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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

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

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

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

Let's Dance the Night Away

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: Chanctonbury Chorus at Steyning

Chanctonbury Chorus

Chanctonbury Chorus and Orchestra will be performing their popular summer concert at St Andrew and St Cuthman's Church, Steyning, on Saturday 13 May, at 7.30pm. The concert will feature popular soloist soprano Lucy Mair singing Korngold's Four Shakespeare Songs. The Chorus and Orchestra will perform Franz Schubert's Mass in C, Vaughn Williams' In Windsor Forest, Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium and Sullivan's The Long Day Closes. Tickets cost £14 from www.chanctonburychorus.org

13 May: Men's Sheds Opening Event

Men's Shed

All are welcome at the grand opening event of Men’s Sheds Horsham at the old cadet building behind the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, on Saturday 13 May, 11am – 1pm. It is an opportunity for men to pursue and develop interests, belong to a group and feel more fulfilled. For more details visit www.mens-shed-horsham.org.uk or the Horsham Men in Sheds Facebook page.

13 May: Rhino's Revenge & Quo-Caine at Holbrook

Rhino's Revenge

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

Art by Kathryn Callaghan

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

Volunteers 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 volunteercentre@hamsva.org.uk or call 01444 258102.

18 May: Leo Sayer in Horsham

Leo Sayer

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

20 May: Horsham Painting Group Exhibition

Horsham Painting Group

The Horsham Painting Group is holding its Spring exhibition and sale on Saturday 20 May at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL from 10am - 4pm. Original works of art by members of the group will be on show and all will be for sale. Refreshments will be available and admission is free. www.horshampaintinggroup.co.uk

20 May: Slinfold Concert Band at St Mary's

Slinfold Concert Band

The choir of St Mary's Church in the Causeway, will be joined by the celebrated Slinfold Concert Band for a concert of choral and instrumental music on Saturday 20 May, at 7.30pm. There will be traditional and contemporary music from the Band and the Choir, joining forces to send a glorious wall of sound echoing around the historic Church. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults (£1 for Under-16s) from 01403 253762, or on the door (subject to availability). Proceeds go towards the Church's 'Thanks a Million' project.


21 May: Simon Viney Memorial Rugby Tournament

Simon Viney Tournament

The Simon Viney Rugby 7’s Tag Tournament will be held on Barns Green Village Green on Sunday 21 May, at 10am. Simon passed away at the young age of 22 from a degenerative heart condition.  Simon was a young man who suffered from learning difficulties but at the age of 20 he discovered a passion for rugby and became a regular player for the village team, where he often played in the same side as his father. The previous seven tournaments have raised approximately £45,000 for charity. The 8th tournament will benefit The Wooden Spoon, Canine Partners and Barns Green Rugby Club.  

21 May: Horsham 10km Road Race

Horsham 10km 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

26-28 May: Manor Theatre Group Play

It Runs in the Family

The Manor Theatre Group presents It Runs in the Family, at North Heath Hall, St Mark’s Lane, Horsham, on 26 – 28 May. Tickets to this amateur production of the hilarious farce by Ray Cooney, directed by Andrew Page, cost £12 and are available from 07771 524491 or www.manorhorsham.com

28 May: Ashington Toy Fair

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

Plum Jam

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

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.

29 May: Shipley Village Day

Shipley Church

Shipley is holding its Village Day and bi-annual Church Fete on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May from 11am – 4pm.  There will be bacon butties, home-made cakes and refreshments in the Andrew Hall, and around the village there will be more than 20 individual stalls selling, local produce, preserves, crafts, second hand books, up-cycled and re-cycled furniture, handmade ceramics, artwork, glassware and more. There will also be music, a tombola and bottle stall, a Yoga Garden demonstration, children’s games and lambs and calves in petting area. Profits raised are for St Mary the Virgin Church.

