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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

10 May: Ashington Speakers (De Ed Lyall)

Speakers Corner in Ashington welome Dr Ed Lyall at  Foster Lane, Ashington, RH20 3PG, on Friday 10 May 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Based just outside Ashington is the newly developed state of the art Sussex Equine Hospital. The practice has 26 vets with over 30 support staff, and provides veterinary services for all types of equines from Derby winners to donkeys. Dr.Ed Lyall will talk through some of the types of work they do for horses, from routine management, breeding work to dealing with emergency cases.


11 May: Broadwood Day of Dance

Broadwood Morris

Broadwood Day of Dance is held on Saturday 11 May. Around 25 Morris sides, mostly local, will be dancing in and around the town centre. At 3pm, musicians and dancers converge at the Bandstand for The Ceilidh (Barn Dance). There is also a small display of classic Morris Minor cars on The Forum.

11 May: Chanctonbury Chorus Concert

Chanctonbury Chorus

Chanctonbury Chorus will be performing a Night At The Opera in association withthe Kopinski Ballet Academy at St Andrew’s Church, Steyning, on Saturday 11 May, at 7.30pm. Accompanied by a string quartet, piano and organ, Chanctonbury Chorus perform operatic songs by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and others, as well as songs by Gilbert and Sullivan. The choir, conducted by Siobhan Denning and assisted by Liz Kirkland, features three professional soloists singing some of their favourite arias. For some performances, the chorus will be joined by members of the Kopinski Ballet Academy. Michael Kopinski trained at the Polish National Ballet School and won the prestigious Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition. He became a soloist dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and now runs a ballet academy near Horsham Tickets £14 from www.chanctonburychrous.org

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/

12 May: Great British Festival Day

Aston Martin and Knights

Horsham’s Great British Festival Day takes place on Sunday 12 May. A celebration of British traditions featuring a concert organised by Horsham Folk Club and Horsham Samaritans, traction engines, medieval fun with Loxwood Joust and a classic British car display by SADCASE. Aston Martin and McLaren cars will also be present.

14 May: Q&A for Carers at St Catherine's Hospice

St Catherine's Staff offer Advice

During national Dying Matters Week, St Catherine’s Hospice, alongside Carers Support West Sussex, is hosting a free question and answer session for localcarers. Taking place on Tuesday 14 May between 2.30pm and 4pm, the session, in the cinema room at Skylark House Care Home, will give carers in the local community a chance to hear from St Catherine’s nurses, expertly trained in end of life care. St Catherine’s understands that when someone you love is ill it affects every aspect of your life. And they know how difficult it can be becoming a carer for a loved one. It’s not uncommon to have questions or to be unsure of who can help you, so hospice nurses will be on hand to offer people practical advice and answer their questions. Staff from Carers Support West Sussex will talk about their services and the support available to carers too. To book your place, please call Carers Support West Sussex on: 0300 028 8888. 

17 May: Mike Dobie at The Sussex Oak

Mike Dobie

Mike Dobie performs at The Sussex Oak, Church Street, Warnham on Friday, 17 May, at 8pm. Mike plays a huge range of covers by bands including Madness. Oasis, The Who, The Jam, REM, Rolling Stones, Green Day, Elvis Costello, Bob Marley and many more. For details visit The Sussex Oak Facebook page here 

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.

18 May: Have a NYES Day

Have a NYEs Day

Kingsfold builders’ merchant NYEs host a family fun day to celebrate its rebrand on Saturday 18 May, from 10am - 3pm. The family-owned merchant, formerly D.W. Nye, has undergone a facelift, adding an additional 1000m2 to its warehouse and office facilities. The event, ‘Have a NYEs Day’, will see Bob the Builder meeting guests. Children can enjoy mini diggers and there will be bricklaying and nail-banging competitions. Free food and drink will be available including burgers, hot dogs, candyfloss, hot drinks and a NYEs beer from Surrey Hills Brewery. www.dwnye.co.uk

19 May: Run Wisborough

Children's Race at Run Wisborough

The Run Wisborough 5km and 10km race is held on Sunday 19 May, at 10.30am. Now in its fourth year, the event raises funds for local sports facilities. The 5km and 10km race is open to club runners and individuals of all abilities. There is also a ‘Colour Run’ for youngsters, with family games and attractions on the Village Green. Runners will be time-chipped, with prizes for the first finisher in every category. www.runwisborough.co.uk

