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5 Jul: Horsham Comedy Gala

Jen Brister

The Capitol hosts the Horsham Comedy Gala for one night only on Friday 5 July, at 7.30pm. Hosted by Rich Wilson, comics including Milton Jones and Jen Brister will take to the stage. The stand-up comedy of Jones, a regular on Mock the Week, is full of surrealism, puns and sharp wit. Brighton-based Brister is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor. She has supported many top comics, most recently Frankie Boyle, and appeared on Live at the Apollo. Wilson is one of the circuit’s leading comperes, winning over audiences with his impeccable timing. Tickets £22 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

5 Jul: The Almost Elvis Band

Almost Elvis Band

The Almost Elvis Band perform at The Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham, on Friday 5 July, at 7pm. The band have a strong following, having performed at town events including AmeriCARna. Elvis always delivers a performance to remember. Tickets £8.50 (£10 non-member/U14s £7) from www.theholbrookclub.co.uk

6 Jul: Share, Care and Repair Fair

Horsham Repair Cafe

The Share, Care and Repair Fair will be held in the Carfax, Horsham, on Saturday 6 July, from 9am - 5pm. This fun, friendly celebration of the caring and creative community will offer advice on how to save money and help the planet by reducing plastic usage, switching to renewable energy and buying eco products. Learn how you can refill shampoo, shower gel and household cleaning products, or visit the Horsham Repair Café to have electrical goods and clothes mended. There will also be Magog Morris Dancing and a display of Community Eco Ocean Art. www.SussexGreenLiving.co.uk

13 Apr - 6 Jul: Photographic Exhibition at Museum

Old Cement Works (Tim Haughton)

Members of Horsham Photographic Society and Steyning Camera Club have combined for an exhibition at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery. Superb images portraying the District’s cultural life are currently on display. As so many photos were submitted, all the images will be changed on 24 May. The Captured by Light exhibition runs until 6 July. www.horshammuseum.org

6 Jul: Horsham Riverside Walk

Horsham Riverside Walk

The annual Horsham Riverside Walk starts at Horsham Rugby Club, Hammerpond Road, RH13 6PJ, on Saturday 6 July, at 10am. See parts of Horsham you never knew existed on the 13-mile walk. Starts at the rugby club with lunch and a selection of popular covers from The Toons at Warnham Nature Reserve. This free event will be held in support of Horsham Queen Elizabeth II School. Register by emailing horshamriversidewalk@gmail.com

7 Jul: Funday Sunday and Horsham Children's Parade

Funday Sunday

Funday Sunday returns to Horsham Park on Sunday 7 July, from midday. This year’s event includes the incredible Titan the Robot Show, with many trader stalls, charities, community organisations and the Funday Sunday stage showcasing local drama and dance groups. Look out for special appearances from local celebrities, Tom Foolery and Ollie Heath. The event also includes the finale of the Horsham Children's Parade. A joyous celebration of creativity, this spectacle of imaginative models and costumes, upbeat music and dance will parade through Horsham’s town centre and park – uniting schools, children, families and the wider community. 

10 Jul: Economic Development Team Drop-in Day

If you run a small business or a new start-up in the Horsham District, you could benefit from a Local Enterprise & Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) grant.Horsham District Council’s Economic Development team has secured £142,000 of funding from the LEAP scheme as is appealing for worthy applicants. Interested businesses must be based in the district and be registered with HMRC and/or Companies House.There are grants of up to £2,000 per organisation in six tranches throughout the two-year scheme, with applications for the first round of funding open until 30 August. Potential start-ups are also invited to meet the Economic Development team at a free drop-in session at HDC’s offices in Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, on the morning of Wednesday 10 July. www.thinkhorsham.co.uk

3-4 & 10-11 Jul: Loxwood Joust

Loxwood Joust

The Loxwood Joust, the renowned mediaeval festival, is held at Loxwood Meadow (off the B2133 between Wisborough Green and Loxwood) on the weekends of 3 - 4 and 10 - 11 August. There’s educational fun for all the family with jousting, archery, cannon displays, battle re-enactments with armoured knights, real ale, hog roast, mediaeval market place, witches, fairies, jesters and more. www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk

