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28-29 Oct: The Gruffalo, The Witch and the Warthog

Julia Donaldson

Children’s author Julia Donaldson presents The Gruffalo, The Witch and the Warthog at The Capitol on Monday 28 - Tuesday 29 October. A cast of five, including Julia and her guitar-playing husband Malcolm, bring some of her best known stories to life with sons, puppetry and a touch of magic. The show, part of Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, features Room on the Broom, The Magic Paintbrush, The Ugly Five, Superworm, The Gruffalo and The Cook and the King. Suitable for children aged 4-10. Tickets £15 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

1 Nov: Holbrook Fireworks Night

Fireworks Night

The Holbrook Club hosts a fireworks night on Friday 1 November. There will be a bouncy castle, children’s rides, candy floss, BBQ, bar and special guest Tomfoolery. Doors open at 5pm, display at 7.30pm. A family ticket costs £15 (members £11). www.theholbrookclub.co.uk

2 Nov: The FB Pocket Orchestra

Pocket Orchestra

Enjoy a night of song and dance as The FB Pocket Orchestra return to St Mary’s House, Bramber,  to play in the beautiful Victorian Music Room on Saturday 2 November, at 7.30pm. Talented musicians Jenny Russell (contralto/clarinet), Paul Stevenson (banjo) and Oliver Corbin (cornet/euphonium/tuba/accordion) present a contemporary slant on popular music from the 19th and early 20th century. Tickets £27.50 (with wine and canapés) from www.stmarysbramber.co.uk

2 Nov: Horsham Rugby Club Bonfire & Fireworks

Fireworks

Horsham Rugby Club on Hammerpond Road, hosts its bonfire and fireworks night on Saturday 2 November. There will also be a hog roast, bar, fairground rides, music and stalls. Gates open at 5pm, with the display at 8pm. Tickets £8 in advance (£10 on the door) or £30 for a family of five. Available at the club or from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/horsham-rugby-club-fireworks-bonfire-night-saturday-2nd-november-tickets-71409392415

3 Nov: Ashington Toy & Collectors Fair

Ashington Toy Fair

Ashington Toy & Train Collectors Fair will be held at Ashington Community Centre,Foster Lane, RH20 3PG, on Sunday 3 November and Sunday 8 December, 10am – 1pm (Sellers from 8am). Buy, sell and swap from a large range of toys, old and new. Supported by The Worthing Toy Collectors Club and Model Car Mart. Adults £2 (children free).

3 Nov: Horsham Gunpowder Trot

The Gunpowder Trot

The Horsham Gunpowder Trot is held on Sunday 3 November. The race, part of the West Sussex Fun Run League, starts and finishes at Horsham Sports Club, Cricketfield Road, and is organised by Horsham Joggers. The 4.5mile cross-country course around Denne Park and Chesworth Farm is suitable for runners of all levels. There is also a one mile race for under-16s. Early entry advised. www.horshamjoggers.co.uk/wsfrl-gunpowder-trot/

8 Nov: Ashington Speakers Corner

Bruce Wallace

Friends of Ashington host a Speakers Corner event at Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, RH20 3PG, on Friday 8 November, 7pm. Bruce Wallace, a member of RHS and NGS with vast gardening experience, provides the talk.

8 Nov: Ashington Fireworks

Fireworks

Ashington CE School’s hosts a fireworks extravaganza on Friday 8 November. Fireworks by Aurora with amusements, BBQ, raffle and stalls. Gates open at 5.30pm, fireworks at 7pm. Tickets on the night £3.50 (£12 family of four).

9 Nov: Kilo Sale by Sussex Green Living

Pre-Loved Clothes Sale

Horsham based charity Sussex Green Living are helping local people to save money and help the planet by holding a pop-up pre-loved clothes sale (known as a kilo sale) at Greenway Academy, Merryfield Drive, Horsham on Saturday 9 November, 12 – 4pm. The Greenway PTA will sell refreshments to raise funds for the school. Proceeds from the clothes sale will help Sussex Green Living with climate education and benefit Nkuringo Education and Community Support in Uganda. www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk

9-10 Nov: The Story of George Butterworth

Still from the Butterworth Documentary

The Capitol hosts the premiere of All My Life’s Buried Here, The Story of George Butterworth on Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 November, 2pm. This documentary film by Stewart Morgan Hajdukiewicz tells the story of Butterworth (1885 – 1916), a composer, folk song collector, folk dancer and prime mover in a radical era for British music. Drawing on archival treasures including letters and memoirs, this biographical portrait aims to provide a deeper understanding of Butterworth, who was cut killed on the battlefield of the Somme. The film includes details of his folk song collecting trips into West Sussex with Ralph Vaughan Williams. Enjoy some of Butterworth's best known orchestral works and songs, courtesy of The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult and new live performances by Roderick Williams. There will be a live Q&A with the director - Butterworth biographer Anthony Murphy - and former librarian at the English Folk Dance and Song Society Malcolm Taylor OBE after the screening on 9 November. For tickets call (01403) 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com

10 Nov: Remembrance Services

Remembrance Sunday

The War Memorial in the Carfax, Horsham will be the focus of a Remembrance service on Sunday 10 November. The parade then departs to St Mary’s Church in The Causeway.There will be a small display around the bandstand provided by The Military Vehicle Show, Capel.

