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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

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

17 June: Shipley Arts Festival Wilding Concert

Shipley Arts Festival

The Shipley Arts Festival continues with a string of concerts and performances. The Wilding Concert will be held at Knepp Castle, West Grinstead, on Sunday 17 June, at 5pm. Sally Beamish will be performing with the Stradivarius Piano Trio. Music includes Grieg’s Andante con moto in C minor, Debussy’s Prélude No. X, and John Ireland/ Roderick Williams’ ‘Sea Fever’. Tickets cost £41.50. For details about all events visit www.shipleyartsfestival.co.uk

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

23 June: Broadbridge Heath Gale Fete

Summer Fete

The Broadbridge Heath Gala Summer Fete will be held on the village common on Saturday 23 June, from 2 - 5pm. Run by Broadbridge Heath Gala Association, the fete includes fairground rides, bouncy castles, a tug-o’-war competition, cake and sweets and a variety of stalls. There will be arena displays by Horsham Bluebelles and a local Kung-Fu school, with plenty of food and refreshments, including a Pimm’s tent.

23 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 23 June, at 8pm. The choir perform Bach's motet Jesu meine Freude, plus works for choir and organ by 19th century composers inspired by Bach, including motets by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Reinberger. Tickets £13 (under 18s £6) frominformation@horsham-chamberchoir.org.uk or call 07730 983314.

30 June: Fake Festival in Horsham


Horsham Park hosts a Fake Festival on Saturday 30 June, from 12pm - 11pm. The event sees six professional level tribute bands playing in a giant marquee. The evening is headlined by Coldplay tribute Coldplace, whilst other acts scheduled to perform include Oasish (Oasis), Guns2Roses (Guns ‘n’ Roses), The Jam’d (The Jam), Stereotonics (Stereophonics) and The Police Force (The Police). www.fakefestivals.co.uk

1 July: Unforgettable Premiere in Horsham


Unforgettable, a film written and directed by a young local team, will premiere at The Capitol, Horsham, on Sunday 1 July, at 6pm. Unforgettable is a story about two desperate people of very different ages and backgrounds, coming together at difficult stages of their lives. The Graded Films team, including director Freddie Hill, writer Phil Davis, composer Ed Waller, cinematographer Tom Carter, producer Jacob Thomas and a small team of actors, have spent a year taking the project from a concept to the big screen. Tickets cost £6 from www.thecapitolhorsham.com

6 July: Shipley Arts Festival

Shipley Arts Festival

The Shipley Arts Festival continues with a string of concerts and performances. The Bernardi Music Group with Graham Salter (oboe) and Bruce Martin (flute) play at The Blue Idol Quaker Meeting House on Oldhouse Lane, Coolham, on Friday 6 July, at 7.30pm. An uplifting programme celebrates the life of William Penn 300 years after his death and includes work by Telemann, Handel and Morricone. Tickets £27.50. Tickets: £37.50. For details about all events visit www.shipleyartsfestival.co.uk

7-8 July: Wiston Steam Rally

Steam Rally

Wiston Steam Rally will be held at Wiston Park, Steyning Road, Steyning on 7 - 8 July, from 9am - 5pm. The rally has over 1,000 exhibits, ranging from steam traction engines to vintage vehicles. There will be displays of buses, tractors, cars, lorries, military vehicles and motorcycles. A ‘Working Area’ features steam-powered demonstrations including woodcutting at the saw benches and stationary engines. There will also be rides from Harris's Old Tyme Funfair. Tickets £8 (OAPs £6/children 5-15 £5/under 5’s free) from www.sussexsteamrally.co.uk

8 July: Funday Sunday

Funday Sunday

After a successful launch last year, which saw 12,000 people participate in the first Funday Sunday, the Rotary Club of Horsham has announced that the event will return on Sunday 8 July, from 12 – 6pm. The free family event in Horsham Park will include a Children’s Zone, Sports Zone, Eco Zone, 999 Zone and Benson’s fun fair. New features will include a live performance arena and a tug-o’-war contest. Reservations are currently being taken from local organisations, businesses, charities and individuals who would like to participate. For information, email horshamrotary@btconnect.com 

8 July: SWALK at Denbies


SWALK, as annual walk organised by Look Good Feel Better, takes place on Sunday 8 July. Hundreds of people will come together to stroll through the undulating surrounding of Denbies Vineyard in the Surrey Hills. Suitable for all ages, this family and dog friendly event will offer supporters the choice of a 10km or 5km route, with finishers receiving a SWALK goody bag. Look Good Feel Better is the only cancer support charity specifically set up to help people manage the visible side effects of their cancer treatment. Entry is £20 (children £5) at www.lgfb-swalk.co.uk  