11 July: Creative Assembly Talk

Robert Farrell of The Creative Assembly

Find out all about Creative Assembly, the largest UK video game developer, at a Year of Culture event at The Capitol on Thursday 11 July, at 7.30pm. In Creative Assembly - Crafting The Worlds We Play, the Horsham-based company’s Project Art Director, Rob Farrell talks about the artistic, design and programming skills required to bring a game together. Rob has worked on award-winning games including titles in the Total War series. His prior credits include Burnout and Harry Potter with EA. Tickets £6 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

13 Jul: Crispian Steele-Perkins at Amberley

Crispian Steele-Perkins

World-renowned trumpet virtuoso Crispian Steele-Perkins performs at Amberley’s St Michael’s Church on Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm.  Part of Shipley Arts Festival, the concert also features the Bernardi Music Group and includes works by John Ireland, Handel and Howard Goodall. The concert is held in aid of ACTnow, the church tower appeal. Tickets £35 (with Nyetimber sparkling wine and canapés) from www.amberleystmichael.org.uk/events

13 Jul: West Chiltington Village Show


West Chiltington Village Show takes place on the Recreation Field, Mill Road, West Chiltington, on Saturday 13 July, from 1.30 - 5.30pm. Attractions include Tom Foolery, Ladies that Boogie, Flipitas, Owls about Town, a fun dog show, car displays, tug-of-war, tea and cakes by the Women’s Institute, licensed bar, BBQ, a grand raffle and stalls selling food and crafts. Free entry with a small charge for parking. www.westchiltshow.org

14 Jul: Horsham Harmony

Horsham Harmony

Horsham Harmony presents a charity concert at The Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, on Sunday 14 July, 4pm. The concert, directed by Stuart Longley, features a selection of sea shanties, jazz standards and popular songs. Entry is free, but due to demand, reservations are encouraged. Call 07759 237107 or 07890 336358. Donations in aid of Dementia UK. 

14 Jul:French Market & Craft Fair

French Market

There will be a French Market & Craft Fair in Horsham town centre on Sunday 14 July to mark Bastille Day.France at Home traders will offer meats, regional cheeses, fresh bread, olives and more. A Craft Fair features vintage clothes, homeware and art. The Bastille Day celebration, one of Horsham District Council’s Time Well Spent events, also includes a small selection of French cars in East Street and a re-enactment of Napoleon’s 45eme Regiment at Horsham Museum and Market Square.  www.horshamtimewellspent.co.uk

16 Apr - 13 Jul: Stef van Vuuren Exhibition

Sunrise Over the Sea at Eastbourne

The photography of Stef van Vuuren is exhibited at Horsham Museum from 16 April - 13 July. Since arriving in Horsham from South Africa in 2004, Stef has been inspired by the Sussex countryside and coastlines. Stef’s exhibition, Scapes, includes landscape, sea-scape and skyscape images taken both locally and on trips abroad. www.horshammuseum.org 

12-13 & 20-21: Horsham Garden Music Festival

Horsham Garden Music Festival

The Horsham Garden Music Festival will take place in the Human Nature Garden, Horsham Park, over two weekends in July, 12 - 6pm each day. The free annual event provides amateur and semi-professional groups and individuals of all ages with an opportunity to perform. Saturday 13 July focuses on Country & Songwriters, with a Community Showcase on Sunday 14 July. Saturday 20 July is Rock Day, with the festival culminating in a Pop Day on Sunday 21 July. The event is part of Horsham Festival. 

20 Jul: St Mary's Bramber Opera Gala

St Mary's House Bramber

St Mary’s House in Bramber hosts a Summer Opera Gala on Saturday 20 July, at 6.30pm. Diva Opera will perform arias and ensembles from operas including Madam Butterfly, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and La Bohème, plus a selection of lighter songs from operettas and musicals. Now in its 23rd season, Diva Opera includes Catriona Clark (Soprano) Louise Mott (Mezzo Soprano) Satriya Krisna (Tenor) David Stephenson (Baritone) and Bryan Evans (Piano). Tickets £37.50 (includes wine and canapés). www.stmarysbramber.co.uk 

28 Jul: ABC Animal Sanctuary Open Day

ABC Animal Sanctuary

ABC Animal Sanctuary in West Chiltington hosts an Open Day on Sunday 28 July, from 12.30 - 3pm. Founded by the late actor/animal welfare advocate Alexandra Bastedo, the sanctuary takes in all kinds of animals including cats, pigs, horses, donkeys, birds and goats, providing them with care and protection until a new home can be found. ABC has also organised a fundraising 1980s disco at West Chiltington Village Hall, Mill Road, RH20 2PZ, on Saturday 3 August, 7.30pm. DJ Baz will be on the decks with a cash bar from Brian’s Mobile Bars. Tickets £10. www.abcanimalsanctuary.co.uk