11 Nov: The Errol Linton Band

Errol Linton

The Errol Linton Band perform at The Rec Rooms, Horsham, on Friday 11 November. Errol is a harmonica player from Brixton, of  Jamaican descent. He is a three-time winner of the British Best Harmonica Player of the Year Awards and his critically-acclaimed fifth album, Packing My Bags, has seen Errol nominated as Jazz FM Blues Act of the Year 2019. The Independent calls this gifted Bluesman “one of London’s greatest undiscovered talents”.Tickets £12 from https://therecrooms.com 


11 and 14 Nov: Children in Need Car Washing at The Bridge

Children in Need

The Bridge Leisure Centre in Broadbridge Heath is hosting various events to support BBC Children in Need. Bring your car down for an autumn clean and they will make it look brand spanking new at The Bridge car park on 11 and 14 November from 9am onwards. £5 per car wash, but extra donations are very welcome. Places Leisure, who manage The Bridge on behalf of Horsham District Council, are one of the official partners of BBC Children in Need and are committed to supporting the appeal across 69 of its leisure facilities. https://www.placesleisure.org/centres/the-bridge-leisure-centre/news/we-re-fundraising-for-children-in-need/

 

11, 13 & 15 Nov: Children in Need Soft Play Sessions at Pavilions

Children in Need

The Pavilions In The Park hosts various events to support BBC Children in Need. There will be three soft play sessions with Pooch popping in on the day. Monday 11 November 11am- 12noon and 12.30 - 1.30pm, Wednesday 13 November 11am - 12noon, Friday 15 November 11am - 12noon and 12.30 - 1.30pm. £5 per child, all proceeds go to Children in need. For children aged 2-5 years of age. Places Leisure, who manage The Pavilions In The Park on behalf of Horsham District Council, are one of the official partners of BBC Children in Need and are committed to supporting the appeal across 69 of its leisure facilities.

 

 

13 Nov: Cake Sale at Steyning Leisure Centre

Children in Need

Steyning Leisure Centre is hosting various events to support BBC Children in Need. The centre is hosting a cake sale on Wednesday 15 November from 9am. Pop by and grab a cake after your workout. If there is any budding Mary Berry's out there that would like to donate some cakes please feel free! More details from Reception. Places Leisure, who manage The leisure centre on behalf of Horsham District Council, are one of the official partners of BBC Children in Need and are committed to supporting the appeal across 69 of its leisure facilities. https://www.placesleisure.org/centres/steyning-leisure-centre/news/children-in-need-week/

14 Nov: Children in Need Bingo at The Bridge

Children in Need

The Bridge Leisure Centre in Broadbridge Heath is hosting various events to support BBC Children in Need. The sales team are trading in their spreadsheets and telephones for bingo sheets and a mic at The Bridge café, on Thursday 14 November, 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Purchase one card for £2 or three cards for £5. All monies raised go to BBC Children in Need. Places Leisure, who manage The Pavilions In The Park on behalf of Horsham District Council, are one of the official partners of BBC Children in Need and are committed to supporting the appeal across 69 of its leisure facilities. https://www.placesleisure.org/centres/the-bridge-leisure-centre/news/we-re-fundraising-for-children-in-need/

 

 

15 Nov: Cake Sale at Billingshurst Leisure Centre

Children in Need

Billingshurst Leisure Centre is hosting various events to support BBC Children in Need. The centre is hosting a cake sale on Friday 15 November from 12noon - 5pm. Pop by and grab a cake after your workout. If there is any budding Mary Berry's out there that would like to donate some cakes please feel free! More details from Reception. Places Leisure, who manage The leisure centre on behalf of Horsham District Council, are one of the official partners of BBC Children in Need and are committed to supporting the appeal across 69 of its leisure facilities. https://www.placesleisure.org/centres/billingshurst-leisure-centre/news/children-in-need-week/

 

16 Nov: Horsham Painting Group Exhibition

Horsham Painting Group Exhibition

The Horsham Painting Group will be holding itsautumn exhibition and sale at Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL, on Saturday 16 November, 10am - 4pm. Original works by members of the group will be on sale. Admission is free and refreshments available. For further details call (01403) 257784.

