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8 Oct: Sussex Food & Drink Awards Finals

David Bell, Bangers Galore

It is hoped that the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2020 Grand Finals will finally be held at the Amex Stadium on 8 October. Finalists were revealed before lockdown following months of judging, supported by 17,000 public votes. Traditionally, grand finalists are invited to join leaders in the food, drink and farming industry to discover who will be crowned winner of Best Young Sussex Farmer, Food Producer, Drink Producer, Farmers Market, Food Shop, Butcher, Eating Experience, Street Food and Newcomer of the year. Horsham District is represented by Bangers Galore and Jengers Craft Bakery in Billingshurst (Food Producer) Bolney Wine Estate (Drink Producer) Horsham Market (Farmers Market) Jeremy’s Two in Cowfold (Food Shop) Heritage by Matt Gillan in Slaugham (Newcomer) and Mann & Moore (Street Food). https://sussexfoodawards.biz/

11 Oct: Shipley Arts Festival: Leonardslee Concert

Shipley Arts Festival

Bernardi Music Group and Stradivarius Piano Trio will give a recital including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.4 in celebration of his 250th birthday and in the grand hall amongst the elegant gardens of Leonardslee House. Please join us at 6.30 pm for Leonardslee Wine, canapés and a light Michelin star supper. The evening is in support of Sussex Arts Academy and Chestnut Tree House. There will be an auction of special prizes during the Concert. For guests who are able to arrive by 5.30pm there will be an opportunity for a guided tour of the gardens and to see the Wallabies. Due to Covid-19 we delivering our events on line for the foreseeable future. We will post links in due course. Visit https://shipleyartsfestival.co.uk/leonardslee-concert/

23 Oct: Mark Chadwick (The Levellers) at Rec Rooms

Mark Chadwick (Photo © Christian Banfield)

One of the UK’s most successful songwriters, Mark Chadwick, has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 Top 40 albums (including a Number 1) as part of the Levellers, the band he has fronted for over 25 years.Still going strong, the Levellers are festival favourites and have cemented their cherished status with headline performances  at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight, Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival and Boomtown and many European and UK events and in 2003 they successfully created their own annual Beautiful Days  Festival which takes place in August at Escot Park in Devon. During this time Mark has released two solo albums ‘All the Pieces’ and ‘Moment’ and his upfront and personal solo performance will see him play a mixture of material from these albums and Levellers classics. Be warned, Mark will have you up dancing! Mainly standing with a few unreserved seats available on a first come first served basis. Advance Tickets £15 from https://therecrooms.com/events/mark-chadwick-levellers-solo-support-tbc/

24 Oct-1 Nov: Halloween at Fishers Farm

Fishers Farm Halloween

Fishers Farm Park in Wisborough Green is scheduled to host Halloween Happy Hauntings from 24 October – 1 November. The farm promises a fun family day, full of ghosts, goblins and ghouls, featuring the Enchanted Wood and ghost tunnel. Events are subject to change and follow government advice. Booking online is essential. www.fishersfarmpark.co.uk

30 Oct: Barnstormers Comedy at The Capitol

Alastair Barrie


Barnstormers Comedy is back and committed to the idea of delivering top quality comedy entertainment amidst notions of 'the new normal' and the associated and necessary 'social distancing'. To whit, we will be staging a fantastic evening of stand-up comedy in the main house of the Capitol Horsham, with a limited amount of seats available, on Friday 30 October, 2020. As ever, resident host and co-founder Kevin Precious will be on hand to introduce three excellent acts form the London Comedy Circuit and beyond... everyone of which is a headliner in their own right.They are the suave and polemically-orientated Alistair Barrie, upbeat and charming racontuer Paddy Lennox and Rousing song-and-gag-man, and BGT semi-finalist Jonny Awsum. Tickets cost £15 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com


19 Nov: The Revenant Ones at Rec Rooms

Matt Long (Photo by John Bull)