2 June: Shipley Arts Festival

Shipley Arts Group

The Shipley Arts Festival continues at The Blue Idol Quaker Meeting House, Oldhouse Lane, Coolham, on Friday 2 June, at 7.30pm. Enjoy an evening of company with festival musicians followed by a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’. Tickets: £24. Call the Box Office on 01403 741685 or visit www.BMGLive.com

3 June: Victoria Eisermann Wing Walk

Victoria Eisermann

Victoria Eisermann, the co-founder of dog rescue charity K-9 Angels, will be wing-walking on 3 June to raise money for a Spay and Neuter Campaign. Victoria, who lives in Billingshurst, enjoys a career in modelling and TV commercials before she took on the challenge of rescuing and re-homing abused and unwanted dogs. Already, she has cycled 500 miles and climbed Kilimanjaro for good causes. Victoria said: ““I am absolutely petrified. However, I just keep thinking about the dogs we can save.” Victoria will be taking off on her wing walk at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster. To donate, please enter Victoria Eisermann in this link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/

3 Jun: Horsham Fake Festival

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

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: French Market in Horsham

French Market

A French Market will be held in the Carfax on Sunday 4 June with France at Home making the first of two town visits. A market is also planned and organised by Food Rocks. Three weeks later, the Royal British Legion and partners stage Armed Forces Sunday on Sunday 25 June in the town centre.

4 June: Horsham Race for Life

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



4 June: Shipley Arts Festival Warnham Park

Shipley Arts Group

The Shipley Arts Festival continues with Festival Friend and composer Stephanie Cant at Warnham Park on Sunday 4 June, at 6.30pm. The evening also features the Robert Schumann Piano Quintet, Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio and a world premiere of Viola Sonata by acclaimed composer Derek Smith, performed by Virginia Slater. Tickets: £36. Call the Box Office on 01403 741685 or visit www.BMGLive.com

8 June: Rude Mechanical Theatre

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 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.

10-11 June: Sumners Ponds Model Show

Model Cars at Sumners Ponds

The Sumners Ponds Model Show will be held at Sumners Ponds, Chapel Road, Barns Green, on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 June, 10am – 5pm on both days. The annual show has display areas exhibiting boats, planes, helicopters, quads, drones, trains, cars, kites and many have-a-go areas. Model traders can bring and buy and there’s many other activities on site. www.sumnersponds.co.uk

11 June: D&D Football Coaching Sessions Begin


Football coaching sessions for children aged from two and a half will be held at The Holbrook Club, Horsham, every Sunday morning from 11 June. FA qualified coaches at D&D Footie Focus host fun and energetic sessions including drills, matches, games and team work. The coaches are DBS checked and run monthly awards for players. A child’s first session is free of charge, followed by six sessions for £40. For more details call Dave on 07969 669153 or Stuart on 07854 671355. www.danddfootiefocus.co.uk 

14 June: NADFAS Lecture on Furniture


Horsham Decorative and Fine Arts Society host a series of summer lectures at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham. Rev. Jonathan Meyer, MA, FRICS will be Looking at Furniture on 14 June. Lectures start at 10.45am. Coffee is available from 9.45am. Visitors are welcome for an admission fee of £5.

17 - 18 June: Funk the Format in Brighton

Funk the Format

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

21 June: Chris Nash Testimonial

Chris Nash

Sussex Cricket returns to Horsham Cricket Club, Cricketfield Road, Horsham, on Wednesday 21 June. Sussex County Cricket Club will be using the testimonial match for Chris Nash as an official warm-up game for their T20 campaign. All of the Sussex T20 squad will be at the ground and will take part in two T20 games, either side of a corporate lunch. Entry is free, so all are welcome to visit on the day and see Chris Nash and the Sussex Sharks in action. For details and corporate booking information call 01403 254628 or visit horshamsportsclub.com

24 June: Kidenza Classical Concert for Kids


Kidenza, which hosts classical concerts for kids, hosts a concert at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham, on Saturday 24 June, at 2pm and 4pm. The ‘Around the World’ concert includes mambo from West Side Story, raga music from India, African drumming, and music representing Spain, China, Australia and even Antarctica. Tickets cost £12 (Under 25s free) from www.kidenza.co.uk

29 Jun - 2 Jul: Goodwood Festival of Speed

2017 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 July: Parham Garden Weekend

Parham House and gardens

Parham Garden Weekend will be held at Parham House and Gardens on 8-9 July, 10:30am – 5pm. The event includes specialist plant and garden stalls, talks and demonstrations from experts including Sarah Raven, Nick Bailey, Jinny Blom and Tom Brown. www.parhaminsussex.co.uk

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

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

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.



15-16 July: South Downs Way Walk

South Downs Way

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

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

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

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



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                                       

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