16 Nov: WS Philharmonic Choir Faure's Requiem

West Sussex Philharmonic Choir

West Sussex Philharmonic Choir present Fauré’s Requiem at St Mary’s Parish Church, Horsham on Saturday 16 November, 7.30pm. The programme also includes Lauridsen’s Nocturnes, Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditse Devo and Gjeilo’s Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium). The organist is David Moore and conductor is Stephen Hope. Tickets £15 (students £7) on the door or from Horsham Piano Centre, Waterstones or The Candy Box. www.westsussexphilharmonicchoir.org.uk

21 Nov: Malcolm Singer's Dragons at St Mary's

Dragons String Academy

Shipley Arts Festival presents Malcolm Singer’s Dragons at St Mary’s Church, Causeway, Horsham on Thursday 21 November, at 7pm.The event involves a choir of children from schools including The Weald, Millais, Windlesham House, Leechpool, Greenway and Great Ballard performing alongside a string orchestra from The Yehudi Menuhin School and the String Academy. Together, they breathe fiery life into a dragon-themed concert, set to the poems of Nick Toczek and music composed and conducted by Malcolm Singer. Songs include ‘The Dragon Who Ate Our School’, ‘Speaking Dragonese’ and ‘The Child Who Pretended To Be A Dragon.’ Tickets £15 (reduced price tickets will be available through schools to the family of those participating) from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

22 Nov: Paul Zerdin's Puppet Party

Paul Zerdin

Paul Zerdin's Puppet Party comes to The Capitol on Friday 22 November. This new show stars old favourites Sam, Albert and Baby, along with a new bodyguard, an urban fox and a talking ice cream, all using a mixture of master puppeteering, animatronic wizardry and edgy comedy. A chance to see the winner of America’s Got Talent and one of Britain’s finest entertainers.Tickets £21 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

22 Nov: Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri at The Rec Rooms

Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri

Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri perform at The Rec Rooms, Horsham on Friday 22 November. The first European female artist to be signed to The Motown label, Kiki Dee had solo hits with ‘Amoureuse’ and ‘I Got The Music In Me’. However, she is best known for her chart topping hit, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ with Elton John, which reached No.1 in the UK and the USA. Kiki has released three studio albums with guitarist and producer Carmelo Luggeri and the duo have toured extensively together. Tickets £15 from https://therecrooms.com

23 Nov: Horsham Chamber Choir Concert

Horsham Chamber Choir

Horsham Chamber Choir presents a concert of works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi at St Mary's Church, The Causeway, Horsham on Saturday 23 November, 4.30pm. Under the direction of Jenny Hansell, the choir performs with the period string ensemble Cavalli Consort in a concert entitled ‘With Cheerful Notes’. It includes movements from two of Handel’s anthems written for the first Duke of Chandos, a setting of the Magnificat by Vivaldi and Lobet den Herrn by Bach. Mulled apple juice will be served from 4pm and the concert will end by 6.30pm. Tickets £13 (Under 18s £6) from www.horsham-chamberchoir.org.uk

30 Nov: Southwater Christmas Festival

Christmas Event

Southwater Christmas Festival will be held at Lintot Square, Southwater, on Saturday 30 November, 12 - 4pm. The event includes live music, children's rides, carols around the Christmas tree and festive food and drink. Father Christmas arrives at midday, with the lights switched on at 4pm. The Christmas Festival coincides with the launch of Southwater Art Club’s 2019 Exhibition at Beeson House, Lintot Square. It is held on Saturday 30 November -  Sunday 1 December, 10am - 5pm (closes 4pm Sunday). www.southwaterartclub.co.uk

30 Nov: Fair Trade Christmas Market

Fair Trade Christmas Market

A Fair Trade Christmas Market will be held at St John's Roman Catholic Church Hall, Springfield Road, Horsham, on Saturday 30 November, 10am - 4pm. There will be Fair Trade and ethical stalls, a raffle and café. West Sussex was awarded Fairtrade County status by the Fairtrade Foundation in 2018. http://fairtradehorsham.org.uk

30 Nov - 31 Dec: Light Up Horsham

Horsham businesses supporting Light Up Horsham

Horsham businesses have backed a month-long light and projections spectacular to mark the finale of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.Light Up Horsham is due to take place from Saturday 30 November - Tuesday 31 December, when a 10-minute projected show will be focused on the front of Bills in Market Square. A show will take place every 15 minutes from 4 - 8pm throughout December. The content is created by RMV Productions with project support from Creative Technology. Wakefields Jewellers are the main sponsor of the event. Follow @HDculture2019 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