14 July: West Chiltington Village Show

West Chiltington Fete

The 93rd West Chiltington Village Show will be held at The Recreation Ground, Mill Road on Saturday 14 July, from 1:30pm. The village’s largest annual event showcases local arts, crafts, floral displays, home produce, vegetables and more. This year’s show includes Ladies who Boogie, Storrington Air Cadets, Owls About Town, Professor Potty, The Silver Band (pictured) a dog show and the legendary Tug-o’-War. www.westchiltingtonvillageshow.org 

14 July: Horsham Riverside Walk

Horsham Riverside Walk

The Horsham Riverside Walk will be held on Saturday 14 July, beginning at Horsham Rugby Club at 10am. The Riverside Walk is a circular 13-mile walk passing through woodland, pastures and farmland. The route includes mills, the remains of a motte and bailey castle and Leechpool Woods. The Horsham Town Community Partnership organises the popular walk for local causes. For more visit www.horsham.community/2018-annual-riverside-walk/

14-15 & 21-22 July: Horsham Garden Music Fest


The Horsham Garden Music Festival will be staged in the Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park in July. Held over two weekends, each day features a different genre of music. Folk acts perform on 14 July in collaboration with Horsham Folk Club, with bands including Hickory Signals and Hatful of Rain. The Almost Elvis Band perform a ticketed concert in the evening. A carnival-themed concert on 15 July features The Boom Tribe Samba Band, Euphoria Steel Band, Mr. G and the Bluebeats and The Haywards Heath Concert Band. The second weekend opens with a rock day featuring Blues Hunter, Axis, Band of Dads, Objayda and Solice. The final day has a pop theme with music by Wesley Lucas, as well as Horsham’s 70-strong Rock Choir. The concerts on 15, 21 and 22 open with a Young Performer Showcase. There’ll be lots of activities for children and local food and drink stalls. For details, visit the HGMF Facebook page.

15 Jul: Ashington Village Treasure Trail

Ashington Treasure Trail

Ashington C of E School will be holding its third Village Treasure Trail on Sunday 15 July. The fundraising event for the school offers a prize of £100 for one lucky team that can successfully answers questions on a walk around the village. Registration starts at 1pm at the school and all entries must be returned by 3.30pm. The trail is intended to be accessible for all and cost £5 per team (maximum 3 adults). After the trail, a welly-wanging competition and other traditional games will be held at the school. Visit www.treasuretrails.org for more information and to enter a separate online trail with an additional prize of £50.

21 July: Horsham Harmony Tea Concert

Horsham Harmony

Horsham Harmony presents an Afternoon Tea Concert at the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, on Saturday 21 July, at 3pm. Horsham Harmony is a daytime community choir that supports local charities and sings in retirement and care homes. They will perform a range of folk songs, classical choral pieces and popular music from different eras to raise funds for Admiral Nurses. The choir has around 40 singers, men and women, and meets at the Barn on the Causeway on Wednesdays from 11am - 12.30pm. Admission to the concert is free, with homemade cakes and drinks available for a donation. For further information call Rachel Musgrove on 01483 565554 or email rachel@horshamharmony.co.uk

25-27 July: Sports Week for Kids

Sports Week

Sports Week returns for an eighth consecutive year at Millais School, Horsham, from Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 July, from 10am - 3pm every day. The summer holiday club, organised by Brighton Road Baptist Church, includes dodgeball, softball, basketball, Danish longball, handball and ultimate frisbee over three days. The cost is £30 and includes a T-shirt, drinks bottle, games-in-the-park night and fun awards ceremony. Sports Week is suitable for children in school years6 - 9 and registration forms can be downloaded fromwww.brbc-horsham.org.uk

27-29 July: Enchanted Horsham

Enchanted Horsham

Enchanted Horsham, a summer wonderland featuring shopping, food, music and entertainment for all the family, comes to Horsham Park on 27 – 29 July. There’s an eclectic mix of live acoustic, jazz, reggae, samba and salsa music, with roving bands too. Enjoy a range of shops in a boutique market with arts, crafts and food and drink from local producers. A fashion tent will host catwalk shows throughout the day. The Illuminated Circus Tent houses a range of acrobats, street theatre performers and neon-lit dancers. There will be life-size puppet shows, a funfair and a chance to meet the Enchanted Unicorn. At dusk, Secret Illuminated Gardens bring fairies to life. Advance tickets are now on sale. Enter the code LOCAL for a 25% discount in June. Children under 16 free. For details visit www.enchantedhorsham.co.uk 