4 Aug: Super Hero Fun Run

Super Hero Fun Run

A Super Hero Fun Run is held in Horsham Park on Sunday 4 August, at 9.30am. Walk, run or toddle your way round the 2km route in aid of Home Start CHAMS, which supports vulnerable local children. Every super hero will receive a wrist band, bottle of water and entry into a prize draw. Super Hero Parties will train participants on the day. Open to all ages and abilities (U11's must be accompanied by an adult). Participants are encouraged to raise £20. Sponsorship pages can be set up at www.justgiving.com/homestartchams or request a form from Aneliese at aneliesew@homestartchams.org.uk 

8-10 Aug: Nokia Masters PGA EuroPro Tour

Manning Heath Golf Club

Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate hosts the The Nokia Masters PGA EuroPro Tour on 8 - 10 August.The event is free to attend and is regarded as one of the best UK-based tours for young professionals.The event is preceded by the club’s own Pro-Am on Wednesday 7 August. Team bookings are available. This offers the opportunity to play with a tour professional and enjoy a gala dinner, hosted by the PGA. www.manningsheath.com

10 & 17 Aug: Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Horsham Battle of the Bands competition, now in its 27th year, returns to the Carfax bandstand on Saturday 10 August, when the popular Acoustic Final is held there. In keeping with recent years, the Covers and Original Bands finals will take place on the festival stage in the Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park one week later on 17 August. All heats and finals for this year’s even are free to enter. Covers heats are held at The Rec Rooms on Thursday 18 & 25 July, at 7pm, Originals heats are held at Horsham Sports Club on Friday 19 & 26 July, at 7pm. www.horshambotb.com 

6 Jul-31 Aug: School of Botanical Art Exhibition

Jill Coombs

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery celebrates the work of nine artists in the newly-formed Horsham School of Botanical Art with an exhibition, running from 6 July - 31 August. Horsham is home of some of the country’s leading exponents of botanical art. They have come together to promote the art form, starting with an exhibition called ‘Garden of Botanical Art’. Artists involved include Jill Coombs, whose award-winning floral portraits have captivated collectors around the world, Storrington-based artist Suzanne Merrikin, Leigh Ann Gale, Hazel Barnard, Linda Lasham, Heather Glenny and Alice Harman. The School has a focus on watercolours but is also open to members exhibiting high standards of botanical art in other mediums. Deborah Crago uses pencils, while Eleanor Coate was awarded a Gold medal from the RHS for her photographic portraits of flowers. www.horshammuseum.org

8 Sept: Joe Brown at The Capitol

Joe Brown

Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Joe Brown performs at The Capitol on Sunday 8 September, at 7.30pm. Joe’s ‘Very Best Of’ album achieved Gold status and was in the UK charts for eight weeks, whilst his 50th anniversary was celebrated with a sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall. Joe has a new band for this tour, including Tom Leary, Andy Crowdy and Phil Capaldi. Tickets £25 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

11 Sept: Climber Hazel Findlay at The Capitol

Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay, one of the best young climbers in the world,  presents a talk about her life and climbs at The Capitol, Horsham, on Wednesday 11 September, 7.30pm. Presented by Speakers from the Edge, Hazel talks about her experiences, including free climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park three times. In this show, she explores how we can use sport to push us beyond what we thought we were capable of. Tickets £17 from (01403) 750220 or  www.thecapitolhorsham.com

19 Sept: Strong Words: Poem for our Times

Grace Nichols

The Rec Rooms in Horsham hosts an evening of poetry on Tuesday 19 September. Strong Words: Poems For Our Times, hosted by Akila Richards, features a lively line-up of poets including Grace Nichols. Grace’s first collection of poetry, ‘I Is A Long-Memoried Woman’, won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Her other books include ‘The Fat Black Woman’s Poems’ and ‘Picasso, I Want My Face Back’ (inspired by her residency at Tate Gallery). Grace’s latest adult book is ‘The Insomnia Poems’. Tickets £8 from https://therecrooms.com