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2-3 Mar: The Kinder Living Home Show

Refill Service

The Kinder Living Home Show is held at County Hall North (Parkside) in Horsham on the weekend of 2-3 March. The organisers will combine with Horsham Repair Cafe and Transition Horsham to offer more stands, demonstrations, products and inspiration for the home, garden and life. There will be a wide selection of repairs offered, while Transition Horsham bring the ‘Seedy Saturday’ seed swap and garden advice. The show is open on Saturday from 10am - 4pm and Sunday from 10am - 3pm. www.kinderliving.co.uk

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

9 Mar: Sussex Bump, Baby and Toddler Sho


The Sussex Bump, Baby and Toddler Show will be held at the South of England Showground in Ardingly on Saturday 9 March, 10am - 4.30pm. For more details or for a discounted entry price of £5 for the Babytodd-organised event, visit www.babytodd.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

14 Mar: Nathan Carter at The Captiol

Nathan Carter

Following the success of his current Autumn tour, Irish Country-Pop crossover star Nathan Carter announces his Born For The Road 2019 tour. The 20-date tour starting comes to The Capitol on Thursday 14 March. As one of Ireland’s biggest live music acts, Nathan is becoming a household name, with tracks from “Stayin’ Up All Night” becoming hits, such as “Wagon Wheel” and “I Wanna Dance”. Having recently played (2017/2018) arena shows in Ireland at the 3Arena Dublin and SSE Arena Belfast, this summer he cemented his superstar status performing for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families event in Croke Park Dublin. Success has also been replicated in the pop charts; he’s previously beaten the likes of Drake and Beyonce to the top in Ireland, a monumental feat – with his last album, 2017’s ‘Livin’ The Dream’ being no different, going straight to No. 1. For tickets, visit venue box offices or www.ticketline.co.uk

15 Mar: Dance the Distance Event

Dance the Distance

A Dance the Distance event in aid of Comic Relief will be held at The Bridge Leisure Centre, Broadbridge Heath on Friday 15 March, at 7pm. Up to 200 participants will come together to boogie their way through a series of tracks as they ‘Dance the Distance’ for Comic Relief. The event is equivalent to running or walking 5km in steps and calories, but is  fun, sociable and an alternative way of fundraising for a great cause. Dance the Distance is a product of EMD UK, the national governing body for group exercise in the UK. For tickets visit https://emduk.org/DANCE-THE-DISTANCE/

15 Mar: Catfish at The Rec Rooms

Catfish (Image by John Bull)

Catfish perform at The Rec Rooms, Horsham, on Friday 15 March. In 2015, the band’s debut album, So Many Roads, went straight in at No.1 in the IBBA blues airplay chart. They received two nominations at the 2015 British Blues Awards and followed that with three nominations after releasing a BB King tribute EP. Support from Yoka and Ray. Advance tickets £10 (£15 OTD) https://therecrooms.com

16 Mar: Parham Races and Fun Day

Parham Races

Parham Race Day and Fun Show will be held at Parham Racecourse, near Storrington, RH20 2ER, on Saturday 16 March. This entertaining family day out includes six horse races, pony racing and a fun dog show, with television presenter Tim Wonnacott returning as a guest judge. Other attractions include a funfair, trade stands, beer tent and a giant outdoor screen showing the Six Nations clash between England and Scotland. Entry is £13 in advance. (£15 OTD) https://www.parham-races.co.uk

23 Mar: London Welsh Male Voice Choir Concert

St Mary's Church

The world-famous London Welsh Male Voice Choir will perform a concert at St Mary’s Church, Horsham in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association, on Saturday 23 March, 7 - 9.30pm. Formed in 1902, the choir have performed sell-out shows around the world for over 100 years. In 2018, one of its members was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and the choir are determined to support him. Tickets cost £15 each from https://lwmvchorsham.eventbrite.co.uk

25 Mar: Week of Wellbeing at Billingshurst

During the week beginning the 25 March, Billingshurst Leisure Centre will be holding a free Wellbeing Week, during the week the Centre will be raising the awareness of how small changes to your exercise routine and eating habits can have a positive impact on your life. Each day will have a different theme, on Monday they will be launching Dementia Friendly Swim Sessions with the support of Horsham Rusty Brains, a group of people living well with Dementia in the Horsham District, who are raising awareness of Dementia. The sessions will include a 30 minute gentle Aqua class and 30 minutes of swimming and will run from 11am - 12pm. On Wednesday there will be a Menopause Friendly session run in partnership with Sharon Vibert from Good Mid Life Vibes. The sessions will run at 10am and 7pm. There will also be other sessions focusing on mental health, older adults and younger children. All these sessions are free and are aimed at showing that exercise and good eating habits can be fun and will help boost your self-esteem, for more information please contact the Centre on 01403 787500 or visit www.billingshurstleisurecentre.co.uk