7 Dec: The Mediaeval Babes in Horsham

The Mediaeval Babes

The Mediaeval Baebes bring their Winter Tour to St Mary’s Church, The Causeway, Horsham, on Saturday 7 December, at 8pm.The choir group will be performing songs from their new album A Pocketful of Posies, as well as Christmas carols from their album Of Kings & Angels and the haunting title theme for ITV’s Victoria, along with other contemporary and traditional songs.After three chart-topping classical albums, an Ivor Novello Award, sell-out tours in USA, Europe and Asia and most recently two Emmy nominations for their soundtrack to Victoria, the Mediaeval Baebes have established themselves as one the most successful female-led folk ensembles in Europe. With lush harmonies transporting the listener through a myriad of ancient and forgotten languages, the choir weaves its story-telling through original settings of mediaeval texts, as well as reinventing traditional folk songs and carols, often accompanied by period instruments.The recently-released A Pocketful of Posies, which has adaptions of well-known nursery rhymes, celebrates the ancient teaching tools that run throughout our folklore and culture.   Tickets £25 from www.mediaevalbaebes.com

13 Dec: Rec Rooms Christmas Comedy Special

Geoff Norcott (Photo: Steve Ullathorne)

The Rec Rooms, Horsham hosts a Christmas Special Comedy Night on Friday 13 December. A fine line-up includes Marcel Lucont, Darren Walsh and Geoff Norcott (Live at the Apollo, The Mash Report, Mock the Week). Geoff (pictured) has built up a strong live following with sell-out Edinburgh runs and two national tours. The compere is Geoff Whiting. Tickets £20 from https://therecrooms.com

-14 Dec: Kingdom of Snow and Ice Exhibition

Photo by Wendy and Michael Ball

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery hosts Kingdom of Snow and Ice, an exhibition of work by Wendy and Michael Ball, until Saturday 14 December. It includes photographs taken by the Sussex-based husband and wife during a visit to Svalbard, off the coast of Norway, near to the North Pole. The Balls were part of a group of 12 photographers on the Arctic trip, which enabled them to capture encounters with threatened species in their natural habitat. Wendy has been Highly Commended in the British and Scottish Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards and also shortlisted three times for the International Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. Michael’s interest in photography stemmed from his love of wildlife and travel, and hones his craft as a member of Steyning Camera Club. Visitors can purchase prints and cards. www.horshammuseum.org

14 Dec: Twinning Association Carol Concert

The Pleasure Singers

Horsham District Twinning Association hosts a carol concert in English, German and French at the Unitarian Church, Worthing Road, Horsham (opposite the bus station) on Saturday 14 December, 7.30pm. The concert, featuring the Pleasure Singers (pictured)  will be followed by mulled wine, glu wine, stollen, mince pies, nibbles and light refreshments. All are welcome. For further details see the Horsham District Twinning Association page on Facebook.

12-15 & 19-22 Dec: Leaonardslee Illuminated

Leonardslee Illuminated

Enjoy the Christmas illuminations and trail at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Lower Beeding, from 12 - 15 and 19 - 22 December. Leonardslee Illuminated features light displays, music and theatrical performances, with large scale projections on to Leonardslee House. Suitable for all, with a vintage funfair on site.Tickets £15 (£7.50 for children/ Under 3s free). www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk

13 Dec - 5 Jan: Peter Pan at The Capitol

Cast of Peter Pan

The immortal tale of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, is given a new pantomime treatment at The Capitol, running from Friday 13 December - Sunday 5 January. The pantomime includes pop and musical theatre songs, colourful sets, great costumes, gags and family- friendly entertainment. Anthony Sahota stars as Peter Pan alongside Nicola Hume (Heart FM), Nicholas Collier and Rebecca Lafferty. The roles of John and Michael will be played by young local stars Daniel Kendon, Oscar Ward-Dutton, Dexter Lamley-Grinstead and Theo Ranganathan. Hywel Dowsell returns as the Dame and James Fletcher is Mini Smee. The production is sponsored by Brock Taylor and Horsham Bedding Centre. There will be a collection for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Tickets £23.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

11 Feb: Audience with Simon Reeve

An Audience with Simon Reeve

Enjoy an Audience with Simon Reeve at The Capitol, Horsham, on Tuesday 11 February 2020, at 7.30pm. Simon’s sell-out tour in 2018 saw the BBC presenter recount tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. His documentaries have been broadcast in over 60 countries. An Audience with Simon Reeve is not only a fascinating and educational show, but at times shocking, inspirational and hilarious. It includes exclusive multi-media footage and a Q&A session. Tickets £29 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com