Catfish were named ‘Blues Band of the Year’ at the 2020 UK Blues Awards. Two of its members, Matt Long (guitar/ vocals) and father Paul Long (keyboards/vocals) are based in Wisborough Green. Bassist Adam Pyke met Matt while studying at ACM Guildford and the band was recently joined on drums by Kev Hickman. Matt was also named ‘Blues Instrumentalist of the Year’ and the band were nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ for Burning Bridges. Matt Long plays with his new band The Revenant Ones perform at the Rec Rooms on 19 November. https://therecrooms.com

4 - 22 Dec: Leonardslee Illuminated

Leonardslee Illuminated

Leonardslee Illuminated will be held on 4 - 6, 11 - 13 and 17 - 22 December. Visitors can explore the famous lakes and gardens in Lower Beeding, following an illuminated trail awash with light, sound, colour and festive cheer. The event includes a Christmas light and lantern display with a silver moon floating above the lake, pathways of flowers and flame, interactive projections and live music in front of Leonardslee House. Tickets £16 (children £8/Under 2s free) from www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk

11 - 29 Dec: A Christmas Carol at The Capitol

A Christmas Carol

The Capitol pantomime, Dick Whittington has unfortunately been cancelled due to the impact of Covid-19, with a new line-up of festive entertainment announced. The venue will host A Christmas Carol, starring the fine local actor and former AAH cover star Jack Lane (Wisdom of a Fool, Dad’s Army Radio Show) on 11 - 29 December. There will also be a new show for a younger audience, Santa’s New Sleigh, on 12 - 24 December. Customers with pantomime tickets will be contacted by the Box Office team. Matthew Effemey, Operations Manager at The Capitol, said: “Rest assured that a new pantomime production for Christmas 2021 is already being planned, which will be our best yet.” www.thecapitolhorsham.com 

11 Feb: Horsham Film Festival

Horsham Film Festival

Silvertip Films is bringing the Horsham Film Festival back for a third year in 2021. The festival hosts four categories for both over 18s and under 18s, including Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best Animation and Best Comedy. The event also has a special ‘Your District’ Award. The awards night will be held at The Capitol, Horsham on 11 February 2021, hosted by Nicola Hume. For entry details visit www.silvertipfilms.co.uk

13 Feb 2021: Toyah at Rec Rooms

Toyah (Electro/Acoustic Tour)

From punk princess to cult stage actress to high priestess of TV, TOYAH WILLCOX is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. In a career spanning over 40 years Toyah has amassed thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty-four albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in twenty feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes. 200 seats, theatre style in rows, taken on a first come first serve basis. Standing behind. Advance £22 from https://therecrooms.com/events/toyah-electro-acoustic-tour/#iLightbox[]/0

15-16 Feb 2021: Magician Ben Hart at The Capitol

Ben Hart

Award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his first solo tour, visiting The Capitol on 15 – 16 February 2021. Since impressing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2019, Ben has appeared on The One Show and was a regular performer on BBC Three’s Killer Magic. The show shines a light on magic, life and the darkest corners of your imaginations. Tickets £17.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

5-6 June 2021: Floral Fringe Fair

Floral Fringe Fair

The Floral Fringe Fair will be moving to the Deer Park at Leonardslee Gardens, Lower Beeding over the weekend of 5-6 June 2021. It will have the same friendly, eclectic feel as ever with plant nurseries, artists and makers, vintage stalls, street dining, picnics, food, music and a Steampunk twist. To draw attention to the rare plants at Leonardslee’s Grade 1 listed garden, there’s a celebration of Victorian plant hunters. Classic car owners are invited to attend with reduced entry.  www.facebook.com/floralfringefairInstagram @floralfringefair

19 Jun 2021: The Big Gig Horsham

The Big Gig (Photo © Oliver James Durnfold)

The Big Gig, due to take place at Horsham Sports Club on 20 June, is postponed until 19 June 2021. It’ll include tribute acts to Bruno Mars, Elvis and The Spice Girls. Tickets for this year’s show will be valid. www.facebook.com/biggighorsham/