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

- 25 Mar: Horsham Museum Picturing the District Exhibit

Picturing the District Exhibition

A temporary exhibition at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery reveals how the district has inspired artists through the years. Picturing the District includes a fascinating variety of styles, from George Robertson’s 18th century painting of anglers at Warnham Mill Bridge, to modern abstract work including Sidney Moss’ take on Amberley Chalk Pits. Other notable work includes Amy Scott’s painting of Bramber and Roxby Bott’s depiction of Billingshurst. Chanctonbury Ring, a prehistoric hill fort enhanced by a crown of trees, is captured by Edward Wesson in winter and by Charles Taylor insummer. Local paintings by Edward Fox will also be exhibited. Picturing the District is open now and runs untill 25 March. www.horshammuseum.org

28 Mar: Simon Brodkin at The Rec Rooms

Simon Brodkin

Following a well-received appearance at The Rec Rooms in December, comedian Simon Brodkin returns on Thursday 28 March. Simon has added a Horsham date to his Let Me Introduce Myself tour. Simon has been performing stand-up since 2004 and is well-known for his character, Lee Nelson. He has also made headlines by pranking high-profile figures including Sepp Blatter and Theresa May.Tickets cost £20 from https://therecrooms.com/

25-29 Mar: Will Writing Week

Dame Vera Lynn Childrens Charity (Pictured 2012)

Have you made a Will or do you need to change your Will? Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity are holding a Will Writing Week on 25 - 29 March, supported by Kreston Reeves. Instead of its usual fees, Kreston Reeves will be offering reduced rates and donating the money to the charity. If you would like to take advantage of this scheme, details can be found in the advert on page 10. https://dvlcc.org.uk

30 Mar: Muntham House Wedding Fair

Muntham House

Join us for a Wedding Showcase at Muntham House School, Barns Green, RH13 0NJ, on 30 March, 11am - 3pm. With over 30 suppliers attending, you’ll find everything you need to plan for your big day. Entry is free. For details call (01403) 730302 or visit www.muntham.org.uk

30 Mar: St Nicholas Church Fundraiser

Second Hand Sale at Barns Green

St Nicolas Church in Itchingfield is holding another fundraising Second Hand Sale in Barns Green Village Hall on Saturday 30 March, 10am - 12pm. Tables for stallholders are available to hire for £12. Antiques, vintage items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, jewellery and household items will be sold.  Entry is free. For details, contact Pip on (01403) 738477 or email fundraising@mcbean.me.uk 

30 Mar: Jackson, Live in Concert at the Capitol

Jackson, Live in Concert

Sweeney Entertainments presents Jackson, Live in Concert at the Capitol on Saturday 30 March, at 7.30pm. The hugely talented CJ recreates the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning renditions. He is backed by a live band and professional dancers. Tickets £23.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

31 Mar: Mel's Milers 10k

Mel's Milers

The 17th staging of the Mel’s Milers 10k takes place on Sunday 31 March. With around 400 entrants, the event has a friendly atmosphere and a great setting, starting and finishing at Christ’s Hospital School. Bluecoat Sports Centre provides shower and changing facilities. The route is mostly off-road, taking in school grounds before heading to Southwater on the Downs Link, through the Country Park and back along the Link. Prizes are awarded for leading men and women, with age category awards for over-40, over-50, over-60 and over-70s. The entry age has been lowered to 15, with prizes for the first under-18 male and female runners. All finishers will receive a medal. Entry costs £14 (£16 unaffiliated runners/£10 Under-18s) http://www.melsmilers.co.uk

31 Mar: Horsham Symphony Orchestra Concert

Horsham Symphony Orchestra

Horsham Symphony Orchestra perform at The Capitol on Sunday 31 March. Acclaimed Horsham-born double bass player Will Duerden (2018 BBC Young Musician String finalist) will be the soloist, performing Tubin’s Double Bass Concerto. The concert also features orchestral masterpieces by Verdi and Tchaikovsky. Steve Dummer conducts with Rachel Ellis leading the orchestra. Tickets cost £14 from (01403) 750220 or www.horshamsymphony.org.uk 

2 Apr: Talk on Islamic Pottery

Albukhary gallery (Pic: British Museum)

Dr Venetia Porter of The British Museum, a leading authority on Islamic pottery, be speaking at The Capitol, Horsham, on Tuesday 2 April at 2pm – 3.30pm. Her talk on The Godman Collection at the British Museum highlights the remarkable treasures left by Frederick DuCane Godman, former owner of South Lodge. Godman’s remarkable story was featured in February’s AAH. Tickets cost £5 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

