielle has established herself as an exciting musician across the pond, having impressed the likes of Brian May and Cee Lo Green. She plays her only Sussex gig at Coolham Village Hall. Tickets are available from coolhamtickets@gmail.com www.coolhamlivemusicclub.com

19 Feb: Horsham Pancake Races

Pancake Races

Horsham Pancake Races are scheduled for Tuesday 19 February, at 12pm. Head to the Carfax to see local businesses take on the challenging pancake course, with an egg and spoon races for mascots also planned. For information on entering a team, email horshamrotary@btconnect.com

19 Feb: Robert White at The Capitol

Robert White

Robert White wowed the judges and viewers alike with his fast-paced comedy routines when he made the finals on this year's Britain’s Got Talent. He is now set to bring all that fun you saw on the TV live across the country as he announces his debut UK tour: The Tank Top Tour, coming to The Capitol on Tuesday 19 February..  With a suitcase full of his trademark vests, Robert will be travelling the UK with his unique, musical stand-up to 31 venues between February and April 2019. Tickets £20.50 from 01403 750220 or visit https://www.thecapitolhorsham.com

22 Feb: Dr. Feelgood at The Rec Rooms

Dr. Feelgood

Dr Feelgood perform at The Rec Rooms, Horsham, on Friday 22 February. Formed in the early 1970s, Dr. Feelgood topped the charts in 1976 with live album, Stupidity. The remain an exciting rhythm and blues acts, renowned for a raw and uncompromising style. Advance tickets cost £20 from https://therecrooms.com/

2-3 Mar: Leonardslee Crime Festival

Book Event

The Book Lovers' Supper Club hosts the inaugural Leonardslee Crime Festival on 2 - 3 March, celebrating the best of crime writing in the South East. The festival opens with a Murder Mystery Afternoon Tea, presented by the ‘Killer Women’. Authors including Elly Griffiths, Colette McBeth, Mel McGrath and Julia Crouch present a puzzle for the audience to solve. In the evening, a Crime, Wine and Fine Dining Experience features writer Erin Kelly as after-dinner speaker. Erin’s recent book, He Said/She Said, was a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller and her debut novel, The Poison Tree, became a major ITV drama.Waking up delegates on Sunday 3 March will be a Crime Writing Workshop with Dorothy Koomson and Graham Bartlett. As an advisor to famed author Peter James and former Chief Superintendent at Brighton & Hove, police procedure and forensic detail is Graham's forte. The final event is a Crime Cream Tea with top authors Simon Brett, Debbie Howells and Julie Corbin debating the ingredients that go into creating a crime novel. It will be followed by classic cream tea. www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk

10 Mar: Juan Martin at The Capitol

Juan Martin

Juan Martín, a supreme artist of the flamenco guitar, performs at The Capitol on Sunday 10 March. Voted in the top three flamenco guitarists in the world by Guitar Player USA, Juan has toured the world, playing concerts from Shanghai to New York. Critics have compared his compositional talent to that of Albéniz, Turina and Tarrega. Tickets cost £19.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

2 Jan - 25 Mar: RA at Petworth House

Fete in Petworth Park by William Frederick Witherington, RA

Petworth House celebrates works by founders and pastmembers of the Royal Academy in an exhibit to mark the 250th anniversary of the RA.Petworth’s Royal Academicians: 10 Champions of British Art runs from 2 January – 25 March.The exhibit will also reflect the status of Petworth House as home to one of the great historic collections, described as “that House of Art” in 1834 by John Constable. J. M. W. Turner was invited to stay at Petworth, where he used one of the rooms as his studio. The 3rd Earl bought and commissioned 20 works by Turner that are now in thePetworth House collection.Featured as part of the exhibit will be Turner’s ‘Ships bearing up for Anchorage’, painted in 1802, the year he was elected as a full member of the Royal Academy and his first work to be signed as ‘JMW Turner RA’. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth

5-6 Apr: Abseil for Hospice

Abseiling for St Catherine's

St Catherine’s Hospice is calling all thrill-seekers to combat their fears and join them for a 100ft Hospice Hero Abseil. The hospice is returning with the challenge on the outside of Sandman Signature Hotel, Crawley, on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April. Registration costs £25 and abseilers will also be asked to raise sponsorship of £195. Register at www.stch.org.uk/abseil 

18 May: Belmond British Pullman Train Journey

Image: STCH

The famous Belmond British Pullman, the sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, will be pulling into Horsham on Saturday 18 May 2019 as part of a special service in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Stewards will welcome passengers as they board in Horsham before heading to Windsor. On the outbound journey, indulge in a Bellini Brunch accompanied by live music. After a Windsor tour, enjoy an exquisite three course dinner and wine on the return trip. A trip on the Belmond British Pullman is a true, vintage pleasure with carriages restored to the former glory of their 1920’s heyday. Tickets are £420 per person. To book your ticket or for more information contact Hannah Shorter at St Catherine’s on (01293) 447364.