22 May - 2 Jun: Parham Needlework Display

Embroidery by Elizabeth Zeschin

Parham House is home to arguably the finest and most important collection of embroidery in the country. Its needlework display returns by popular demand on 22 May - 2 June, giving visitors an opportunity to discover the collection. Royal School of Needlework tutor Chrissie Juno Mann presents an Embroidery Masterclass on Tuesday 28 May. www.parhaminsussex.co.uk

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

25 May: Rhino's Revenge at The Holbrook

Rhino Performing

Quo-Caine will again be supporting Status Quo’s bass player’s band, Rhino’s Revenge, on the closing date of their European tour at The Holbrook Club, Horsham on Saturday 25 May. John ‘Rhino’ Edwards’ band has two albums of original material to its name, with a third in production. Rhino’s Revenge will perform songs from its repertoire alongside Quo favourites. Tickets £15 from (01403) 751150 or www.theholbrookclub.co.uk

26 May: Plum Jam

Plum Jam

Plum Jam is held on Sunday 26 May. Plum Jam is a free to attend air-cooled Volkswagen show in Horsham. Visitors can also enjoy award-winning street food plus music and entertainment.  www.horshamtimewellspent.co.uk

27 May: Shipley Village Fete

Shipley Windmill

Shipley Village Fete takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, 11am - 4pm. The fete includes children’s games, a butterfly trail, vintage cars, tombola, plants, books, bric-a-brac, crafts, dog stalls, petting area and a Teddy Tumble, all in aid of the church. Entry is free. Parking in Red Lane.

30 May: HeART to HeART Artist

Artist Susan Tindall

Artist Susan Tindall, from Southwater is one of many Artists decorating a large heart which will form part of the St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to HeART community art trail during Summer 2019. Susan's heart, titled 'Heartfelt - You Touched My Heart', is a beautiful design made up of individual ceramics, the main part of which will be created using ‘thumbprint hearts’. Susan has been creating ceramics for ten years now. She is largely self taught, enjoys all types of art work and her greatest achievement so far is having a painting selected for and sold at The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. She belongs to three local art groups, having coordinated Horsham Artists Open Studios for six years. She particularly enjoys working on many subjects but her specific interests are related to nature and dogs. Susan would like to invite you make your mark by ‘donating’ your thumbprint to a ceramic heart at The Capitol, Horsham on Thursday 30th May to be added to her final heart design which will form part of the Summer trail. Please join Susan to make your mark and give your donation at The Capitol from 11.30am until 3pm where she will be recording each participant’s name and town/village where they live to make a booklet to go with the finished piece when it is auctioned. 

1 Jun: Shipley Arts Festival at Warnham

Pianist Maria Marchant

Shipley Arts Festival continues with the Warnham Park Concert on Saturday 1 June. Internationally acclaimed string trios, quartets and quintets perform a programme to include Schubert’s C major Quintet and Schumann’s Piano Quartet. The concert is hosted by Jonathan and Caroline Lucas at Warnham Park, home to a world-famous herd of red deer. Musicians include Andrew Bernardi and Andy Laing (violin), Virginia Slater (viola), Jonathan Few and Jacqueline Philips (cello) and Maria Marchant (piano). Tickets £37.50 (to include flute of Nyetimber) from www.shipleyartsfestival.co.uk

1-2 Jun: Floral Fringe Fair

Floral Fringe Fair

The Floral Fringe Fair will be held at Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre over the weekend of 1 – 2 June, 10am - 5pm. Adult entry £10 (children under-14 £2/under-4 free). The reduced ticket includes entry to the Museum and the Fair. Parking is free with an additional field for overflow parking. For details visitf www.facebook.com/floralfringefair 

2 Jun: Slinfold Open Gardens

Slinfold Open Gardens

Slinfold Open Gardens will be held on Sunday 2 June, 11am - 5pm. Visitors can explore five gardens with features ranging from manicured designs to apple orchards. Three gardens are in the village centre, with parking at the school along The Street. Jean Griffin from BBC Radio’s ‘Dig It’ will be on hand to answer questions. Admission £5 (children free). For more information, call Louise Sims on (01403) 791045.

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.

3 June: Professor Talk on William Penn

William Penn plaque at The Blue Idol

Andrew R. Murphy, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, hosts a talk on William Penn at Thakeham Village Hall, 1 Abingworth Crescent, RH20 3GW on Monday 3 June, 7pm. William Penn was an activist, political theorist, and the proprietor of his own American colony. (Pennsylvania was granted on 4 March 1681 by Charles II.) Penn would become a household name in the New World, despite spending just four years on American soil. Controversy swirled around him during his lifetime. In his early twenties, Penn became a Quaker - an act of religious as well as political rebellion. He went on to a prominent public career as a Quaker spokesman, political agitator, and royal courtier. William Penn is forever linked to Thakeham Parish. He lived in Warminghurst and helped found the Blue Idol meeting house. The Penn Stone is located in the Abingworth Development: Penn Stone Way! This is a unique opportunity to hear Andrew R. Murphy, who has written the first major biography of Penn in more than forty years, and the first to take full use of Penn's private papers.