4 Apr: John Le Measurer Show at Capitol

Photo courtesy of Robert Nesbitt

Alistair McGowan's Big Impression impersonator Julian Dutton portrays Dad's Army legend John Le Mesurier in a one-man stage show at The Capitol on Thursday 4 April. Actor, mimic and writer Julian brings his critically-acclaimed show ‘Do You Think That's Wise? The Life and Times of John Le Mesurier to Horsham after a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last summer.Tickets cost £15 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

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 

6 Apr: Leonardslee Lakes Due to Open

Leonardslee Gardens

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens will open to the public on Saturday 6 April. This postponement of the March date follows nearly two years of extensive restoration work on the Grade 1 listed gardens and on-site facilities, in one of the biggest garden restoration projects for nearly 30 years.  Adam Streeter, General Manager, said that 10 miles of pathways have had to be inspected and many were rebuilt after collapsing into the steep valley. Also, some 10,000 trees have been individually checked, with tree surgery carried out where necessary. “We very much regret this further delay in opening the gardens,” he said. “The delay is primarily due to issues in constructing the car park. Another issue has been the discovery of a great crested newt in a pond. There has been a lot of anticipation around the opening. I can only say that we are doing everything we can to complete the work and that visitors will be impressed by what we have achieved. The spring displays will be stunning!” www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk

11 Apr: Heath Small at the Capitol

Heather Small

Heather Small performs at the Capitol on Thursday 11 April. As singer with M People, Heather enjoyed a string of hits including Moving On Up, One Night In Heaven and Search For The Hero. The band won Brit Awards in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming. Heather has since had great success as a solo artist, most notably with Proud, which she performed on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Tickets £28.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

11 May: Toploader at The Rec Rooms


Multi-platinum selling band Toploader celebrate 20 years since the release of Onka’s Big Moka by playing at The Rec Rooms, Horsham, on Saturday 11 May. The album sold over two million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the charts for six months, earning four Brit Award nominations. A string of hits included the global smash Dancing In The Moonlight. To celebrate the anniversary, Toploader will be releasing a new EP, Be Right Here, later this year and will be showcasing new material at the Horsham show, along with their best known tunes.Tickets cost £20 from https://therecrooms.com/

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.

22 May: Author Peter James at The Capitol

Peter James

Best-selling author Peter James will talk at The Capitol on Wednesday 22 May. With 13 Sunday Times No.1s under his belt, Peter has achieved global book sales of over 19 million copies, with his books translated into 37 languages. Accolades include the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. Peter will discuss the 15th book in his highly successful Roy Grace series, Dead at First Sight (out 16 May) as well as his wider career and work with the police. Tickets cost £15 from (01403) 750220 orwww.thecapitolhorsham.com

2 Jun: Horsham Joggers 10k Road Race

Horsham Joggers 10k Road Race

The Horsham 10k Road Race will take place on Sunday 2 June. The race starts and finishes at Horsham Rugby Club and is popular with club runners and fun runners alike. It is also an ideal challenge for park runners looking for the next step up. There is a shorter disance race for children. The event has sold out in recent years, so early entry is advised. www.horshamjoggers.co.uk/horsham-10k

2 June: Horsham Park Race for Life

Race for Life in Horsham

For the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting women, men and children to join the 5km Race for Life, held at Horsham Park on Sunday 2 June. At Tilgate Park in Crawley, there will be both 5km and 10km runs, along with ‘Pretty Muddy’ events for children and adults. Jessica Edwards, Horsham Event Manager, said: “Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. You don’t have to be sporty to take part.” To enter, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

8 Jun: Midnight Walk for St Catherine's

Midnight Walk for STCH

The St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk will take place at The Bridge Leisure Centre, Broadbridge Heath, on Saturday 8 June.The popular event gives people the chance to walk in support of their local hospice or in memory of a loved one. For the first time, the event is open to walkers of all ages and abilities. Sponsored by Gatwick Airport, the walk offers a choice of 2, 7, 13 or 20-mile routes, so the whole family can be involved.Last year, more than 1,100 people took part and St Catherine’s is hoping even more will sign up this year.Maureen, whose daughter-in-law, Nicola, was cared for by St Catherine's, has taken part in several Midnight Walks. She said: “When I crossed the finish line for the first time, I felt proud and elated; everybody was cheering and congratulating me at the end, which made it a poignant moment.” Register by Sunday 21 April to receive an early bird entry rate of £10 (£15 after this date). Entry includes a T-shirt, breakfast and medal. Sign up at www.stch.org.uk/midnightwalk or call the Events Team on (01293) 447355.