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

4 Aug: 12 Hour Lawnmower Race

Lawnmower Race

The British Lawn Mower Racing Association’s (BLMRA) flagship 12-hour event is held at Five Oaks, Billingshurst on 4 August. Qualifying starts at 3.15pm with the race commencing at 8pm. The teams line up in a traditional Le Mans grid formation, with drivers running to their machines at the start. Teams of three drivers compete at speeds approaching 50mph, without any form of suspension other than a padded seat. The £6 entry fee (children and parking are free) raises money for good causes, including Ingfield Manor School for Children with Cerebral Palsy. www.12hour.co.uk

4 Aug: Raoul Millais Exhibition at Museum

Raoul Millais Painting

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of the work of Raoul Millais until 4 August. Born in Horsham in 1901 to a family of artists, Raoul inherited a love of painting. This small exhibition displays a variety of his sketches, portraits and equestrian subjects, collected by the Friends of Horsham Museum over the last 15 years. The exhibition also includes footage of a 1968 documentary interview with Raoul Millais. www.horshammuseum.org

5 Aug: Alzheimer's Society Tea Party

Tea Party

The Alzheimer’s Society hosts a Summer Garden Tea Party at Trenchmore, Burnthouse Lane, Cowfold, RH13 8DG, on Sunday 5 August, from 3 – 5pm. The tea party is especially for people with dementia, their families and friends. A representative from Horsham Alzheimer’s Society will be present. Enjoy an open garden party with live music, delicious tea and cakes. There is no charge. Please call to confirm, if the sun isn’t shining. For information contact Joanne on (01403) 864419.

14-18 Aug: HAODS Wendy & Peter Pan

HAODS Hook and Peter Pan

HAODS (Horsham Amateur Operatic and Dramatics Society) present Wendy & Peter Pan at The Capitol from 14 - 18 August. This retelling of the classic J.M Barrie story, adapted for the Royal Shakespeare Company, puts Wendy Darling at its heart and features classic characters including Peter Pan, Hook and Tinkerbell. It gives some of the young HAODS performers a chance to shine, with a large junior cast involved in the production. Tickets cost from £15, from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.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

1 Jul - 7 Sep: Knitwits Museum Exhibition


Knitters, crochet fans, yarn-bombers and crafters will enjoy Horsham Museum’s summer exhibition. Knitwits includes items from the museum’s extensive costume collections as well as knitted and crocheted contributions from Horsham residents. The exhibition will also display items from artists such as Materialistics and Max Alexander. Materialistics is a group of knitters and stitchers that uses recycled materials where possible and has reproduced iconic works of art by the likes of Andy Warhol and Gustav Klimt through knitting, crochet and sewing. Knitwits is now open and runs until 7 September. www.horshammuseum.org. 

13-16 Sept: Horrible Histories at The Capitol

Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories returns to The Capitol in September, with Awful Egyptians and Terrible Tudors. Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two shows bring historical figures and events to life. From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt in Awful Egyptians on 13 - 15 September. From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear about the Terrible Tudors on 13 - 16 September. For tickets call (01403) 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com

25 Sept: Susie Dent at The Capitol

Susie Dent

The Queen of Dictionary Corner, Susie Dent, visits The Capitol, Horsham on Tuesday 25 September. Take a journey into the curious, unexpected and surreal origins of the words we use every day, alongside stories from Susie’s 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. The evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits and she’ll be asking the audience for their own. Tickets cost £19.50 from (01403) 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com

28 Sept: Wisdom of a Fool at The Capitol

Jack Lane as Wisdom of a Fool

Wisdom of a Fool returns to The Capitol on Friday 28 September. Jack Lane’s brilliant portrayal of the legendary entertainer Norman Wisdom started life in Horsham before playing to packed houses across the UK. Jack takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster, revealing the man behind the cloth cap, ill-fitting suit and classic underdog character that led Charlie Chaplin to describe Wisdom as his ‘favourite clown.’ Success on the silver screen and the hit song ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’ sealed Wisdom’s fame. But, as ever, fame came at a price. Tickets cost £18.50 from (01403) 750220 or  www.thecapitolhorsham.com

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.