6 Jun: Rude Mechanical Theatre

Rude Mechanical Theatre

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company return to Dial Post Village Green on Thursday 6 June. The Rudes perform a revival of Ikarus Inc, a play about hopes and dreams set in the town of Dreamville, Indiana, in the 1950s. Travelling salesman Daedalus H. Gildersleeves and his son Ikarus sell dreams from a suitcase. Meanwhile, the ladies of the Buffalos Club enter a competition to make the biggest pumpkin pie. Bring a picnic and chair and enjoy a day of outdoor theatre. Tickets £17 from Pauline on (01403) 710908 or www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk 

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. 

8 - 9 Jun: HAOS Art Trail

Art by Lesley Taylor

Horsham Artists Open Studios (HAOS) group hosts its annual Art Trail on 8 - 9 June and 15 - 16 June. Members of the public can tour the district, from Ashington to Warnham, as well as venues across Horsham town, enjoying the work of some of the best artists and makers in the area as they open their homes, studios, gardens and shared venues. Original work is priced for every pocket and is all made locally. Free entry. www.horshamartistsopenstudios.co.uk

9 June: The Wilding Concert at Knepp

Knepp Castle

The Shipley Arts Festival continues with The Wilding Concert at Knepp Castle, West Grinstead, RH13 8LJ, on Sunday 9 June, at 5:30pm. The Stradivarius Piano Trio and Roderick Williams OBE play a programme of music rooted in Sussex, at one of the great English country estates. Knepp has transformed its natural environment, with its Wildland Project leading to the return of many rare species of butterflies and birds. The Wilding Concert music has been chosen to reflect this great achievement. Tickets £50. www.bmglive.com/shipley-arts-festival/

12 Jun: Mary Rose Trust Talk at Museum

Mary Rose (© Geoff Hunt ,PPRSMA)

The Friends of Horsham Museum & Art Gallery hosts a talk by Danny Banting from the Mary Rose Trust at the Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, London Road, Horsham, on Wednesday 12 June, at 7.30pm. Danny will tell the story of the Carew family and Sir George Carew, Vice Admiral and Captain of the Mary Rose in 1545.

12 Apr-29 Jun: Sue Collins Art Exhibit

Sue Collins

The work of printmaking artist Sue Collins will be exhibited at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery from 12 April - 29 June. Sue's inspiration is taken from her daily dog walks along the South Downs. Using a combination of photography and sketching, as well as drawing on her own experiences, Sue has created striking scenes for her Beautiful Sussex exhibition. https://suecollinsart.com/

15-16 Jun: HAOS Art Trail

Horsham artist Angela Brittain

Horsham Artists Open Studios (HAOS) group hosts its annual Art Trail on 8 - 9 June and 15 - 16 June. Members of the public can tour the district, from Ashington to Warnham, as well as venues across Horsham town, enjoying the work of some of the best artists and makers in the area as they open their homes, studios, gardens and shared venues. Original work is priced for every pocket and is all made locally. Free entry. www.horshamartistsopenstudios.co.uk

30 Jun: A Concert for Nuthurst

Shipley Arts Festival

A Concert for the Parish of Nuthurst and Monks Gate will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Nuthurst, RH13 6LH on Sunday 30 June, at 6:30pm. Performances include Pachelbel’s Canon and Mozart’s Concerto for Flute D Major KV 314. Also being performed is To Notice Such Things, by Jon Lord (formerly of Deep Purple). Tickets £21.50 from www.bmglive.com/shipley-arts-festival/

22 Jun: The Big Gig Horsham

Take That tribute act Rule the World

Now in its fourth year, The Big Gig returns to Horsham Sports Club with a mix of local and internationally acclaimed tribute acts on Saturday 22 June, at 1 - 10.30pm (performances from 2.30pm). Rule the World, the No.1 Take That tribute band in the world, headline. Support comes from local band Joe90 (Britpop), Kieran as Ed Sheeran, A Tribute to Wham and The Blunter Brothers (Motown/Funk). Advance tickets £20 (5-15 £10/U5s free) from https://thebiggig19.eventbrite.co.uk Visit the Facebook page at @biggighorsham

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

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

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 

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